With the ubiquity of the Melting Pot franchise and retailers like Crate and Barrel offering the tools, there is no question that fondue is back. Fondue & Raclette for iPad brings this everything-old-is-new-again trend to iOS.
What? What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Raclette? A fancy french term for “scraping melted cheese onto a plate,” in this app the term Raclette refers to an appliance, which is similar to an electric hibachi that chefs use for table side cooking. Raclette is definitely fondue’s eccentric cousin, but in this iPad-only app (and iBook) this lesser known kitchen gadget gets its own chapter.
Fondue & Raclette breaks its offerings into several sections: Recipes A-Z (all 50 of ‘em), International, Traditional, Dips & Sauces, Desserts, and the aforementioned Raclette.
Think fondue is all about artery-clogging melted cheese? Think again. Every section of Fondue & Raclette has some healthier offerings including Bagna Cauda (pictured above — their version calls for the fish of the moment — anchovies). There’s even a recipe in the Raclette section, Grilled Squash with Olive Marinade, that is dairy free.
Though cheese aficionados will obviously find more to love about Fondue & Raclette than vegans or the lactose intolerant because if this app is one thing, it’s definitely cheesy. To confuse terminology further, Raclette is also a type of cheese, which readers of the app will find new uses for along with recipes that call for more common cheeses such as goat cheese, Parmesan, Gruyere, and Swiss.
Like most CulinartMedia apps, Fondue & Raclette has an integrated shopping list, allows readers to mark recipes as favorites, and includes the Menu option, which doubles as a dinner invitation. Unlike their Slow Cooker app (Pad Gadget = 4 stars), are inherently social cooking techniques, so this particular add-on makes sense.
Download Fondue & Raclette for iPad from the App Store for $2.99.
What I liked: There are wide variety of recipes beyond the expected chocolate and cheese.
What I didn’t like: CulinartMedia’s apps would be stronger if they didn’t rely on the same boilerplate UI for their offerings.
To buy or not to buy: If you are among the many who own a fondue set, or the few that own a Raclette, this iPad app is for you.
- App Name: Fondue & Raclette for iPad
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Food and Drink
- Developer: CulinartMedia
- Price: $2.99