Jamie Oliver was the first chef on Food Network that I made a point to watch. It was about a decade ago when I first saw an episode of “The Naked Chef.” That show was filmed in the tiny little kitchen of his apartment, and the episode was about making a dish for him and his mates when they came in around 2 a.m. after they’d been out all night. He made cooking look fun and easy. I might even go so far as to say watching that episode was the moment when real cooking began to interest me.


Oliver has accomplished so much since then, and I still make it a point to watch him when I can. Over the decade that I’ve been following him, Oliver’s focus has increasingly been on recipes that include healthy, whole foods and on educating the public about good food.

If you’re a fan of Oliver’s, too, I thought I’d pass this on to you. Right now is a good time to get the free Jamie’s Recipes app that’s available for the iPhone and the iPad. The app comes with 10 recipes, but in order to get more recipes, you have to buy recipe packs that usually cost $1.99. The app has just been made available for the iPad, and from now until August 14, 2011, the recipe packs cost only $.99 to download.

Each recipe pack contains 10 themed recipes like Classic Comfort Foods or Fresh and Tasty. Before you buy a pack, you can see the title and a photo of every recipe that is in the pack. If even one recipe catches your eye, the $.99 might be worth it. That’s your call, though. Recipe packs also contain a video featuring Oliver.

The free app is easy to navigate and is attractive. The recipe directions are well written and easy to follow. The app also features the ability to create a shopping list based on recipes you’ve chosen, a couple of videos, and an essentials list – pantry staples and helpful kitchen utensils and equipment to have on hand.

I am slowly embracing cooking by iPhone and iPad as the apps and other methods of delivering recipes get easier to use. Once my husband showed me that I could turn off the auto-lock on my iPhone so that I didn’t have to keep unlocking it with sticky fingers in the middle of cooking, I started to warm to recipe apps.

Are you finding recipe apps are becoming increasingly better to use, and are you using them more frequently? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Get Jamie Oliver’s recipe app packs half price
Jamie’s Recipes is now available on the iPad as well as the iPhone. To celebrate, the recipe packs are half price for a limited time.