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Much of the valu­able func­tion­al­ity of an iPhone for chefs - novice and vet­eran alike - is, of course, in its apps. The mo­bile app rev­o­lu­tion cer­tainly hasn’t left the kitchen un­touched; down­load the right apps and you could be de­lighted to see how eas­ily your iPhone can re­place that musty-look­ing print cook­book you prob­a­bly rou­tinely pull off the shelf when­ever you want to make some­thing spe­cial. Apps can not only pro­vide a huge se­lec­tion of recipes but also help you choose be­tween them.

An es­pe­cially good case in point is Oh She Glows. This app pro­vides over 95 recipes for peo­ple who fa­vor plant-based cui­sine. In fact, the meal op­tions here can be as good for your health as they are on your eyes; gaz­pa­cho, cheesy len­til bolog­nese casse­role and but­ter­nut squash “mac ‘n cheeze” are just some of the op­tions. If you are still in­ex­pe­ri­enced with cook­ing, you can nar­row them down with the “Quick + Easy” search fil­ter; mean­while, the “Kid Friendly” fil­ter could be very use­ful for fam­i­lies.

Still, the choice of recipes here is sig­nif­i­cantly dwarfed by that of BigOven, an app which has over 350,000 in its repos­i­tory. It’s the kind of stag­ger­ing choice that could leave you wrecked with in­de­ci­sive­ness; how­ever, if you have friends and fam­ily who could give you some pearls of wis­dom, in­vite them to use BigOven’s so­cial fea­ture. This will en­able you to read­ily see what those peo­ple are cook­ing up, turn­ing BigOven into some­thing closer to a Pin­ter­est for food­ies.

All of that’s great, but what if you would sim­ply pre­fer a so­phis­ti­cated search en­gine - rather

like Google, ex­cept that it fo­cuses on recipes and lets you quickly find the ones best-suited to spe­cific oc­ca­sions? You can get some­thing a lot like this with Yummly. Want a burger that re­mains rel­a­tively diet-friendly? Worry that you could in­ad­ver­tently select a recipe for a meal that would flare up an al­lergy? Yummly lets you search hun­dreds of recipes while ac­count­ing for such needs.


In re­cent years, Ap­ple has been push­ing its vir­tual per­sonal as­sis­tant, Siri, more and more as an in­te­gral part of Ap­ple de­vices. This begs the ques­tion: Why don’t we take a leaf out of Cookie Mon­ster’s cook­book, so to say, and ask

Siri for help? In­deed, it’s heart­en­ing that, when mak­ing food, we can call Siri into ac­tion in ways that don’t even re­quire us to touch our de­vice’s screen. This is es­pe­cially straight­for­ward with re­cent de­vices, but can still work with older ones as well.

Firstly, make sure that “Hey Siri” func­tion­al­ity is en­abled on your iPhone or iPad. You just need to go into Set­tings and then the Siri sec­tion, where you will find the rel­e­vant switch. If your de­vice has at least an A9 pro­ces­sor, you now only have to say “Hey Siri” within your de­vice’s hear­ing range to get Siri’s at­ten­tion. This is also pos­si­ble with iPhones or iPads that have an A8 pro­ces­sor or older; how­ever, the de­vice must be charg­ing for the “Hey Siri” fea­ture to work.

The hands-free func­tion­al­ity can prove in­cred­i­bly use­ful once you have got re­ally stuck in, but wa­ter, cookie dough or an­other food mix­ture on your hands pre­vents you quickly us­ing your phone in the more con­ven­tional way. Fol­low­ing Cookie Mon­ster’s ex­am­ple of set­ting a timer, for ex­am­ple, is easy; just say “Hey Siri, set timer for 10 min­utes” - or what­ever other amount of time you fa­vor. You can even have more than one timer run­ning at once if you have mul­ti­ple de­vices in the kitchen.

Siri can wel­come an ar­ray of cook­ing-re­lated queries, too. Can’t re­mem­ber the num­ber of ta­ble­spoons in a quart? Un­sure what tem­per­a­ture would be safe for your tur­key? Need to sub­sti­tute but­ter­milk in a par­tic­u­lar recipe? Siri is ca­pa­ble of help­ing you on all of these is­sues, says Boomer Web School. When asked, Siri can also eas­ily read out a recipe, pro­vided that you have placed the rel­e­vant text - try to omit un­nec­es­sary in­tro­duc­tory text - into a note in the Notes app.

Im­age: Matt Haas

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