For the avid cooker, the aspiring chef, or the clueless carnivore. Here’s a baker’s dozen cooking apps to help anyone along their way in the kitchen.
Though cookbooks and scribbled note cards with old family recipes on them remain tucked away in every kitchen, and will probably never go out of style, in today’s day and age we sometimes also like the convenience of having cooking resources readily available on our phone, tablet, or computer. Apps allow us to access video tutorials to see exactly how to execute a recipe perfectly, quickly find a recipes that includes the ingredients laying around in the kitchen, store and share our favorite recipes, and explore new and uncharted waters of cooking.
So in the spirit of embracing technology, with a little something for everyone, here are a baker’s dozen (13) cooking apps that are at the top of the “must have” list.
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List – Around since the early days of the App Store and Google Play, and having over 10 million downloads, the Epicurious app is surely doing something right. The latest version of this app was just rolled out last week, and has been fully redesigned and re-engineered for today’s cooks, according to the preview. The Epicurious app presents over 30,000 editorially tested and member-rated recipes and features voice activated commands for hands-free cooking. Download this app to begin browsing recipes from Epicurious, Gourmet magazine, Self, and more.
Pepperplate – This app, priding itself on being the only app for serious cooks, may actually be all that it’s cracked up to be. The comprehensive app allows users to browse recipes from any website, or upload personal ones. Once a recipe is added to the app, each user can add or alter notes according to their cooking preferences and what worked best for them. Recipes can be moved into different categories and Pepperplate users can paste text and photos to their recipes. The app features menu creation and ingredient lists for shopping as well.
BigOven – This app boasts a collection of over 250,000 recipes. So essentially, you’ll never run out of things to cook. And will the meal planner, you wont get lost with all those recipes. BigOven’s concept is having everything one would use for cooking (cookbook, recipes cards, etc.) conveniently in one app. Users can search for recipes by ingredients, keywords, or course, or just browse popular recipe collections to find inspiration. The app is free and doesn’t require registration to begin using it. After registration or purchasing a “pro” account, users can get even more out of the BigOven app.
Paprika Recipe Manager – If you love to cook, Paprika could be the most useful app you ever download. With the latest version having just come out this month, the already extensive app now has even more to offer. Like most recipes apps users can browse, search, and save recipes. But with Paprika, you can also look up necessary ingredients at the grocery store, sync saved recipes between almost any electronic device that’s connected to the internet, and sort recipes into folders. This ultimate recipe hub even allows you to create meal plans, then export them into your smartphone’s calendar and reminder apps. Should we go on? Okay, the app also features offline access.
Food Network in the Kitchen — Well, it wouldn’t be a food anything lineup without getting the Food Network involved. This app is just as popular as all your favorite Food Network TV shows—and just as awesome—only with the app you won’t have to sit through a 30 minute episode to figure out how to finish off that recipe you wanted to learn how to cook. Complete with everyone’s favorite chefs and their recipes, this award-winning app allows users to search by food type, chef, course, and more. Just like the chefs on the Food Network, you can cook multiple dishes at the same time like a pro by using the app’s multiple timers for multi-dish meals.
AllRecipes Dinner Spinner – Even the indecisive cook can have less fuss and more fun with this app, which features member-shared recipes, photos, ratings and reviews from a community of more than 30 million home cooks. AllRecipes serves up a plethora of recipes that each user has at their fingertips—just type in a dish type, some ingredients, and how much time you have and the app will have a recipe waiting for you. If that’s not what you’re looking for, just give your phone a shake and the app will offer up some inspiration for you.
How to Cook Everything – For those who are up for a bit more of an advanced approach, and don’t mind spending a little bit of cash for it, there’s this first-of-its-kind app derived from the bestselling cook book, How to Cook Everything. Featuring more than 2,000 recipes curated by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, 400 how-to illustrations, a shopping list, built-in timer, and metric converter, this app will act like your own personal cooking class. You’ll learn how to cook difficult meals, the best equipment to have in the kitchen, and how to plan out your week’s daily dishes. And when you’re finished creating those amazing dishes, you can use the Facebook and Twitter integration to share what you’re cooking with your social network.
Allthecooks Recipes – If you’re looking for something a little more social in terms of a cooking app, Allthecooks is for you. The app functions as both a social network for cooking and a hub for sharing and exploring recipes. Each user creates a profile, where others can view their likes and creations. After you cook something you can upload photos of the dish and receive comments or suggestions, such as what side dishes would pair well or what ingredient substitutions can be made for the recipe. With over 150,000 recipes and a vibrant community of cooks, you’re sure to glean something from this app–maybe even make some new friends.
Yummly – With aggregated searches from top sights, including AllRecipes, Food52, and Epicurious, as well as popular blogs like Chow, Serious Eats, and Steamy Kitchen, they may not be lying when they say they you’ll have “every recipe in the world in your pocket.” Featured on the today show and loved by millions of cooks around the world, Yummly allows users to customize preferences, see recipe recommendations, save recipes in a digital recipe box, and find the right meal for the right occasion with the comprehensive search feature. Yum.
Green Kitchen – Though categorized as a vegetarian app, it’s so much more. Green Kitchen features recipes that are vegan, raw foods, gluten free, sugar free, and whole grain friendly. You can search depending on what specific diet you’re looking to cook for and also use the handy shopping list and metric converter. This app is quality over quantity. It may not have thousands of recipes like some of the aforementioned apps, but the recipes that Green Kitchen does offer are of high quality. And cooking is made even more joyful, with the gorgeous array of photos that accompany the recipes featured.
Caveman Feast 200 Paleo Recipes – Love Paleo cooking? This is the app for you. It may cost a couple of dollars, but it’s totally worth it. Brimming with mouthwatering photos and easy to follow directions, this app features 200 delicious recipes by George Bryant, head chef at Civilized Caveman Cooking and Abel James, host of the popular Fat-Burning Man Show. Not only does this app have the usual meaty Paleo fare, but it also offers desserts like blueberry espresso brownies. Recent updates to the app now make shopping even easier— when multiple recipes are added to the “shopping cart” Caveman Feast will combine the ingredients that are the same from each recipe so, for example, you won’t be making two trips to the produce isle for tomatoes.
Eatingwell Healthy in a Hurry – Housing only quick and nutritious meals, with this app you’ll never be forced to hit up the fast-food drive through. With conveniently pre-loaded recipes, Eatingwell Healthy in a Hurry does not require Internet access—so users will always have these healthy meals at their fingertips. The app features a unique search function which allows users to look up the benefits of each dish, such as food aimed at promoting a healthy heart, reducing cholesterol, or reducing your waste line. Along with compiling shopping lists and storing bookmarks, the app will even send you a daily recipe just in case you face indecision when you’re hungry.
Weber’s on the Grill – Though we all love grilling, it’s not always easy to find the perfect recipe for that juicy steak, or just the right marinade for extra flavorful chicken. With this app, you’re no longer alone in your quest for the best grill food. Supplying not only 300 different recipes for an entire grill-prepared meal—dessert and all—but the whole process for preparing the dish, Weber’s on the Grill will be your grill knight in shining armor. Featuring short instructional videos with celebrity chef and author Jamie Purviance, and a shopping list that you can add or delete ingredients to, this app does it all. When you’re ready to add fire to the equation, you can even enter the thickness of the meat and the app will automatically adjust the grilling time and temperature accordingly.