Most Wanted Cooking Apps

There really is an app for everything. Cooking just got easier!



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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions to cook more this year, you’re in luck! Cooking can seem like a daunting task, but the whole process just got a lot easier with the help of these amazing cooking apps. Now, download and get in the kitchen!

Entrees/Dinner

How to Cook Everything ($9.99 iPad, $4.99 iPhone)

New York Times columnist and foodie Mark Bittman takes the mystery (and drudgery) out of cooking with his easy and fun app. You’ll find over 2000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and built in timers placed strategically throughout the recipe steps. Search for content that’s marked “Make Ahead," with your main ingredient (i.e. pasta) and “technique” (i.e. bake). Recipe ingredients are listed by categories for grocery shopping ease, and recipes are “embedded” in the App, which means you don’t have to be online to use.

Mario Batali Cooks! ($9.99 for iPad and iPhone)

This app contains over 65 recipes from the king of Italian cooking. Search by region, course, prep-time, season, category, or kid-friendly choices. Offers food and wine pairings and other interactive features such as video, glossary, timers, and shopping lists.

Big Oven (Free for Android)

A behemoth of cooking help, this app offers over 250,000 recipes that will inspire and get you organized in the kitchen. Upload photos or typed paper recipes, browse recipes by keyword, course, or ingredient, and check out their helpful “Use up leftovers” tool.

Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals ($7.99 for iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, $7.69 for Android)

This is a simple, non-overwhelming app with 60 amazing recipes that you can dash off at a moment’s notice—a must for busy moms and dads! There are several “volumes” to this app, with different recipes on each. Users love the feature that checks your equipment to make sure you have the right kitchen tools before you start cooking. We like the “Dinner Tonight” option and the detailed photos that accompany each recipe, many with accompanying video. FYI, he has a brand new 15-minute meal app if you’re really short on time!

Vegetarian

Whole Foods Market Recipes (Free for iPhone and iPad)

Obviously, this app supported by the beloved grocery store has recipes for every type of food and cuisine, but its vegetarian section is excellent. The full app contains over 3000 recipes total. You can use their cool “on-hand search” to find recipes with ingredients you already have at home, plus look up store specials or sales.

How To Cook Everything Vegetarian ($9.99 for iPad and iPhone)

Although Mark Bittman is mentioned above, you can purchase this Vegetarian app separately, with more than 2000 recipes, a special section that includes “Bittman’s picks”, and all the usual great bells and whistles that you’ll find on anything with his name on it.

For the Kids

Meal Makeovers ($1.99 for iPad and iPhone)

The healthy family meal has finally arrived! Created by 2 registered dietician moms and food bloggers who were tired of their kids complaining about the taste of “healthy” food, their apps offers 65 kid-tested flavorful recipes (and new ones being added all the time). Dishes are low in fat, salt and calories, and the app is organized within easy-to-navigate sections: kid food makeovers, holiday classics, pasta and pizza, side dishes, soups and stews and vegetarian. Other features include shopping lists that can be added directly from recipes, recipe scaling depending on how many mouths you’re feeding, photos, and links to the “Cooking with the Moms” radio podcast episodes.

Desserts

Baking with Dorie! (Free for iPad)

Welcome to the insider world of Dorie Greenspan, author of 10 cookbooks, baking goddess and foodie extraordinaire. Using this app is like getting a personal baking tutorial, with over 100 HD videos, and 4 “style” layouts to choose from when you bake: cookbook (old-school style), step-view, spin-view, and chart-view, each its own unique way of viewing the how-to of your recipe.

Martha Stewart Makes Cookies ($3.99, for iPad and iPhone)

Feel like indulging? We do. The most delicious desserts are just a click away and organized with beautiful interface by category (classic, chocolate, giftable, holiday, kids). Has a helpful unit converter too.

Cocktails

Mr. Bartender (Free for Android, iPad and iPhone)

A compilation of over 8000 mixed drink, bartending and cocktail recipes. Allows you to enter ingredients you have on hand and up comes a delicious drink recipe—no shopping required. Cool “Shake it Baby” tool gives you a random mixed drink recipe after you shake your phone. Sophisticated interface makes it a fun way to plan and make your own libations.

Speakeasy Cocktails: ($4.99, for iPad and iPhone)

The brainchild of NYC bartenders and “craft cocktail revivers” Jim Meehan and Joseph Schwartz, this app offers over 200 favorite recipes from mixologists from US, Canada, UK and Australia, cool how-to videos and interactive tools. A more technical approach to drink making, but a great education. Enjoy everything from pop up photos of what shakers and stemware the pros use and where they shop, and get plenty of helpful tips and definitions so you can create that perfect drink.

 

 

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