It’s only 15 days until Christmas. No doubt much of the Christmas shopping is done, but what about that all important Christmas meal? Do you have your menu planned and your shopping list written? Or, are you struggling to come up with some fresh ideas? If you are a part of the latter group, take a look at Must Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens for iPad.

First of all, it’s a free app. It comes preloaded with several chapters including Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch and even Holiday Cooking. There are seven additional chapters that are available for in-app purchase for $0.99 each.

One of the things I like about this app, or any cooking app being on the iPad, is that it feels more like a cookbook and is easier to read than when it is on an iPhone. Must Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens for iPad is laid out very well. In addition to the search function that allows users to search ingredients to meal types, the app also has a How-To guide that provides a lot of useful tips like how to make bread crumbs and the best way to measure dry ingredients.

When you find a recipe you want to make, you select it and are presented with a picture of the finished product, an ingredients list, the steps needed to make the recipe and the nutritional facts per serving. There is also a place to make notes on the recipe page. From here, you can start a timer, add ingredients to your shopping list, add the recipe to favorites or share the recipe via Facebook or email.

The Shopping List breaks items into sections of a grocery store for ease of shopping. The only improvement I would make would be the ability to send this list directly to a printer. The only sharing options for the Shopping List is via email.

Must Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens for iPad is a must have for any cooking enthusiast or holiday host.