Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Apps

There are many Thanksgiving apps for the iPad and Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Today, I've compiled some of the best cooking apps for the iPad (and some for iPhone) into one blog post. They're so good, even the most culinary deficient with no proprietary cooking experience can use them.


Panna is a beautiful app with amazing media to show chef stories and this cinematic of turkey. However, let's not get carried away, because this post is about cooking, not pictures. Panna is a great way for a beginner to make a professional meal. Not only does it give you a video with each recipe, but it also gives you tips and tricks. These tips and tricks are actually in English! Not just food-jargon! Do you have a specific question not answered in the recipe? Ask the chef yourself! He or she will answer it online. There is a whole community that will help you with many other questions. You can add your own notes for future reference, favorite the recipe for next year, and even share it to your friends and family! There is an integrated shopping list that the recipe can add ingredients to as well. Panna is available for iPhone and iPad for free [Direct Link]. However, the Thanksgiving collection of recipes costs $4.99. If you are a subscriber to the Panna magazine, you can get the recipes for free.


GOJEE makes cooking like a round of Chopped for your own kitchen. It gives you a list of ingredients and a picture. No directions. Interpret it anyway you want. Use it as inspiration or make it a bit of a challenge for yourself. This app is definitely for a more experienced chef, however if you need some help, you can view the original recipe for it and you might find the directions there. The app also organizes types of food into broad categories for even more inspiration. GOJEE is available for free for the iPhone and iPad [Direct Link].

Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual:

This app is for one who just wants a simple recipe app. Here you go! Browse a community of recipes from people just like you, not famous chefs (which isn't a bad thing)! Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual is available for iPhone and iPad from the App Store [Direct Link].

Honorable Mentions:

While these apps are still great apps, I feel that the first three really embrace Thanksgiving. I hope to do a more in-depth review on these apps soon, but until then, here are the runner-ups (all free and in no particular order).

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