Manal Al-Alem Kitchen: Written iPhone App Review
Have you heard of Manal Al-Alem? She is the host of a popular Arabic cooking TV show, similar in many ways to Western cooking celebrities like Rachel Ray. Manal’s show features cooking recipes and tips for amazing Middle Eastern cooking and more, with broadcasts at Abu Dhabi TV, Mbc TV and other stations. She’s written a popular cook book, owns a food line center and is a consultant for food and catering services. Recently released in English for the first time is a cooking app for the iOS, Manal Al-Alem Kitchen, by developer Manal World, with plenty of interesting recipes for the whole family. It’s available for $2.99 through the iTunes store, for devices running iOS 3.0 or later.
Load up Manal Al-Alem Kitchen app and select from Recipes, Search, Favorites or Info to get started. These are all organized by tabs at the bottom of the app screen, with a photo of the cook herself on the main landing page. From there, it’s easy to locate just the right food recipes you may be interested in. Under this category, items are further divided into Soups, Salads, Appetizers, Side Dishes, Main Dishes and Desserts. Tap on one and browse through the various offering via photos of each. It would be nice to have a descriptive title overlay as well, but the mouth-watering photos do a fairly good job of describing the dish. Really like a recipe and want to save it further use and easy access? Tap the Star icon on the top-right-hand corner to add it to your Favorites. Manal Al-Alem Kitchen app features a large selection of recipes, especially in the dessert section. While many of the foods featured in this app are Middle Eastern in origin, there are plenty of titles that Western audiences may find familiar, including the ever popular cheesecake dessert!
It’s worth noting the amazing photography in this app. While many of the dishes appear to be more “homestyle” and perhaps not as photogenic as other offerings, they still look great in the app. Some of the desert photographs are absolutely mouth watering, such as the Sahoon Sweets! The actual layout of the app is very nice, with browsing quite simple and logical between screens. I haven’t seen too many cookbooks on the iOS, but the basic design of Manal Al-Alem Kitchen app has me satisfied when it comes to such layouts. Colors and photos are sharp and crisp, buttons and icons stand out, and the recipe instruction are easy to read.
While it isn’t free, coming in at $2.99, Manal Al-Alem Kitchen app is a pretty affordable cookbook options for Western users interested in exploring more dishes from overseas. The excellent food photography, multiple recipes for different courses, clear-cut instructions and accessible layout are definitely worth the small price tag. Every foodie and cooking fan owes it to themselves to check out this delightful app from Manal Al-Alem today!
Manal Al-Alem iPhone app requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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