After months of imagining all the kitchen possibilities for the iPad, one of the first things we did when our household received its new tablet was head straight for the Epicurious app. Cue the heavenly choirs! To be sure, the iPad is not a necessity, but we must admit we're pretty smitten. We already use laptops and smartphones in the kitchen, and the iPad combines the best of both worlds. Like the iPhone, it already has cooking-related apps with the potential for many more to come. Like the laptop, it's easier to read, type, and navigate – but without the worry of crumbs and (minor) spills. We don't see the iPad replacing our favorite cookbooks any time soon, but for all the food blog and other online recipes we use, this is just the tool we have been waiting for.
Regarding the Epicurious app, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, we really think it's phenomenal. We already like the app for the iPhone, but the iPad is so much more user-friendly in the kitchen. The app's first selling point is access to the Epicurious recipe database, which is already a much used and respected resource. Navigation is clear and elegant and there are a number of browse and search options, from featured recipes (e.g., Fast Breakfasts, Healthy Lunches, Mother's Day) to searching by category and/or keyword. With the tap of a finger, results can be displayed alphabetically or by relevance, photo, rating, or newness.
The recipe view includes a pop-out ingredients list (so easy to see!) and quick-reference tabs for general information, reviews, and nutrition. The text can be displayed in three sizes. We also like how easy it is to mark recipes as favorites and to email them to yourself or others. In addition, the shopping list feature allows you to add all of the ingredients from a recipe to the list and then check them off (though we'd prefer the ability to selectively add ingredients).
Aside from Epicurious and all the other cooking apps that are sure to come, we think the iPad will be a great tool for viewing food blogs, accessing recipes saved in Google Reader, watching tutorials, and possibly reading electronic food magazines (we know we aren't the only ones dreaming of a Gourmet revival!).
Do you have the iPad, or are you thinking of getting one? How would you use it in the kitchen?
• Get the app: Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
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