My Favourite Kitchen Apps

Posted on Nov 15 2013 - 2:12pm by burningsalad

My Favourite Kitchen AppsWe live in a very technologically advanced age so it seems fitting that I tell you about some of my favourite smartphone and tablet apps.  As well as recipes from some of the nation’s best loved chefs there is also a cheeky little app for those days when you don’t want to stay in cook and would rather eat out and let someone else worry about the preparation and clean-up.

Epicurious

This is a free app for android devices, iPhones and iPads and allows you to search through up to 27000 recipes.  It comes from the popular Epicurious.com and is very easy to use.  You either search by dietary restriction, protein, ingredients, season or cuisine.  I prefer to use it on my iPad because it looks much better on the bigger screen and feels like a normal cookbook.

Foodspotting

This is known as the food lover’s ultimate guide to restaurants and with good reason.  It is socially interactive and lists users recommendations of the best dishes in the best restaurants and eateries found in your local area.  If you come across a meal that you particularly love then you can take a picture of it and upload it to share with the other Foodspotters.  Best of all it is free and available for Blackberry, Android, iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.

How To Cook Everything

Mark Bittman the New York Times columnist and renowned food writer has really revolutionised the world of digital cookbooks with this app.  It comes with 2000 recipes, 400 illustrations and many special features suitable for all budding chefs and cooks.  It is easy to use and it made for iPod Touch and iPhone, but the iPad version is my favourite.  As well as a notes tab with every recipe, it also includes voiceovers by Bittman, step-by-step tutorials and a built-in timer.  

Michel Roux Jr., Fine Dining with The Master Chef

Fans of Masterchef The Professionals will love this app as much as I do.  It takes users into his kitchen and is the perfect at home guide for recreating 67 of the world famous chef’s favourite dishes.  It features 6 videos comprising to cook along with and very detailed sample menus from all of Roux’s 3 restaurants.  All the recipes are handily organised into different sections such as puddings, meat, fish, bread and salads and all come with beautiful photographs.  A great feature is that there are wine pairings for the recipes.  Although it costs £4.99 it is more than worth it.

Appetites

This is an app that allows you to interactively cook along with famous chefs to cook great recipes following step by step video classes.  It features an HD version of the videos, starter guides and specialised holiday packs.

Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me

If you are a fan of Gordon, you’ll love this app.  Gordon helps you out as you cook along with him, minus the famous yelling and swearing.  It includes 56 videos in high quality and you can filter recipes by difficulty, ingredients and season or by how long it takes to cook.  It also includes Gordon’s 101 tips in 10 video clips

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Eleanor Fitzsimmons January 16, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    WOW, what an excellent post Jenny, my compliments to you!  I have been looking for a good kitchen related app guide and then stumbled across yours and I am glad that I did.  Thank you so much, I think I will definitely read some of your other posts as you definitely seem to know what you are talking about!  Thank you thank you thank you!

  2. Frankie West January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    That Eipicurious app is immense, definitely one my favourite and most used app for my iPad.  I will give some of the others a try at some point soon as they all look useful!

    • Eleanor Fitzsimmons January 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      I definitely need to try that one, and if two of you are saying how great it is, then it must be true!  Ill come back at some time to let you know how I got on.  Keep up the great work Jenny!

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