Publications International released its iCookBook app this week, bringing more than 2,000 recipes to iPad users along with a unique recipe navigation feature: voice control. While preparing a dish, users can enable a voice command feature to move forward and backward through the preparation steps, manage built-in timers, and more.
While there are already several recipe apps in the App Store, this is the first we’ve seen that offers voice control so that you can avoid touching your iPad when your hands may be dirty while in the middle of preparing a dish. Along with Apple’s new Smart Cover that could attach your new iPad 2 to your refrigerator, this could be a perfect combination for cooking if counter space in your kitchen is at a premium.
The full list of iCookbook’s features is as follows:
- An intuitive visual interface that makes finding recipes easy.
- Stir, which suggests a selection of recipes based on your search or filter criteria.
- Prepare, an enhanced display of the recipe a cook can read at a distance.
- Scalability for selected recipes
- My Recipe Box: Create a set of iCookbook favorites for easy retrieval, and add recipes of your own.
- Share Recipes via Facebook or email
- Print recipes and shopping lists wirelessly with AirPrint
- Personal Notes: add and save your ideas, substitutions, and comments to any recipe
- Kitchen Tools: Multiple timers, ingredient substitution lists and conversion charts
- Shopping List: Add ingredients directly from a recipe, add and remove items, then print or email your list.
- iCookbook Store: an in-app store where you can download FREE new recipe collections each month and purchase select recipe collections. With iCookbook, there will always be new ideas to try!
iCookbook hit the App Store on Wednesday and costs $3.99 through the end of the day today, after which the special launch price will end and it will cost $4.99. iCookbook is compatible with the iPad only and requires iOS 3.2 or higher.