Recipe sites like BigOven and Allrecipes collect thousands of recipes from users putting their own creations on the Web for public consumption. The How to Cook Everything app, by contrast, contains recipes from only one source: New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman. The $10 iPhone app offers the 2,000 recipes originally published in Bittman's cookbook at a lower price and in a searchable index.
That's a slim selection compared to the likes of BigOven, but Bittman has written multiple books on cooking, published a regular column in The New York Times and been on TV programs like The Food Network's "Chopped." In short, he's an expert. How to Cook Everything includes 400 illustrations to go along with its recipes and includes timers for individual steps in the cooking process.
How to Cook Everything is essentially a real cookbook in your hand at a third of its paper price. If you're looking for a culinary pro to guide your hand in the kitchen, give Bittman a try.