Developer: Publications International
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★½☆☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

As someone who’s just had to adjust to cooking for someone who’s gluten-intolerant, I’ll admit to rather enthusiastically loading up Gluten-Free Recipes by iCookbook. I’m still stumbling around the App Store for ideas and this app sounded great. It kind of is, but an unreliable interface is rather off-putting among some great content.

The app offers 250 recipes at the moment, with more set to be added each month. For that reason alone Gluten-Free Recipes by iCookbook is probably worth the asking price. The recipes are a pretty good bunch, too. While other recipe apps and books are all too keen to pad out their content by including recipes that would rarely contain gluten anyhow, Gluten-Free Recipes by iCookbook appreciates that most users are looking for good substitutes to conventional recipes.

glutenfreerecipes6glutenfreerecipes5This means that gluten-free pizzas, pancakes, and cookies are all catered for here, as well as some healthy options including salads and soups. In each case recipes include an attractive photo, difficulty level explanation, and comprehensive cooking instructions. It’s pretty straightforward to follow and certainly encourages one to pursue new ideas.

Elsewhere, users can browse conversion charts, use a shopping list feature, and set timers. More useful is the substitutions section detailing how things can be swapped to make other meals gluten-free. An informative section on what gluten-free really means further helps the cause.

This all sounds great, and content-wise Gluten-Free Recipes by iCookbook is pretty great. Interface-wise, however, things falter somewhat. Throughout using the app, my carrier information and signal strength remained at the top of the iPhone screen, obscuring some of the lettering of the top of the app. Scrolling between menus occasionally left remnants at the bottom of the screen, further clouding things slightly. In neither case did it stop me from reading anything relevant, but it did look messy. The interface looks pretty dated anyhow – hardly tying into the stylish looks of the current iPhone way of doing things.

It’s not entirely an issue given that Gluten-Free Recipes by iCookbook‘s content is still pretty great, but it is something to be aware of. For those looking for some gluten-free ideas, I’d still recommend the app. Just don’t expect stylish looks by any means.

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