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With holiday season approaching, it’s the perfect time to embrace technology in order to simplify life in the kitchen during an incredibly busy time. The Bing Food & Drink App helps for a number of reasons but primarily because it integrates sites you already know and love (like AllRecipes, Saveur, Bon Appetit) as well as advice from celebrity chefs. Have a look at these seven among many reasons to give the app a whirl.
1. Surprisingly Helpful Visual Search
After downloading the app to my laptop, the first thing I noticed is how incredibly easy it is to search recipes visually via stunning photos (some don’t have any but most do). Clicking on the Asian category generates the screen above, with more gorgeous recipes available by swiping the screen to the left.
Scan options quickly by photo and title to decide which meals may or may not work for you. Or, search by name. Hainanese chicken is one of our favorite dishes but by quickly looking at the photo in the screenshot above, I know that particular recipe is a modernized version and not what my daughter was used to. I didn’t even have to click on the recipe to figure that out. I scrolled a little more and, voila, found what I was looking for with much less effort than normal internet searching.
2. Messy Hands? No Problem.
If your laptop has a camera function, just wave your hand in front of the camera to scroll a recipe forward and backward. This saves time and perhaps potential damage to your computer or tablet.
3. Cooking Tips And Videos That Prevent Guesswork
The “How to Make Gravy for Turkey” video, for example, launches into a very well-done high definition demonstration of exactly what it looks like when you do everything from skim turkey fat to cook roux, therefore, eliminating any guesswork from the process.
4. Easy Organization
I’m starting to see the benefits of planning meals for the week. The Bing Food & Drink App allows users to organize meals by day and then calculate a shopping list for the entire week. Cross-reference it with what’s already in your pantry to make things simple. Create collections to organize recipes you’d like to make later. Upload your own to share with the network or for cataloging purposes.
5. Adult Drinks Galore
Search for highly rated wines to pair with whatever fabulous meal you have decided to whip up. Also, there’s an entire section dedicated to fancy cocktail recipes with photos. Again, the photos are incredibly helpful for quickly narrowing down final contenders.
6. Celebrity Chefs Are Using It
Click on your favorite celebrity chef and not only do their mouthwatering recipes appear, but everything from their personal videos to helpful blog posts is right there, too. You can even take a 360° tour of their many restaurants. How good do the recipes above look? Yes, so good.
7. It’s Like A Magazine, Too
The Bing Food & Drink App consolidates posts from popular sites like The Kitchn, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and more that are just interesting reads to browse during a morning cup of coffee or in spare time.
Bing Food & Drink App Tips
To be totally honest, it took me a while to get used to Windows 8. The mistake I was making when exploring apps is not scrolling all the way (after loading the app) in each direction. I was missing out on tons of content so make sure to scroll fully in each direction.
My favorite part of the Bing Food & Drink App is the ability to narrow recipes quite quickly just by eyeballing photos and short recipe titles. It’s amazing how those two simple things improve a user experience so drastically. Download it to your Windows 8.1 device and let me know how it goes?
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