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Let’s Cook! with Chef Fabio Viviani – iPad App Review

Fans of Bravo’s hit reality show Top Chef will need no introduction to Fabio Viviani. As a two-time contestant and one-time winner of fan-favorite, Fabio was Top Chef’s unofficial Mr. Congeniality, cheerleader for Italian cuisine, and about the only person All-Star Top Chef Richard Blaise actually liked.

Even though Fabio probably won’t be appearing as a contestant on Top Chef again, we didn’t have to wait long to see more of him. He now stars in his own cooking app, Let’s Cook! With Chef Fabio Viviani and Bertolli Olive Oil. The app has over five hours of video footage, so be warned, it is very large. Do not buy this app until you make sure you have 1.70 GB of free space.

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Great Maine Food for iPad – iPad App Review

Great Maine Food for iPad  brings the taste of the Pine Tree State to your kitchen. Though it was created by CulinartMedia for Down East Magazine, a regional publication, the app’s recipes, video tutorials, and menu planning will be relevant for users who have never even set foot in Maine.

There are more than 100 recipes in Great Maine Food, and seafood is definitely the focus. The cooking section devotes an entire category to lobster! The app also includes recipes for main dishes that feature other proteins which are just as integral to Maine’s culinary milieu. A few of the most appealing recipes include: roast pork loin with cracklings, roast wild duck, rack of venison with mustard herb crust, and even  mooseburgers.

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Great Backyard Grilling- PadGadget’s iPad Outdoor Series

Created by Culilnart Media, this recipe book is the perfect addition to your backyard summer party. There are over 50 grilling recipes in this app, and we’re not talking about how to cook a hot dog, these are high-class recipes to wow your friends and neighbors.

When selecting a recipe, you can either browse through them alphabetically, or you can select from categories like, seafood, or chicken. Each category has around 10- 12 recipes. Each recipe has additional features to enhance the digital book experience.

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VizChef Offers Photos With Each Recipe Step – PadGadget iPad Cooking Series

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series “Get Cooking with iPad

VizChef for iPad aims to take the guess work out of food preparation by including a photo of every single recipe step, as well as every dish, ingredient, and piece of equipment needed to make the recipe.

The 60+ included recipes are largely Italian or American fare, which vary widely in familiarity from lemonade to Saltimbocca di Vitello alla Romana, yet none require advanced culinary training to prepare. The recipes are drawn from a variety of sources, though many are attributed to MI-based Huron River Press or from the developer.

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Plan Healthier Menus With Cooking Light – PadGadget iPad Cooking Series

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series “Get Cooking with iPad

Cooking Light Recipes: Quick and Healthy Menu Maker joins the ever-growing number of cooking-related apps for iPad. The app draws from its 300 recipes for main dishes, sides, and desserts, then suggests entire, harmonious meals.

Much like its namesake magazine, Cooking Light’s iPad app is aimed at the cook who is both health-conscious and busy. The recipes all feature fresh ingredients that require minimal preparation. Nutritional information is included for each dish and is generated by the meal as well, so the app lets a user see if she really can splurge on dessert

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Cocktails HD – Padgadget iPad Cooking Series

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series Get Cooking With iPad

Cocktails HD by Pocket Cocktails offers an impressive array of recipes for the aspiring mixologist. The app aims to suggest cocktails that cater to a wide range of tastes, as well as drinks that suit a particular holiday or season.

There are a number of ways to access the drink recipes. A user can choose a category from the colorful touch screen menu to browse through Martinis, Classics, Summer drinks, or even Mocktails. There are also instructions to help the user become a better bartender, learn about spirits, wine, and beer, as well as a reference section and glossary.

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The Recipe Box – PadGadget iPad Cooking Series

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.

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Kitchen-friendly iPad Cases – PadGadget iPad Cooking Series

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series Get Cooking With iPad


Before bringing an iPad into the kitchen, it is a good idea to protect your tablet from spills, splatters, and other hazards of cooking. We’ve already shown you Wired GadgetLab’s low-tech, plastic-baggie-and-business-card solution, but we have found a few other cases and covers designed specifically to keep an iPad safe in the kitchen.

Using a plastic bag is still the cheapest way to protect an iPad while cooking. I have used a gallon-sized, store-brand freezer bag to cover my iPad in the kitchen every time I have cooked and I have never had a problem. I have been able to access all of the iPad’s functions easily through the plastic. I even reuse the same bag — a level of thrift that would make my grandmother proud. Undoubtedly there are other cooks who would prefer an iPad-specific solution. We found several options that try to improve on the plastic baggie, as well as a couple of cases which are sure to please any culinary enthusiast. See more details after the break.

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Kitchen-friendly iPad Stands and Mounts – PadGadget iPad Cooking Series

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series Get Cooking With iPad


Once you decide to bring your iPad into the kitchen, you are going to need a stand or mount to keep your tablet clear of whatever tasty meal you choose to prepare. What’s the best type of stand to use while you cook? Sure, you can go all the way, and custom mount your iPad inside a kitchen cabinet, as we previously reported, but not all users are looking for such an extreme solution.

Since counter space is often at a premium in the kitchen, we recommend choosing a stand that has a small footprint, or removing the iPad from the counter all together. See a variety of options after the break.
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KitchenPad Timer – PadGadget iPad Cooking Series

Part of PadGadget’s continuing series Get Cooking With iPad

KitchenPad Timer was designed for the busy cook. The concept is simple: the app lets a user set up to five stove top and four oven timers, permanently banishing the mathematical juggling act we have all done in order to cook multiple dishes using only microwave timer for assistance.

The app is full of thoughtful details. Not only can users set multiple timers, but it is possible to label each timer (i.e. “pasta” or “pot roast”), save a setting to favorites for easy re-use, and even customize the ringer. Without the burden of trying to remember multiple cooking times, it is much easier to get every dish to the table without any mishaps. The app supports Fahrenheit, Celcius, and even Gasmark temperature scales.
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