Name:‘  The Photo Cookbook
Cost:‘  Free
Platform:‘  iOS

photo cookbook

As much as I would love to offer cooking programs’ for teens at my library (other than the Iron Chef/Top Chef/Cupcake War-type snack challenges)’ I am hampered by two very important things:’  the absence of kitchen appliances in our building and a complete lack of culinary ability on my part.’  Thankfully, there are apps like The Photo Cookbook for me to recommend to my future Bobby Flays and Rachael Rays.

The Photo Cookbook app offers 84 recipes in four categories — ‘ “Quick & Easy,” “Italian,” “Asian,” and “Baking” — each containing’ recipes for a variety of tastes and skill levels.

Click on a recipe and you’re met with a minimalist group photo of the ingredients that looks like those you’d find on popular food blogs or in your Pinterest feed, followed by a guide to how the recipe will look at each step along the way. ‘ 

Photo Cookbook Screenshot

The included text is straightforward and icons on the photos’ lead to more information about the history and culinary significance of each ingredient. Other icons allow you to create a list of favorite recipes, get nutritional information, make notes, and email shopping lists.

While in-app purchases are required to get past the “Quick & Easy” section ($2.99 for each of the other sections,) there are plenty of’ options with the free recipes to’ help a teen cook develop this very important skill.

Have a suggestion for App of the Week? ‘ Let us know. ‘ And find more great Apps in the YALSA Blog’s App of the Week Archive.

About Jen Scott Wills

Jen is the Teen Services Librarian for Boise Public Library's Main Library. Follow her on Twitter @jen1n to read more of her musings on libraries, YA lit, and all things geeky and glorious.

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