We all need to cook at some point, right? I mean you can live off takeaway and microwave meals for a while, but it’s really not as satisfying as home cooked food.

It gets expensive fast, too, so how about you use that money to download some great cookery apps instead? Seriously, it’s fun to cook. We’ve rounded up five apps that will make it all the sweeter.

Paprika Recipe Manager for iPhone

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Released: 2010-12-17 :: Category: Game


It’s the most expensive app in our list, but Paprika Recipe Manager is worth every penny. The app’s killer feature is that you can use it to download various recipes from different websites and then bundle up all that information in one place - it’s kind of like a big virtual scrapbook.

Paprika Recipe Manager also makes it easy to keep track of timers, cross off ingredients as you go, and collate grocery lists for when you’re shopping.

BigOven: 350,000+ Recipes and Grocery List

iPad App - Designed for iPad
Released: 2010-04-02 :: Category: Game


BigOven is better if you throw some money at it via its subscription service, but even free, it’s useful. You can access over 350,000 recipes, divided up by season, holiday, diet, and lifestyle.

Most conveniently, you can use it to plan the week’s upcoming meals, saving you time and effort.


+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Released: 2009-04-24 :: Category: Game


Besides its thousands of recipes, Epicurious is essential because of its custom timers. Simply choose from over 40 ingredients across 5 categories, and the app will tell you just how long it’ll take to cook.

It’ll even remind you when you need to flip something over, or how to get your steak just right. Such functionality spreads to your Apple Watch too, so no need to touch that iPhone with dirty hands.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-12-11 :: Category: Game


That dreaded thought each day of ‘what am I going to cook for dinner?’ just got less scary.AllRecipes Dinner Spinner seems like a fairly standard recipe app, but if you shake your iPhone, it’ll come up with suggestions of what to cook based on the ingredients you possess.

Things just got more interesting! I know I’ll feel less haunted.

Garden Plate

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-12-06 :: Category: Game


Aimed at those with food intolerances or that simply want to stick to a vegetarian or vegan diet, Garden Plate is an interesting source of new ideas.

While it doesn’t have as many recipes as most apps, it takes a different approach to matters, proving pretty interesting and appealing. For those trying to eat clean, it’s a no-brainer of a download.

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