In March, I announced Basil 1.0. Today, Basil 1.1 is available on the App Store.
This version is more powerful, useful and… well, better. There’s twice as many supported sites, unit conversion for metric units users who want to cook American recipes with all of those teaspoons and tablespoons, recipe sharing, and a more powerful search. Oh, and creating or editing recipes is now easier, too.
Although I'm admittedly not much of a cook, I've been testing Basil 1.1 for several months now and I'm deeply impressed by it. Lending an attractive, functional, and robust front-end to the otherwise daunting world of recipe-based cooking, Basil has proven itself invaluable in my household.
Of particular note, for transatlantic folks such as myself, the intelligent unit conversion capability is nothing short of phenomenal. Parsing measurements into your preferred format is a simple, yet extraordinarily useful feature.
From what I've (slowly) learned from cooking, much of the art resides within the correct mindset. Thus, as with most things in life, the solution to any alienation or difficulty lies with small gestures of comfort for the subconscious. For me in the kitchen, I've found Basil to adopt precisely such a role.
Removing any lingering sentiments of worry or discomfort, Basil allows me to cook (and research foods) in a truly personal, comfortable, and inviting manner.
So, whether you're a seasoned cook or a less-than-novice like myself, I highly recommend dabbling with Basil in the coming weeks. It's truly a pleasure to use, it's available at a no-brainer price, and it's written from the ground up by a thoughtful foodie.
Basil 1.1 is available from the App Store for $1.99.