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. 101
    Una Walker says:

    I’m rather cookbook obsessed. I have bookshelves overflowing, though I do turn to the Internet and I have now started an IPad collection. I was unsure about cookbook apps and books, but I do love them I use ‘How to Cook Everything'(highly reccomend) regularly as well as the ‘5 Minute Atisan Bread’ and many other kindle versions. I’m so looking forward to the ‘Joy’ app and will probably take advantage of the great price, hopefully my IPad will have room. Who’s kidding, I’ll make room!

  2. 102
    Julia in St. Paul says:

    I still use cookbooks and printouts of recipes I’ve found online – from Food In Jars, for example! I keep a magnet clip on the fridge to hold the printed recipe off the counter while I’m cooking. Counter space in a teeny kitchen is valuable. I’d love to try the iPad app.

  3. 103
    Christi P. says:

    Boy…I am all over the place on recipes. I like to use my iPad because I have a stand in the kitchen it can sit on. Sometimes it is not handy and I have to drag in my laptop. I hardly ever use a cookbook anymore, but occasionally I will pull out the Better Home and Gardens cookbook to get the old favorites – meringue for cream pies and homemade vanilla ice cream!!

  4. 104
    Sara says:

    I still love print cookbooks, but I also got the paprika app for my ipad and love that you can import recipes yourself or from online sources. It also keeps the link to the original page so you can access it (and look at reviews etc). I find I use it a lot more in the kitchen now that I’ve consolidated my recipes this way. (And I almost never pay for apps but this one was worth it!)

  5. 105
    Jennifer says:

    I use a phone, a tablet and a laptop in my kitchen, but also have a desktop in my living room that I run back forth between sometimes. I have a huge cookbook collection but prefer digital when I’m cooking. It’s faster to search and you don’t need to hold a book open!

  6. 106
    Holly says:

    Both. I’m trying to get in the habit of turning to my cookbooks first, before Google. My cookbook collection has rapidly expanded over the last year, so I’d like to put them to good use. Joy of Cooking has been a kitchen staple for me since I was a kid, and I’m just starting to rediscover how much great stuff it contains!

  7. 107
    Judith says:

    I am a printed cookbook devotee! However, since we just got an ipad mini, I find myself reaching for it to look up a last minute recipe, or a recipe that I saw on one of the cooking TV shows. It is an amazing thing!

  8. 108
    Julie says:

    I tend to keep recipes arranged within Pinterest and then I bring my iPad into the kitchen with me. I’m also a cookbook addict and I have a whole bookcase filled with cookbooks in the dining room!

  9. 109
    Karen says:

    I learned to cook through the Joy of Cooking and now often do not even use recipes. I do for canning and if I need to make a precise recipe. I often use my iPad for recipes but will pull out the Joy of Cooking (I have both the older version and the new, updated one) for old standbys. Exciting that it’s available on the iPad.

  10. 110
    Giselle says:

    I love my cookbooks but always seem to use my iPad more. I always go for the books with really nice covers/images, so they haven’t been completely lost on my shelves. I have a really nice stand for my iPad from Williams Sonoma, so maybe that’s why I use it more…

  11. 111
    Sarah R. says:

    I love this!! I just used my copy of Joy of Cooking to whip up some crepes for my mom on Mother’s Day. I use my phone in the kitchen for online recipes, but I’m also a cookbook devotee. My amazon wish list is almost entirely cookbooks.

  12. 112
    nelle says:

    I have a large cookbook collection but have all my favorite recipes on my iPad for use in the kitchen.

  13. 113
    Mariruth Brown says:

    I am a “chronic” cookbook collector ;) having been collecting for forty years. I’ve just gotten a Kindle so am excited to explore.

  14. 114
    Phyllis says:

    Joy is my go to cookbook for the basics. My collection of cookbooks is well loved, and each book is worth keeping if one recipe is a keeper.

  15. 115
    Joanna says:

    I’m always tempted by cookbooks at the bookstore, but the prices and my fear of not using them keeps me from buying. I usually go to the library and check out cookbooks I find interesting. I downloaded the Zest app on my iPad mini and use that in the kitchen sometimes. I still prefer hard copies of cookbooks.

  16. 116
    Am says:

    I would be using this app all the time!

  17. 117
    Michele says:

    I’m a fan of Joy too. Have checked multiple editions but don’t collect them as you do. Would love to try the app and get more conversant with technology on my iPad.

