Basil turns time directions ("sauté for 5 minutes") into buttons which start a timer. No need to fumble around with your phone while cooking anymore—just press "Start."
You can add notes to a recipe as you cook so next time you remember to use half the salt the recipe calls for and to let it simmer for a little longer, too.
Tell it your preferred units (U.S. or metric units), and Basil will convert units for you. It'll even convert volume measurements ("2 teaspoons paprika") to weight measurements for metric users. Just like that.
Say you're baking cookies, and you just mixed in the brown sugar. Tap it in the ingredients list, and Basil will cross it out and turn it gray. When you move on to the next step, you'll be focused on the ingredients you still need to use—and not the ones you don't.