Vegetarian How to Cook Everything Food & Drink App Review (iOS, $9.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Culinate, Inc.

This release fixes a few minor issues.

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Current Version:
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484 Ratings
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How to Cook Everything Vegetarian®, the ultimate one-stop vegetarian cookbook—from New York Times columnist and bestselling author Mark Bittman—has more than 2,000 recipes, scores of how-to illustrations, and a nifty set of features designed especially for cooks on the go.

The How to Cook Everything Vegetarian universal app for iPad and iPhone makes delicious meatless and vegan food more accessible than ever. It offers the depth, scope, and portability of the bestselling How to Cook Everything app—and it’s all about vegetarian food.

This app is optimized uniquely for both the iPad and the iPhone, making the most of the size, shape, and capabilities of each. Some features are specific to the iPad only.

In this app you’ll find:

• The contents of Mark Bittman’s award-winning book, including more than 2,000 meatless recipes and recipe variations—from easy stir-fries, pastas, and burgers to do-it-yourself projects like tofu and cheese from scratch.

• No-nonsense cooking guidance: how-to illustrations; equipment, technique, and ingredient information; and meal-planning ideas.

• Easy-to-use and flexible search capabilities, including enhanced filters and the ability to browse recipes and reference information.

• Dedicated layouts for portrait and horizontal views, so the information and recipes are easy to follow—from any angle.

• Inspiring photos of weekly featured recipes (iPad only).

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

• The ability to bookmark particular recipe steps and jump with ease among recipes (iPad only).

• The ability to convert temperatures and quantities to metric.

• Handy built-in timers, placed throughout the recipe steps.

• A How-To section that provides convenient access to hundreds of illustrated tutorials on a broad range of topics (iPad only).

• A notes tab on each recipe that makes it easy to add your own recipe notes (iPad only).

• Select quotes from the book with voice-overs by Mark Bittman (iPad only).

• A constant-on button to prevent the screen from dimming while you cook (iPad only).

• The ability to print recipes and shopping lists and to add recipes to calendars.

• The ability to email up to 10 recipes a month to yourself or to friends.

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

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

All recipe and reference content is embedded in this app, which means that you can use it even if you don’t have a network connection. The How to Cook Everything Vegetarian app is the perfect complement to the book, an invaluable resource and guide.

The How to Cook Everything Vegetarian app is the perfect complement to the book, an invaluable and innovative resource and guide.


Praise for the How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook:

“Mark Bittman's category lock on definitive, massive food tomes continues with this well-thought-out ode to the garden and beyond. Combining deep research, tasty information, and delicious easy-to-cook recipes is Mark's forte and everything I want to cook is in here, from chickpea fries to cheese soufflés."

   — Mario Batali, chef, author, and entrepreneur

“Recipes that taste this good aren’t supposed to be so healthy. Mark Bittman makes being a vegetarian fun.”

   — Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center and coauthor of You: The Owner’s Manual


Love this app? Check out its companion app: How to Cook Everything.

Customer Reviews

  • A pleasure!

    by CL in MN

    I bought this app not sure whether I'd actually use it much or not since I don't use a lot of recipes generally when I cook. But I love Mr. Bittman and read him frequently in the Times. And I love this app too! Very user-friendly, well-organized and an easy way to incorporate more vegetarian cooking into your menu choices. Very pleased! The recipes I've tried so far have been delicious.

  • A pleasure to use

    by Dcb in nj

    This app is the best cooking app I have used. It is very easy to navigate. I find myself browsing more often than I do with other apps. I enjoy Mark Bittman's articles in the New York Times and the narratives that accompanies the recipes in this app are just as enjoyable to read.

  • No nutritional info

    by Flexitarian want

    Nicely designed app. But it is frustrating that there is no nutritional information. Many of the recipes seem to be high in fat and calories but it is hard to tell.

  • Enjoy this app

    by Zoidal87

    This app woks great on its own or in conjunction with the marvelous book of the same title. I have found that my family really enjoys many of these recipes without ever thinking twice about it being healthy or vegetarian. I highly recommend this app.

  • Very nice!

    by NicknameSan

    Good recipes, very nicely organized. Makes effective use of the iPad format. Definitely worth the cost!

  • Nice vegetarian flavor

    by muchocerveza

    If you want to add vegetarian dishes to your repertoire, get this.