  18. 118
    Jessica HZ says:

    I use my favorite cookbooks. I also use my iPad for any recipe that I’ve clipped from the internet using Evernote.

  19. 119
    Mary says:

    Our Joy of Cooking is all broken and tattered, would love the app!

    I do use my tablet in the kitchen quite often, but still have a notebook of favorite recipes.

  20. 120
    Cameron says:

    I keep all my favorites in Evernote, which does a nice job trimming out extraneous content from web recipe pages. My copy of Joy of Cooking is starting to fall apart, so I will definitely be getting this app.

  21. 121
    Laura says:

    I would love to try using a cookbook on my new iPad that I go for Mother’s Day. I do use the internet almost daily to find inspiration and recipes. My son works on an organic farm and I always have an abundance of local produce, lucky us. I’d love to have the Joy of Cooking for my iPad!

  22. 122
    Emmaline says:

    A little bit of everything :) Can’t pass up the ipad when it’s Pintrest recipe, but I have a recipe book filled with my family’s recipes (mom, grandma, etc) that I use during the summer with veggies from the garden. And when it comes to canning and preserving, it’s the traditional cookbook!

  23. 123
    Mary Ann says:

    I use whatever gets the job done, from books to the internet and also apps. I use them all and I’m thankful for them. Sometimes we have to get pretty creative to use up the produce we grow and any help that I can get it useful.

  24. 124
    Sheri says:

    I’ve begun to transition away from cookbooks in print form. I put together a binder with the recipes I regularly use, passed on the books, and I have started to save some on the iPad with Evernote too.

  25. 125
    Tina Rhodes says:

    I use my Ipad daily in the kitchen!!! Love the convenience of digital. I bought your book and it is awesome! Thanks for something for the small batch canner :)

  26. 126
    Heidi says:

    I use both my tablet and actual books

  27. 127
    Sandra says:

    Oh how I would love this – if only I had a device to read it on! Needless to say, I’m a hard-copy cookbook devotee with (only) four editions of Joy of Cooking to my name. When I was growing up we called her/it just “Irma,” much easier than saying the whole name of the book. I still do; I use all of the editions enough to feel like I must be on a first-name basis by now.

  28. 128
    Maneesha Pradhan says:

    I use both. I love my cookbooks though do enjoy the convenience of the iPad.

  29. 129
    Karma says:

    I have a collection of cookbooks that I love to use. That being said, I find myself using my iPad more and more in the kitchen. The stand is handy and no worries about losing my place in a cookbook. The Paprika app also helps me keep the recipes I’ve collected from the web in one place, which I really like. I love the Joy of Cooking cookbook and would love to be able to use it on my iPad.

  30. 130
    Sarah says:

    I use a mix of media for my cooking. I have my shelf of cookbooks and recipe binders and my laptop sits near the kitchen counter so that I can access my digital copies as well. Someday I’ll have a tablet and I know I’ll use it in the kitchen.

  31. 131
    Sami says:

    I like using the hardcopy cookbooks that I have – including Joy. I also cook a lot from blogs, so that means my laptop on the kitchen table. If I have it together, sometimes blog recipes get jotted down on index cards or post-its so I don’t get my laptop too messy.

  32. 132
    Cecile says:

    I mostly use a cookbook but there are times that I will use my ipad. Nowadays, I find myself clicking on the blogs and seeing the pictures while I cook. This will be a wonderful addition to my cooking.

  33. 133
    Janet Stott says:

    I surf web for ideas but often use Eatyourbooks to find my hard copy versions.

  34. 134
    Bea says:

    I love and prefer cookbooks because I can dream up a feast…

  35. 135
    Wendy says:

    I learned to cook with Good Housekeeping, This would be a great chance to finally try Joy.

  36. 136
    Maggie Hoyer says:

    I love cookbooks, food magazines, read them from start to finish, but cook exclusively from my lap top or iPad.

  37. 137
    Misty in Utah says:

    I am a combo user, ipad and books. Sometimes old school print outs! :)

  38. 138
    Melanie says:

    How exciting! I love my cookbooks, but Bittman’s How to Cook Everything app has similarly helped me find recipes that I’d never noticed in the book. So I’m becoming more equal in my iPad and book kitchen use.

