Remember when owning a recipe collection required a huge binder, innumerable stacks of index cards or at least a modest library of cookbooks? With your iPhone, you can wave goodbye to cumbersome recipe collection techniques and carry thousands of recipes in your pocket.
Today we’ve compiled a list of twenty of the best recipe apps for iPhone, including several from world-famous chefs like Jamie Oliver, Rachel Ray and Gordon Ramsay. Whether you’re a novice chef or a true artist in the kitchen, download one or two of these apps and you’ll be well on your way to culinary bliss.
“This app is all about letting you guys choose the recipes you want, when you want them. You get a free taster pack of recipes to get you started with seven all-new packs available to purchase. For those of you who haven’t tried my 20-Minute Meals app, I’ve broken those down into bite-size packs too. Each recipe is really easy to follow with beautiful step-by-step photography so you really can’t go wrong. I’ve also included a clever Shopping List that makes life a breeze, sorts ingredients by aisle and lets you cross off items as you shop.”
“Nigella Quick Collection features 70 recipes that will help you create speedy, simple and of course delicious meals. Watch videos to pick up tips and enjoy full length recipe run-throughs of Nigella cooking dishes such as chocolate pear pudding or sesame peanut noodles. Nigella provides advice alongside clear, concise step-by-step instructions to keep you on track and cooking with confidence. ”
“Gordon Ramsay’s Cook With Me has 56 mouth-watering recipes that you’ll come to swear by! Watch Gordon run through the recipe and then follow the step-by-step guides featuring photos at every stage to help you master the meals. Think you’ve got what it takes to take on Gordon? Compare your dish with Gordon’s at the end of the recipe and send it to your friends for their opinion. Get some extra advice in the cooking tips section by watching the helpful how-to videos.”
“Get thousands of Everyday Food magazine’s quick, easy, family-friendly recipes, as well as powerful shopping tools, right on your iPhone. Discover a quick, easy dinner recipe, delivered daily, along with expert tips from Martha’s team. Our editors choose recipes that are simple to prepare, seasonal, and family friendly.”
“I’m so excited to present my first ever app – the most advanced, robust, comprehensive cooking app ever built! I personally created 100% of the content in this app – 63 of my most requested recipes from the many regions of Italy each with it’s own video and still images made exclusively for this app. Then I added 25 technique and kitchen basics videos along with my own, personal introduction. This app allows me to get as close as I’ve ever been to personally cooking with you in your kitchen. So grab some extra-virgin olive oil, and let’s cook some great food!”
“Tasty Bytes brings together Rachael Ray’s best recipes from her TV Show, books and magazine, plus some exclusively created by Rach for this app. Planning a party or a special dinner? Mark the recipes you want added to your Shopping List. Your Shopping List will combine the recipes and give you one list to take to the market. You can mark off items on the phone as you add them to your cart and make notes on any additional goodies you want to pick up while you’re out shopping. It will make entertaining a breeze!”
“RecipePal puts George Duran’s cool, new cookbook Take This Dish and Twist It at your fingertips—serving up an instant digital shopping list for his simple, delicious and unique comfort food concoctions. From Pepperoni Pizza soup to PB&J Bread Pudding—Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake to Pina Colada Crisp!—let RecipePal be your gastronomic guru and your epicurean inspiration—no matter how comfortable you are in the kitchen! ”
“Cooking at home is a great way to bring family and friends together. I’ve hand-picked 66 of my favourite home recipes for the app, which I think you’re going to love! Every recipe has simple steps to follow – you can even have me read them out to you – and there are exclusive video tips to give you that helping hand in the kitchen before you start to cook. The interactive shopping list helps you to find what you need, with the ability to view your list by recipe or by aisle.”
“Eating Italian food is simply one of the greatest pleasures in life and I have created a fantastic new app where I show you how to make amazing food for any occasion. The app contains 30 completely new recipes that you will love, from classic dishes to meals that can be made in minutes. I guarantee they will bring out the Italian in you! There is also a glossaries section to help you know your rigatoni from your macaroni and choose the perfect pasta shape for your dishes.”
