How to Cook Everything for iPhone Food & Drink App Review (iOS, $4.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Culinate, Inc.

This release fixes a few minor issues.

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This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that appeal to cooks on the go.
Here’s some of what’s on tap:

• From this award-winning book: Mark Bittman’s 2,000 recipes and recipe variations—as well as his no-nonsense cooking guidance, including hundreds of how-to illustrations; equipment, technique, and ingredient information; and meal-planning ideas.

• Easy-to-use and flexible search capabilities, as well as the ability to browse recipes and reference information.

• Handy built-in timers, placed throughout the recipe steps, which run even when the app is not.

• Well-organized shopping lists that make it easy to buy ingredients—and whatever other groceries you need at home.

• Convenient printing of recipes and shopping lists.

• Cooking inspiration: Bittman’s Picks, Featured Recipe, Quick Dinners, and Favorites, which provide quick access to selected recipes.

• All recipe and reference content is embedded in the app, which means that you can use the app even if you don’t have a network connection.

• Swipe between recipe steps with a flick across the screen.

• Add recipes to the calendar app.

• Feed your friends: Integration with Facebook and Twitter allows you to share what you’re cooking with your social network!

• Email up to 10 recipes a month to yourself or to friends.

• Be global: Automatically convert temperatures and quantities to metric if that’s your preference.

• This app is the perfect complement to the book and an invaluable reference.

If you have an iPad, you may want to check out the iPad-optimized How to Cook Everything universal app, which runs on both iPad and iPhone.


Starbucks App of the Week, November 2011
Featured in Apple’s iPhone Apps Starter Kit
Bon Appétit's Top Food and Cooking App, Fall 2011

We think users of the app say it best:

“I don’t often do feedback, but I thought I have to in this instance! Y’all need to hear it. I bought and downloaded your Mark Bittman iPhone cookbook yesterday. I was struck by how well it was designed for the iPhone. Great, great interface. Just Beautiful. Well executed. I love it. Thank you so much.”

   — lmlee

“Love your app! It has inspired me to take culinary adventures. Aside from the no-nonsense approach I am also liking the variations for the recipes. I appreciate the way it encourages creativity.”

   — mimayjoy

“Thank you so much for bringing "How to Cook Everything" to the iPhone! I love the cookbook and am so happy that there is now an App... in fact, I just gifted it to my mother, sisters and sister-in-law”

   — david2002


Customer Reviews

  • Incredible value

    by jsola

    Such a bargain for a fully searchable digital version of one of the best cookbooks around.

  • Best app for a cooking novice like me!

    by shaz_designs

    Love this app! Search features based on ingredients, title; it's great!

  • Great app for the beginner or expert

    by Photonerd8

    This app is really set up to teach you how to cook. Each recipe is offers alternative variations, so you can apply your new skills to other dishes. Haven't found any recipes this app doesn't have!

  • Terrific App!

    by Bette Ann HUBBARD

    This is a terrific App and very easy to use. Mark Bittman's recipes in this App are my "go to" resources for new ideas for simple dishes and for interesting variations of favorites. Highly recommended for all cooks.

  • 5 stars!!

    by FtnesspL

    Love it

  • Awesome

    by Jeffandlindsay

    Great app. Very easy to use and a ton of great recipes.

  • Man in the Kitchen

    by wayoutwest

    My wife thinks I'm hot in the kitchen because of this app!

  • Great App

    by TJ 55533

    This is a great app. I like checking out the featured apps, and I've always enjoyed Mark Bittman. Easy to use and full of great information.

  • Awesome

    by Pbartow11

    This app has everything. Easy to use & lots of recipes worth every penny

  • Love this app!

    by zz99

    I'm not much of a cook; but this app helps me fake it pretty well. Good recipes; clear step-by-step instructions, with variations. A timer and other helpful features make me feel like I really know what I'm doing when I'm in the kitchen.

  • Thumbs up.

    by Jefraize

    One of a handful of apps I use on a regular basis. Performance has been flawless. Recipes are simple and easy to find, with variations provided to suit any pantry. This app has made me a better cook.

  • Like to eat

    by Brarian

    But hate to cook. But when I do cook, I use this app.

  • Great content!

    by VoxVolo

    This app offers great content and a nice layout. I love the "how to" tips.

  • Simply wonderful

    by britaoutzen

    My first stop now for recipes and ideas. Nothing too complicated, not too many ingredients, just good food.

  • Great app!!!

    by David Hyde

    Love bittman

  • Wonderful cookbook app

    by NPeppin

    Cooks can find all kinds of great ideas just by typing in the ingredients they have on hand Plus the ingredient list is with you when you're at the store so you don't forget to buy the items that you need. The search feature is particularly good.

