Monday, December 7, 2009

8 Great Cooking Apps

About once a month, I take the time to write a few paragraphs for My articles used to encompass green issues, environmentalism, and lefty liberal stuff that would melt any San Franciscan's (or Portlander's!) heart. (Perhaps you know that last year, Portland was ranked the greenest city in the country, and San Fran took a close second. I like to think I had something to do with that.) Anyway, these days the posts are about cooking. Today's submission revolves around cooking AND your iPhone, so of course I want to share it with all my techie (and chef-y) bleaders...

Are you sick and tired of lugging your laptop into the kitchen – and awkwardly balancing it on the counter while trying to decipher a recipe – every time you make a new dish? And what about those awful splatters that cover your monstrous, 500-page cook books? (You know, the ones that unquestionably appear each time you concoct a fresh soup or pasta sauce.) If you have an iPhone or BlackBerry, you can say goodbye to heavy cook books and kitchen-bound computers and hello to effortless shopping, food preparation, and recipe-sizing. Simply download one or more of the applications listed below, and enjoy!

This popular application not only supplies over 95 recipes and full-size photos but also helps you plan an entire menu. When you choose a main course, Dishy will suggest multiple side dishes that go well with it. Chose one or more recipes from the database, and Dishy will scale your formula based on serving size. Dishy builds an easy shopping checklist for you, and when you’re ready to start cooking it tells you when to begin prepping each dish, so that everything’s ready at the same time. Dishy also offers large, step-by-step instructions (“no fiddly controls, so you can use the back of your knuckle if your fingers are covered in food!”) and count-down timers.

Look and Taste
Look and Taste doesn’t just produce recipes – it produces over 300 video recipes, making cooking effortless. The application updates its database every month, so you’re always current on the most popular cuisines from top chefs. Browse through 400 “quick tip” videos from professional chefs, who explain common kitchen procedures and cooking terms.

Kosher Coookbook powered by Cookshelf
This application includes over 300 of New York Food Writer Gloria Kobrin’s popular recipes. Users are able to access more than 50 customized meal plans for Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, which Kobrin has modified to suit kosher dietary rules. Meals can be sorted by course, cuisine and type of food. On an iPhone or iPod Touch, simply choose a recipe and add the necessary ingredients to the one-click shopping list before heading to the grocery store. The shopping list can even be viewed by – get this – store aisle or recipe. How much easier could life get?

Patrik’s Easy Cooking for BlackBerry
Get 72 of Chef Patrik Jaros’ (and food photographer Gnter Beer’s) delicious recipes tailored to amateur cooks, plus tips on how to turn supermarket convenience foods into succulent delicacies with little effort. Each dish contains a maximum of 5 familiar ingredients in completely new contexts, urging cooks to experiment with Jaros’ unusual creations. Browse recipes by category or chapter, view step-by-step slideshows of food preparation, organize an illustrated shopping list, search recipes and ingredients by keyword, send recipes via email, and more.

TinyKitchen allows you to sync your favorite meals and recipes with Google Docs: “No more typing recipes into your phone. Now you can edit them with the Google Docs word processor, share them with your friends, or upload them from MS Word files.” With this iPhone application, search over 70,000 recipes on and download them right to your phone; turn recipes into shopping lists; scale them up or down depending on crowd size; and even post and upload your meals directly to Tumblr and Twitter to share your masterpieces with friends.

Cooking Star
Looking to better your cooking skills, but not quite ready to step into a kitchen? The Cooking Star consists of eight mini-games and allows users to master each one to unlock real recipes and build their cookbooks. Tilt, touch, flick, and flip to cook up mouth-watering meals and become a star chef!

Kitchen Calculator PRO
This app will help you convert and scale recipes using standard cooking fractions and convert ingredients from weight to volume.

iEats is the new iPhone application available on iTunes. iEats: Appetizers is the first in the series. Easy to make innovative recipes, extraordinary plating techniques and tantalizing recipes by James Beard Foundation recognized Chef Marco Porceddu. iEats features beautiful pictures of each recipe, coupled with three perfect wine pairings. iEats will also calculate the amount of ingredients needed for the number of people you are serving. Select a recipe by preparation time, level of difficulty or “Feeling Lucky” Just shake the phone and get a random selection!

For a complete list of Cooking apps for your iPhone, click here.

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  1. GREAT info about the cooking apps. Now I'm convinced... I NEED an iPhone!