Cooking Apps that Really Sizzle

Whether you can’t tell cuisine from a quagmire or you’re a well-seasoned sous chef, there are tons of great cooking apps out there to help you in the kitchen. There is something delightful and nostalgic about the box of index cards with hand-written recipes inside, so we suggest you keep it. However, it certainly can’t hurt to have a recipe app with thousands of exciting dishes to choose from. Check out some of these top cooking apps to find one that’s right for you.

How to Cook Everything

Based on the bestselling cookbook of the same name by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything is the go-to cooking app for beginners. The app covers all 2,000 recipes from the book and their variations and is full of Bittman’s no-nonsense advice on cooking. How-to illustrations, equipment descriptions, techniques and meal planning are all covered expertly. If you’re looking for a place to start, this app is it!


The biggest selling point of Yummly is its huge database of recipes. Pulling from top recipe sites and blogs, this recipe app boasts over 2,000,000 dishes from which to choose. It can be personalized to your tastes and dietary needs as well. If you have allergies or other health concerns with certain ingredients, Yummly will help you navigate around them to find foods you’ll love. Also, the more you use Yummly, the better it gets to know your tastes. It will start to make personalized recipe suggestions just for you.


Paprika is somewhat similar to Yummly in that its main function is as a recipe app, meaning that it is meant to help organize and manage your favorite recipes. What sets Paprika apart, however, is that it lets you save recipes from anywhere on the web. It also includes a seamless cloud sync feature that allows you to sync across your devices. This feature is great for couples or families looking to keep a central repository of recipes everyone can share.


SideChef is the perfect cooking app to help you elevate your cooking to new heights. SideChef focuses on elegant recipes that go above and beyond the usual day-to-day fare. It includes over 10,000 step-by-step recipes from top food bloggers, writers and chefs. Photo, video and audio instructions guide you towards what should be some tasty results. It also comes with handy meal planning and shopping features, including the ability to order ingredients through the app and have them delivered to your front door.

Forks Over Knives

Forks over knives is the quintessential cooking app for those who want to pursue a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. It currently has over four hundred plant-based recipes from more than fifty leading chefs, and they add more every week. While Forks Over Knives includes a number of features that you can find on other cooking and recipe apps―such as step-by-step instructions, synchronized cloud storage and the ability to build shopping lists―its focus is on helping its users achieve a healthier lifestyle.

No matter what your experience level or lifestyle, there’s a cooking app out there to help meet your needs. For more helpful tips on how to make the most of your smartphone, visit the Trademore blog today.

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