iPad Cooking Apps | iPad Cooking illustrated | Tools and Techniques

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Use these iPad cooking apps to learn how to make some incredible meals. If you are someone that loves to cook or someone that has trouble boiling water, these iPad food apps will help you out starting today…

The iPad can do many things. It can help you share photos, email, surf the web, learn, play music and it can also help you learn to cook!  It used to be that you would have an entire shelf of cookbooks, and while those are great to have, they don’t quite provide all of the excellent instruction you can get by using your iPad.

You might want to learn how to cook better meals, or learn just the basics. Perhaps you are a total foodie and you want to take your skills to the next level.  Either way, we are going to show you 5 simple ways to cook incredible meals using your iPad as a guide.

Italian Cooking HQ ($4.99)

italian cooking hd

Would you like to recreate mouth-watering Italian dishes for  your family/friends?  Think that these are hard to make? This app is with you every step of the way as your own personal Italian cooking guide.  These step-by-step instructions not only show you how to cook, they also explain common Italian food terms and concepts.  All of these recipes are unique and will teach you some new skills without just showing you text but showing you actual photos of the entire process.  Here are some of the features you will get:

  • Photo slide show to help users choose a dish
  • Easy to follow, detailed step-by-step instructions
  • No data roaming or internet connection required to use
  • Recipes and shopping lists can be forwarded by email and then printed from your desktop
  • Information on Italian cuisine products
  • Glossary with quick overview, along with translation help
  • Easy keyword searching

Cooking HD ($4.99)

cooking hd

This is a fairly new app but it is filled with not just really easy recipes, but full color photos and step-by-step instructions on the following:

  • Kitchen and Grocery Essentials
  • Food Preparation Techniques
  • Preparing Specific Foods
  • Cooking Techniques

Cooking HD has over 50 easy-to-prepare recipes, each requiring 10 or fewer ingredients and each recipe has nutritional information, tips and full-color photographs illustrating how to make the dish step-by-step.  Here are just a few of the features of this great iPad cooking app:

  • View pages 1 at a time or as 2 page spreads (in landscape mode)
  • Fully searchable
  • Shake the iPad to get a random recipe
  • Sommelier HD contains over 100 popular wine/food pairings

The Photo Cookbook ($4.99)

The Photo Cookbook

For much less than a real cookbook this food app teaches you as if you were getting your own private cooking lesson.  Not only are you getting a private lesson, you are being shown every step of the way.  Each recipe begins with a photograph of all the ingredients (to scale) and then walks you through the entire process.  It covers meats, fish, vegetarian, and desserts.  Here are some of the other features you will see:

  • 64 recipes in four chapters
  • Over 500 hi resolution photographs
  • Prep time is a max of 30 minutes
  • Ingredients list can be emailed

Suzie’s Sushi House ($2.99)

susie sushie house

I’m not a fan of sushi myself but if I wanted to learn how to make it, this is the app I would get.  For $2.99 you get all the sushi you could ever want and then some.  This iPad cooking app is a bit different in that it is kind of done like a game.  But it teaches you how to make many kinds of sushi and the ingredients in each type.  It is like being in a sushi house and having to learn from the ground up.  Here are some of the features of this app:

  • 19 sushi recipes
  • 31 levels
  • 12 ingredients
  • Soundtrack

Indian Cooking ($.99)

indian cooking

Ever wanted to learn to cook Indian food? Here is your chance!  This iPad cooking app is filled with Indian recipes from all over the various regions of India. It includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.  In each recipe you get a full color photograph of the dish and full instructions on how to cook the meal.  This app has the following features:

  • Sample images of each dish
  • Access to all ingredients and directions on one page
  • Preparation methods presented in simplified steps

Cooking Tools

So you have your iPad cooking apps and you are all ready to dive in and challenge Julia Child.  Great.  But wouldn’t it be nice to also have some cooking tools to help out? Instead of mulling through books or buying gadgets, here are some iPad cooking tools that help you master the recipes you will be working on.

Timer For Cooking (Free)

time for cooking

Remember that old analog timer that you would use to make sure you didn’t burn something?  Well, here is a free one right on the iPad.  It has multiple settings but at it’s most simple, it resembles the kitchen timer you already know.

Conversions for Cooking ($.99)

conversions for cooking

Something that is very handy to have because who can remember all those conversions?  This app keeps it very simple and easy to use.  You get conversions for dry and liquid measure, temperature, and weight.

Substitutions ($.99)


A great app to have around anytime, this is a simple list of substitution tables that are very to have around.  Some of the tables include alcohol, baking, cheese, gluten-free, herbs, seafood, spices and vegan.  This is especially useful if you run out of something and need to substitute in something else.

Herbs & Spices Glossary ($2.99)


The most comprehensive iPad app about herbs and spices.  You get access to over 270 herbs and spices organizes alphabetically  and with full information about each one.  For learning to cook this is great to have since there are times when you want to throw in some extra spice or if you want to learn more about a spice that you don’t know much about.

So there are some iPad cooking apps which give you tools and techniques for making all of the food you could ever want!  Each of these helps you learn and gives you new skills.  I have to say that it is really nice to be able to have all of this amazing information at my fingertips.  Just glad it’s all information and not all the food I want at my fingertips!

Note: You might want to invest in an iPad stand if you are going to be using it in the kitchen.  This way you can stand it up and refer to it while you are learning.  We have a few in our store and some cases that prop it up as well!

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