Giveaway: New Joy of Cooking iPad App

Joy of Cooking shelf

When it comes to large, all-in-one cookbooks, I will forever be a Joy of Cooking loyalist. It was the book from which I learned the very basics of cooking and is where I turn when I want to make banana bread or crepes, or to determine how long to roast a turkey.

JOY app

I’ve long had six editions of JOY on my shelves and late last week, I excitedly added another version to my collection. Happily, this edition doesn’t take up a lick of space and I can take it anywhere I want. It’s the brand new Joy of Cooking app!

JOY keeping and storing

The new app includes thousands of recipes and all are contained in the app (that means that you don’t need to be connected to the internet in order to access the content). You can mark recipes as favorites so that you can return to different dishes easily. You can set the app so that it prevents your device from going to sleep while you’re cooking. And it’s programmed to include substitutions, so that you can easily swap ingredients with what you currently have in your kitchen.

JOY canning etc

One of the things I love about this app is that it helps bring recipes to my attention that I’ve passed over in the print versions. Every edition of JOY has contained a preserving section, but it wasn’t until exploring the app that I started getting excited about some of the jams and pickles it contains (tart corn relish! curried apricot chutney! golden cherry tomato and ginger jam!).

JOY rhubarb juice

I’ve marked this rhubarb juice recipe to make at some point this season. I love the thought of having a few jars of pink possibility.

This week, I have five downloads from the nice folks at JOY to give away to some lucky Food in Jars readers. Though, if you can’t wait, the Joy of Cooking app is available on the Apple App Store at the discounted price of $5.99 right now (the regular price will be $9.99). It’s great deal and a fabulous resource to carry around with you.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your cookbook habits. Do you use an iPad or other tablet in the kitchen, do you drag a laptop in with you, or are you a cookbook devotee? Or is there some other method that you favor?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, May 18, 2014
  3. Giveaway open to all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: The people behind the Joy of Cooking app gave me a free download so that I could explore the app and write about it. They are also providing the downloads for the winners. That said, I was mere moments away from buying a copy when I got the email offering me free review access. It is a great product and I’m thrilled that it’s in the world. 

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274 Responses to Giveaway: New Joy of Cooking iPad App

  1. 1
    Jesse McAvoy says:

    I love all my print cookbooks, but my laptop does bear the marks of it’s time in the kitchen!

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      Mike Rose says:

      I fancy a nice paper cookbook, but I do end up using the iPad quite a lot in the kitchen. We even have a stand for it.

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    Shirley Park says:

    Hi there, I, too, am a totally Joy of Cooking fan. My Mom had it.. And it was a first Xmas present to my husband.. From me!! When we separated, he wanted to keep the book.. So I had to go out and buy my own copy!!
    Although I have an extensive & varied cookbook collection, I often use the Internet because of the ease of the search capabilities. So this new App sounds wonderful.
    I have tried to cook, just using my iPad .. But I find I like to print out the recipe and work from it… That way I can write notes on it.. And I don’t have worry about getting sticky fingers on my iPad screen!

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    Mandy Vodak says:

    I love all my cookbooks, I use some apps on my iPad, I still love my physical books, and I use kindle books. I’ve even downloaded kindle versions of some books I already own so I would have them available when I’m at the farmers market. If I see some awesome fresh fruit or veggies, I can quickly pull up your book and find a great pickle or jam recipe and know how much I need! Awesomeness!

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    Courtney meadows says:

    I love love love all my cook books including my ancient hand me down copy of “the joy”, however more and more I find myself using my tablet and iPhone to both share recipes and check myself mid recipe. I’m a die hard paper gal, so I’ll often write recipes down on a small page and then check back online for the specifics of “how to”. Love your new book!

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    Susan C says:

    Looks great. I see it’s by the same folks who did Bittman’s “Everything,” which I use often in both iPad and hardcover. I’m a masher-upper, so I often have at least one (usually two) cookbooks open — as well as a tab or two on my laptop — while I’m working in the kitchen. On good days, I remember to jot some notes down in my journal. I’m getting better about that, but I still probably only have a 50% hit rate, at best. Thanks for bringing this one to our attention. I’ll definitely check it out.

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    Tina Higdon says:

    I love my cookbooks. I love the feel of books in my hand, turning the pages. Noting all the posty notes of the favorites, and marking those that I find I want to make. Keeping those that were my Grandmothers sacred. However, my iPad has soon become a top contender, sharing the recipe holder with the books. My cookbooks will always have a place, but the iPad is soon becoming a new favorite, inside the gallon size ziplock bag so I don’t mess it up, as I am one of those messy cooks.

