There’s been a fair amount of renovation going on in the App Store lately, and it looks like their next big project will be the kitchen. In a fitting change for a company that is always cooking something up, Apple will be adding a “Food & Drink” category to the App Store. The new category is meant to bring together the existing Cooking category and some of the food-centric apps that have been tucked away in Lifestyle or Travel.
Food lovers can now find all of their goodies in one place.
We’ve collected some of the highlights of the App Store addition so you can start your venture into becoming a foodie.
20 Minute Meals- Jamie Oliver ($6.99 on Apple/$7.69 on Google)
The Naked Chef makes cooking as easy as possible with this app. It includes 60 recipes that should take 20 minutes or less to prep and cook. Oliver has your back before you even enter the kitchen with interactive shopping lists that breaks ingredients up into aisle. Each recipe comes with step-by-step instructions and photos so you know exactly if something is going wrong every step of the way. He also includes videos to help with basic kitchen skills such as how to properly hold a knife. You can search though recipes by ingredient or name or shake your phone to shuffle through them. This is a great app for someone who is nervous about cooking and needs some hand holding.
Few things are as rewarding as successfully creating an appetizing meal from scratch. Even the most inexperienced of cooks can look like a gourmet chef for a five-star restaurant with the help of Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List. This app puts over 30,000 recipes right at your finger tips, offering step-by-step instructions to keep your cooking consistent from meal preparation to the first bite. Once you’ve picked a recipe, Epicurious will generate a shopping list to make sure you get all the proper ingredients. You’ll never be missing that final dash of seasoning or forget how long to set the oven again.
How to Cook Everything ($9.99 on Apple)
Based on the best selling book, this app will teach you everything you need to know about cooking. Not only does it come with over 20,000 recipes with step-by-step instructions, it has videos and write-ups to help a beginning cook learn basic skills and feel more comfortable in the kitchen. The sheer amount of recipes can be a bit overwhelming but the search function works really well so finding recipes based on things you have around the house is easy. The tutorials are informative for someone who is just testing out their skills in the kitchen and seasoned pros alike. It also comes with a built-in timer for each step so you don’t have to worry about constantly checking your salmon fillets.
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro (Free on Apple/$2.99 on Google)
Unlike the recipes provided in How to Cook Everything, Allrecipes are written by many different people and not just by one chef. This creates a place where people can comment on recipes and add suggestions or substitutions. This is the best app for those with dietary restrictions because it allows you to search by dietary needs, cooking time, and even foods you do and don’t like. The recipe database is so huge that it can be hard to find something but it also offers the best search function of all the apps on the list. Though recipes do come with shopping lists, they aren’t as thorough as the ones in How to Cook Everything or Jamie Oliver, but they will make shopping easier.