Top 72 Cooking Apps

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There are thousands of apps designed to help you with everything from finding a restaurant to keeping track of your food intake. It can be tricky to pick the app that’s right for you, so we’ve come up with a list of some of the best food and cooking apps on the market.

Recipes
allthecooks app

Featured App: Allthecooks Recipes
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app revolves around an online community of people who love to cook. There is a huge database of recipes, but the standout feature is the ability to interact with other users. You can follow fellow food lovers or even head over to the forum to chat and have your cooking queries answered.

Weber’s On the Grill
Apple: £2.99/$4.99
Android: £2.99/$4.99
The perfect app for meat lovers! On the Grill has over 300 recipes that you can tag, share and make notes on. You can also access handy tips for grilling and even watch instructional videos.

Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals
Apple: £4.99/$6.99
Android: £4.99/$6.99
If you love to cook but are short on time, try this app from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. It features over 60 easy to make recipes and 21 video tips to improve your kitchen skills. Pukka.

Mario Batali Cooks!
Apple: £6.99/$9.99
Android: £3.09
If you want to turn your hand at Italian cooking, try out this app from Chef Mario Batali. Even the less experienced cooks will be able to make dishes from different regions of Italy, thanks to the videos and images that accompany each recipe.

Whole Foods Market Recipes
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
This app boasts an impressive 3000 recipes. The search function lets you filter the recipes even by recipes that feature ingredients you have in your cupboards already.

How to Cook Everything
Apple: £6.99/$9.99
Android: Not available
If you’re looking for an app that has plenty of fuss free content, How to Cook Everything has you covered. It features over 2000 recipes from Mark Bittman’s book, along with 400 how-to’s.

AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Great for when you have special dietary needs or just have a certain dish in mind. Search the recipes of other home cooks and access your All Recipes shopping list. The new version even has a barcode scanner.

Simply Organic
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
This app is ideal for health food lovers. It contains hundreds of organic recipes which can be filtered by categories or selected randomly using the give it a spin feature. If you live in America you can also locate stores and build lists.

Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Over 30,000 recipes that you can favourite, sync with your online account, turn into shopping lists and even share with friends. If you want to know the nutritional value of the meal you’re cooking, it even tells you that too!

Martha’s Everyday Food
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
This app is great for people who want to try something new! It’s regularly updated with recipes, tips and articles. The recipe shuffle function will even show you a recipe for each meal of the day with a simple shake of your device.

BigOven 250,000+ Recipes and Grocery List
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app has a massive 250,000 searchable meals. You can even search for recipes by ingredients or leftovers that you have lying around. There’s great additional features, such as the ability to upload handwritten recipes and have them typed out.

Real Recipes
Apple: Not available
Android: Free
This app from About.com contains thousands of free recipes than can be searched using their fantastic Recipe Spinner tool. Select filters like main ingredient, prep method and course to make sure you get the perfect recipe recommendation.

The Betty Crocker® Mobile Cookbook
Apple: Free
Android: Free
The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook has all the basics covered, with a huge database of recipes, clear instructions, shopping list export options and sharing abilities.

Key Ingredient
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This nifty little app powered by keyingredient.com lets you browse, search, share, collect and organise recipes from the website all in one place. You can even upload and share you own culinary creations.

Must-Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app is great for fussy eaters as it allows you to add your own notes and substitutions to the recipe database. You can personalise your recipes even further by placing them into groups in your app’s recipe box or purchase new recipe packs.

Party Cupcake Recipes 1000+
Apple: Free
Android: Not Available
If you’re a cupcake lover then this app is for you. It features over 1000 recipes as well as inspiring frosting and decorating ideas for various occasions.

5000+ Cooking Recipes
Apple: Free (then $0.99 for recipe packs)
Android: Not Available
This app is great if you’re after a specific food, meal or recipe type. Want a list of ice-cream recipes? Simply purchase the ice-cream recipes pack and start browsing.

iFood Assistant by KRAFT
Apple: Free
Android: Not Available
Not only does the app allow you to create shopping lists for its thousands of recipes, it also gives you directions to the nearest store where you can tick off your items as you go.

