Virtually everybody knows how to cook something. It’s a basic human survival trait and even if you’re limited to PB&J, Ramen, and macaroni and cheese, it’s still something that you know how to do. With the right app, you can expand your knowledge of cooking and even store your recipes for quick access. Grow your expertise or save your creations with the best cooking apps and recipe apps for Android.
- If you prefer doing it the old fashioned way, you can write down your recipes using one of these amazing note taking apps!
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The venerable Allrecipes.com app has been one of the go-to cooking apps for many years. The concept is very simple. You choose a few ingredients and the app will show you recipes based on those recipes. It boasts over 11 million recipes in total, complete with recipe videos (for some), step-by-step instructions, and a simple interface. It also has a shopping list built-in so you can keep track of what you need to buy the next time you’re at the store. It’s completely free to download and use which is just icing on the cake.
[Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $19.99 per year]
BigOven is a cooking app that boasts an astounding 350000 recipes. They range from seasonal dishes to classics, and span virtually every meal type. Thus, it makes it one of the more versatile cooking apps out there. BigOven also allows you to save your own recipes for future use and comes with a built-in grocery list for trips to the store. The free version is fairly robust and you can get the full version by subscribing to their service for $1.99 per month. The paid version removes ads, gives you unlimited recipe uploads, and other additional features.
[Price: Free / $19.99 per year]
ChefTap is a unique app that does things a little differently. Its claim to fame is that you can share any English language website to ChefTap and ChefTap will parse the recipe from the site and then save it in your archives for future use. This is one of the only cooking apps capable of doing that. It even works with Pinterest. Some of the other features include recipe scaling (so you can make more or less if you want to), a built-in shopping list that adds ingredients based on which recipes you use, and more. A free account lets you save up to 100 recipes while the full version removes all restrictions. The full version costs $19.99 per year.
Food Network in the Kitchen has been around for ages and is one of the few cooking apps that can name drop celebrities. The app boasts thousands of recipes and most of them are from their lineup of celebrity chefs. It gives you the option to add recipes to your favorites, write up and store your own recipes, and there is a grocery list built-in if you need it. The claim to fame for this one is that it features a ton of recipe videos that are of higher quality than most. There is also a unit converter, multiple cooking timers, and a section to take notes. It’s surprisingly powerful for an app based off of a television network. It’s completely free to use with the only caveat is that the videos can only be played in the United States.
Kitchen Stories is great for those who don’t have a lot of money to buy apps. The entirety of the app is free and it includes tons of recipes along with easy-to-follow instructions and how-to videos (on some recipes) to help you recreate the dishes. It has a variety of categories, including recipes specifically for the grill, desserts, and various other types of meals. It also adds new recipes every week, has a built-in shopping list, contains a unit converter, and more. It’s pretty good and one of only a handful of free cooking apps.
[Price: Free / $6 for four months / $20 per year]
My CookBook is a recipe management app that allows you to save and store your recipes for future use. It contains a search engine where you can find new recipes which can easily be saved on your list or you can import your own from your cookbooks at home. It also includes a shopping list, Dropbox support, recipe scaling for larger or smaller meals, and there is a speech feature that will read you the ingredients and instructions. There is also Android Wear support if you need that. The free version is fairly functional with the pro version removing various limitations.
Pinterest and cooking have gone hand in hand almost since the site’s inception. Along with all kinds of other crazy stuff, you can find an exorbitant number of recipes on Pinterest. Generally, you just need to search for the various keywords or hashtags and you can save recipes by pinning them to your profile for later recall. It doesn’t have a lot of the added stuff that other cooking apps have, but it’s a great way to find some unique stuff. We may not recommend you solely use Pinterest, but using it in conjunction with another app (especially ChefTap) can improve your recipe collection by a pretty wide margin.
Riaffy Technologies is a developer studio that seems to specialize in cooking apps. They have a ton to choose from and you can select between all-in-one cooking apps like Cookbook Recipes or from one of many specialized apps, such as German Recipes, Pizza Recipes, Salad Recipes, or Indian Recipes. All of the apps are free to download and a few of them have additional subscription or pro versions that you can get a hold of. It’s a unique option, especially if you only need an app for a certain type of food. Click the button below to check out their full collection!
Tumblr, like Pinterest, isn’t necessarily a cooking app, but you can find a bunch of unique recipes there. When you find the ones that you like, you can reblog them to your profile for later use or use another app to copy down the recipe for later storage. Also like Pinterest, Tumblr won’t have a lot of the in-depth features of other cooking apps, but it should have the basics, like pictures and step-by-step instructions. It’s worth a shot if you’re looking for something off the wall.
Yummly is a newer cooking app that has already garnered considerable attention. It boasts an incredible one million recipes which tops pretty much all of the other cooking lists. It also has an attractive design that features large, sharp images and it’s very simple to use. Additional features include the ability to create specialized diets using various recipes, a grocery list feature that can take having entire recipes dumped into it at once, and it features recipes from some big name chefs. It’s quite fun to use and, for now anyway, it’s completely free.
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