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4 Alluring cooking apps for iPhone that will help you become a professional chef

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October 9, 2012

The good news for those looking for cooking apps is that there are tons and tons of great options out there, especially for iPhone users. Cooking apps fall under the household apps category and help you learn all different kinds of recipies.The recipes mentioned in different apps not only make great foods but also help a starter become a pro in no time, no wonder these cooking and recipe apps are hugely popular. Some of the most common things that one can find in good cooking apps are great food photography, easy to navigate options and some great collection of recipes. Some of them also have very attractive shopping lists, pages talking about nutrition facts and some great cooking videos.


Here are our top 4 iPhone cooking apps.


  1. Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals

This one undoubtedly claims the top spot here, indeed being the best cooking app for iPhone. Available at $7.99, it includes well detailed, pictorial explanation of each of the recipes, explaining every step with utmost clarity. This one is an absolute delight for the ones who are not big players in kitchen. The recipes are explained in simple words and there is a special tab at the top of the page, which changes the quantity of different ingredients from two people to four people if selected. On the downside, despite being the number one cooking app it just offers 60 different recipes, not to mention the price is also on the higher side. However, the entire app is so enticing that you won’t mind overlooking these flaws.

  1. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

This is an old but very popular recipe app with tons of different recipes in it, no wonder they have been highly recommended for quite sometime now. Dinner Spinner performs a fantastic job as it allows the users to pick the meal of their choice, the main ingredients, and duration of the time they wish to spend cooking it. It normally does the matches and gives one or more results, but sometimes if the selection is very precise and discrete it might not throw any result. Once you have the recipes in front of you, the app starts you off right away with one or more options and then you can follow the step by step process. The pro version of the app is available for a very affordable $3.

  1. Whole Foods Market Recipes

This app is completely free and is one of the best one out there in app store. The interface is sleek and very easy to understand and navigate, to top that there are 100s of recipes illustrated with beautiful and mouth watering pictures. Each of the recipes comes with unique icons that tell whether the food is vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium; facts about Nutrition are also added in the app. There also is a very interesting tab called “On Hand”, which helps in finding recipes that are based on ingredients already available with you. The only downside is that the ingredients are sometimes not well consolidated, pertaining to which few of the ingredients appear twice.

  1. How to Cook Everything

This app is by the god of kitchen, Mark Bittman himself and it truly delivers what its name suggests. This app is more like a recipe book, of course, after you pay a nominal charge of $5, otherwise there are just a handful of recipes in the free version. The paid version also includes shopping list and recipe timer.

There are many good recipe apps on iStore; some of them are available for free as well. Apps like BigOven and Grocery IQ are free to download but still come with tons of recipes.

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  • Adeline Bosanquet

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  • TomasHunter

    Thanks for posting on these apps, Jolie. I haven’t tried any of these apps, but the How To Cook Everything and Jamie Olivers 20 Minute Meals apps caught my eye; I will be checking those out tonight after I get off of work from my shift at DISH. I have found that I learn better by following along with my favorite TV chefs on my iPad. I record their shows to my Hopper DVR, I go and buy the ingredients, and then I use the DISH Remote Access app to stream those shows to my iPad in the kitchen. I have really learned a lot in the short time I have had this app.