Food Network Canada Recipes, Grocery Lists & More
Apple: Free
Android: Not Available
Browse thousands of recipes and then favourite, rate, comment and share. It also allows you to create shopping lists where you can check off items as you go.

Foodgawker
Apple: Free
Android: Not Available
If you love browsing through the glossy pictures of food in recipe books then you will love this app. Search quality images of culinary creations and simply click through to get to the related blog post.

Eden Recipes
Apple: Free
Android: Not Available
If you prefer to eat more pure and natural foods, then Eden Recipes is a great choice. Browse through hundreds of organic and healthier recipes, and then create favourites lists and share with friends.

Best Recipe Finder – TasteBook
Apple: Free
Android: Not Available
This handy app works as a recipe search engine to help you find recipes from websites, magazines and cookbooks. You can then save your favourites to your own personal collection.

iFood.tv Video Recipes and Food Diary
Apple: Free
Android: Free
If you prefer to get your cooking instructions in video form then try using iFood.tv. There are over 40,000 video recipes and they are split into categories to make it simple for you to find the right meal.

Paprika Recipe Manager – Get your recipes organized!
Apple: £2.99/$4.99
Android: £3.11
An entire arsenal of tools to help organise your recipes. You can copy recipe information from over 190 websites, add notes, change scales, check out nutritional information, share recipes and even sync with your Mac or iPad.

Dr. McDougall’s Mobile Cookbook
Apple: £2.99/$4.99
Android: Not Available
This mobile cookbook contains 875 recipes to help you eat more healthily. You can use the meal finder to make your pick or browse the useful health tips.

Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app has a massive 450,000 quality recipes. You can see nutritional information or find recipes that suit people with food intolerances. There are also tips and videos to improve your cooking techniques.

Campbell’s Kitchen
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app brings you thousands of free recipes from Campbell’s Soup Company. It also has a nifty feature that lets you send a dinner idea to family or dinner guests and let them vote on it.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro
Apple: £1.99/$2.99
Android: £1.85
This is the pro version of the legendary dinner spinner, with even more features. There is a new barcode scanner to put items into recipes and shopping lists, and you can now browse every recipe from Allrecipes.com!

Real Simple No Time to Cook?
Apple: £2.99/$4.99
Android: £3.08
If you don’t have a great deal of time for cooking then this simple, easy to use app is great. It allows you to filter recipes by how much time you have and which ingredients you already have at home.

Food Network in the Kitchen
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Fans of the Food Network will love this app! It has recipes from the celebrity chefs of the channel and can be searched by chef or ingredient, and even shown as seasonal collections.

15,000+ Free Easy Chef Recipes
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Easy Chef Recipes makes it easy to pick a recipe if you don’t quite know what you fancy, simply shake it to get a random recipe! There are over 15,000 recipes to try, so you should be satisfied every time.

What’s for Dinner? Premium
Apple: $4.99
Android: £3.13
What’s For Dinner? Recipes+ has a great selection of ideas for all your meals. One of the standout features is the voice mode, which allows you to cook with the app, without the risk of getting food or liquid on your device.

Happystove
Apple: Not available
Android: Free
All of the recipes in the Happystove app are reviewed and approved by the team, meaning you get a selection of dishes from pizza to chicken that are quick, easy, and tried and tested.

Shopping Lists

shopperpro appFeatured App: Shopper Pro – Grocery Lists and Recipes
Apple: $0.99
Android: Not available
This is a ‘does it all’ shopping list app. Alongside being able to efficiently build lists, Shopper pro lets you store recipes, find coupons and deals, look at nutrition ratings and even budget your shopping. One standout feature is the highly regarded customer support, which many other apps don’t have.

Grocery Gadget
Apple: £1.99/$2.99
Android: £1.89
Write shopping lists, arrange products as you would in your fridge or pantry, create lists across multiple stores and even compare prices. You can also import data from other apps and sync your lists with other users.

Shopping List
Apple: £1.99/$2.99
Android: Not available
Shopping List speeds up your grocery shop by sorting the products into categories, calculating the total cost, adding notes to items and filtering the list by done/ undone items.

