Using the Apple iPad as an Electronic Recipe Book:
The new Apple iPad has many amazing features, one of which is its ability to be used as an electronic cookbook. There are many new apps out there that will turn your iPad into a cookbook. The most popular cooking app is Epicurious. This app will give you access to 27,000 recipes from both Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. This app will be discussed in further detail below. The text on the iPad is easily enlarged with just a few taps. Either you can purchase protective screens and stands for your iPad so that it is not damaged in the kitchen or you can place it a Ziploc bag to protect it from spills. The well-known website, AllRecipes.com is also planning to launch an iPad app in the near future.
Another cooking app available for the iPad is the BigOven Lite app. Unlike other apps, BigOven Lite does not include a grocery list syncing function. The Serving Sizer Pro app is useful for converting quantities and organizing recipes.
The Wine Ratings Guide app is another valuable cooking app. It contains over one million wine ratings and provides information on name, price, varietal, food pairings, and a flavor profile for each wine. If you are using your iPad as an electronic cookbook, and you own other Mac products, it is suggested that you use MacGourmet to synch your MacBook, iPhone, and iPad so that you can import and share recipes between all three.
As promised, here is some more information about Epicurious, the top choice for cooking apps: Epicurious allows you to browse through various recipe collections, search recipes by keyword, filter searches based on what is in your fridge/seasonal foods/holidays, add recipes to a favorites box, email recipes to family and friends, add ingredients from your saved recipes to shopping lists, and check off items as they are bought.
While the iPad works great as a recipe reader, it is pricey at $499. The iPad can be found online at the Apple website or at your local Apple Store. If you are planning on using the iPad solely for cooking purposes, then it is probably not the best option due to the price. However, if you already own an iPad or you will be using it in various capacities, then adding cooking apps to it would definitely be a great idea. Cooking apps run from being free to up to $10. Once you download a cooking app onto your iPad, it makes a wonderful electronic cookbook.