Hi, my name’s Joi (“Joy”) and I’m the queen of Apps. Nice to meet you. Just a year ago, I had zero idea what an app even was or how an app worked. I didn’t have any sort of device that used apps, so I had no reason to familiarize myself with them. THEN, apps were only things other people talked – as I hoped they didn’t notice the clueless expression on my face.
The best husband in the world got me an iPod Touch about 6 months ago, though, and I haven’t been the same since. Lady Clueless has become Lady “Do You Have This App, ‘Cause I Do!”
As a foodie who thinks, talks, or associates with food nearly every waking hour, it’s no surprise that some of my favorite apps are food-related. A recent favorite is the excellent Taste of Home App. It’s like taking one of their wonderful cookbooks or addictive magazine with you everywhere you go. Suffice to say I’m delirious.
The Taste of Home app literally puts thousands of outstanding seasonal and holiday recipe collections from Taste of Home readers in your hand. Beloved and cherished family favorite recipes from everyday cooks like you and me. And it’s free. Free! So…
- Recipe apps are GREEN – no paper involved whatsoever.
- The Taste of Home app is budget friendly – heck, at free, it’s more than just budget friendly, it’s downright budget seductive!
From Taste of Home:
The Taste of Home app allows cooks to take Taste of Home recipes, relevant to the current season or holiday, wherever they go. Recipe collections range from slow cooker, potlucks and barbeques to holiday cookies and cupcakes with something new for every season, event and holiday. Users can browse, save favorites, email or even share their favorite seasonal recipes on Facebook.
Additionally, hundreds of everyday recipes are included, so no matter where they are, cooks will never be without inspiration. The mobile app will be updated regularly with Taste of Home‘s recipe collections to provide fresh content and help users usher in each new season or holiday with relevant recipes to make the most of local, seasonal ingredients. Similar to the Taste of Home publications and cookbooks, the recipes included in the app will reflect the evolving American palate, as it includes reader-generated recipes.
“With access to a vast collection of recipes and the ability to search for local, seasonal ingredients, the Taste of Home app is an asset in the kitchen, but particularly useful when you’re on-the-go,” said Catherine Cassidy, Editor in Chief of Taste of Home. “We created this app to inspire every level of home cook, who we celebrate in our books and publications. This is the perfect tool for those cooks who wish to use technology to embrace the current season or holiday offerings, and it conveniently arrived just in time for the farmers market season.”
Taste of Home app features include:
What’s in Season
The seasonality and sourcing of ingredients is inarguably more important today than ever to home cooks in America. Therefore, the Taste of Home app offers members of the mobile cooking community insight into which local ingredients are fresh at any moment. Users simply tap a map to select their state, and a list of fresh, seasonal ingredients available in the area is automatically populated. The View Recipes button within this section reveals recipes associated with the seasonal ingredients. This is an exceptionally brilliant asset for home cooks who wish to take advantage of the season’s freshest produce in their area, particularly during the summer and autumn harvests.
Featured Recipes and Collections
Displayed within the Seasonal tab on the Taste of Home app are Featured Collection and Featured Recipe sections, providing relevant recipes for holiday-inspired or seasonal meals. The recipe collections appear in a Bookshelf element, which uses an intuitive selection process and provides indicators of which collections are newly available.
Taste of Home editors will select seasonal recipes to contend against one another each week. The app users can vote for their favorite and then view the corresponding images and recipes. Home cooks are encouraged to weigh in on their favorite dish each week.
The Taste of Home app allows users to easily find and follow recipes at the tap of a finger. Recipes in Summary view provide an image, brief description, important nutritional information (including calorie, fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber, carbohydrate and protein counts) and rating of the recipe, provided by the Taste of Home web community. If the user chooses to learn more about the recipe, the Directions view includes servings, prep time, ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Sharing options include adding the recipe to the user’s Favorites, Email or Share with Facebook.
The Taste of Home brand has a large and loyal Facebook following, and the app was designed to interact with that community seamlessly. In addition to sharing recipes via Facebook, Taste of Home cooks may also view the Taste of Home Fan page feed directly from the app to see what recipes other Taste of Home Fans “Like” and are posting comments about on Facebook.
The Taste of Home app offers several methods for home cooks to sort and organize recipes. Users can browse the recipes based on ingredients they have on-hand in their pantries like chocolate or cranberries, or they can choose a more specific category option. The possible filters include: Course, Cooking Style, Cuisine or Holiday, which includes occasions such as 4th of July or Bridal Shower.