Nigella's Quick Collection review: Nigella Quick Collection

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Nigella's Quick Collection

Perhaps the most useful way to slice recipes, however, is the 'What's in your fridge?' option, which presents you with recipes based on whatever you happen to already have lying around. If you already know the recipe you want, there's also a search function.

When viewing a recipe you'll have the option to add the ingredients to a shopping list, which you can access using a dedicated icon along the bottom of the app. You can email your shopping list, but we imagine you'll find more use in simply taking it with you to the shops and ticking things off as you pick them up.

Back in the kitchen, with your ingredients ready, you'll want to fire up the recipe in question, and start following the instructions. You can move forwards or back through the recipe by shouting 'forward' or 'backward' at your iPhone, and while you'll need to ensure you don't have any background noise getting in the way for this feature to work, it does eliminate the need to prod at the iPhone's lovely touchscreen with greasy cooking fingers. The instructions themselves are delivered in a pleasingly conversational tone -- not in Nigella's husky tones, sadly, it's just text -- but it is devoid of any intimidating culinary jargon.

What's missing?

The Quick Collection costs £4.99, which is a pretty substantial sum in app terms. For that money you'll get 70 recipes, which is certainly enough to keep you going, but we would have liked a more comprehensive selection of recipes.


The Quick Collection is unlikely to replace your good old-fashioned stack of cookery books anytime soon. It does give you a fun list of recipes, however, and they're nicely presented, with 40 minutes of the lovely Ms Lawson thrown in for good measure. It's no kitchen revolution, but if you're on the lookout for anything to make cooking that little bit easier, the Quick Collection is well worth a purchase.

Download from iTunes

Cost: £4.99