“Recipes from the award-winning food site Epicurious.com are now available on your iPhone and your iPad. Search more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, and renowned chefs and cookbooks. Save your favorite recipes, and sync your Favorites list in the app with your online Recipe Box at Epicurious.com. You can also create shopping lists, and e-mail recipes and shopping lists to yourself and friends. Plus, get access to authoritative recipe reviews from Epicurious members. ”
“Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner is a fun and useful recipe app from the world’s #1 food site, delivering over 40,000 of our members’ favorite quick and easy recipes to your iPhone/iPod Touch. Thousands of top-rated recipes – each featuring photos and reviews from our community of millions of home cooks – right in the palm of your hand! Plus, time-saving recipe tips from Allrecipes.com Members and their ideas for recipe variations that help to eliminate any guesswork!”
“With over four million downloads, BigOven is one of the top iPhone food apps. View recipes easily anywhere, such as on vacation or at the store – no awkward cookbooks or recipe cards. Get ideas to use up leftovers: just enter ingredients from your fridge or pantry to find out what you can make.”
“If you love to grill or barbecue, you are going to love this app! Weber’s On the Grill features 265 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades, and sauces that are sure to get you fired up to get out and grill. You can tag your favorites, and even create and share a master grocery list for your grilling recipes that you can take with you to the store. There’s a timer within the app, too, so you know exactly when to take your food off the grill. ”
“Healthy eating isn’t just for January. That’s why our healthy recipes app has over 175 ideas to help you stick to your resolve, and see you through the year. There’s something for every course – including the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We’ve also added over 35 recipes that contain less than 200 calories per portion, as well as healthy twists on classic dishes like Chicken korma and Chocolate brownies. ”
“Looking for healthy and delicious food? Search Whole Foods Market Recipes for recipes featuring the finest natural and organic foods. You can search recipes by ingredients and dietary preferences such as gluten-free, low fat, and vegetarian/vegan. Every Whole Foods Market recipe includes nutritional information and cooking instructions. You can also enter up to 3 items you have on hand to find recipes using those ingredients.”
“Wondering what’s for dinner? Or how to make your favorite cake? Turn to the expert who’s been answering those questions for decades. Betty Crocker is here to help you with this mobile version of the world-famous Betty Crocker Cookbook.”
“Baking with this app is easy as pie! The Photo Cookbook – Baking clarifies the preparation of 60 recipes for cakes and pies, sweet and savoury pastries, cookies and breads. Beautiful photography, which is displayed in high resolution especially on your iPad, illustrates every step.”
“RecipeGrazer from Key Ingredient is a feast for the eyes. Skim fresh, beautiful recipes and photos from all over the world! Powered by Key Ingredient – the free social recipe website with over 400,000 recipes posted and rated by our members – one of the largest and fastest growing recipe collections in the world. The free RecipeGraze app streams thousands of beautifully photographed recipes to your iPhone or iPad in a paged format – perfect for those times when you are seeking inspiration, surprise or just flipping pages for something new.”
“Looking for quick and easy dinner ideas? Introducing Real Simple’s No Time to Cook? for iPad and iPhone, with nearly 850 easy recipes for dinner that you can make—start to finish—in 40 minutes or less. You’ll find recipes for everything from chicken to chili to pasta to pork chops. Looking for low-calorie, make-ahead, or no-cook recipes? The app has these too.”
“Coleman is pleased to announce the launch of the Cookout Cookbook & Meal Planner iPhone application to help families prepare meals during the busy summer camping and cook out season. Based on top-rated recipes by Coleman, the Cookout Cookbook & Meal Planner application allows users to find the perfect meal based on food type, category, and ingredients. Rank your favorite recipe for kids, best dessert or ideal recipe for the boat.”
“Find more than 300 delicious raw vegan recipes! Discover new dishes with the chance to add your own photo to the recipes, easy-to-use shopping lists, and user ratings. Do you want to eat more raw foods, but are unsure what to make? Are you looking for new raw recipe ideas? Would be easier for you looking for your favourite raw recipe while you are at the supermarket? Here you can find your answers, healthy and easy delicious raw recipes that include everything from dressings to desserts and beverages to incorporate into your daily life.”
What Is Your Favorite Recipe App?
The apps above should provide enough recipes for several lifetime’s worth of meals. Some of my favorites from this list are Jamie’s Recipes and Nigella’s Quick Collection. Both are stellar apps with loads of quality content and detailed instructions.
Leave a comment below and let us know which of the apps above is your favorite. Also be sure to point out any great iPhone recipe apps that we missed!