Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Foodies will love Cooklet, an all-in-one recipe and social cooking app. I hesitate to call it a cookbook because it can do so much more than only display recipes. This app packs some great functionality and a beautiful design, but it is not without some flaws.
The depth and breath of recipes is pretty good, with over 3,500 in total. I was able to find a recipe for just about anything I searched for, but only the more popular dishes have many comments and a lot of pictures. I’m hopeful that in time that this problem will be fixed as more people use the app.
When browsing recipes, all of the normal categories are there, but also seasonal categories, like holiday recipes. All recipes have comments from other users on the side and any activity associated with the recipe. Activity can range from the dish being added to a user’s favorites or if someone indicates that they have made the dish.
One problem I found is that some of the recipes weren’t very descriptive and not well written. There’s no guarantee that they are any good, but most seemed to be on point. I was always disappointed to see that there wasn’t an easy and quick way to search by ingredient, and that there isn’t a section of the recipe for nutritional information.
Some of the smaller features in Cooklet include a timer capable of having multiple countdowns set at once and a unit converter. The converter is pretty comprehensive and is meant for an international audience, with both US and international units. However, one recipe I looked at called for decigrams, and that is a unit the converter does not have as a choice. There is also a newsfeed section to Cooklet that is automatically populateed with recipes and food articles from popular food blogs and Twitter.
The absolute coolest feature of Cooklet is the touchless navigation. This feature is ingenious, since while cooking it is often not possible to touch the screen of the iPad and not get food on it. The app uses the front facing camera to detect the presence and motion of a hand. It’s not always easy to use the touchless navigation, but it’s definitely possible to not have to touch the screen.
Cooklet is also cross-platform and has a website to continue the experience. It really emphasizes the community aspect of the service, with a section of the app devoted to it.
The design and visual ascetic of Cooklet are top notch. However, some of the recipes with no pictures have problems with the formatting.
Cooklet has a lot of great features and a wonderful design, but a few flaws. The numerous useful features, comments, and tools more than make up for it’s shortcomings and is definitely worth its price.