Review: iCookbook

Do you need a little help in the kitchen? Ran out of ideas for dinner, or just need some new recipes to try? Check out the application called iCookbook. It is available as a universal app so it works on the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. iCookbook was developed by Publications International, Ltd. and is currently priced at $4.99.

iCookbook features over 2000 recipes and is updated monthly with more recipes for FREE, but if you want to get even more out of the app you can check out their built in store. It offers premium content starting at $0.99. Now that is not just one recipe. It is a whole new cookbook. You will get somewhere around 25 to 30 additional themed recipes like Summer Appetizers, Mexican Party Foods, and Brunchtime Best.

iCookbook also offers a recipe box where you can add your favorite recipes from the ones included or you can manually input your own. You can explore all of the recipes and sort them by rating (your rating or other iCookbook users), Dish, Ingredient, Theme, Cuisine, Occasion, or Brand. You can even get a random set of recipes if your into trying something random.

iCookbook also includes a ton of tools that are very handy. These tools include: Conversions, Substitutions, a Shopping List, and a built in timer. The shopping list is a huge time saver. So you decide on a meal but do not have the ingredients? Just hit add to shopping list and it will add all of the ingredients to your shopping list. No more having to manually write them out on a sheet of paper. iCookbook makes it super easy. You can easily share recipes via email, Facebook, and even print them using Apple’s AirPrint.

One of the coolest features incorporated into the app is Voice Commands. You can use the app completely hands-free. Now you can proceed through the preparation steps without touching the iPad or iPhone screen. Just speak the simple commands to move to the next step, manage timers, view notes [iPad only], and more.

Overall iCookbook is beautiful app and everything is laid out very well. No wonder it was named the best of the iPad Lifestyle category in App Store Rewind 2011 in the US. This app has the capability of being your one stop shop in the kitchen. There are so many features built in to this app and they are constantly updating it with more recipes and features. Priced less than many cookbooks, this app is definitely worth the price they charge. Check out iCookbook on the Apple App Store today!

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