Giveaway: New Joy of Cooking iPad App

May 14, 2014

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 thoughts on "Giveaway: New Joy of Cooking iPad App"

  • I have a large cookbook collection, but have been putting more and more recipes in the Paprika app on our ipad and iphones. It’s the only app I’ve been willing to buy twice (different apps for the ipad and iphone, but they sync to each other)!

  • I like to use my iPad in the kitchen. It’s so handy when looking up new recipes to be able to view them without printing. This sounds like a really great app!

  • I love my cookbooks – I like curling up on the couch and looking through them for ideas. I like writing notes on them when I make changes. I like loaning them to and borrowing them from friends.

    But I recognize that the times are changing, and I’m starting to use the tablet in the kitchen. I’ll still often print off a recipe I want to use (more single recipes from websites than from full-on electronic cookbooks) especially if I plan to make notes on it, though.

  • Oh, I am terrible. Even though I like to keep things on the computer, I end up printing recipes out and keeping them in a book because my computer is in a different room than the kitchen. I think I would love using a tablet. Then I could eliminate all of the paper recipes, files, photocopies, etc.

  • If I’m trying to find something at the last minute I use my phone or ipad in the kitchen, covered in a plastic sandwich bag so that it doesn’t get covered in food! I love how easy it is to use online recipes – especially when I go to the supermarket and forget how much of one ingredient it requires!

    Otherwise my favourite, tried and tested recipes are typed up, printed and stored in a ‘recipes’ folder from the Aussie brand Kikki K, ready at a moments notice.

  • I haven’t downloaded any cookbooks or cooking apps but I use my iPad to pull up recipes off my favorite blogs all the time to cook with. Would love to win this joy of cooking app!

  • I am an avid cookbook collector who has learned to love her iPad. I cook from both sources and enjoy both formats, but I will never give up turning paper pages.

  • I have several cookbooks marked with labels for my favorite or will-try-soon recipes, but I usually lug my iPad around because I can search recipes much more easily based on the ingredients I already have.

  • Right now I use my phone, a computer printout, or an actual cookbook, but I’ve long wanted a tablet!

  • I’ve used Dropbox to put all my recipes onto my iPad. It’s now the only piece of information i use in the kitchen.. Joy would be a terrific addition to the whole thing.

  • I rely on a little of everything: cookbooks that I love, printed recipes from the internet or Pinterest, saved recipes on my laptop, recipes torn from magazines, and working from my own cookbook binder of family recipes. An app on my phone would be awesome to keep organized. Also to use as a tool when shopping for ingredients.

  • I use cookbooks, iPhone, iPad, recipe cards from my grandma… a little bit of everything. I would love Joy on the iPad.

  • I have a few go-to cookbooks with notes in the margins and calculations to scale recipes down. I use pinterest and a number of cooking blogs with my iPad. The best part about the iPad is that you can wipe it down if it gets dirty while you are cooking.

  • Hi Marisa.

    My first cookbook was The All-Purpose Cookbook Joy of Cooking (1964 edition) given to me in 1980 by my paternal grandmother. She was a prolific cook, made her own bread because my grandfather complained store-bought was horrible, canned and preserved everything. I think, if Nanny were still alive, she’d be very intrigued about this electronic age. I use all forms of cookbook media – cookbooks, ipad, macbook, magazines etc. I would love to add The Joy of Cooking app to my ipad. Each time I grab The Joy of Cooking I am gently reminded of my time spent in my Nanny’s kitchen.


  • I use Pinterest for a lot of my recipes and bring my laptop into the kitchen with me, but I also have many cookbooks and tearouts from magazines.

  • I love my cookbooks! I love finding new ones at the library and sitting down to relax and page through them. I have my favorites on my shelf and love to look at them regularly. I have two editions of Joy of Cooking. I have to say it’s my go to cookbook!

  • I use dog-eared cookbooks, cooking magazines, my iPhone, and my laptop! It’s great to have lots of choices. πŸ™‚ I just re-discovered my Joy of Cooking–the pie section is amazing!!

  • I’m a cookbook and cooking magazine fan (my grandmother published a few), I read them like novels! But I love to write the recipes on pieces of paper and always carry around some in my purse! This being said, I can be seen reading recipes from the email on my IPhone in the kitchen…

  • I love my hardbound cookbooks too much not to use them as a starting point. But when I actually go into the kitchen I like having my iPad with me so I don’t dirty up my books (like in the “old” days) and so I don’t have to run back and forth from the kitchen to the computer. This app would be perfect to supplement my well-used and loved Joy of Cooking book that I inherited from my Grandmother!

