Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach

Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach (Free) by CBS Interactive

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

For all you folks in the U.S. of A., Turkey Day is about a week away! I seriously didn’t try to make that rhyme on purpose, but it totally did.

So you think you can cook up a Thanksgiving feast? No? But your family expects you to do it anyway? Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach might save your holiday! Most “recipe” apps do nothing but regurgitate what you’d find in two seconds of Googling, but Chow goes much further by attempting to hold your hand through the entire process of cooking up a predetermined yet very “traditional” Thanksgiving menu that includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and they also throw in some brandy-apple punch!

If you have no intention of cooking ALL of that food, fear not. The first step is crossing off the foods that you don’t plan to make and Chow will magically adjust your shopping list, equipment list, and cooking steps. After your menu is set, you can take Chow shopping with you and you can cross things off the shopping and equipment lists as you get them.

Next, of course, is cooking, and your handy little Dinner Coach will instruct you to prepare some stuff on Wednesday and the rest on Thursday. The cooking instructions seem pretty clear and there are a few illustrations, but for the most part it’s all text so you’ll need to read things carefully and do exactly what the app tells you or THANKSGIVING WILL BE RUINED! I typed that in all caps just for dramatic effect but, as with all recipes, you need to do it right ‘cuz blaming a crappy dinner on your iPhone or iPad probably won’t sit too well with your dinner guests.

My favorite way to serve Thanksgiving dinner is to take everyone to a fancy restaurant and then sneak off to the bathroom when the bill comes, but if you’re a rank amateur cooking at home you might want to give Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach a look!


Visual Presentation Nice
Ease of Use Easy to navigate, executing in the kitchen could be a different story (I haven’t tried that part!)
Functionality Good
Value vs. Price I love “free”!
Overall Great idea for Thanksgiving rookies
App Name: Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach (iTunes)
Version: 1.1
Price as of this writing: Free. :)
iTunes category: Lifestyle
Available on: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Developer: CBS Interactive
Device & iOS used for review: iPhone 4, iOS 5.


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