Win the How To Cook Everything iApp!


We’re giving away another batch of apps today. Here’s the deal: Post a comment telling us how technology has changed the way you cook–or not. We’ll read through them and pick the five that speak to us. Then we’ll post them for all to see, ask you to send your email address to us, and get you your personal copy of How To  Cook Everything–the super-comprehensive, searchable, amazing iPhone version. Only comments posted before midnight May 12th will be eligible.


23 thoughts on “Win the How To Cook Everything iApp!

  1. Technology has made it a lot easier to be economical and to make good use of my CSA box every week. Being able to use google or the search function on foodtv, epicurious, etc makes it easier to find a recipe that will make good use of the vegetables in the crisper, and to find new combinations and presentations to try. I keep printouts of favorites from the web, compiling my own binder of recipes that winds up getting more use than just about any other cookbook no my shelf.

  2. The ability to get recipes over the internet on my phone has been a game-changer. Every time I unexpectedly go to the store, I’ve got all the information that I need at my fingertips.

  3. I use my epicurious app while shopping, plug in my iphone to the stereo and listen to Michael Buble while I cook. Music really adds to the cooking experience!

  4. As someone new to cooking, technology has drastically reduced the fear I once had to screwing up a dish or not knowing how to use a certain technique. If unsure how to do something, I can quickly look up a youtube video to demonstrate the proper technique. If I’m at the supermarket and they don’t have an exotic ingredient, I can whip out my iPhone and find an acceptable substitute.

  5. Easy! Being able to view others’ tweaks and modifications to recipes has made a world of difference to improving tried and true (sometimes boring) things. The ability to live/eat vicarously through others’ blogging experiences ("Tuesdays with Dorie" comes to mind), has entertained me and made me want to try more myself!Look forward to trying the Bittman app soon! (won or not).

  6. I trust old-fashioned cookbooks for most of my cooking, but when desperate, I search the Internet for what I have in mind. On my iPhone, I will use my Weight Watchers and Good Guide apps to help my selection of ingredients for health/sustainability.

  7. Technology has changed my food life tremendously. I’ve always been one of those people who would sit and read a cookbook like a novel; now, with so many beautifully written food blogs out there, I can read and learn and experiment right along with other people who love food the way I do. And through online food communities, I’ve discovered ways to eat I might never have tried. I’ve learned so much from raw foodists, from vegans, from gluten free bloggers, from food travelers…my world has expanded a thousand fold because of the wealth that the internet provides. Some great food writing in combination with my CSA membership has helped me brave some unknown vegetable territory with great success. Turns out that I really like kale!

  8. i use my iphone as a whisk to agitate my vinaigrette. well, not really, my vinaigrettes are usually agitated all on their own. i do use my iphone to endlessly copy recipes that pop up here and there and consult it while cooking. which explains the dried pieces of unidentifiable foodstuff found on the once shiny facade. technology works best when it’s considered just another utensil.

  9. Thanks to the internet, I’ve been able to get rid of 90% of my cookbooks. My horizons are greatly broadened, now, too. Thanks to sites like Tastespotting, I encounter other cooks from around the world and get countless ideas for my own kitchen. The internet has really created an amazing food community that never existed before. For instance, because of Twitter and David, I get a whole new experience that I’d never have if my only knowledge of him was through his cookbooks; I get to hear what he thinks about things, to see him as a real person, and I get to explore further thanks to who he links to, what he mentions, etc.I also just have access to so much more information now. I can make more healthful choices because I can look up how many calories are in ground turkey vs. ground hamburger. Additionally, I completely credit the Lose It! app for the iPhone with the 20 lbs I’ve lost since January. It makes it so much easier to track calories in, calories out, and to plan meals and recipes.

  10. Smart phones and the internet have substantially increased my level of adventure in the kitchen. I now look up a new vegetable that showed up at the farmers market/CSA to figure out what I can do with it; I can read the comments (praises and struggles) from others to feel as if I’ve already tried a new recipe several times before diving in; and I share what I’ve learned with my family and friends by blogging about it afterward. This has become a self-reinforcing cycle for trying new things and honing my tastes—one that won’t stop anytime soon.

  11. I get a lot of good ideas from The Minimalist (I’m not just blowing smoke) and other food videos and blogs. Also I keep all of my recipes in DROPBOX so when I’m at the grocery store I can check to make sure I have the ingredients that I need for a dish I’m planning.

  12. Technology has improved my cooking immensely! From watching cooking shows by satellite TV (Rick Bayless’s is awesome!) to watching videos online (The Minimalist rocks!) to being able to find recipes at the push of a button. Very helpful indeed!!!

