Learn To Cook Tons Of Recipes With iCookbook [REVIEW]


Are you a chef? Or are you interested in cooking? If all recipes and different varieties of food items in Manal AlAlem’s Kitchen were not enough for you, here is another app that would teach various new dishes and recipes that you can cook. Your friends and family members will be impressed with the variety of dishes and cuisines that you cook.

Presenting iCookbook with voice command. This is a universal app that can be used iPhone as well as iPad.


This app has been created by Publications International Ltd. (PIL). Founded in 1967, PIL employs more than 400 people. It publishes more than 600 titles per year and distributes nationwide and abroad through bookstores, major retailers, club stores, mass merchandisers, magazine newsstands, grocery stores, mail-order catalogs, and direct sales.

iCookbook carries the knowledge of various recipes published by PIL. This app has been named as the best of the iPad Lifestyle category in App Store Rewind 2011 in the US. Over 2,000 recipes and free monthly updates have been added to this app.

The iCookbook team comprises of recipes selected by accredited food experts and nutritionists that use readily accessible (and affordable) ingredients. These recipes will inspire you and help solve your everyday problem of meal selection.


Every month, the iCookbook team will carefully select a group of new recipes that you can add to your collection at no additional cost. So iCookbook will grow with you and become the only cooking app you will ever need.

This app carries everything that a casual cook or a professional chef needs. Apart from recipes, iCookbook includes:

1. Voice Commands:
Voice commands are completely unique to iCookbook. As a cook, you can proceed through the preparation steps without touching the iPad or iPhone screen. You can just speak the simple commands to move to the next step, manage timers, view notes (iPad only), and more.

2. Prepare Mode:
Another feature unique to iCookbook, Prepare Mode provides an enhanced display of a recipe that you can read at a distance from the iPad and iPhone.

3. Stir it Up!
Press Stir and iCookbook offers a selection of randomly chosen recipes on the basis of a particular search or filter criteria (Shake to stir on iPhone).

4. My Recipe Box.
This feature enables you to create a set of iCookbook favorite recipes for easy retrieval, and add recipes from a personal recipe collection.

5. Social Network.
You can mail or share any recipe on Facebook, with your friends.

6. Printing.
You can print recipes to any AirPrint compatible printer.

7. Personalize the Recipes.
Many people like to put their own personal touch to a recipe. iCookbook has Our Notes feature that would allow you to record your ideas and comments about iCookbook recipes.

8. Kitchen Tools.
This app features multiple timers, substitution lists, and measurement conversion charts.

9. Shopping List.
You can tag ingredients directly from a recipe to your shopping list. Then you can simply, print or email your list.

10. In this app, you can easily add your own recipes. This way, you will never lose your favorite recipes that your mom or Grandma taught you. Once the recipe is added, you can also easily add your own photos, search for your recipe or even share your personal favorite through E-mail.


Each recipe has been rigorously tested either by the iCookbook team or the extensive testing process of your favorite brands. Thus, this app guarantees that these recipes will turn out perfect each and every time.

If you update to iCookbook 2.0 from an older version, the app will go through a migration process to retrieve all recipes and information. At most, the procedure to retrieve and update everything should take 15 minutes. Not more than that.

Some new features in the latest version of iCookbook are as follows:

1. Various bugs of Version 2.0 bug have been fixed. The new Version 2.1 features several great iOS 5 updates that will now make iCookbook even better for cooks everywhere.

2. The new version has Airplay video support.

3. Recipe ratings 1 to 5 stars or see everyone else’s rating.

4. iCloud recipe and shopping list can be shared between devices using the same Apple ID.

5. You can drag and drop recipes into My Recipe Box and Meal Builder.

6. The new version of iCookbook features simplified display of recipe collections in the in-app store.

7. As mentioned earlier, you can add photos to your personal recipes.

iCookbook is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd Generation iPod Touch, 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad. It requires iOS 4.0 or later version.

This review has been written after obtaining iCookbook from app store via gift card and the app has been used on an iPad.

So after using this app, what cuisine did you cook? Did you find it delicious? Share your comments with us.

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