  • Essential!

    by JenCameron

    Love this app, use it almost daily!

  • ExcellentCookbook & App

    by SV WRO

    This & the "How to Cook Everything" App are the best cookbook Apps around. the bindings kept breaking on the real books. SV

  • Excellent!

    by BPMiller

    The recipes are great, as you would expect from Mark Bittman. The format, extra content, navigation, and convenience of having it all right at hand, even in the grocery store, makes this a great resource.

  • Excellent Intro To Veggie Cuisine

    by Seastar3

    Love this cookbook.

  • Great App

    by Delenn31

    Makes quickly finding recipes and variations easy. Very handy for making a meal with ingredients at hand.

  • This has changed how I cook

    by Ethan Logan

    I love this app: well-organized, excellent recipes, common-sense practical approach, interesting and unexpected approaches. It's empowering for a new cook, and surprisingly instructive for an experienced cook. Lots of ways to come across interesting things to eat.

  • The gift that keeps on giving

    by Chuck 77

    After trying dozens of these recipes for myself and finding what a joy they were, I gave this app to a friend. After four months she is still giving it rave reviews. Truly, this is a gift that keeps on giving – to both of us!

  • Very helpful

    by Air Zeke

    I like this and not a vegetarian.

  • I Love This App

    by Onze11

    I love Mark Bittman's NYTimes recipe columns and always wanted to buy his How to Cook Everything Book. I'm so glad I procrastinated until it cam out in app form. The recipes have his wonderful conversational tone, and I love the tips, the variations, and the built-in timer. Cooking is one of my favorite uses of my iPad and using this app is one of my favorite ways to cook.

  • Easy

    by Nurse Leah

    Great Easy Recipes!

  • Great cookbook

    by Notagoodapp222

    East to use, great recipes

  • All this without throwing out your back

    by Richard Careaga

    The print edition weighs as much as two bricks. This only weighs a few gazillion protons.

  • Nice app, but....

    by Lauriephoto

    Like a lot of the other reviewers I agree pictures would be nice. The other thing that would be helpful is a better way to search. A table of contents similar to a book would be nice. Right now the browsing is a little tough. A recipe box with categories for your favorites would also be helpful. And yes, more recipes would be nice.

  • Love MB

    by W Boy

    Great recipes! Super easy interface! Keep them coming Mark!

  • So so app

    by Longtime Veg

    This app is just ok. The recipes seem uninspired. I think Bittman tries to keep them simple so they are easy but nothing in this is fabulous. Disappointing.

  • Great gift idea-

    by Heb dduw, Heb ddim

    Great app - just got it for a friend. Great Gift! I use this as my grocery list too.

  • Helpful, but photos would be nice

    by Ruby Suzy

    I like Mark Bittman's recipes because they're straightforward, uncomplicated and simply delicious. I use this app to give me ideas of what to fix to eat when I'm too tired to think. It's helpful but would be even more so if there were photos of the dishes, to give my mind a nudge and whet my appetite. Really. This is a multimedia age and this app would be so much better with pictures.

  • Ideas

    by JohnJohnJohnU

    It works for me by giving me ideas. Of course MB always gives the less experienced a helping hand.

  • A Must Have.

    by Krystal Pickles

    Anyone wanting to cook vegetarian could consider this book their primer and feel well-informed. I keep this book handy in my kitchen.

  • HCEV, Bittman

    by mdyr

    Great app, great recipes, great writer!

  • Nice App, but most recipes don't have pictures

    by Love and let live

    Overall a nice app, I had the book as well so I'm a little surprised at the substantially lesser count of recipes, however still enough to get you by, great instructions and illustrations! However most recipes don't have pictures which is a big shame, and a bit of a surprise for a $10 app, hope they fix that part, and I would Definitely give it four stars, 5 stars if there would be more recipes .

  • Easy,tasty of all,its all vegetarian

    by Nagohllib

    Easy to understand instructions. Meals that make even meat eaters happy.

  • Buy this app.

    by Szzn1225

    The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I never give anything 5 stars. I LOVE this app... L.O.V.E. Bittman's recipes ain't bad either. If I had a choice to buy the book or the app... It's the app hands down.


    by Dstats

    Just buy it as you will not regret doing so.

