These days, if you were to spy on someone cooking in the kitchen, you’d likely see this scene: food all over the ground, a heap of dirty dishes piled on the counter and in the sink, ingredients scattered everywhere and a tablet hanging out in the middle of it all.
Whether you’re listening to music, watching your favorite television shows while cooking, or doing a quick search for a recipe or ingredient substitution, a tablet can be your best friend in the kitchen, especially since you don’t have to deal with squinting at the tiny screen on your phone when attempting to make Coq au vin.
Over the years, you may have found that cooking on a regular basis has prompted you to reference things more and more. But which app(s) are the best for home chefs and how do you manage to get around the issue of using your tablet as little as possible without getting it covered in cookie dough? Some apps offer fancy features, some allow you to enter your own extravagant creations, and others offer delectable recipes you’ve been dreaming of trying.
Cooking: if you’re not doing it very often, you should start. Here are the five best apps to help you out when the dish you’re preparing requires a bit more finesse than usual.
This is the first-ever video, cooking magazine for the iPhone, iPad and iPad mini. Unfortunately, it’s not yet available for all you Windows and Android users. But it is definitely one of the best cooking app for someone who is interested in step-by-step tutorials.
2. Hello Cupcake!
Are you or someone you know a cupcake lover? Then, this app is for you. Based on the New York Times bestselling series, Hello Cupcake! teaches you fun, innovative ways to decorate cupcakes with detailed instructions, stop-action photos, voice-overs, and how-to videos. Best of all? It’s free to download, and with it you will receive 10 free projects. If you want access to additional projects, they can be purchased within the app.
3. How to Cook Everything
This app is for serious cooks who don’t have the time or money to sign-up for culinary courses at Le Cordon Bleu but want to create fabulous meals. How to Cook Everything is the app version of columnist Mark Bittman’s best-selling book. For $10, you gain access to 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations.
The BabyCakes video-based baking app includes recipes for cookies, brownies, pretzels, donuts, frosting, waffles, pies, and more! It’s also a vegan and gluten-free guide. The application itself is based off the famed New York City/Los Angeles bake shop. It’s also absolutely adorable and only costs $3.99.
5. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
With recipes for pretty much everything under the sun, from desserts, three-course meals, and appetizers, this clear, easy-to-use interface, is hands down the best food app out there.