Recipes2Go is an app developed by Gail Foster that brings traditional recipe books/cards to the iOS platform. Sold for $2.99 for the full version with no ads, Recipes2Go does a good job of bringing modern convenience to conventional cooking. There is also a free version available.
Just like its name indicates, Recipes2Go is an app that provides a convenient place to store and sort through recipes on your chosen iOS device. Unlike sources like AllRecipes or Pinterest, however, using this app does not require internet access in order to browse through already stored recipes.
That being said, unlike either of the aforementioned recipe-finding options, Recipes2Go is mainly focused on being a place to store recipes that the user uploads him or herself.
Specifically, the app is set up so that users use their iOS devices to take pictures of their existing favorite recipes. Of course it also comes in handy when you see a great new recipe in a magazine in your doctor’s waiting room and would rather not rip out the page that it’s on. These snapshots are then uploaded to the app and stored according to user-designated categories.
Photos of finished dishes can also be added, as well as personal cooking tips. Other features of Recipes2Go include the option to mark “favorite” or “must-try” recipes; users can also send friends recipes or print them via Airprint.
Appearance and Layout:
In the area of usability Recipes2Go has really hit the mark with its attractive appearance and very easy-to-use layout along with simple navigation and search. When using Recipes2Go it’s obvious that the designers paid special attention to aesthetic details, and this fact is greatly appreciated.
All fonts are perfectly readable, and the logical layout allows for easy navigation. I personally was really pleased with the in-app pictures that are provided as icons for each recipe category; the chosen photos are all excellent quality and really add to the appeal of the app as a whole.
Even though the pink-themed color scheme of Recipes2Go may seem a bit girly to most guys, the practical layout should be more than sufficient to make up for any color-based complaints.
While the features of Recipes2Go are nice, the price of around $3.00 is really hard to justify, mainly because of the many other completely free ways of digitally storing recipes that are already available. Even though Recipes2Go is unique in how it allows for accessing recipes without an internet connection, most users will find it hard to justify the cost even though they will no doubt like its specific features.
Overall, this is a very nice app but I feel it will only appeal to a very limited audience. If you’re on the fence, try the free version and see what you think.
Recipes2Go requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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