  • Love it!

    by Owllight

    New and delicious recipes!

  • Amazing, wonderful

    by Birdgerm

    My cooking lifeline. I use it daily and every recipe turns out better than I expected.

  • Great recipes! Easy Delicious Meals!

    by Jade DaRu

    This is the second book by Mark Bittman that I have purchased as an App. It is easy to use, includes alternatives for ingredients, timers so you don't mess up cooking times and tips, tricks and valuable cooking knowledge to get even the beginner on the right track. Highly recommend both this book and his other book "How To Cook Everything.

  • Excellent.

    by KCD NOLA

    I have the hard copy of this recipe book in my kitchen and used it extensively. I got the ap version before I left for the Peace Corps and was only allowed 100lbs of total luggage for two years of living It is wonderful to have familiar recipes and is the same fantastic book in a portable version. Thanks!!

  • Pretty good

    by Ksanc

    The layout could be better. It's a bit difficult to maneuver through all the recipes. Theres a decent selection of recipes though!

  • The best app!!!

    by Countrydeb

    Worth the price. It has everything you would ever need. I don't have to buy cookbooks anymore!

  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

    by Smith family account

    I have had great success with the tasty recipes. The instructions are clear and the "Variation" tab adds depth to usefulness of main recipe.

  • Great recipes

    by FranklyScarlet 987654321

    Everything I've made (including the myriad variations) has been great. Especially fond of the Brussels Sprouts w/hazelnuts.

  • Love this app!

    by KateKardashian


  • Vegan--- NOT

    by ALS42962

    Obviously no one here understands the definition of vegan- which in the world of food and cookbooks is unimaginable- And had bought this app before and had to pay again for some reason to download it- Not happy now

  • Now Vegetarian Doesn't Equal Gross!

    by The Real Gavin Mahaley

    Seriously, this book gave me the tools I needed to eat well without meat. Highly recommended!

  • Delicious!

    by Clasmirnov

    I love this app. Both versions (everything and vegetarian) are great! I especially adore the vegetarian one. All I have to do is follow the recipe, and everything I cook is now amazing! You can go by category, search by ingredient, easy-fast dishes, etc. It doesn't have pictures, but somehow you end up not needing or missing them. The instructions are really clear, good, and easy to follow. I also love that multiple options are often given for an ingredient, so you can easily do with what's in your pantry or available at the store without risking the quality of your outcome. It's only missing one star because the iPhone app doesn't sync with the iPad app, which can be quite annoying. I like to select my recipes for the week and create my weekly shopping list from this selection via the iPad app. But when I go shopping, ideally I would be able to have my shopping list and the ability to use it in the iPhone app (I love the function to tap on an item and move it to "purchased"). But I can't use the app's awesome shopping list on the go, unless I go to the store with my iPad or do my recipe browsing on the iPhone (too small for efficiency). I still can email the list to myself as a plain text list, so it's not the biggest of deals. But please add a sync function!

  • very well made app

    by louis4mica

    my favorite part is being able to auto make grocery lists with the ingredients needed for the recipe.

  • How to cook everything vegetarian

    by Huronrunner

    Yummy,yummy in my tummy Really good tasting recipes even for non-vegetarians

  • Great App

    by Jmlitch

    Great recipes that even the most loyal carnivore will love

  • Wonderful!!!

    by 2010Zoom

    This is by far the best app for recipes and general cooking information. It holds an amazing number of recipes and then variations within the recipes - the possibilities are endless. It is well written, easy to navigate, easy to make notes and save recipes. It's actually fun to read. This has become my go to reference when I have an ingredient and don't know what I want to cook with it. The recipes range from very simple to more complex so it is helpful for all occasions. Each recipe I have made has turned out great. I really admire the work that went into this app. Highly recommended!

  • Amazing

    by Lavallio

    Best app for veggie cooks I've seen.

  • Great cookbook and app!

    by BimmerJMG

    This app and its non-vegetarian counterpart are almost all I use when looking for recipes on my iPad now. Awesome!

  • Missing photos

    by Veg monster

    Great app. Love the timers and metric option but where are the photos? Please please must have pics of all the dishes

  • No fave

    by Nutcase2

    Love the app but saving favorites doesn't work on iPhone or iPsd. Kind of defeats the purpose.

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