GroceryList
Apple: £0.99/$1.99
Android: Not available
This app is all about speed! Startup, scrolling and choosing items is quick and easy. You can also use the favourite function to automatically add items to new lists, saving you even more minutes.

Checklet
Apple: $4.99
Android: Not available
Checklet has some unique features that set it apart. The shake to sort feature makes the actual shopping easier, simply shake your device to drop all checked off items to the bottom of the list. The app can also be tailored, so if you’re a vegetarian you can set auto-complete to match your needs.

Grocery IQ
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
Build comprehensive shopping lists using text, barcode and even voice search. You can even sync lists with your friends and family, meaning you don’t purchase the same things by accident!

Shopping List from Recipe.com
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
This stylish looking app allows you to tie your shopping lists to offers and coupons for local stores, helping to save you money. You can also print, email and share your lists.

Weight Loss

myfitnesspal appFeatured App: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Apple: Free
Android: Free
MyFitnessPal has the largest food database of any calorie counter app. It syncs easily with the MyFitnessPal website, so logging food is easy at home or on the go. You can set weight goals and even look at reports to see the progress you’ve been making.

Lose It!
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
If you’re undertaking a calorie controlled diet, the Lose It! App will help you track the calories you’re consuming and tell you the rest of your ‘budget’ for the day.

Calorie Counter by MyNetDiary
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
With a huge food database, MyNetDiary allows you to add and track your calorie intake, even offline. One outstanding feature is ‘Food check’ which allows you to compare foods whilst shopping and eating in restaurants.

DailyBurn Tracker
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This calorie counting app is great for those who also want a focus on fitness. Build custom workout routines with different goals in mind, track additional exercise outside of that plan and even find detailed exercise instructions.

Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This calorie counter focuses on simplicity and ease of use. It has all the basics covered with a searchable food database, food diary, exercise diary, diet calendar, weight tracker and journal.

Tracknburn Calorie, Diet, and Exercise Tracker
Apple: $4.99
Android: Not available
This sleek app will give you a calorie intake budget that adjusts as you lose weight to avoid a plateau. The app has all the basic weight tracking areas covered and a great selection of tools for logging calories burnt including over 630 exercises and a time and intensity meter.

My Diet Diary – Calorie Counter
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Sync your data with MedHelp, which allows you to see how your diet affects health conditions you might be managing. There are also hourly graphs to show you how you’re fitting with your goal, meaning you can adjust throughout the day to make your targets.

Magazines

dash appFeatured App: Dash Recipes
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
This app from Dash, America’s most widely read food magazine, will provide you with fast and simple recipes as well as interesting content such as finding food festivals or the grilling guide.

Food Network Magazine
Apple: Varies – subscription service
Android: Not available
This app from the famous US magazine is packed with new recipes every month and has an interactive shopping list that lets you pick your favourite recipes and send the ingredients straight to a personalised list.

Gourmet Live
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
The Gourmet Live app for ipad contains a whole host of content for food lovers including recipes, interviews with chefs and more.

Tools

lawrys appFeatured App Lawry’s Digital Dinner Bell
Apple: Not available
Android: Free
This app is great fun! Explore the database to pick out a recipe and when you’re done cooking shake your phone to ring the dinner bell. This will automatically contact your dinner guests via Facebook, SMS or automated call and let them know that dinner is ready.

Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic
Apple: £1.99/$2.99
Android: Not available
This unique little app lets you take photos of your food and gives you a rough estimate of the calories for that dish. You can also share meals through social media, browse your previous dishes and categorise what you have eaten.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Guide
Apple: Free
Android: Free
If you’re a fan of seafood then this app is worth checking out. Seafood Watch will give you up-to date recommendations and information, and even let you add your own favourite restaurants and stores.

Pepperplate
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Get overwhelmed trying to manage your recipes, timings and shopping lists? Pepperplate lets you create and organise your recipes and also manage and plan meals on a schedule.

Ratio
Apple: £2.99/$4.99
Android: £3.19
Ratio will help you cook without even knowing a recipe. It will calculate the ratio of ingredients for all of the basic culinary preparations, for example if you want to make bread, Ratio will tell you how many parts flour and how many parts water you need.