  39. 139
    Ami Scott says:

    I absolutely love cookbooks of any form. At one point I had over 100 volumes although sadly I had to downsize after a move. However, I have since discovered the joys of digital so I have a LOT (uncounted) scattered between my mobile devices and laptop besides the hardcopy volumes I still have. I use them all, print or digital, interchangeably; it just depends on what I’m doing. I also have a large notebook containing recipes printed from offline or found in magazines. I have only recently really discovered “Joy of Cooking” however. My grandmother didn’t have a copy in the massive collection that originally got me started. I had heard of it and idly thumbed through my MIL’s copy but not really paid much attention to it. However, after my MIL learned I didn’t have a copy (She was aghast. In her family, each daughter received a copy when the moved out on their own and she repeated it with her own daughters. It’s THE cookbook to have if you only have space for one.) she gave one to me this previous Christmas. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve discovered, the more I’ve fallen in love. I have to admit I do agree with my MIL that it’s a must have and I fully plan on giving all of my children a copy when they fly the nest, not just my daughters.

  40. 140
    Savannagal says:

    I love books – all kinds. I do not yet have an iPod or even a laptop, but I do hope to own one some day. I can see the value of having all those recipes at your fingertips when I’m at the store.

  41. 141
    Liz says:

    This app would be a lifesaver! My cookbooks serve mostly as inspiration, but I find it difficult to reference the important parts (temperatures, times, etc.) in a book, so I usually end up looking up the recipe on my phone, but a lot of websites aren’t formatted well for mobile devices, so the whole process ends up being a pain.

  42. 142
    Deb says:

    That’s a hard one.
    I started cooking from iPad, especially recipes I find on blogs, like yours. But I still have my favorite cookbooks & a binder of recipes that I cook from, too. It’s about 50/50.

  43. 143
    Keri says:

    I use both cookbooks and my ipad in the kitchen – I just set the ipad in my clear cookbook stand to keep it upright and protect from splatters. Which makes it a little difficult to reach in and scroll down a page or to wake up when it goes to sleep, so I love the idea of a setting to keep it awake while cooking.

    I am a longtime Joy of Cooking devotee also! It was one of the first cookbooks I learned from and it was one of the first gifts I bought for my husband when we were dating – long distance so I needed to make sure there was a copy at his house when I visited.

  44. 144
    Christina says:

    I use cookbooks as my main reference go-to. I have had difficulty with iPad recipes because of the screen time. This new app with the screen staying on could be a game changer for me!

  45. 145
    Patricia says:

    I have so many cookbooks that I have started to sell them at yard sales and save some to give away to family and friends. I have used my kindle, but the screen keeps going to sleep and it drives me crazy. This app would be ideal! Oh, yes, some of my favorites are committed to memory. I have never owned a copy of Joy of Cooking, so the app would be greatly appreciated if I win it.

  46. 146
    Sarah King says:

    We have a small competition in our family about who’s JOY cookbook is more stained, tattered on the binding and who knows page numbers by heart for certain sections and recipes. I still love the feel of a cookbook and take pride in the wrinkling, crackling pages from recipes I’ve long referred to- its a bookmark that technology can’t replace. I do love the fast reference and search of my ipad or computer for online recipes and blogs that are stacked in my feedly reader and appreciate the power of so many coming together in one device/place.

  47. 147
    Crystal says:

    I have been using the online program “Plan to Eat” for over three years now. It holds recipes I’ve found online and lets me type in recipes from cookbooks so I have it all in one organized place, searchable by ingredients, source, keyword, etc. I use it on my tablet while cooking in the kitchen. Cheap tip: I use the bottom half of an empty dozen egg carton to hold my tablet upright in landscape mode so I don’t have to buy a stand.

  48. 148
    Lisa Hochstetler says:

    I use cookbooks, a recipe reader, iphone, and samsung tablet to access recipes at home. I love collecting cookbooks and would love to have a new app to look at.

  49. 149
    Jodie says:

    I generally use cookbooks, but have been moving to online recipes (using my ipad mini) cooking recently. I’m a foods studies teacher (High School) and would love the app to bring to my classroom/teaching practise.

  50. 150
    Devon H says:

    I’m a combo type person when it comes to recipes in the kitchen. I have a bookcase actually in my kitchen that holds over 100 cookbooks, so I’m often using my books. But if I have been searching online for a recipe idea at work or even at home, I often am using my iPhone or iPad for recipes, and keepers end up bookmarked or pinned to my Pinterest food board. I haven’t delved into recipe apps yet, but I do have Food52’s holiday app but it’s not to the level of Joy of Cooking here. I, too, own a well-used and stained copy of one of the newer versions from about 10-15 years ago of JoC, so having an app on my iPad would be fantastic, especially to quickly turn to often-made recipes like biscuits and scones, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!