We have been working with Max Moore to develop and release Kitchen Scratchpad, the very first Ideas in Food app. Kitchen Scratchpad is designed for the kitchen and beyond. We've tested it with chefs, home cooks, food writers, and mixologists. It is the notebook that is always with you. Even if you lose or crash your phone, computer, or tablet, your information is stored securely in the cloud, ready for you to access it. Kitchen Scratchpad allows cooks, chefs, writers, food fanatics and dreamers to easily record and share their creations.
Kitchen Scratchpad allows you to create, capture and collaborate. It is a digital notebook for the kitchen. One key feature is being able to photograph a piece of paper or a notebook and then add it to a recipe. Your chicken scratch can then be transcribed into a proper recipe when you have more time. That recipe may then be shared with your entire team. You can also take step by step photographs of techniques and snapshots of finished dishes that can be attached to recipes to show exactly how a dish or ingredient is to be prepared and plated.
On the personal side of things, Kitchen Scratchpad has a place for prep lists, notes, private recipes, and other ideas. Grab screen shots and add them to a notebook of ideas for the future. Travel to markets and photograph ingredients. Add them to a notebook with thoughts on ways to use them.
You can e-mail recipes, notes, and ideas to colleagues or even to yourself. Start a recipe and send it to your sous chef to get things started in the kitchen. With Kitchen Scratchpad your work can be shared or kept private.
The built in calculators allow you to convert measurements and temperatures in addition to completing your calculations. You can pull it up in the app and use it as you're creating recipes.
What about all the recipes you already have? Import the documents into Kitchen Scratchpad and then they will be available to everyone on your team. There's no excuses for forgetting a garnish if they can access the recipes on their phones. We prefer to use the web App on our computer for large imports. It's easier to work with a larger screen and be able to access your archives in order to organize your recipes in their new home.
Forgot which notebook that recipe was in? If you've put it into Kitchen Scratchpad you can always find it with a quick search. And as you tweak and adjust dishes, you can update the recipe and the changes appear universally to everyone who has access to the file.
Concerned about the wrong people tweaking your recipes? Allow read only options. That way you maintain control of your dishes.
There is one huge disclaimer. Kitchen Scratchpad does not create recipes for you. It's a tool to help you organize and share your recipes. You have to create the material. When you do, Kitchen Scratchpad is there to help to help you capture the details, organize the collection, and share it with your team.