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Super Chef Mario Batali included just about everything in his cooking app for Android except his signature orange Crocs. I was seriously shocked when I opened the Mario Batali Cooks! app ($4.99), and started exploring it in all of its comprehensive cooking glory. I mean, the man put built-in timers within the recipes on steps that you need them. How cool is that?
I love that you can explore the regions of Italy, and find corresponding recipes to plan your do-it-yourself dinner in Tuscany on a Monday night. Another one of my favorite features lets you view recipes by season, perfect for planning a dinner party after a trip to the farmers' market. And with all the video and step-by-step instructions in this app, it's going to be hard to goof up even an intimidating Italian recipe. Simply flip your phone for full-screen images of each step for even easier recipe navigation.
When you first open the app, you have the option to take a quick tutorial of Mario's wheel navigation and the features in the app. There's also a welcome video from Mario himself that makes you feel like he's in the kitchen with you. Besides giving you his favorite family recipes in this app, Mario also will take you through buying fresh stuff, shopping for wine, stocking your kitchen with basics, and explaining cooking techniques.
Of course, this app also comes with the requisite shopping-list builder and bookmark function, making it easy to shop for your ingredients, and find your favorite recipes quickly. Did I mention the wine-pairing suggestions?