TiPb Top 5 iPhone Cooking Apps!

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Today’s TiPb Top 5 will be directed towards our iPhone and iPod touch wielding readers who love to cook. Just like our other TiPb top 5 must-have posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. For the full overview, follow us after the break!

Epicurious

Epicurious

Epicurious is a cooking app with over 25 000 recipies, a shopping list and ratings from others who have tried the meals. If you are going to pick just one cooking application, Epicurious would fit the bill. A vast array of recipes to choose from allows for a lot of versatility in the kitchen. It may not make you Gordon Ramsay, “You Donkey!”, but it will help you to impress your loved ones.

The full page advertisements are a bit distracting but the application is free.

Epicurious is available for free [iTunes link].

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

All recipies

Allrecipies.com Dinner Spinner is a cooking app with a bit of a twist spin (Sorry couldn’t help myself). Boasting 1000’s of recipes Allrecipes.com allows you to pick your meal, ingredients and how long you want to spend cooking it (No "zero minutes" option, though -- I checked!). The great thing about this app is that you also get to see the ratings and comments of others people who have tried the recipes. This lets you know about variations/suggestions for the meal. You can also turn on filters for vegetarian, gluten-free and other special diet restrictions.

A great overall cooking application

Allrecipies.com Dinner Spinner is available for free [iTunes link].

Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals

Jamie Olivers 20 minute meals

Jamie Oliver's 20 minute meals gives the user a "personalized experience". It's is more costly than most cooking apps but it makes up for it with an sleek look intuitive feel. Jamie also gives you over an hour of videos on topics such as Knife skills, how to make the perfect steak, and how to properly use your cutting board. It’s just like having Jamie in the kitchen with you. Each step in the recipe comes with a picture. It also gives you an easy-to-use shopping list. All of the recipies are installed in the application so you don’t need to connect to the internet. The one negative to this application is the lack of recipes, with only a a bit over 50 included (though you can access more recipes via integration with Jamie’s website).

This application is especially great for those who enjoy Jamie Oliver's cooking techniques.

Jamie Olivers 20 minute meals is available for 7.99 [iTunes link]

Look and Taste

Look and Taste

Look and Taste is an application that gives you plenty for your money. Its clean interface allows you to seamlessly pick which recipes you want to cook. Many recipes also have video included on how to cook the meal (as opposed to other applications that only use video to show you some tips). There are also videos on various glossary terms, food items and chef tips.The recipes can be chosen by cooking time, difficulty, ingredients and main ingredient.

The application is jammed packed with information for cooks of all levels and is well worth the price tag..

Look and Taste is available for 4.99 [iTunes link].

iFood Assistant (by Kraft)

iFood Assistant

The application has a clean interface and easy to navigate controls. You choose your recipe by the kind of meal you want to prepare (either snack, breakfast, entrée etc), and then your main ingredient. The use of product placements in the ingredients list is a bit disconcerting but they're easily replaced by whatever brand you prefer. (The strange craving for Cheese Wiz that come with them, somewhat less so!)

Browse recipes, watch the cooking videos or try out the budget wise section, it also gives you tips on how to shop on a budget (US only). You can organize the recipes by prep time, reviewer rating, total time or name. This makes finding a quick meal fast and efficient. The application has over 40 cooking videos, which give you tips, but the video quality is low. The recipes range in difficulty from beginner to advanced, so there's a bit of everything. (Though it's not quite up to the standard of the other apps in this list).

iFood Assistant is available for $0.99 [iTunes link].

Conclusion

There you have it, TiPb’s Top 5 Must-Have iPhone cooking games. Did we miss any of your favorites? Overlook any amazing food finds? Drop us a comment and let us know your list!

Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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jtz5 says:

Epicuruous is the best...Gourmet magazine (no longer published) has great recipes which are in this app, fyi).

The Reptile says:

I have not tried the others, but agree that Epicurious is excellent.

Anthony says:

My wife tried out some of the recipes in the Epicurius app and I have to say it was damn good. Took her only 20 mins to make too

Aimz says:

Epicurious is a great app. One that is missing which is almost as good is Whole Foods. Great healthy recipes, which can be searched by dietary issue.

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John says:

MacGourmet - great app, easy to use, syncs w/ desktop client

Mkajmayf says:

whole foods market recipes is a good app also.

Michael says:

Michael Ruhlman now has an app for Ratios.

pjbaird says:

I use Big Oven and have found some great recipes there.

