There’s an app for just about everything these days and teaching someone to cook is no different. SideChef is an app developed to help give a detailed way to cook a variety of dishes from Quick & Easy, to Main Entrees, and Desserts. Are you a vegetarian? No problem. Simply select the vegetarian category and you are on your way to become your own restaurant quality chef without having to attend culinary school.

First, you are taken to the home menu in which you can select what food item you want to cook. From the home menu, there are tabs you can select so if you have less than 30 minutes to cook and prep, you might want to visit the Quick & Easy. If you’re looking for a specific dessert, select that tab. You can also click on the magnifying glass on the top right hand to do a search, or to narrow your choices even further.

Let’s say we want to make a Short Rib Ravioli. As you click on the picture of the ravioli, you are treated to an overview of the ravioli. The author of the recipe leaves of a comment or a short introduction of the dish you are about to make. It lists the time it will take to prepare and make. In this case, leave about 5 hours for it to completely cook. Next, it lists all the ingredients one must have. If you don’t already have it in your kitchen, you can simply email yourself a shopping list of items you may need to purchase. Don’t feel like cooking it today, you can bookmark this page and come back another time.

Each step it takes to prepare a dish includes a pic of the food item of what it looks like during this particular stage. For food items that need to be timed, there’s a timer that is included just in case you don’t have one already. Since we all love to take pictures of our food, no problem and share with the rest of the users. Want to ask questions about something you’re not sure about? Email the author or leave a comment as someone will reply to you.

Want to make food for just one person or for a party of 5 or more? No problem. You can adjust the serving size and the recipe will change the measurements accordingly.

I like the interface of this app because it provides a clear visual of all the food items you are looking to prepare. It almost makes me hungry just looking at some of these pictures. You want to share a recipe with others? No problem.

While there are many cooking apps out there that pretty much do the same thing as any other cookbook, this one is absolutely fantastic. Best thing about it, FREE! Any in-app purchases? None that I can see so far. Don’t be surprised if it shows up in any future updates just in case the developers decide to add any extra features. For now, enjoy it. If you want to learn how to make that special something for that special someone, what a perfect way to start learning to cook.

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