Developer: Time Inc
Price: $3.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s a good sign when a recipe app offers such attractive photos that even when having only just eaten, my mouth instantly watered at the prospect. Cooking Light Recipes is an accompaniment to the magazine of the same name and it does exactly what anyone could want from a recipe app, offering up enticing propositions that can be combined into a two course meal. Light recipes are obviously the focus in this app but that doesn’t restrict things to substandard quality food by any means.

There are 300 recipes in all, each divided into different categories for easy consultation. For someone such as myself, allergic to pork and red meat on the whole, it’s handy to be able to look under pasta, poultry, vegetarian and fish individually. While users can simply select the entree, sides and desserts for themselves, a tap of the suggested menu button creates a balanced meal plan. This then offers up nutritional information with a green circle indicating at a glance that it’s a healthy combination, with more detailed information covering the specifics such as calories and fat content.

Each recipe idea is simply explained and attractively laid out. Imagery is attractive and enticing which is exactly what’s needed when browsing through any cookery app. Instructions on how to cook the meal are a little squashed at times if the recipe calls for many steps but at least they’re explained well.

Favorite recipes can be saved for future reference as well as shared via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. There’s no sign of a shopping list feature though which would have been convenient.

Minor blip aside, Cooking Light Recipes is a great little app. All the recipes are appealing and can easily be introduced into a weekly meal plan. It’s an ideal way to eat more healthily without feeling like any major cutbacks are taking place.

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