Last updated on April 22nd, 2015 at 07:07 pmWinter Holidays are approaching fast and I can’t think of a better occasion to share with you one of my favorite iOS apps.
Kitchen Stories is a little piece of software that will directly improve your cooking skills and impact the wellbeing of your entire family.
Kitchen Stories is free in the App Store and an additional reason to download it now, is that it comes with an impressive recipe list, called Holiday Selection.
It’s available as an in-app purchase for as low as $0.99. This is a (RED) product and all earnings are donated by Apple and the app developers for the fight against AIDS.
How To Use Kitchen Stories
The app developed by AJNS Media GmbH is very user-friendly and easy to use. The home screen consists in a timeline of recipes, which can be browsed, searched or filtered. If you resist the initial temptation of accessing the first recipe that you lay your eyes on, you can tap the yellow Filter button available in the top right corner and you can select what type of recipes you wish to browse.
There are five big filtering sections: Category; Ingredient; Calories; Duration; Recipe Package.
You have to decide what type of dish you plan to cook. Will it be a starter, main course, dessert or snack? Next, select what type of ingredients you prefer. Choose from: poultry, beef, pork, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free. You can also filter your next meal by limiting the amount of calories and cooking duration. Last but not least you can opt for famous cuisine packages like: Thanksgiving Recipes; Christmas Main Dishes; Christmas Baking; Pasta Recipes; Quick Deserts; All-time classics; Grill Special; Summer Recipes; Better than Take-Out; Under 400 KCAL; In 20 Minutes; Vegetarian; Desserts & Baking; Cooking with Kids. When all set tap accept and recipes will be streamlined on home screen.
iOS Kitchen Stories Recipe Theme
Each recipe starts with an image that shows how your final plating will look like. Next, you can read a few words from the recipe provider. Technical detail follow: difficulty level, cooking time and nutrition info. Scroll for video tutorials that guide you through the basic steps of the recipe. Next, a list with all the ingredients unfolds along, with the number of servings and with an option to add them to your shopping list. Further on you find out what utensils you need for preparing and cooking the chosen recipe and also get a wine recommendation. Last but not least you get the most important tips and these are the directions, or steps that you need to follow in order to cook the perfect meal.
Recipe of the Day Widget Notification
Another reason for why I find Kitchen Stories one of the best iOS cooking apps is the widget integration option. You can set up Notification Center to display the Recipe of the Day, with a simple swipe from the top of your iPhone’s screen.
Another great section of Kitchen Stories is the How To tutorial section, available in the bottom navigation menu. There you can watch videos that will rapidly improve your cooking skills.
The My Collection tab displays a list of your favorite recipes. Whenever you stumble upon a mouthwatering dish you can save it and cook it when you have time.
The virtual Shopping basket has a saved list of all ingredients that you plan to buy. They’re added from within a recipe’s page and you can delete each item after you place it in your grocery basket. I guarantee you, cooking has never been easier! Don’t hesitate and grab Kitchen Stories now!