  • Over the last 3 decades I’ve amassed quite a collection of favorite cookbooks. They’re filled with my margin notes (modifications to frequently-made recipes). But over the last 6 or 7 years I find that I reach for them less often, in favor of internet sources. These days my iPad is my go-to device, and it spends quite a bit of time on the kitchen counter when I’m cooking. It has an origami-style cover which allows me to prop it up securely, so there’s no need for a tablet stand.

    I have two copies of “Joy.” One was a wedding gift from back in 1979. The book worked out better than the marriage (yep, got divorced…). When I re-married in 2001 the same BFF who gave me the first copy gifted me with the then-current edition. Truly great resources! I hope I win one of the give-away apps, but if not then I will definitely buy it!!

  • I definitely have a cookbook addiction, but I also collect together recipes I find on various blogs as well. My partner and I have begun a cookbook challenge, where we each pick a cookbook for the other to cook from in an attempt to use the cookbooks more, and to expand our cooking range. It’s actually a lot of fun!

  • I love physical cookbooks to browse through, but when it comes to the kitchen I tend to use my iPad on top of the refrigerator.

  • oh man, I wish I had an ipad, I print out the recipes I want! maybe I should add an ipad to my wedding registry so I can use this app πŸ™‚

  • I tend toward cookbooks because I do not have a tablet. But I find myself using my iphone more and more in the kitchen and see how useful a tablet might be there. I just saw this app on the appstore and was intrigued. Would love to try it out. I also have multiple copies of the Joy on my cookbook shelf. In the version my Mom has, there is a recipe for Angel Bars (a brown sugar bar type cookie) on page 666 which has always made us chuckle.

  • Cookbooks? I collect them, I love them, I cherish them and I hate myself for them. It seems I can never find the exact recipe I’m looking for and have been tempted so many time to throw them all out and create my own so I know they are the ‘good’ recipes that I know and love so well. Being able to access it digitally? Awesome. Being able to mark my favorites – even better. πŸ™‚

  • I use a few favorite cookbooks and usually just print recipes if I find them online. Even though there are laptops and a tablet in my house!

  • This would be great – I pop my ipad in my recipe book holder but it keeps on going to sleep! The Joy of Cooking is my go-to book (along with my kiwi standby The Edmond’s Recipe Book!)

  • I have most of my recipes on my laptop and use printouts usually. Extensive use of paper cookbooks as well for things made less frequently. Would love to use the iPad when cooking.

  • I just added another shelf for my growing cookbook collection. Earlier this year I gave away six books from my collection and am still having pangs of remorse. I like to use my IPAd in the kitchen for web or app based recipes, but I will always adore my cookbook collection.

  • Up until recently, I’ve been using cookbooks. Now I often find recipes online so I have my iPad handy.

  • Am old school about books including cookbooks – the feel of them, the need to turn the page, all those tactile things. But, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity to step up to using a “book” electronically. Sounds fun!

  • Love using my mini iPad when I actually do use a recipe…I also have loved The Joy of Cooking as I have seen it in many kitchens and used it (the printed version) many times myself from the library. I do not own my own copy. Would live to have all those recipes on hand and share with my wife too!

  • I’d love to use our iPad in the kitchen but it’s been commandeered by our three-year-old son as a TV substitute. I love the cookbooks I have but often find good recipes online, which I read from my laptop. A good app would be much better – my phone has a kid-proof, spill-proof cover!

  • Ooh – I love my old cookbooks. Love to touch the pages that my mother (and grandmother, too!) touched – I was the lucky girl to inherit them. I use my iPad for looking up new recipes, but LOVE my old “Joy”.

  • I bring my smartphone into the kitchen, though before I had that, I developed some pretty good recipe shorthand to jot down internet recipes on a post-it. I like hard copies, though, and I’ll use a cookbook or copy a recipe down onto a card if it’s a favorite.

  • I grew up with a mother who has hundreds of cookbooks, so I have tried to keep my collection pared down to under fifty. I only have room for a handful in the actual kitchen, one of which is the Joy of Cooking, plus a notebook of favorite recipes. I either print recipes from the desktop in our office, or jot down general notes. This might get me to start using my iPad, which sits rather idle most days.

  • In our home, all books are sacred, but the shelves (very plural) that hold the cookbooks are sacred! Kids cook books, general cookbooks, preserving books, ethnic cookbooks, specialty cookbooks, old, new, we always find room for more! While we have the technology, we have yet to move it to the kitchen…. this app may be our gateway!