  13. I don’t necessarily trust cookbooks (except Bittman’s and a few others, of course), but recipes online provide lots of reviews and alterations– I’m less likely to find something that doesn’t work. I love having millions of recipes at my fingertips. I have a roster of blogs I read when I am lacking inspiration, or I can type in an ingredient if I need to use something up. Cooking blogs are great because it provides contact with someone who has already made the recipe so I can ask any questions I might have. I can also look up any techniques that I am curious about and find videos or step-by-step instructions, which might not fit in a cookbook.

  14. I recently copied all of my bookmarked food blog, Epicurious and NY Times recipes from my gigantic bookmark folder into Evernote, an online/desktop/iphone notetaking application. I use the Evernote Google Chrome web clipper to copy interesting recipes into my "Recipes" notebook, where they are stored complete with the link in case I ever need to refer back to the source website.Then I tag all of the non-staple ingredients in that recipe (for example, my family’s tomato sauce is tagged "tomato" "fennel" "carrots" "white wine" and "basil"). If I have leftover fennel, I can just search my recipe library for "fennel"-tagged recipes and figure out what else I can make with it. And since it’s all synced to my iPod Touch, I have my entire recipe database with me when I go grocery shopping.Not only does this new system keep produce from going bad before I’m inspired to search for something to cook with it, but it also keeps me rotating through new recipes instead of falling back on the old, easy standbys.

  15. i love love love using my phone and computer in the kitchen. it’s amazing to have technology at your fingertips- if i don’t have an item, i can easily search for a substitute, or look for a recipe that doesn’t use that particular item. i have an ipad now, and would love to have this app on it… i’d use it daily to spruce up our meals!!

  16. When I know what I want to make, my first step is still a cookbook. But what the Internet does is let me triangulate recipes. It’s sort of a halfway point between cooking improvisationally and using a recipe. For two (real-life) examples:Here are six recipes for pan-crisped duck in a port wine cherry sauce. Which parts of each recipe can I combine into what I’ll actually cook?I’ve already decided how I’m going to cook Moroccan chicken and apricots, but what spices do I use? Let’s check three Moroccan recipes and make a guess.

  17. Technology has changed the way I cook because I don’t print out recipes like I did when I was gainfully employed and had access to a functional printer… now I just lug my laptop into the kitchen and hope that I don’t spill another half cup of olive oil onto it. I have a lot of good friends who are also into cooking, and we share recipes from cooking blogs through Google Reader, ones that we have made and ones that we hope to make… along with notes about what went wrong, what we changed, and how to not set off the smoke alarm again.

  18. The many cooking blogs combined with Google reader has played a huge part in making me excited to cook! No longer do I have to figure out what to make for dinner – I always have a huge backlog of awesome recipe posts that I want to try. 🙂 I’ve discovered so many wonderful recipes that I never would have known about otherwise, and my cooking and eating horizons have been greatly expanded by the seemingly endless choices available, rather than cooking out of whatever few cookbooks I own. However – How to Cook Everything has been one of the cookbooks I would still like to own, and I imagine it would be a wonderful help in using my CSA box! I’m excited to have joined a CSA for the first time this year, and can’t wait to see what it brings. 🙂

  19. Originally, technology helped fuel my interest in cooking with recipes from cooking websites. I learned how to make most of what I knew back in the day from the internet. After feeling like I maxed out with the websites that only provided recipes, I used the internet to discover what culinary schools were open in the Cambridge, MA area and I enrolled. Now, I am a culinary school graduate who uses the internet constantly for recipes, tips from fellow chefs, youtube videos as tutorials, and of course, to follow famous chefs from around the world on their journeys.

  20. Technology has basically provided me the ability to be fearless in the kitchen. i always have a laptop or smartphone near me, and if i am feeling the slightest bit anxious about what to cook, what it is or how to cook it, i quickly can access the web. This has become doubly important as i have also started to have a CSA deliver to the house weekly. Things i never thought of using before are now suddenly in my refrigerator testing my ability to be creative with them. Kohlrabi? Turnips? Fennel? More different greens than i could have believed suddenly find themselves on my families plates. My kids eat brussel sprouts with gusto! Truly the ability to have recipes, hints, tips, cooking instructions at my fingers make cooking truly fun and exciting. Even my hard boiled eggs have yellow [and not green] yolks!

  21. When I’m at the farmers market, and see unusual (at least for me) vegetables, I can quickly look up recipes and tips on my iphone, and plan meals around the fresh produce.

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