Cook's Companion ReviewCook’s Companion by Future Group is a free cooking app available for all ios devices.

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

This app is a swiss army knife of information for the kitchen. This app provides you with programmable kitchen timers, measurement conversions, an ingredients compendium, an equipment compendium and a glossary of cooking terms.

When you look at the ingredients compendium you are shown an index of terms on the left, you can scroll through the list and select an ingredient. You are then shown a picture, along with details about the ingredient. Information such as It’s category, storage temperature, an overview of what the ingredient is, uses of the ingredient, how to pick the ingredient at the store, and how they are sold in the store.

Another great feature of this app is the timers. In this section of the app you can set multiple countdown timers for cooking and save them as presets. The timer runs in the background, which means even if you’re in another app you will be alerted that time has expired.

The measurement conversion in this app is lacking. The developer has posted in app store that they are aware that some of the measurement conversions are wrong and they are hard at work fixing this issue. Because of this the app has gotten a few bad reviews in the app store. At time of writing this is the first revision of this app.

Don’t know the difference between a bread knife and a boning knife? That’s not an issue either. Just use the equipment compendium. Just like the ingredient section you are presented with an index of terms. Select a term and you are shown what the piece of equipment looks like. Not sure how to use, store, clean or handle it safely? The compendium will tell you.

This app has a wonderful layout and presents the information very well. This app is perfect for anybody who is learning to cook.

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