Best cooking apps.

Best cooking apps.

When it comes to cooking up a storm in the kitchen, your tablet or smartphone is the only sous chef you’ll need.

With the right apps, you’ll have a bunch of handy digital cookbooks at your fingertips to help you discover recipes, plan meals and track shopping. Here are some of our favourite apps for channelling your inner Gordon Ramsay. Buon appetito.


Big Oven

Big Oven - iPhone, Android, Windows (free)



This app has more than 250,000 recipes that are searchable by keyword, course, ingredient, or collection. It also has a leftovers feature. This means you can enter up to 10 ingredients you’ve got hanging around and it’ll whip up some ideas for you.

There’s also a menu planning calendar and shopping list feature to help get you organised. And, with the Recipe Scan tool, you can upload pictures of handwritten or typed recipes and get them transcribed.


Big Oven

Love Food Hate Waste - Android, iPhone (free)


It’s scary to think that, in the UK, we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink every year. With the Love Food Hate Waste app, you can plan meals, keep track of shopping, and avoid unnecessary waste.

And, if you do find you’ve got leftovers, it’ll help you make the most of them with tips for throwing together scrummy meals on a budget.



Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals iPhone (free)


You probably caught this series on TV, but now you can carry all the tips and tricks around with you – thanks to Jamie Oliver’s free mobile app.

Every month, it’ll give you a bunch of recipes and videos to try out. Subscribers can even download different collections, like money-saving meals. There are some great interactive photos too (although be prepared for Jamie popping up every now and again).

Jamie has also launched an app for Android, though for some reason, Android users get 20 minutes to cook up these meals.



Riverford Recipe App

Riverford Recipe App - iPhone (free)


Riverford veg boxes are really popular right now. The recipe app from the organic veg box company is a great way to get inspiration and try out some new, seasonal dishes. Packed with recipes, food storage and preparation tips, and a surprisingly fun fruit (veg) machine-style search tool, this is one the kids will love as much as you do.



Great British Chefs

Great British ChefsiPhone, Windows (free)


This neat little app also has a kid’s version to help get you cooking as a family. It gives you signature dishes and top tips from some of the finest chefs in the country, and includes lots of #nomnomnom photos. It also features a handy shopping list tool.




Epicurious - iPhone, Windows  (free)


From the 28,000 recipes on the Epicurious app, you’re bound to find one that you’ll like. Search by ingredient or theme, and even get a ‘Recipe of the Day’ widget to add to your Android home screen.

While it’s unbeatable for its choice of creations, you might get a bit ticked off with the American ingredients and measurements. But we’re pretty confident you won’t ever be short of inspiration. 



The Waitrose App iPhone, Android (free)


Learn from the best with mouth-watering recipes from Delia Smith and Heston Blumenthal. Updated every week according to what’s in season, you can easily create a shopping list based on the dishes you want to try.

It also goes the extra mile by providing nutrition information for each recipe – so, if you’re on a special diet, you don’t need to spend hours with a calculator and all your packaging.


Once you’ve made some mouth-watering dishes, don’t forget to take some snaps and pop them on Pinterest and Instagram. We love #foodporn almost as much as we love food.