Recipes Genius is an electronic cooking helper and is released by Jourist Verlags GmbH.
“Recipes Genius knows 485 recipes from a wide range of areas which are easily put into practice in every kitchen, thanks to expert app-instructions. Step-by-step instructions for each recipe are a special feature, where more than 3,500 high-resolution photos are put to use and each interim result is displayed. Cooking becomes child’s play”
When I first saw this applications I did wonder what it would offer over a free application like Epicurious (the best know iPad cooking assistant) that does many of the same things.
Firstly, this application can be used offline, so if you want to use it at a friends house that does not have Wi-Fi you can still search and view the recipes.
As with other applications you can search foods by name, food type, using the ingrediants you have in the house or just jump to a favorite you have saved.
There is even a random recipe button if you want to try something new.
The recipes are well layout out with images of not only the finished item, but also images of the food being prepared, which is useful if you are not sure how finely to cut something or what do they mean by a thick foam etc.
As well of the recipes the application allows you to create shopping lists by the ingredients for the recipe. The iPhone version comes in handy for doing the physical shopping. Ingredients are also listed in grams or ozs.
There is also a built in Timer, for when you start the cooking. You can even add your own notes and photos into the app, great if you want to do a recipe in a different way or add a recipe not in the application already.
The user interface is well designed making it easy to navigate and find the recipes. If there was anything I would check it would be to offer a theme or two, as I was not keen on the black and grey checked background on the list.
On the upside:
- Good user interface.
- Recipes are simple to follow.
On the downside:
- Would have liked a theme option.
- Maybe add an hour option to the timer (if you are cooking roast beef for 1 1/2 hours)
- Less recipes than other similar application.
Overall, this is a really nice cook book and assistant. I cook a little myself and this would tempt me to try some new recipes. I already made one of the milk shakes. Hopefully more recipes will be added over time. The ability to use offline could be very useful at times, especially if something is on offer in the shop and you change you mind on the menu. At the introductory price of 69p it is a bargain. If you like cooking, it is well worth downloading.
Size: 435 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69