Special of the day: Order up an array of apps

22 Feb Special of the day: Order up an array of apps

Apps are often a nice way to ease into a meal, especially if you order up an assortment that arouse your appetite.

Made wildly popular after the opening of the Apple iphone App store in 2008, the apps, or applications, I am referring to here are the specialized programs you can download onto your ipad, ipod, iphone or other mobile device.

Fortunately for all of the foodies in the house, all of the apps on the menu today are cooking-related.

While browsing hard-cover cookbooks and flipping through the paper pages of food magazines and Wednesday food sections of newspapers will always be a simple pleasure, it sure is convenient to consolidate shopping lists, recipes and menu planning onto one device.

Apps offer users a quick and easy way to find new recipes often accompanied by enticing food photographs, specific instructions on preparation and nutritional information, as well.

In addition, apps allow users to customize content and searches bases on specific needs, giving them a distinct advantage over already-published cookbooks and cooking magazines, whose opportunities for interactivity are limited.

Order up an array of apps on this week’s Special of the day APPS menu and relish the convenience of having a roundup of resources created for the home cook, right at your fingertips. All apps listed are free to download, though some require upgrades, for a fee, to access additional features offered.

Special of the day APPS Menu

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shop List Free helps you gather the goods you need to cook up something special.

A shopping list with synching capability you store on your phone.

Epicurious is a database of thousands of recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Self, cookbooks, chefs and home cooks. Recipes are arranged in current categories such as Oscar party snacks, winter dinners and kid-friendly mains and accompanied by beautiful photographs.

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman is a go-to app for kitchen basics.

Bittman covers techniques and stores recipes by category, rating each with codes for fast, make ahead, vegetarian and essential, all rated by user votes.

All Recipes offers a user-friendly format organized by “dish type”, “ingredients”, and “ready in” criteria, allowing the home cook to enter what you’re dealing with first and then browse possible recipes, rated with starts by users.

Taste of Home divides recipes up into featured collections such as seasons or holidays and includes pretty pictures to draw you in. Also rated with stars, each recipe provides nutritional information as well.

Big Oven draws you into the kitchen with their fabulous food photography, allowing you to search by title, leftovers to use up and recent raves.

Spark Recipes contains categorized healthy recipes whose calorie content and prep time are listed with recipe title and includes videos by Chef Meg showing you how to make certain dishes.

Whole Foods Market recipes provides search options as well as a handy “On Hand” feature that gives options for recipes to make based on what you have at home now.

Knowledge Book Cooking  gives you rules of thumb to know about recipes, substitutions that can be made, and basic cooking knowledge.

Easy Cooking serves up simple, friendly recipes in a straightforward manner.

                Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.

 

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