Best Android Apps for Cooking & Getting Inspired in the Kitchen
Yes, there are lots of apps for Android that let you summon food at a whim (read: delivery dialers) but sooner or later, you will need to whip up something less takeout-y and more home stylin’. Here are a few apps for the kitchen that will benefit both novice cooks to master chefs.
1. Healthy Recipes-Spark Recipes (free)
Finally, a recipe app that’s focused on wellness! Aside from an ingredients list and directions, it also shows you nutritional information about it. I also like the fact that it downloads the recipes for offline viewing.
2. Epicurious Recipe App (free)
No recipe app list is complete without Epicurious. Dig into the site’s over 28,000 professionally tested recipes and used the app to gather ingredients for a grocery list and find a recipe fit for the occasion. Two things I like about this app is the mouth-watering Recipe of the Day widget and the fine tuned search options that let you drill down recipes by diet, occasion and even searches drinks easily.
3. Recipe Search (free)
From allthecooks.com comes a comprehensive Android app that lets you search the site’s over 70,000 recipes available. One of it’s unique features is access to their recipeeps community for talking about cooking techniques, swapping recipes and creating a healthy daily diet.
4. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (free, $2.99 for Pro)
One of the deepest recipe troves available, Allrecipes boasts over 40,000 user submitted recipes. If you’re stuck on what to cook, use the options to create dishes based on what’s on your fridge and pantry or hit “spin” to pick one at random.
5. What’s for Dinner Lite (free, $2.99 for Premium)
This app one-ups the rest by being able to search multiple recipe sites at once, including those from AllRecipes, Food Network and My Recipes. If you have a recipe in mind but can’t figure out where you read it, this will help jog your memory and whip up a batch in no time.
6. Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook (free)
Her ability to deliver hearty comfort food has made the name Betty Crocker a household name in the US and other countries. Get many of her famous recipes in this free app and as an added bonus, you can receive free coupons for General Mills products.
7. 170,000+ Recipes Big Oven (free, $15.99 for BigOven Pro annual membership)
Aside from granting access to its enormous recipe library, you also get an app that will help you use up leftovers and post your own recipes. The Pro membership offers even more including grocery lists, RecipeScan recipe importing and private recipe lists.
8. Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals ($7.69)
If you’re a fan of Mr. Oliver’s quick cooking style, this app should be just the ticket. You get tons of videos on how to prepare food as well as recorded recipes that will take you 20 minutes or less to cook up. It’s a bit steep but if you’re the type that learns visually, then this app was made for you.
9. Mario Batali Cooks! ($9.99)
Add some Batali flair to your cooking with this app. All the recipes are handcrafted by Mario Batali himself. Get everything from step-by-step how tos to wine choices to pair with your meals to videos of the famous Italian cooking the included dishes. It’s one of the better recipe apps for Android and you can tell that a lot of thought has really been put into it.
10. Baconnection (free)
Bacon lovers rejoice! AllRecipes has released a foodie app exclusively for you. On top of everyday bacon recipes, it also has a bacon trivia game and a six degrees of bacon game. Certainly a fun twist to a recipe app.
11. Campbell’s Kitchen (free)
The recipe-on-the-label goes high tech! Scan UPC codes on your Campbell’s products and discover recipes for it using this app. Also includes a recipe saver and a Dinner Vote to let your family members decide what to eat when they get home.
12. Lawry’s Digital Dinner Bell (free)
This is a different type of recipe app. It still lets you choose and create a meal from the app’s list of recipes but you can also ring a virtual dinner bell to rally your family to the table. Features different bells for different dinner themes and notifies people via SMS, Facebook and even via phone calls.
Source: Android Guys