Developer: Television Food Network
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.00
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

In the Kitchen is an app that offers thousands of recipes, courtesy of the Food Network, right to your iOS device. We don’t have the Food Network in the UK but I can appreciate good cooking and useful recipes. In the Kitchen is just full of them.

The app allows you to search through all the recipes of the Food Network chefs. If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, you can always browse the Featured section of the app for inspiration, or just tap in a keyword of what kind of food you want to cook with. The app then lists a selection of recipes along with what rating they’ve been given by other users and how long it takes to cook. This is particularly handy if, like me, you’re forever pushed for time.

Each recipe is quite simply explained so it’s not intimidating for the novice cook. Preparation time is detailed as well as cooking time, along with a list of necessary ingredients and of course detailed instructions. You can then choose to share it with others via email, Facebook or Twitter. You can also add the recipe to your Recipe Box for future reference. This Recipe Box requires a quick registration on the Food Network site but that them means that you can quickly access it in the future, either through the app or on the Food Network site.

Besides the many recipes, In the Kitchen also offers shopping list functionality. If you tap on the respective ingredient you require, it’s added to your shopping list which can then either be emailed to you or you can use it through the app next time you’re in the grocery store. Other useful features are the cooking timer part of the app and the unit converter. The unit converter is particularly useful if you’ve got no idea what a cup equals, something I’ve frequently found the case as a European.

In the Kitchen is a really well thought out application. The only real annoyance I could find was that all the recipes are acquired online so you need an internet connection of some sort. At least 3G transfers the content quickly enough.

Other than that, the recipes alone are extremely useful and interesting. They’re varied and cover everything from simple supper dishes to extravagant desserts. Add the ever useful shopping list feature, unit converter and cooking timer and In the Kitchen is fantastically useful. You could pay as much for individual recipe, unit conversion and shopping list apps as it is, but you don’t have to as In the Kitchen is just that useful. Now excuse me while I go cook some tasty food!

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