  • A must have for any foodie

    by Joey2phones

    This collection of receipts, tips Amdahl techniques is a must have. Even though I've been cooking a majority of my life I find myself referencing the app all the time. Thanks it's great

  • Every Recipe Works.

    by Crebate

    Each recipe I have made from this book has been accurate, and the cooking times have been very close. I recommend this book to many others. The app works easily.

  • Really useful; fun to browse

    by Puppy Indy

    Have been enjoying discovering all of the information layered in this app. Headed for favorite status. I always check Bittman first, before my other cooking apps. Sorry, Gordon!

  • A

    by Sseaberg

    Great to use when traveling.

  • Disappointing

    by Hollowedge

    Asked for a beef stroganoff recipe and your site could not find one. No stars But could not log out unless I clicked on stars first, a complete waste of money.

  • Love it!

    by Great minus the glitches

    Love mark bittman and love this app' so easy to use and chock full of great cooking info for cooks of all levels.

  • Cook away!

    by Jlrby

    Great app for cooking recipes and techniques!

  • Lots of ideas for the home cook

    by Shalune

    A good resource to find recipes for home cooking.

  • Cookbook for the 21st century

    by StillCrafty

    Well-written and well-organized, this app is everything I could want in a cookbook - and several things I didn't realize I wanted until I had them. The kitchen equipment and basic technique sections are useful references, and I like the search/filter and shopping list functions quite a bit. If this were an actual book on my shelf, it would be dog-eared with handling.

  • Great app

    by Tinybearvt

    When I'm in my local coop and see what looks fresh and appetizing I open this app and find a great recipe. I check out what else is needed, and get all my ingredients so I can put it together when I get home. Very neat!


    by Q8FKG

    A very easy guide to cooking. I use it whenever i need to discover how to cook something new.

  • One of my best

    by RR1

    This is one of my best apps. I have used it a number of times and find it helpful.

  • This Book/App is the Ultimate!!!

    by Buck1017

    Mark Bittman is THE MAN! This book feeds us dinner almost every day!!

  • My favorite and most used food app!

    by Krogers47

    This app has everything I could possibly want and more! Easy to use, incredibly informative from the basics and up, and great recipes with tons of variations for endless ideas.

  • Outstanding

    by Jim Podesva

    Everything I expected and more. Thoughtfully designed.

  • Great ideas and instruction!

    by 00JT

    I use the app quite often. Very well designed. Lots of tips. Great recipes. Well worth having in your app library.

  • The Best!

    by Mikealola

    Easy to use, everyday. Get it!

  • Great!

    by RuthaM

    I use this app all the time. Great recipes and the variations add to it.

  • Awesome

    by montrachet

    The bottom line is that you must have this app. Grocery lists, timers built into recipes...ridiculous!

  • Best app I've purchased

    by User1923

    If only I could sync my recipes from Epicurious with this.

  • Great interface, but needs update to iPad size!

    by LMLee49

    Didn't hesitate buying this app knowing it was a Mark Bittman production. Own some of his cook books. Miss his weekly cooking column so much in the New York Times, but this is the next best thing.

  • Love it!

    by Angelica999

    I love this app! You truly can find everything from spaghetti carbonara to cheesecake. And it's searchable... Best feature for sure. :-)

  • Simply put...the best app I have on my phone.

    by Dustin Grime

    I love this app, and love it even more as I learn to use all it's features.

  • cooking App

    by Cookin with heart

    Great recipes. U can find everything u look for. So much information available, but, so easy to use!!!

  • Great book

    by Juanmartinex

    Very comprehensive and searchable

  • Great app.

    by Caaronbrown

    The best, most useful, most complete, and most commonsensical recipe app.

  • Very Useful App

    by Stephen_NY

    You expect it to be well written and it is. It's also a very useful, well thought out app. It might not tell you how to cook absolutely everything but he gives cooking guidelines and suggestions that are enormously helpful in the real world. Well worth the 5 bucks.

  • Great app

    by NoAccess

    Very handy to plan a quick dinner. Great recipes.

  • The best cooking app

    by CDE501

    Great recipes, great organization.

  • The only good cookbook app

    by RabidSnowBot

    Once you start using this app, you'll never buy another cookbook for your e-reader. This app works the way real people use cookbooks. It has excellent search and index functions, navigation is simple and intuitive, and it's fast. All that and recipes that taste good and work.

  • I use this App every day

    by Melzor82

    From prep to recipes, this is the way to go. Simple and easy to follow.

  • Good recipes

    by TracyLSH

    Good recipes and easy to use and search.

  • Love this app!

    by j$!!!

    Great recipes and easy to use app. I'm a beginning cook so it's perfect

  • Really good app.

    by Pastor Jay

    It's a really good app but I would like to see more variety and more new things.

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