CookIt
Apple: £0.49/$0.99
Android: Not available
This handy tool will calculate the cooking times needed for each ingredient and when to start them. You can even save ingredients or meals and their cooking times for easy use.

Restaurant Nutrition
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Not all restaurants provide nutritional information on their menus, so Restaurant Nutrition does this for you! The app features nutritional figures for over 250 restaurants and even allows you to filter by allergens.

Restaurant Finder and Review

foodspotting appFeatured App: Foodspotting
Apple: Free
Android: Free
If you never know what to order when you eat out, take a look at Foodspotting. Friends, experts and fellow Foodspotters upload images and reviews of great dishes they’ve had. If you fancy a specific dish you can even search by ‘where can I find the best’ to see where fellow food fans think makes it best.

Evernote Food
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Big food fan? Evernote Food will be perfect for you. Build a restaurant wish list by searching the comprehensive database, complete with maps and table checker. You can even upload and share meals you’ve made or eaten, with other food fanatics!

Seamless Food Delivery and Takeout
Apple: Free
Android: Free
Seamless takes the hassle out of ordering food. Browse the thousands of restaurants, see what other people though with ratings and reviews, and then take a look at the up to date menus before simply clicking through your order.

OpenTable
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
Live in the US, Canada or Mexico? Then you can use OpenTable to book into over 20,000 restaurants at the click of a button. Filter your search by rating, price and distance to pick out the perfect place to eat.

Roaming Hunger
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
The food truck trend is going strong and Roaming Hunger Food Truck Finder helps locate over 2,500 vendors in the US. You can search for the vendors nearest to you and even highlight your favourites on a map.

Vegetarian and Vegan

happycow appFeatured App: HappyCow
Apple: £1.99/$2.99
Android: £1.59
Finding a good veggie/ vegan friendly restaurant in a city you don’t know can be almost impossible! Luckily the HappyCow app is here to save the day with its restaurant guide. Use the interactive map to filter results, get directions and contact details, and then share and review your new favourite restaurants.

Animal-Free
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app is a must for anyone wanting to know what ingredients are vegan friendly. Scan a barcode or search for an ingredient to see if it is derived from animal sources, simple.

Gardein Recipes
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
Meatless food producer Gardein has come up with this nice little app that provides delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Go Vegan!
Apple: £2.99/$4.99
Android: Not available
Go Vegan! With Sarah Kramer contains 60 delicious vegan recipes for a range of meals along with videos, audio tips, shopping lists and more. Perfect for anyone wanting to improve their vegan cooking skills.

All Things Tofu
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app is all about, well, tofu. You can search, rate and share a great database of tofu recipes. There are even how to-videos! This is a great app for anyone who loves to base meals around this veggie friendly food.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Apple: Free
Android: Not available
If you’re new to the world of veganism or simply want to learn new recipes then this app is for you. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart gives you three weeks of simple but delicious, step-by step, vegan recipes.

VeganXpress
Apple: £0.99/$1.99
Android: Not available
VeganXpress is a handy tool for finding out what vegan items restaurants have on their menus. It also contains a list of drinks and snacks that are suitable for vegans.

Do Eat Raw
Apple: £0.49/$0.99
Android: £0.80
This app has over 300 raw vegan recipes and is regularly updated with brand new ones! You can filter these by dish, ingredient or score. You can also add your own photos and share your favourite recipes with friends.

BabyCakes Vegan and Gluten-Free Baking by Erin McKenna
Apple: $3.99
Android: Not available
This colourful app is a fun resource for all things vegan and gluten free in the baking world. Enjoy video recipes with tips and techniques from a range of celebrity chefs or play around with the fun extras, there’s even jokes!

Bacon

baconnection appFeatured App: Baconnection
Apple: Free
Android: Free
This app deserved a category all of its own, purely for its commitment to the fry up favourite…
Bacon lovers everywhere should check out this app. It has all things bacon related, including hundreds of bacon centric recipes, bacon trivia and even a bacon game. That’s right a bacon game, in which you can hone your knowledge of all things bacon. That’s a lot of bacon!