My CookBook – Kitchen assistant
Tested version: 4.1.2
Latest version: 4.6
Requires Android: from 1.6
If you love food, preparing and sharing meals with family and friends or simply cooking yourself a lovely meal, you will appreciate the value of well made cook books – and if you can't access a real-life cook book you will appreciate at least being able to use your favourite recipes.
My CookBook allows you to save and manage recipes to your Android device and effectively provides a savvy little kitchen assistant that's just a few clicks away. More details below.
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100)
Android version: 4.0.3
As of: Android 1.6
When you first start up My CookBook you will note that the the app does not yet contain any recipes. In order to add recipes you may select one of the following options: add a recipe manually or do a Google search for already existing recipes which you can then import. We found importing recipes to work well throughout our test run.
Once you've added a good number of recipes you will no doubt be looking to organise them in a way that makes them easy to navigate. For this you can use the register that allows you to select various categories to file recipes into. There are also a text search and Google speech recognition features that make finding recipes child's play.
In order to purchase all of the ingredients called for in your recipes, the app has an integrated shopping list feature.
When it comes to cooking, you can opt to have the recipes read out to you, step by step. And if you're hands are all covered in cooking stuff, there's a great little option in which you wave your hand over the display to get to the next step in a recipe.
The audio quality is satisfactory, but nothing to write home about. In fact, I found myself really having to concentrate on what the thing was telling me to do in order to avoid having to touch the screen.
Finally, you can select different designs if you want to spice up the app's look, and you can opt to move recipe backups to dropbox.
My CookBook is a fun app for hobby cooks and food lovers who are on the go a lot and always want to have their favourite recipes with them. The app is simple enough to use and makes a great kitchen assistant.
Screen & Controls
Using My CookBook is easy and the app can be modified to suit one's personal preferences.
Finding recipes is easy thanks to the text search.
Speed & Stability
My CookBook runs well on the whole with only very minor loading times when importing/exporting recipes.
A small ad banner is present throughout most of the app which is the only difference between the free version of My CookBook – which we have reviewed for you here – and My CookBook Pro, which will set you back EUR 2.99.