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AppSnap: New York Times Cooking a great kitchen helper

The free New York Times cooking app just might be good enough to replace the cookbook. Special to The Forum1 / 2
Tabs can sort out the latest recipes on New York Times Cooking and encourage users to try a new recipe. Special to The Forum2 / 2

I might have to ditch my recipe-printing habit now that I use the New York Times Cooking app.

The free iOS app offers a streamlined way to browse some of the best meal, dessert and drink recipes published by the newspaper.

Users can browse by category, such as the latest recipes, cocktails, vegetarian options and more. For more precise results, a search function can bring up something specific or suggest filters, including meal type and dietary preference.

The design is easy to use, and it displays well enough to make my iPhone screen more appealing than a large printout.

But the best feature is the ability to store recipes from any website. That means I can find a tasty Alton Brown recipe on the Food Network and save a direct link to it in my NYT Cooking account, which is free and doesn't require a subscription to the paper.

It's a handy way of compiling the links that filled my email inbox not too long ago and required scrolling or searching to find. Now, all I have to do is open one app, go to my saved recipes and find what I want.

It isn't exactly what I'd like, at least not yet. An obvious omission is the lack of a shopping list based on the recipe I select, a feature that other apps boast. The app also doesn't yet offer a way to review Times recipes — users will have to log in on a computer if they want to leave a note.

But easy access to great Times recipes and the ability to neatly compile recipes from any other website means this is already one of my favorite tools in the kitchen.

Bottom line: New York Times Cooking makes it easy to find new recipes from the newspaper while also organizing recipes from other websites.

4 out of 5 stars

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is the Features Editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He previously wrote for The Forum and the Grand Forks Herald.

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