Apps have taken over the kitchen. With phone screen sizes regularly topping 6 inches these days, it doesn't take a genius to realize that mobile devices equipped with the right apps can make for a handy digital cookbook, able to help home cooks and pro chefs discover and organize recipes, track shopping lists and organize menus and meal calendars. Whether it's a family meal or a summer cookout, now's the time to find mouth-watering recipes on your mobile device. From recipe discovery apps and classic cookbooks, to personal recipe organizers, and mixed drinks guides, check out 20 of the best recipe apps for Android, iOS and Windows devices. (Image Credit: Shutterstock)
Learning to cook can be an intimidating experience, as you juggle ingredients and kitchen implements while keeping track of a recipe. Sidechef (Android, iOS) helps by delivering recipes with step-by-step instructions, complete with photos, videos and even voice instructions. Timers are built in so that you can follow along to free up your hands and eyes. In addition, Sidechef also delivers a rich serving of extra content in the form of search tools with filters based on ingredients, diet, and featured recipes.
Buzzfeed's Tasty app (Android, iOS) delivers, short, simple, and delicious recipes with accompanying videos providing an excellent and punchy visual how-tos. (And they're also easy to share over your favorite social network.) A search tool lets you discover recipes just right for a certain ingredient, cuisine, or social occasion from Tasty's library of more than 3000 recipes. Filters help you drill down to vegan, gluten-free, and other specialized recipes.
Cookpad (Android, iOS) aims to offer the best of both recipe tutorial app and cooking social network, providing users with a forum to search and share crowd-sourced recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. Users can search from a rich variety of recipes, with filters for ingredients and special occasions. You also get tools to post your own results, discuss ideas and rate recipes.
Rather than wade through a torrent of recipes to find that one golden nugget, Yummly (Android, iOS) takes into account your dietary restrictions and tastes to help you discover recipes that you might find interesting. The app shows you a selection of recipes to "Yumm" (another way of saying "like"). Once you've chosen five (and entered any dietary restrictions), Yummly uses this data to constantly refine a list of recipes to feature every time you open the app. You can save your favorite recipes, create instant shopping lists and even order your shopping lists for delivery through Instacart.
Kitchen Stories (Android, iOS) delivers various media-rich recipes highlighted by easy-to-follow instructions, videos and mouth-watering food photography, interspersed with a smattering of food and lifestyle articles. Presentation is king in Kitchen Stories, with recipes displayed in a tile interface showing off food images, as well as illustrated step-by-step recipes. You can save your favorite recipes, add notes to each recipe and create a shopping list of ingredients.
Drop Recipes (Android, iOS) may at first blush look like just another recipes app. But the real magic is how Drop connects with smart kitchen appliances, like its original Drop Scale as well as smart ovens by Bosch or GE, allowing you to do some neat kitchen tricks like perfectly pre-heating your oven for your next roast or dynamically resizing your recipe's ingredients list based on how much of a main ingredient you've got on your Drop Scale. The app comes with hundreds of recipes that you can resize to fit the ingredients in your pantry, and each recipe comes with step-by-step visuals and helpful extras like built-in timers that can sync with your smart ovens so that nothing ever ends up burned or undercooked.
If you like a touch of travel and culture with your recipes and food videos, check out Tastemade (Android, iOS). The app features tastemakers and young chefs, a variety of recipes and how-to videos, as well as regular shows and features with a culinary bent. Shows include All Nighter, which takes a look at late night eats, bars, and other nighttime hangouts, or the comedy Food Court. Free users can access and save a limited amount of content and shows, while a premium subscription removes these limits.