Virtually everybody knows how to cook something. Otherwise we’d all be starving to death. It’s an important life skill. Many of us can only make the basics like mac and cheese or peanut butter and jelly. However, there are a bunch of apps out there that can improve our capabilities in the kitchen. Here are the best cooking apps and recipe apps for Android!
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner is one of the most popular and consistent cooking apps. It features a lot of the basics. You can sift through tons of recipes, save your favorites, and check out mobile-friendly cooking videos. It also comes with a spinner tool. It'll give you a prep time, a main ingredient, and the meal you're wanting to make. You give it a spin and it gives you random ideas. There is even a shopping list built-in. It's a little flashy and there are a few bugs here and there. Otherwise, it's an excellent app for recipes.
BigOven is among the most diverse recipe apps out there. It boasts a collection 350,000 recipes and growing. You can also upload your own if you want to. The app also includes a grocery list function, a clipper tool to save recipes from websites, and more. This one has an optional subscription service. It'll run you $1.99 per month. It allows you to upload unlimited numbers of recipes along with more features. It's one of the more expensive cooking apps. Their penchant for popping long time free features into the pro version seems to be the biggest gripe most have with the service these days.
ChefTap Recipes is a small, but growing recipe app. It has one of the better clipper tools. You simply share a webpage with the app and it'll automatically parse the recipe for you. It includes a bunch of recipes, a decent interface, and even support for outside sites like Pinterest. It's also usable offline. The free account lets you save up to 100 recipes along with most features. Going pro removes the restrictions on most features. It's a bit expensive, though.
Cookpad is one of the more social cooking apps. You and other people upload your recipes to the service. The service then shares them with everybody else. You can also save recipes for future use. It also lets you upload private recipes in case you don't want to give up that secret family recipe. The app leans a little more toward social media than it does for cooking in a lot of spots. It makes up for it by not having the same curated list of recipes over and over again.
Kitchen Stories is one of the better free cooking apps. It features a bunch of recipes, HD video guides, step-by-step photo instructions, and how-to videos for basic kitchen tips and tricks. The app can auto-generate shopping lists and convert measurements if needed. You can also bookmark your favorite recipes for easy recall. It's totally free so it's difficult to really complain about what few issues the app does have. It's clean and it should work well for most.
My CookBook Recipe Manager is one of the more basic recipe apps. It focuses more on bookmarks than most. The idea of the app is to build your own database of recipes for quick recall. You can search for them, add your own, or borrow from websites. It also lets you alter them, add photos, or comments if needed. It can also do other basic stuff like syncing between devices, auto-generate shopping lists, and more. You can even customize the theme. The free version includes many of the features. The pro version will remove restrictions and add a few additional features.
Pinterest is an excellent app for a lot of interests. Finding recipes is just one of them. You can wander around and find stuff that you like. You then pin it to your profile for quick recall later. There are tons of recipes and cooking tips, tricks, and how-tos. It wont' have a lot of the features of other cooking apps. For instance, you can't have it auto-generate shopping lists or convert measurements easily. However, it's a good source for some really unique stuff.
Tasty is one of the most popular new recipe apps and cooking apps. You've likely seen their videos on Facebook a bunch of times. The app is a quick, easy way to access all of those recipes. The videos are short, but informational. There are also recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and others. It also includes a lifestyle section. There you can find trends, trivia, and more stuff about food. It's a relatively simple cooking app, but it'll no doubt get more popular very quickly.
Tumblr is a lot like Pinterest. There's a little something here for everybody. Cooking and recipes is one of those things. Many users have pages dedicated to sharing recipes and cooking tips. You can also find tons of one-offs from others. Some of those recipes may also include photos and videos. It won't have the typical cooking stuff. You can reblog recipes to your page or share them to another app. Otherwise, it's difficult to do the usual stuff. It's good for the occasional gem.
Yummly is another one on the relatively newer cooking apps. It boasts an incredible one million recipes. It carries the recipe apps basics, like saving favorites, grocery lists, and more. You can also create diets using various recipes. It really is just a giant dump of information that you can sift through. The search is pretty decent. This one still has a few bugs and it's a little slow. It's also free with advertising and no real way to get rid of the ads. We would've preferred a paid version, but that's okay.
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