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Culinate Newsletter May 10

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 Lately, there's been a lot of talk about the importance of learning to cook and teaching people to cook; we posted [/articles/sift/communitycookingclasses "a Sift item on that topic"] a couple of weeks ago. Michael Pollan, whose book The Omnivore's Dilemma inspired us as we developed the Culinate website, now has a new book, Cooked, which argues that cooking may be the single most-important step anyone can take to help improve the American food system. Boy, do we applaud that message!

 Over on Pollan's website, he lists some of his favorite how-to-cook resources: videos, websites, cooking classes, and cookbooks, including Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything (another book that has inspired us for many years). 

 But Pollan doesn't mention cooking apps — and that's too bad. I'm admittedly biased, but just yesterday I received a text from one of my young-adult daughters (also admittedly biased) about how she's cooking dinner nightly with her new Mark Bittman apps for iPad and iPhone. The apps, [/app/htce "How to Cook Everything"] and [/app/htcev "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian"] — faithful adaptations of the books — have been in Apple's App Store for a few years now, and thousands of people use them to cook. The newest app in the series, Cooking Basics (based on the book,  is maybe the most instructive of the bunch, with 1,000 photos and hundreds of cooking tips.

 For Mother's Day, consider equipping the moms in your life with one or more of these apps. To be completely transparent, Culinate develops the How to Cook Everything apps: profits from your purchase help to keep this site going strong. But in any case, I don't think you'll be disappointed.  

 Kim Carlson
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