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Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals.
Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals is normally priced at $8.18 in the Android Market. Meanwhile, it is normally priced at 7.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals is described as follows:
A Letter From Jamie
Thanks for all your messages asking for 20 Minute Meals on Android. It’s finally here, and will help you to prepare and cook loads of delicious meals; each one in around 20 minutes.
There’s 60 recipes in total; each one presented one step at a time, with photos along the way, so you really can’t go wrong! There’s also a cool shopping list feature which sorts your ingredients by aisle so you’ll be really speedy in the supermarket too.
As well as all that you’ll find 21 videos of me shot exclusively-for-mobile with useful tips, tricks and kitchen skills from sharpening a knife to chopping an onion. Download it today and get cooking!
Jamie Oliver xxx
Who can help but be charmed by England’s Jamie Oliver, The Naked Chef? Jamie is well known as chef, restaurateur, and an advocate for improving unhealthy diets, especially championing healthy school lunches for children.
Watch an introductory video from Jamie and get right to the recipes. Search for a recipe or peruse 10 categories such as Delicious soups, Tasty stir-fries, and Simple risottos. Each recipe includes a summary with a picture of the dish, an ingredient and equipment list, detailed instructions, and relevant videos on tasks like garlic preparation or onion chopping. Double-touch the screen in landscape mode to see pictures of each step.
Add ingredients to your list and then use the general shopping list to view by recipe or by aisle. Use the menu to quickly access any video or learn about what Jamie feels are kitchen essentials — both ingredients and equipment. Jamie promises that this app will “arm you with the confidence” to have tasty meals in 20 minutes!
Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals has a 4.6-star rating in the Android Market, and 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
Why the big difference in ratingss? It looks like something was done wrong with this version of the app. Early reviews indicate an inability to install the app, with the theory being that the developer erred somewhere in the DRM / licensing model on the app when submitted to the Amazon Appstore.
Due to the way that Amazon.com handles its reviews, the numeric (star) rating can’t be changed, although the text of a review can be modified. As of now there are 31 negative reviews, which ironically is the same number as on the Android Market. However, there are 768 reviews overall in the Android Market, but only 128 in the Appstore, meaning it skews far further toward the negative.
If for nothing else than the fact that this is a real bargain (a $8 savings) and finally something that’s not a video game, we’d recommend those interested jump on the app. If it won’t install on a popular device with a non-custom ROM, we’d expect it to be fixed in the future.
Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term “App Store.” Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.