Good news, foodies! When it comes to recipe apps, you have a ton of good options. In fact, all the recipe apps we tested are noteworthy for one reason or another. The best have a few things in common, however: sleek interfaces that are easy to browse, gorgeous food photography, and good selections of recipes. We also looked for extra features like intuitive shopping lists, helpful cooking videos and nutrition facts. Whether you’re looking for apps to help you with a diet, you’re vegan or vegetarian, or you just want something to make dinner a little more interesting, here are our top picks.
If you’re still upset about the shuttering of Gourmet magazine, this free Epicurious app might make you feel better. Featuring recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet, Epicurious is definitely a foodie’s app. The slick interface is easy to use and you can browse recipes by main ingredient, meal, or dietary consideration such as vegan or vegetarian.
The recipes are displayed in a slideshow format. Although this is pretty, it does make for too much swiping if you’re browsing a lot of recipes. I also encountered a glitch when some recipes weren’t added to my shopping list. Even so, Epicurious is still a good deal among free recipe apps.
What We Like
Massive library of recipes.
Compatible with multiple devices.
Easy to find new recipes.
Grocery list and menu planner.
If you like variety, the BigOven app may be a good choice. It’s free but offers a whopping 350,000 user-submitted recipes so you’ll never get bored. Most recipes include pictures, which is great, but there are only eight recipes listed per page.
BigOven does have some excellent features, like a Leftover Wizard that searches ingredients you already have. The What’s For Dinner? selection lets you see what other users are having for dinner that night. Twitter integration is another plus. While the functionality is impressive, BigOven isn’t as sleek as other recipe apps and it can look amateurish in some areas.