Web apps and mobiles apps absolutely revolutionize how people learn to cook. Cookbooks traditionally showed one recipe at a time, and if you needed to look up an ingredient or method, you had to flip to an index or glossary, or pull out an entirely different reference book. Apps let you quickly link, open pop-up windows, or play demonstration videos without ever leaving the recipe. It totally empowers new cooks who might otherwise feel overwhelmed when facing a new recipe, new terminology, new techniques all on one page.
For many cooks, the pleasure of Thanksgiving is in the planning. In early November, the recipe folders come out, along with dreams of learning to perfect a lattice pie crust, and the cookbooks
If the people developing cooking apps for tablets have their way, that kind of scene will soon be a relic. And so will the whole notion of recipes that exist only as strings of words. Many early cooking apps were unsatisfying: slow, limited, less than intuitive and confined to tiny phone screens. Even avid cooks showed little interest in actually cooking from them. But with the boom in tablet technology, recipes have begun to travel with their users from home to the office to the market and, most important, into the kitchen. With features like embedded links, built-in timers, infographics and voice prompts, the richness of some new apps hint that books as kitchen tools are on the way out. The interface of a tablet offers possibilities to the cook that would be impossible with a laptop, let alone a book. Swiping, tapping and zooming through information presented in multimedia is a good match for the experience of cooking, which involves all the senses and the brain, as well. And when those faculties fail, as often happens in high-stress kitchen scenarios like Thanksgiving, apps can come to the rescue with features like technique videos, embedded glossaries and social media links.