Smart Phones in the Kitchen: CookBook Apps

Smart Phones in the Kitchen: CookBook Apps

Jason Rodway
Dec 6, 2011

Ask any smartphone owner who also happens to be a cook if they've got at least one cooking app on their phone, and chances are they'll be ecstatic about describing a recipe, measuring, or meal planner. Our sister site The Kitchn has listed a few cooking apps worth buying, but today we expand upon the topic with recommendations across iOS, Android and even WP7....

Left: My Recipe Book - Right: The Photo Cookbook
iOS My Recipe Book For those who like to add notes on the pages of their recipe books and are hardcore multitaskers, this is an app that may come in handy. The app allows access to a number of sites to import recipes, while recipes of your own can added and organized with an option to edit it later with additional notes and photos. Especially handy is the servings adjuster, to calculate ingredients when you need to serve more than the original recipe allows; multiple timers, a grocery list, text size options and 'surprise me' makes My Recipe Book a swiss army knife kitchen utensil. $3

The Photo Cookbook: Baking & Quick and Easy
Rather than providing a list of ingredients, The Photo Cookbook displays recipes visually. With pleasing photography and optimized for use on iPads screen (or with iPhone 4/4S's retina display), this app presents recipes with a deeper element explanation per cooking/rep step and about the ingredients themselves. Instead of following a guide and adding a dash of pepper or seemingly randomly switching up the temperature, users learn why these things are important and what impact they have on the end result, especially useful when learning new techniques or using new ingredients. $5 each

Left: Recipe Search - Right: My CookBook
Android Recipe Search Recipe Search places a strong emphasis on input from users accessing their database of 70,000 different dishes. Recipes listed and personal recipes can both be shared via e-mail, SMS, Twitter and Facebook. What sets this app apart is access to the "recipeeps forum", a an online social space for asking questions or general food discussions. Free

My CookBook
Much like My Recipe Book, this app offers a wide range of options for recipes searches. My CookBook distinguishes itself with a text-to-speech option, permitting directiosn to be spoken aloud, allowing cooks to focus on cooking rather than on a screen. The interface is simple but easy to navigate. Any website that provides recipes in Meal Master (.mmf), MasterCook (.mxp), RezKonv (.rk) are able to work with My CookBook. Free

Left: 170,000+ Recipes - Right: Allrecipes
Windows Phone 7 170,000+ Recipes Don't let those leftover ingredients from a big holiday meal go to waste. Why not search through BigOvens 170,000+ Recipe app and find something to whip up with those potato leftovers or that ham bone perfect for a winter soup? We love how this app has the potential for growth by snapping recipes in with the RecipeScan feature. The pro version has a grocery list feature, as well as a nutrition fact counter, especially helpful for post-holiday weight watchers on the go. Free

Allrecipes
Based on the website of the same name, their namesake app is quite a looker. The interface is laced with beautiful photography of dishes for inspiration, and finding ideas for meals or desserts is made simple. The most notable feature was the ability to browse through recipes according to length of time, from a quick 'n easy 20 minutes dish, all the way up to day-long affairs. Users can set a favored food category and get daily updates about it to avoid monotonous diets. Free

Cross-Platform
Epicurious
Great visuals and a range of features are no surprise for anyone who has used Epicurious, the website. So goes the same for the mobile app, a huge database of recipes which will likely answer, "what should we cook for dinner?" with something inspiring and new. Once selected, an ingredients list can be added to a shopping list and a full in-depth recipe is provided. Dishes can be saved in a favorites list for later reference should you get lost in the sea of options. Although it doesn't do anything exceptionally fancy, Epicurious is loyal to the basics and does so while looking fantastic on any screen size. iOS, Android, WP7 - Free

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