Apps Help You Tackle Thanksgiving With Technology

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, we get cooking app recommendations from two professionals: Christine Carroll, co-author of Come In, We're Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World's Best Restaurants and Jacqui Cheng, an editor with the tech news website, Ars Technica.


And we wrap up today's All Tech Considered with some Thanksgiving-related recommendations.

CHRISTINE CARROLL: If you find yourself veering towards a kitchen panic attack, while you're making your holiday meal, I'm just going to say stop. Take a breath and grab your phone.

SIEGEL: Or your tablet and download a cooking app.


That voice you just heard was Christine Carroll, co-author of the new cookbook, "Come In, We're Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World's Best Restaurants." She's one of two people we've asked to recommend their favorite apps for cooking. Carroll is a food writer who's handy with a smartphone.

We'll also hear from a tech writer who likes to cook.

SIEGEL: Christine Carroll recommends a free app with a long name: Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach. Basically it lays out your meal for you.

CARROLL: It starts with roasted turkey. It covers gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans. So really, its nine recipes and you're done - that's your menu.

CORNISH: If you're looking for more advanced culinary inspiration, Carroll suggests this app: Holiday Recipes and Party Planning Guide from the online cooking site Food 52.

CARROLL: The dishes are fairly traditional, yet they offer enough of a twist to keep things really interesting. So crispy Brussels sprouts drizzled with honey and spicy Sriracha, for example.

SIEGEL: Sounds like what the spicier Pilgrims would have eaten.


SIEGEL: Well, now on to our tech writer.

JACQUI CHENG: I'm Jacqui Cheng and I'm an editor with Ars Technica.

SIEGEL: Cheng likes cooking apps that let her customize recipes and adjust ingredients. And she suggests an app called Paprika, for its range.

CHENG: If you like to see a lot of different recipes and not just ones from a few Web sites, Paprika lets you search pretty much the entire Web for recipes within the app.

CORNISH: You can't search the Internet on another app Cheng suggests: How to Cook Everything. But Cheng says she loves its cooking techniques feature.

CHENG: Like how to use a knife properly, how to correctly shape your dough when you're making pizza - that kind of thing. And like things that may be a recipe might tell you how to do, but you don't necessarily know how to do until you see it.

SIEGEL: This could be especially important if you have a traditional Thanksgiving pizza.

Some final words of caution here. As food writer Christine Carroll says: Don't be a slave to the app.

CARROLL: There are people in your life who know a lot about food and want to share it. If all else fails, call your mother.

CORNISH: Your mom or, we should say, your dad: The ultimate food app.


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