Not sure what to serve with your turkey? Or what the heck brining is? If you need help this Thanksgiving, the new Bon Appetit Thanksgiving app is here for you! It\’s just as well-designed as their original app, and it\’s full of great recipes. If you have an iPad, I highly recommend you check it out!
I have become a huge nerd for digital cooking tools (you can read all about my love for Evernote here), but I’ve always been pretty underwhelmed by what the current food giants are doing in mobile. Most “digital versions” of cooking magazines are a bit clunky, difficult to browse through, or just a poor copy of the paper version. But oh no..not anymore. Bon Appetit recently released a brand new version of their mobile magazine, and it is awesome. Now I work in digital advertising, so I’m not just saying this. They really thought through how a chef in their kitchen would want to interact with their app, and they’ve implemented those ideas into a shiny new app that works with your subscription.
If you are a subscriber to Bon Appetit and you have an iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini (sorry Android/Nook users..I’m not sure how it works on your device), I highly recommend giving it a try. The best part by far is the recipe layout that they offer. It’s made for step-by-step cooking with your iPad, which means it is written in a larger font (hooray), moves step-by-step, and has a really great layout for mobile.
Recipes get their one pages are posted with beautiful shots of the finished product:
Once you click through, you get the standard view of the recipe:
And when you select the “step-by-step” option on the bottom, you get the mobile-friendly version:
There are still a few things that are a bit off (like you have to make sure your fingers are clean every time you swipe), but it’s really a huge step in creating mobile-friendly content that actually works. They also have a ton of great mobile tricks up their sleeve, a great example of which can be seen on one of the product pages. When you land on the page it’s full of beautiful product shots:
They’ve really done a great job including fun mobile actions like clicks and swipes, integrating recipes in a way that is actually useful, and sticking with the same great photography and recipes that made us fall in love with the print magazine. Bravo Bon Appetit!
Some more great screenshots can be found on this review from Minkwell here.
I have recently been using Evernote and their Food app while cooking…and it is amazing. Life changing (well..you know, kind of). If you haven’t used evernote, it’s a great tool for clipping things such as websites, links, pictures, etc. from the web. You can organize articles, photos, recipes, or whatever through a variety of apps. Their best app is their Food app. It takes any recipe you post in Evernote and automatically throws it into “Your Cookbook.” It’s searchable, it only keeps the good stuff (no more ads or random sidebars), and it works offline. With the proliferation of recipes and blogs online, I’ve spent a lot of time printing and trying to organize recipes off the web – but I usually lose like half of them in the process. This has made my online recipe usage soooo much easier. Here’s a bit from their blog: