There are thousands of delicious recipes around the world – too many for one person to ever create. Instead, over our lifetime, we develop favorites as they are handed down from generation to generation, or when we decide to go out on a limb and try cooking something new. And now, with My Recipes by Stuart McLean, users finally have an application that allows them to collect all their favorite recipes in one place instead of being bombarded with hundreds more.
My Recipes provides a simple, easy-to-use interface that allows users to type up their favorite recipes and input them into their personal database, or quickly copy and paste right into the template from websites or other applications if possible. These recipes can then be categorized, or easily searched for using the Search button under the More tab whenever you have the hankering for said dish. Users can even spice up their recipe pages by adding photos to each, whether from their photo library or directly from their device’s camera.
Conveniently, the More tab also offers a Backup button, which allows users to backup all their data on their computer and restore said information from previous, saved backups if necessary. Simply make sure that your portable device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer and slide the Backup Server switch to On. Then, simply enter the provided web address into your Internet browser to backup or restore your recipes. (Of course, I do highly recommend keeping a written collection of all your recipes regardless of My Recipe’s convenience, for you can never be sure when technology shall betray you and delete all of your information.)
Best of all, My Recipes doesn’t just organize all your favorite recipes, but also provides users with other convenient kitchen tools, such as the Kitchen Timer, Weight and Temperature Conversion tabs, and the Liquid Measurement Converter. For those using a multi-tasking enabled device, the Kitchen Timer will run in the background as you continue to use your device. And I, for one, am terrible when it comes to trying to convert any sort of measurement, so to know I have something I can rely on to make sure my dishes come out right may even be more handy than the recipe keeper itself.
Note: The developer recognizes that, for users operating any OS earlier than iOS 4, the application will fail to launch. Solutions for this issue shall be available with the version 1.1.1 update, so do not uninstall the application or you will indeed lose all of the recipes you have input so far.
My Recipes [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.