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    Lynn says:

    Right now it’s physical books and my laptop. Considering an iPad just to give the computer break!

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    Lauren says:

    I use all kinds- iPad, handwritten scribbles, books propped up and wedged open with whatever’s handy :)

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    Melissa says:

    I used to drag my computer but since I got my ipad for Xmas that is what I use, and I love it.

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    Kristi says:

    I have really begun using my ipad more and more in the kitchen. I have a recipe book app that I can add recipes to, but often lately I find my self just doing a screen shot of the recipe and then just pulling up the photo when I cook.

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    Leslie Taylor says:

    I like to search online for recipes then print them out for use in the kitchen. I also save a lot of recipes In Pocket so I can find them again! Sometimes I use my ipad while cooking but not very often.

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    Rebecca says:

    8/10 times, I lug my computer into the kitchen. Occasionally, I will use my iPad or print out the recipe.

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    Sarah says:

    My sister gave me JOC as a Christmas present in 1972. I use it a lot–and the other 100 or more cookbooks in my collection. And I use my iPad in the kitchen. I have all the family recipes saved to the cloud and shared so all the kids can access them.

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    Harvitron says:

    I’ve got a few well-worn cookbook pages, but nowadays I mostly use the ipad or laptop– floury smudgemarks on my electronics to prove it! (oops)

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    Heather B says:

    I actually use all 3. It really depends on where the the recipe is located. More often than not, it’s an electronic device I use. My laptop has spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen but my iPad is quickly taking the top spot.

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    Maureen says:

    I buy cookbooks, but usually forget about them and end up using my iPad instead!

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    Kat says:

    I use my laptop or iPhone most of the time–but I love my cookbooks and am very happy whenever I take the time to pull one out! My Joy is not as frequently used as I would like–maybe this would help me with that!

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    Megan says:

    I use both my iPad and cookbooks. I really like both as resources, depending on my mood! I am so excited about the Joy app!!!!

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    Claire says:

    I’m more of a cookbook fan, but I do take the iPad in sometimes, and more and more I am bookmarking recipes to use in the kitchen.

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    Casey says:

    I want so badly to be devoted to cookbooks, but I instantly turn to the laptop or iPad, because they’re always with me.

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    Judy says:

    Joy of Cooking is a great reference that I have been using for more than 30 years. I love to use my print cookbooks, but I find that I turn to my iPad more and more..

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    kcc says:

    the cookbooks have taken over more space than my kitchen has, and they keep coming! i love to look at them, read them, use them. but i use my laptop and my ipad in the kitchen frequently. they are all indispensable.

    btw i love the idea of the family recipes being in the cloud–smart! probably more organized than i’ll ever be, but something to keep in mind.

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    Jaimie says:

    I’m a phone or iPad in the kitchen. It’s usually not books though, so much as blogs. As far as cookbooks, I have a shelf devoted to them right in the kitchen.

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    Jenny says:

    I use a mix of cookbooks and my iPad, although I don’t have any cooking apps (yet)!

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    PamelaR says:

    I have my mother’s Joy of Cooking that was given to her as a wedding present in 1948. I use it frequently. I also just love reading it. I also collect cookbooks. I have about 350 in my little library of cookbooks. There are cookbooks I love cooking from and some I just love reading cover to cover. I have some books on my laptop, some on my ipod, but mostly paper books in the book shelf. It would be a thrill, however, to have a new Joy of Cooking in electronic form.

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    megan says:

    I love cookbooks and have a small collection of vintage books. My mom’s 1959 Betty Crocker is well used. I do love my tablet in the kitchen. The Joy app sounds amazing!

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    Libby says:

    I do both! I we been known to drag my laptop into the kitchen, but I also have a ridiculous amount of cookbooks :)

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    Margarita says:

    I’ve been giving away my cookbooks for a while, as I rarely use them. There are so many wonderful blogs online (including yours) that hard-copy cookbooks feel like a waste of space to me!

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    Peg says:

    I’ve become Wesley Crusher, going everywhere with my iPad, always dressed in gray :-). Thank heavens for zooming in on the text while cooking, double checking ingredient quantities to save a double batch of preserves.

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    Carla says:

    I use a mix of things, I have pepperplate app to gather recipes online but my cookbook collection isn’t going anywhere. I have less books than I used to have and I think long and hard before I buy one.

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    Liz says:

    My iPad is my best friend in the kitchen.

