Add this to the (very long) list of things that everyone else knew before me. Mark Bittman’s essential cookbook “How to Cook Everything” has been turned into an app for the iPhone. My copy of the book gets used weekly, so when I found out about the app, I had to check it out.
I downloaded the app for my iPhone for $4.99. A little hefty for an app, but with more than 2,000 recipes and a slew of other features, it’s not a bad price — especially if you don’t already own the $35 cookbook. I thought the price was worth it for the convenience of having all the recipes with me when I’m at the grocery store. If I find a special on a certain food that seems too good to pass up, I can easily find a recipe for it and make sure that I have all the ingredients to make the dish before I leave the store.
Aside from having all the recipes in my pocket, what are some of the apps good features?
I spent some time going over the reviews of the app to see what complaints there might be. Here are some of the common complaints I saw about the app.
- No pictures. (Actually, there are some pictures that show the techniques, but there are no pictures of the recipes. It’s the same way with the book. There are no pictures of the completed recipes.)
- No print option — you can’t print out a recipe.
- No ability to keep personalized notes or for others to make notes that users can view.
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