Ratio App for Android
Last year, I singled out Michael Ruhlman's Ratio as my cookbook of the year. I still stand by that decision.
Today, Michael Ruhlmam announced the release of the Ratio app for Android devices. I quickly downloaded it, and it is pretty keen. It seems to include a lot of the content from the book. More importantly, it has an interactive tool that is incredibly useful.
Let's say you want to make a cookie dough. The ratio calls for 1 part sugar, 2 parts fat, and 3 parts flour. By default, these are set to 2, 4, and 6 ounces. Let's say you don't have a scale handy, though. You could convert these all to cups instead (or, say, the flour and sugar could be converted to cups and the fat could be converted to grams or liters or whatnot). Six ounces is 1.2 cups - but what if you only have one cup? Replace the 1.2 with a 1 and the app calculates the quantities of the other ingredients.
Now, the app isn't perfect. On my phone (an HTC Evo) the display gets cut off (not in a seriously problematic way, but it isn't pretty) unless I use it in landscape mode. Still, I've been looking for useful Android cooking apps and this is the one that I can see myself actually using a lot.
Oh yeah. There's an iPhone version, too.