  • I drag the laptop around, unless I dust off a cookbook. No tablet as of yet, otherwise that would probably be my recipe-holder of choice!

  • Recipes on i-pads have their advantages but they can’t create the history of a cookery book, written in fingerprints and splashes.

  • I use my iPhone 5S on a Joby Gorilla tripod to avoid splashes, or cookbooks (i have loads of books)

  • I like using the tablet when I have internet recipes and the joy of cooking is my go to cookbook as well. brilliant idea

  • I have an iPad and I’m trying to use it more but I still have my favorite cookbooks or magazines I use regularly

  • Although I do still use favorite hardcopy cookbooks, and my beloved recipe box, my iPad has become my go-to cooking companion. It is always with me in the kitchen. I love the idea of being able to keep my iPad from going to sleep while in the middle of making a recipe.

  • I personally use my dead tree cookbooks or print out the recipes I get from online, and leave them outside of the kitchen so they don’t get anything on them, which makes for a lot of walking back and forth πŸ˜› It’s probably a little silly, but I want the books to last and I want the printouts to last, too, since I tuck them all into a binder for reuse later if it turns out to be a good recipe!

  • We have a dozen favorite cookbooks on our bookshelf that we refer to often. One of them is a small binder we refer to as our family cookbook. It has printed copies of things we make most often. We also keep a lot of .pdf files in Dropbox that we access and read from the iPad while we are in the kitchen.

  • I love cookbooks! I have three reference books: The Joy of cooking, How to Cook everything, and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. If something is not in one of them, then I give up and move on. I get some recipes online and write them out, I don’t have the room to use my laptop in the kitchen. It’s really small.

  • My mom and I both use iPads for cooking. She has a first generation iPad, while I have a mini. I’d always avoided buying cookbooks in kindle form because they were so awkward to use on my actual Kindle. But once I realized that I could read them on my iPad, I’ve really come around to using it for cooking.

  • Can never go wrong with the basics and improve from there. Enjoy the site, learning so much from you…thanks for that and the giveaway.

  • I love my cookbooks, but just got an IPad mini and can’t wait to try it out. This app would be the perfect start, I think it was the 1st cookbook I bought!

  • I’ll use my ipad or iPhone in the kitchen, depending on how messy and quick the recipe looks to be!

  • I use my iPad a lot since my son bought it for me. And I collect cookbooks at the swap meet but my go to for family favorites are my self published “Family Favorites” Cookbooks containing the recipes I grew up with and that my kids have now grown up with.

  • I love my cookbooks – I always use either them or favorite recipes that are jotted down on scraps of paper and kept in a drawer. I think I am ready to move into modern times and use an iPad in the kitchen!

  • My iPad usually makes it’s way into the kitchen so that I can listen to music while I can or cook. Most of my cookbooks are still print versions, including my new favorite, Preserving by the Pint!

  • When I was growing up, there were two kinds of people in the world – those who used Joy of Cooking, and those who used Fannie Farmer. We were a Joy of Cooking family, even though my mom was not really much of a cook. Now, I have several other cookbooks, but Joy is my go-to for classics and basics.

    I use the iPad for new recipes found online, but all of my cookbooks have my handwritten notes next to favorite recipes – “This was fine with half the sugar”. “This took MUCH longer than it says”. “Loved the recipe, but the final dish was meh.” So I don’t see myself giving those up anytime soon. I also have not yet figured out how to keep the iPad from going to sleep in the middle of things, and it’s annoying to have to keep waking it up.

  • I love my bound cookbooks but I find myself bringing the laptop into the kitchen and surfing for new creations more and more. The possibilities are endless and sometimes I can’t stop searching but I eventually realize I have to put a meal together.

  • I use my Kindle Fire and carry it out to the kitchen when I need to locate one of the recipes I have pinned on Pinterest or one that I have bookmarked. Rarely do I use a cookbook anymore.

  • It’s 10:36 pm here in California. I see the comment above me says May 18, but not here yet. I use all three methods. I have to have my Mom’s old Good Housekeeping cookbook for rice pudding and bread pudding. I also use my church cookbook a lot. The other day I wanted to make a recipe I saw on Food Network, so had to look that up on my phone so I could get the ingredients and then went home and wrote the amts down from the desktop computer while I was making the recipe. I also use my tablet when I remember I can use it in the kitchen! Still a little old school.