Part of PadGadget’s continuing series Get Cooking With iPad
Now that we’ve shown you some great cooking apps and accessories, it’s hard to make dinner without the iPad, right? But what do you do with all those other recipes? The ones handwritten on paper on the back of an envelope, or printed out from Saveur? Enter The Recipe Box. This app is a digital version of the wooden note card file, which every woman 40+ probably still owns, yet it soon becomes a fully personalized digital cookbook — just add your favorite recipes and get cooking.
The Recipe Box’s tutorial offers an overview of the app’s different modes: cook mode, entry mode, browse mode, shopping list, and settings. The easy-to-use explanations walk users through entering recipes, backing up recipes, printing, and creating a shopping list. The Recipe Box even lets the adventurous iPad 2 users upload videos or photos straight from the entry screen.
The Recipe Box does come with a few recipes, but that is not its raison d’être. It aims to organize the recipes you already own. If the process of entering every recipe in your own personal archive seems daunting, consider using The Recipe Box as a filter to separate the recipes you truly need from those you have been “meaning to try.” Be honest. If you haven’t cooked it since 1998, are you really going to start now?
After entering and organizing all of your recipes, it’s time to go shopping. The Recipe Box’s shopping list is particularly robust. Users can generate a list from each individual recipe. If you already have staple ingredients, no problem, cross them off your list with a simple tap. Reorder the list to suit your needs. Change your mind about making Lasagna this week? No problem. You can easily remove an entire recipes worth of ingredients from your shopping list through the recipe card view with one touch.
This attention to small details makes the Recipe Box stand apart from its competition. It is available in the App Store for $3.99.
What I liked: The Recipe Box is a pleasure to use. The special keyboard adds a number of keys that make recipe entry much easier. Most of the recipes I prepare regularly are printed from the internet and stored in a three-ring binder. I plan to add them to The Recipe Box as I cook them, and eventually do away with my large, messy binder all together. As a pack rat who is always trying to purge clutter, the app’s promise to make my unwieldy recipe files leaner and meaner holds strong appeal for me.
What I didn’t like: The Recipe Box is Air Print compatible. The (many) users who don’t own an Air Print compatible printer are on our own. Although a recipe or shopping list could always be e-mailed, and then printed.
To buy or not to buy: The Recipe Box lets you put all of your favorite recipes in one, easily accessible place. The app will require some work on the part of the user, but it makes all of your recipes look fantastic.
- App Name: The Recipe Box
- Version Reviewed: 1.2.1
- Category: Lifestyle
- Developer: Corpus Collusion
- Price: $3.99