Developers say that nowadays there is an app for almost anything. Of course, there are plenty of options for those who love cooking, too. But how do I choose the best one for my needs? What if I want to use it on my tablet rather than my smartphone? What if I don’t have an iPhone? Does it work on other operating systems?
All these questions, as well as many others will be answered in our article today. The method we use in order to make cooking a lot easier for all of you is a list of the top apps we found and tested ourselves. These ones are a mix of tools for iOS, Android and Windows devices, and they all work both on smartphones and tablets.
Evernote Food is one of the apps from iOS that I personally appreciate the most. It has recently made a few updates that make it work on iPads, and it is specially designed to work on any iOS smartphone that uses version 6 or later of the same operating system.
Coming in English, but also Polish, Danish, French, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Romanian and basically any language you could think of, this tool has been updated in June 2014. It’s a free app that lets you explore unlimited recipes available in the store while you can also create and edit your own cookbook.
In addition to that, it lets you save a location, add photos and notes to help you remember the kind of experience you had in a certain restaurant. And if you don’t feel like cooking today, you can also check out what the best restaurants in your neighborhood are.
Another iOS application, Eden Recipes, is one of those simple, but classy tools you can get for free from iTunes. It’s only available in English and requires v6.0 or newer of the iOS operating system. You can look for ideas by type of cuisine, course, diet and even ingredient, so that everyone can find something they’ll like.
Once you find a recipe you like, you can add it to your favorite and easily classify it depending on the kind of meal it suits. When you open any of your favorite ones, you will see how many people it serves, how much it takes to prepare it and how long it would take to cook.
Because this is a very social application, it also lets you create lists of recommendation for specific events and share them with friends. You can email them, share them on Facebook or choose another social network to do the same. All recipes include photos and nutrition facts, as well as a very detailed description.
This tool is not one of those classical apps that simply give you ideas of recipes and help you save the ones you like the most. Because a real cooking help means a lot more than that, Kitchen Calculator helps you do all the math in the kitchen.
Whether you need to convert cups to grams or pints to liters, you want to check how many people you can feed with the amounts you have or you need to quickly scale your recipes, everything can be done with a few clicks.
It’s been designed to work on both smartphones and tablets and its only requirement is iOS v5.1 and a one-time fee of $3.64. In case you’re curious, the app comes from Forward Leap and is only available in English at the moment. However, the staff from FL says that many other international versions are going to pop up soon.
Jamie’s 20 Minutes Meals
This Android application features over 60 recipes from Jamie Oliver. All of them can be ready in maximum 20 minutes, come with pictures and in details descriptions that guide you through the process. It also comes with a shopping list that lets you sort the ingredients you need by aisle.
For only $7.5, you can have access to videos and step-by-step pics that tell you exactly what you need to do. With such an amazing tool, there’s definitely nothing that could go wrong. The recipes are adapted for everyone’s taste, so you can find something for meat-lovers, something for vegans, a few others for vegetarians and also some for fish-lovers.
The app is available to purchase online from Google Play and requires Android v2.0 or up. It’s been last updated in the summer of 2013, but bugs are constantly fixed and new recipes are added every now and then. Find out more about Jamie’s 20 Minutes Meals right here!
Everybody knows Big Oven – they created various apps for everyone’s taste and now have to offer an Android one with over 250,000 recipes and one for Windows with 170,000+ recipes to choose from. This is one of the free tools that have a lot to offer and don’t ask for much in return.
All you need in order to download this one is Android v2.0 or Windows 7 OS and you’re good to go. Having been recently updated in April 2014, this tool lets you browse through all the inspirational meals and save some of the best ones into a menu. In addition to that, you can also make your groceries list with the same application and take it with you to the shops.
You can also read reviews from other customers and scale your recipes while you’re free to share any of the ideas on social networks. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are just three of the ones you can use to be social while cooking. Let’s not forget that you can also convert to metric with Big Oven – what else could you ask for?
The SweetNSpicy application for Windows devices gives you more than 4,000 recipes to choose from. Being specially designed for those who don’t like meat much, the tool classifies each meal depending on whether it’s a vegetarian one, a vegan meal, one for kids or one of the few non-vegetarian ones they have.
Apart from simply inspiring you, it also comes with a calorie counter that prevents you from gaining extra weight. Being so focused on veggie-based recipes, you might have guessed that this app is actually a collection of super-tasty Indian foods.
It is powered by the website called fullmeals.com and each recipe has a video and images that make it easier for you to follow through the instructions. The app is free and works on any smartphone, as well as tablet that uses Windows 7.5, 8 or 8.1.
Working the same like a recipes’ magazine, Cupcake Heaven has over 100 ways to make amazing cupcakes. They are adapted to every occasion, as well as your current skills and ingredients you have in store. What’s even better that all that is the fact that this tool comes for free in the iTunes store.
All you need in order to use it is a smartphone or tablet running on iOS version 6.0 or a newer one. It is also specially adapted for the iPhone 5, and it has last been updated in May 2014. While the first time you download it, it’s recommended to be in a Wi-Fi area for installing the application, you can then use Cupcake Heaven even when you’re offline.
There are plenty of adds-in to choose from – these ones can cost anything from $6 to $18 and simply make your tool much more helpful. However, even without paying extra for more interesting features, this is one of the most impressive apps one could get. It’s there for you, anytime you need to bake some great cupcakes!
Recipe Droid is another free app – it’s been specifically created to work on Android devices that include both smartphones and tablets. If you want to transform your phone into a cooking help, you’ve got all you need with this tool that only need version 1.5 of this OS to function properly.
You can easily find some of the most interesting recipes on popular websites, add them to your list of favorite and spice up your cooking a little bit. Any guest will be impressed with the way you cook once you let the inspiration flow thanks to this great application.
Minado’s Perfect Sushi Rice, Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll, Barbie’s Tuna Salad and Moroccan Tuna Patties are just some of the great recipes you could learn from Recipe Droid. All of them come with a list of the necessary ingredients right under the title and a couple of photos that guide you step by step.
When it comes to devices running on Windows, Betty Crocker might be one of the best choices you could make. It’s free to install, its size is of only 5 MB and works on all Windows devices that use version 7.5 or a newer one.
Once you download the application, you’ll have to create an account and keep yourself signed in if you want to use it. This prevents anyone else from saving recipes that you don’t need or creating shopping lists that you weren’t going to use. It’s great for those who have children – they can play with your phone and there’s no need to worry, as you can easily log out of the app.
Betty’s cookbook is a huge collection of great recipes that come with a picture, a list of ingredients and tips on how to serve the food. You can also check how long it takes to prepare and cook it while it tells you exactly how make servings it makes and what that means.
What Home Chef actually does is it takes a couple of the most creative recipes from well-known cooking web pages and brings them all together in one place. This place is the app that your Windows phone or tablet can use for free. All you need is a device that runs on version 7 or later and you’re ready to install the app by clicking here.
Apart from seeing a couple of great foods to cook, you can also share everything with your friends. This way, everybody can cook together, at the same time. All ideas are split into categories depending on the type of diet and cuisine you use. You can find vegan recipes, baking recipes, organic tips, wholefoods, etc.
The Techniques section is good for those who want to turn into better cooks, and the Kitchen 101 comes with a bunch of tips on how to make cooking easier. If you’ve adopted the Paleo Diet, you don’t have to worry, because there’s also something for you in there – not just something, but quite a lot of great ideas!