I own an Apple iPad and I like the device but I don’t think it’s “magical” or “iconic” and feel like many of its early apps weren’t that good. As developers get used to the larger screen size and use cases, we’re starting to see cool, useful programs like the Appetites iPad cookbook I saw at MacWorld 2011.
The Appetites iPad cookbook uses videos to help you walk through each recipe and I find this to be a cool twist on the cooking app space. They’ve teamed with some notable food bloggers to walk you through some favorite recipes and you’ll be able to get more videos via in-app purchases.
The Appetites iPad cookbook will also let you send yourself grocery lists with pictures attached, so you know what to buy. Overall, I was pretty impressed with the slick nature of the program and the look and feel of the user interface.
Is the Appetites iPad cookbook better than other apps like Gourmet or Epicurious? It really depends on what you’re looking for.
I’ve found the Epicurious app to be pretty good if you already know a little about what you’re doing. If you don’t need your hand held while dicing, this is a quicker way to just get the information and get to cooking.
The interesting thing about the Appetites iPad cookbook is that it seems like it would be a great program for a newbie in the kitchen. The instructions are clear and the videos are simple to follow.
Look for the app to hit in February for $4.99 with about 6 recipes and you’ll be able to buy more within the app.