This post should be about ratatouille. But it is really about my iPhone. Some people are against the encroachment of Apple products into our everyday lives, but I personally welcome them as our technological overlords. My iPhone tells me where I am supposed to be at any point during the day, what my gas mileage is, when my next period is expected, and, most importantly, How to Cook Everything. I am referring, of course, to Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything App.
This is the standard reference cookbook in our house. So when presented with the opportunity to own the entire 960 page book in an iPhone app for less than five dollars, I jumped at it. It has thousands of recipes, both simple and complex, and while not all the recipes are adaptable to dietary restrictions, it is still my go-to book for simple meat and vegetable dishes. It doesn’t require data or wifi, so it’s easy to access when you are at the grocery store and need specifics on ingredients or need to decide what meal to make with what’s on sale. Plus, it has an attractive interface that is easy to use.
It now retails at the iTunes store for $4.99 for iPhone and $9.99 for iPad. Still worth it in my book for a handy cooking app. To my knowledge, there isn’t an Android version...yet.
iPhone app or not, ratatouille is worth putting into your culinary repertoire. When I first started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I had to get used to eating a lot more meat than I was used to, since grains could no longer accompany my veggies. It is nice to have a vegetarian meal that is filling and delicious. The basic recipe is simple: eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, peppers. Slice them and layer them in a baking dish along with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a handful of chopped herbs. Bake for an hour or more until the vegetables are tender, then top with more herbs and olive oil. From here the variations are endless. And for the specifics of Mark Bittman’s recipe, you’ll have to get the app to see for yourself!