As an Irish gal who grew up in a small Italian neighborhood in Westerly, Rhode Island, I'll never forget the sights and smells of the wonderful Italian food being cooked in my friend's houses. To help recapture some of that authentic Italian cooking, I've been exploring the Cook With Grazia app from food journalist and home cook Grazia Solazzi.
Cook with Grazia focuses on recipes that are quick and easy to prepare with common household ingredients. All the Italian ingredients are found in the US, making the recipes accessible to almost everyone. Most of the recipes take 20 minutes or less to prepare and include step-by-step picture instructions.
The app ships with 80 total recipes that span dish types such as desserts, sides, salads and more. You also can browse by category such as vegetarian, gluten-free, kids and others. If you want to customize your recipes search, you can use the handy finder wheel to dial in different categories and ingredients to find recipes that meet specific criteria, like a kid's dinner with chicken.
Besides recipes, Cook with Grazia also includes how-to guides that helps you pick the freshest ingredients, improve your cooking technique and pair the proper wine with your meal. The ability to add notes to a recipe, save favorite recipes and create a shopping list from recipe ingredients rounds out the app. Overall, Cook with Grazia is an excellent cookbook utility for the busy person who enjoys Italian-American cuisine.
Cook with Grazia is available in the iOS App Store for $0.99. It's compatible with the iPhone and requires iOS 6 or greater.