iPad User Guide

Welcome to iCookbook! Keep reading to learn about the features that will help you get the most out of your iCookbook experience.


With thousands of recipes at your fingertips, how do you choose? Use the Explore feature to find the perfect recipe. Explore using one of the filters: Top Rated, Dish, Ingredient, Theme, Cuisine, Occasion, Brand, Recently Viewed, Monthly Features and Collections. You can select as many filters as you want to narrow your search. The Filters Selected section of the Explore panel shows all of the filters that you’ve selected; touch the red X button to remove a filter.

Use the Top Rated filter to see recipes ranked by rating; you can select either My Top Rated to see the recipes you personally rated highest, or All Top Rated to see all recipes as ranked by all iCookbook users. Try the Dish filter to look for specific parts of a meal. Start with the Ingredient filter to search for recipes using ingredients you have on hand. Search for casseroles, kid-friendly dishes, 30-minute recipes and more using the Theme filter. Use the Cuisine filter to browse ethnic favorites. Try the Occasion filter to find seasonal selections and recipes for holiday gatherings. Use the Brand filter to search for recipes by brand-name ingredients. Recently Viewed helps you keep track of your browsing history by showing you recipes that you’ve viewed in the past day, week or month, or all the recipes you’ve ever viewed. Monthly Features will show you the free monthly updates that you’ve downloaded and the updates that are available for download and Collections will show you the packs of recipes that you’ve purchased from the Store.

From the recipe grid view, you can drag recipes and drop them into My Recipe Box and Meal Builder.


Not sure what to make? Looking for inspiration? Use the Stir function to shuffle all of the recipes. Touch the orange spoon icon below the Explore panel to activate the Stir function and to shuffle. Touch the Stir button next to the spoon to deactivate the feature. Try using Stir after you’ve selected filters to shuffle your results. While stirring, be sure to save recipes that look interesting so that you can review them later. Simply drag recipes into either My Recipe Box or Meal Builder in the black bar at the bottom of the screen.

Recipe Page

When you find a recipe that you’d like to see in more detail, tap the image or title. In addition to ingredients, preparation steps and a photo, the Recipe Page view gives you an estimate of difficulty, preparation time and nutrition information if available, and allows you to scale certain recipes up or down depending on your desired serving size. If a recipe can be scaled, + and buttons will appear next to the yield. Simply tap the buttons to scale the recipe up or down. Note that scaling is only reflected in the ingredients list; ingredient amounts in the preparation steps do not change. Recipes have not been tested for scaling. You can add your own rating by taping the rating box and then taping a star to rate the recipe. Use the My Notes area to jot down comments and notes, which are saved with each recipe.

Also from this screen, you can use the buttons at the top to add the recipe to your My Recipe Box, tell your Facebook friends about it, e-mail it, add all of the ingredients to your Shopping List and print it.

iCookbook has fully integrated iOS 5’s iCloud feature, so all devices with iOS 5 installed and linked to the same iTunes account will automatically sync the contents of My Recipe Box,, Meal Builder, Shopping List, and My Notes as well as syncing recipe ratings and downloaded collections.

When you’re ready to cook, touch the Prepare button.


In the Prepare feature, the preparation steps are the focus. Set in large print, the preparation steps are visible from a safe distance away from potential cooking messes. Additionally, the Prepare feature allows you to move through a recipe hands-free using Voice Commands. Activate Voice Commands by touching the Voice Command box at the top right of the page. You’ll notice that some items turn green; these indicate some of the features that are controlled by Voice Command. Touch the i button to see a full list of the Voice Commands. When you clearly speak the commands while in Prepare mode, you’ll see the word appear briefly on the screen before the command is executed.

Add Recipe

To add your own recipes, go to My Recipe Box and touch the Add Recipe button in the top right corner to open a form where you can enter your own personal favorites. First of all, give your recipe a name and enter it in the Recipe Title field. Then decide how many servings it makes and enter the number into the Servings field. You can add your own photo to your recipe by tapping the orange Add Photo button. This opens a pop-up box showing your photo albums. Simply tap a photo to link it to your recipe. To enter ingredients, start with quantity. Enter whole numbers (1, 2, etc.), fractions (1/2, 1/4, etc.) or decimals (.125, 1.75, etc.); then choose a unit (cup, tablespoon, pound, etc.) if needed, and enter your item name (apples, ground beef, etc.); finally, select the aisle of the supermarket where you’ll find the ingredient so that when you add your recipe to your shopping list you’ll be able to see your ingredients sorted by aisle. After you are finished with each ingredient, touch the Add button and your ingredient will be added to the list.

Use the Preparation Steps List to add directions to your recipe. Type in step 1 and touch Add; your directions will be added to the list. Continue until all of your steps have been added. At the bottom of the form you can add a Time and Dish, Theme, Cuisine and Occasion filters so that your recipe will be searchable.

Touch the Save button at the top to save your recipe and send it to My Recipe Box. You can remove your recipe from My Recipe Box by touching the red X button. This does not delete your recipe; it simply removes it from this view. You can find your recipe sorted alphabetically when you view all recipes.

To edit a recipe that you’ve added, open the recipe and touch the Edit button to the right of the title. To edit an ingredient, simply touch it and make your changes. When you’re done, touch the Done button. Touch a preparation step to select it; make your edits and then touch Done. When you’re done with all of your changes, touch Save.

My Recipe Box

Add your favorite recipes that you’ve made, and also recipes that you’d like to try, to My Recipe Box by touching the recipe box icon. You can also drag recipes from the Recipes grid view into My Recipe Box. Recipes that you’ve added will automatically go here as well.

Meal Builder

Use the place setting icon to send recipes to Meal Builder, a blank canvas for planning meals. Plan one day at a time, one week at a time or use the space to plan special holiday meals. To remove a recipe from Meal Builder, simply touch the red X button.


The Tools menu contains handy Conversions and Substitutions lists for quick reference, along with the Shopping List and Timers. Access available videos through the Tools menu by touching How-To Videos.

Shopping List

What did that recipe call for again? Avoid that question by adding all of the ingredients in a recipe to the Shopping List, or add ingredients for multiple recipes. View the list sorted by recipe or by ingredient, which will show your list organized by location in the store. You can even add your own grocery items to the list; now you won’t get home and realize you’ve forgotten toothpaste.


Set up to three Timers at once through the Tools menu. Set timers are indicated in the top bar as a clock icon with a number; when the timer is hidden, touch the clock icon to view it.

How-To Videos

Ever wondered how culinary professionals tackle common kitchen tasks, like dicing vegetables or making a pie crust? Select How-To Videos from the Tools menu and see!

If your iPad has iOS 5 installed you can use it’s AirPlay function to watch these videos on any television connected to an Apple TV device.


The Store contains a robust and growing library of recipe Collections that will enhance your iCookbook experience. The Collections in the Store are divided into three groups. In the Featured section, you’ll find our newest Collections and our editors’ favorites. In the Paid section, you’ll find all of the Collections that are available for purchase. The Free section contains the Free Monthly Updates.

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