Georgia says:

@Pauline did try BigOven but I wasn't thrilled with the interface.
@John never tried MacGourmet, how many recipes?

petr says:

I found a wonderful application Cookmate. Definitely recommend to try. http://www.cookmateapp.com

Georgia says:

@petr You created it you mean :) It looks very well made and I like the graphics. I will take a look at it. Thanks for the comment.

will says:

Yeah, check out the Ratio app by Michael Ruhlman. It's awesome.

Georgia says:

His way of learning to cook through ratios is quite interesting to me. I will take a look at it.

John says:

@Georgia - I believe the number of recipes is unlimited (or rather, is limited by your system memory/hard drive

Trevor says:

I like cook Jamaican recipes app. Great recipes

Zillah says:

Whole Foods is very good I've actually tried quite a bit of their recipes and have yet to be dissappointed. Definately should be in the top five!

Suziep9 says:

Thanks for sharing these.. I love the jamie Oliver one.. But another cooking app I've used recently is CookIt. Pretty good app as it allows all the food items to be ready at the same time.
Thanks again!

Georgia says:

@ Erik thank you so much, happy you enjoyed it.
@GeorgiaTiPb on twitter =)

Jodi Reinman says:

I just thought I'd let folks know that the there's a new app now available for free download that features 50 strawberry recipes from 50 top food bloggers. Here's the App Store link if you're interested. http://bit.ly/8LANJo

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Thanks, great share. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading.

Noelle says:

I agree, for $0.00, epicurious is a fantastic app (WORTH money, IMO!). Have tried several of their recipes with good results.
Just decided yesterday to lay out $7.99 for Jamie Oliver's app, and so far so good - tried his pork and stir fry last night and it was simple to follow, quick to prepare, and best of all, DELICIOUS. Tonight I'm going to try one of his pasta dishes. The way I look at it, I'd pay at least three times that amount for a traditional cookbook, with probably not many more than 50 recipes, no videos, and no portable shopping list (yes, I did use it when I was in the grocery store). So at $7.99, this is a bargain! A beautiful app, cooking or not. Highly recommended.
I've also used Big Oven and Whole Foods...thanks for the other recommendations!

Complete Cleanse says:

Am I able to buy this in the shop as well or merely online?

Mark says:

Bittman's How to Cook Everything should be in there too!

suziep says:

imo Cookit should be there too!!

Bruce says:

The best application is italian cooking school Master chef is professional and easy too use and tthe recipes works

mcornelius says:

I hope, if you get the chance, you'll take a look at this amazing new app called Sweet'N'Spicy. There currently no other app like this on the market. It provides over 3000 Indian recipes - vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian, tips on preparing specific ingredients, and a calorie-counter for the health conscious. http://bit.ly/sweetnspicy

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Jan Marcinkowski says:

I'm so worried about the direction our children are heading in nowadays. Watching Jamie Olivers food revolution on tv the other day scared the thingies out of me. I suggest we all start cooking some healthy recipes like these at home if we're going to fix this horrible situation. The ones on that site seem pretty easy, I tried last night and it's the first time my family has eaten well in ages, I just feel great.

Fadi says:

Thanks guys for the recommendations! I found also a great app on oriental cuisine, it’s called “100 Lebanese Recipes”, it’s 100 middle-eastern recipes. All with high quality pics :-) It also has a glossary of terms and unit converters. Check it out, really enjoyed it! http://itunes.apple.com/app/100-lebanese-recipes/id405852650

Meredith says:

I've managed to locate an app called Italyum - as you might guess it's for Italian recipes. I would happily recommend it to anyone interested in Italian cooking - shame it only covers Italian recipes though.
Here's the link:http://j.mp/ItalyumJ

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Have you tried our new iphone app yet: "Easy Feasts", a great new recipe app perfect for helping you host the perfect dinner party!

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Jrjmedia says:

I like Pepperplate - the website can import recipes from about 15 different sites and has a a shopping list that automatically synchs to my iPhone.

GoodFoodGuide says:

A brilliant new one that should be on this list is Manskils Video Cookbook.
Simple, clear, beautiful videos with no chef jabbering on at you!
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dinner-for-two-video-cookbook/id439882587...

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Trufflehead is a new cooking app for iPhone and iPad. Different than the rest in that it was made for beginner and novice chefs trying to learn how to cook. Each recipe has hyperlinks to more information about ingredients and equipment as well as multi-media demos for harder recipe steps. Strongly recommend for those learning how to cook. Here it is in the app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trufflehead/id450174950?mt=8

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Munch is a really good cooking app too, especially for students :D

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