If cooking more is your goal in the New Year, you can consult an expert with “How to Cook Everything Essentials”, an app that features recipes from food writer Mark Bittman.
The app includes recipes for more than 100 basic dishes, from chocolate chip cookies to steamed clams.
You also get tips on various cooking techniques, such as a basic explanation of how to fry, how to broil or even how to best store a melon.
Other nifty features include in-app timers — if you allow notifications on your phone, it will tell you when your timer goes off even when you’re out of the app.
You can also search recipes by main ingredient, and narrow those searches to find meals that suit vegetarians, don’t take up much time or can be prepared ahead of time.
Users can also sign up to get emails with featured recipes. “How to Cook Everything Essentials” is free, though there are paid apps featuring Bittman’s recipes that come with more dishes and no ads. (You will see these recipes in the free app, with a note saying they require an upgrade to access.)
If you’re just looking for a light primer, though, it’s a good place to start. Free for iOS devices. (WP-BLOOM)