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Joy of Cooking app review: a full-featured digital cookbook with state-of-the-art features



Joy of Cooking is one of the most iconic cookbooks in the United States. It has been printed continuously since 1931 with more than 18 million copies sold worldwide. The good news is that you can now access this cookbook on your iOS device by downloading the Joy of Cooking app.

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The app version offers thousands of delectable recipes with add-on features including voice support, menu maker, search tool, shopping list, bookmarking, and many more. Developed by Culinate Inc, the app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Become a Master Home Cook with Joy of Cooking

The Joy of Cooking is one of the most comprehensive cookbook apps in the App Store. Almost all recipes of the original book are included in the app. The best part is that the app offers several advance features that make cooking much easier.

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For starters, the app makes it easy for you to find any recipe you need. The recipes are organized into 12 distinct categories. The categories are represented by food icons and you can find them at the left side of the screen.

If you don’t want to browse recipes by categories, you can use the app’s built-in search tool. The app allows you to filter your search by keywords, recipe name, ingredients, and meal type.

The Joy of Cooking trumps other cookbook apps by introducing voice support. You can activate voice commands in the settings menu. Once activated, you can browse recipes by simply talking to your device. The app will also read each step of the cooking process so you can concentrate on meal preparation.

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Best Features of Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking offers thousands of recipes with high resolution photos, illustrations, list of ingredients, and complete cooking procedures. The recipes support voice commands and the latest read-aloud technology. The voice support allows hands-free interaction with the app.

Another great feature of the app is the built-in cooking timer. This timer is embedded in every recipe. Simply tap the clock icon within the text of the recipe to activate the pre-set timer.

The Joy of Cooking app allows you to bookmark your favorite recipes. Your bookmarks are automatically saved in the Favorites folder for easier access. You can also track several recipes at once by using the bookmark tool.

The app allows you to add a list of ingredients to your shopping list. You can add several recipes to the list and the app will automatically organize a shopping list for you.

Other powerful features of the app include the sleep-block function, a conversion calculator, metric units support, and social media sharing.

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Pros and Cons


  • Offers thousands of recipes with photos and illustrations
  • Offers detailed cooking procedures with references
  • Built-in cooking timer.
  • Supports voice command and read-aloud
  • Blocks the lock screen when you’re cooking
  • Has a powerful search tool
  • Allows social sharing via Facebook, email, and SMS
  • With notes tool per recipe
  • Works offline


  • It takes time to load the content
  • Needs to support other languages

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Final Thoughts

Joy of Cooking is a comprehensive digital cookbook with several advance features. It offers thousands of delicious recipes for all occasions. This is a recommended app for all home cooks and professional chefs. 

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