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    Jane Castle says:

    More and more I’m
    using my IPad in the kitchen. However, My kitchen bookshelf will always remain. It holds my well wore copy of the Joy of Cooking that was given to me by my grandmother over 30years ago.

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    Danielle says:

    I have shelves full of cookbooks (both in my kitchen and in my study) and my Evernote on my iPad is stuffed with digital recipes from all over the internet. I prepare a mealplan every week with recipes from both paper cookbooks and digital ones. So depending on the day I take a specific cookbook from the shelf (the recipe marked with a bit of sticking out washi tape) or I put my trusted iPad and put it against the bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I would love to experience and cook the recipes in this app

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    Stephanie says:

    I couldn’t live without my iPad. It goes everywhere with me. I love my cookbooks too and have a large collection, but recently I’ve noticed I’m buying fewer. I subscribe to quite a few blogs and I find they are a great way to find unusual recipes and techniques. I live in the UK so translating US or Australian recipes is quite important. Because of your book and blog I’m now learning about hot water bath canning, which we don’t do in the UK. I’ve bought three baking apps so far – 2 on scones and 1 on bread making launched for Real Bread week in the UK (which is this week).

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    ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    I’m a bit ole fashioned here as I don’t have none of them fancy electronic gadgets.
    I love my 300 plus paperback and hardback cookbook library.

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

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    Jen says:

    I love recipes on my iPad and use it almost exclusively now.

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    Sandy Hines says:

    Joy of cooking is my main cookbook, it would be wonderful to have
    all the recipes with me on my phone when I want to share one with a
    friend or even cooking at home, I won’t have to keep my cookbook
    out while I’m cooking. This app is a really good thing. I would love to
    have one.

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    Allie says:

    I adore my cookbook collection and an constantly looking to expand it. However, using the internet (via iPad or laptop) in the kitchen is often just faster. We even built a mini shelf in our kitchen specifically designed to be a perfect laptop height and size for ease when cooking!

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    Londra Fleming says:

    I have a large collection of cookbooks which I use, I also have my ipad and my laptop. Various choices for me!

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    Kristin Rahn says:

    I too prefer printed cookbooks, mainly because it’s easier to read them, the screen doesn’t shut off. I save recipes into Evernote either using the web clipper, or emailing them to my account, or taking screen shots of online magazines that I checkout from my library and emailing the picture into Evernote.

    I have a stand from Williams Sonoma that I use to hold ipad for cooking.

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    Pam says:

    I hope the stars are lining up: I just bought an ipod touch (mainly to listen to audio books while at the gym, or cooking) ~ the Joy Of Cooking app would be useful!

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    Zoe says:

    My use of recipes has evolved along with technology. Still have and use large hardbound cookbooks that I have grown to love over the decades. Am also enjoying trying new recipes from great blogs and websites like Gourmet and Epicurious. Would love to have this cookbook as an IPAD app to add to my kitchen tools!

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    Caroline says:

    I am a recipe omnivore – cookbooks, apps, printed recipe cards, blogs, website. In the kitchen, I access the digital material on my iPad.

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    Maureen McL says:

    Betty Crocker (my very first cookbook and so dog-eared) and Fanny Farmer have been my closest friends for years. Lots of new additions since I love reading cookbooks, particularly ones found at flea markets and yard sales. From a very old library sale treasure, I learned to list the good recipes in the front cover pages so as to locate them quickly the next time, and to pass on my experiences in case the book finds its way into new hands.

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    Karen says:

    I love using my ipad in the kitchen! I have a recipe database in Evernote (which is wonderful because you can include tags to search through them by cuisine, occasion, ingredients, etc). And my ipad cover’s magnetic closure is strong enough that it will stick right on my microwave or range hood.

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    Johanne Hagar says:

    Yes, I use my IPad in the kitchen and even use paper cookbooks every now and then as well. The Joy os Cooking is also a popular one for me. I would love to win an app for it. I love searching for new (and old) recipes to try.

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    Carol Greenwald says:

    I usually use the books, but now that I have an iPad I would love to try the app. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Wendy says:

    I still love cookbooks, and use them
    for most of my cooking. Often I prop
    my laptop on the counter for new recipes.

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    Garrick says:

    I have a huge collection of cookbooks that I drag into the kitchen with me, but I’ll also prop up my iPad. I use MacGourmet to edit recipes and calculate nutrition information, and those recipes transfer to the iPad as well. Thanks!

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    Melissa says:

    I use my tablet for probably 90% of my “day to day” cooking.