Did you know that 28% of Americans can’t cook?
That’s right – and relying on takeout and ready meals is expensive, inconvenient, and bad for your health.
Luckily, there are tons of amazing online resources which making learning to cook, meal planning, and discovering new recipes into a fun activity, rather than a chore.
Forget leafing through weighty recipe books and searching your pockets for scrawled shopping lists, and start using cookery apps instead.
Ready to learn to love cooking?
Check out this list of the top ten cooking apps for 2018 – and don’t blame us if it makes you hungry!
1. Kitchen Stories
Never cooked anything in your life before? Confused about the terminology that’s used in most recipes?
This is the app for you.
Kitchen Stories contains simple recipes with easy, step-by-step instructions. It includes video and picture lessons, and can even teach you specific techniques, like ‘How to grate ginger’, or ‘How to chop carrots.’
If you’re a complete beginner who feels overwhelmed by the thought of picking up a frying pan, this is the perfect app for you.
2. Oh She Glows
Looking for a cooking app that caters to a plant-based, vegan diet, without compromising taste or presentation?
Oh She Glows is the one for you.
This popular app is absolutely beautiful, features stunning food photography, and is packed with delicious, healthy recipes.
You can filter according to different dietary requirements, which is ideal if you’re gluten-free, kosher, or allergic to certain ingredients.
Eating a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, so why not give it a try?
3. Side Chef
Side Chef provides detailed cooking guides for everyone from beginners to experts, so it can support you the whole way through your cooking journey.
It’s packed with recipes, tutorials on different techniques, and information on a wide range of cooking utensils.
Unlike other cooking apps, it’s possible to activate voice commands. This is a massive bonus if you want to avoid touching your phone with sticky hands.
Whether you’re a confused beginner or a pro looking to hone your skills, SideChef can help.
Ever wish you could easily share an awesome new recipe with friends or family?
With Cookpad, you can!
This smart, social cooking app allows you to access homecooked recipes from other users, upload and publish your own recipes, and share them with everyone you know.
It’s a great way to get new ideas for everyday meals, and the trending section can be an excellent source of inspiration.
If you love sharing recipes with friends, this app was made for you.
Does it drive you crazy when your internet connection goes out halfway through a recipe?
We’ve all been there.
Luckily, Big Oven includes an offline database of delicious recipes, meaning you don’t need an internet connection to access them. It also allows you to create your own shopping lists, making heading to the store for your ingredients a breeze.
If you often struggle with a spotty internet connection, download BigOven ASAP.
If you already follow tons of awesome recipe blogs but struggle to save all your recipes in the same place, Yummly is a great find.
It allows you to save recipes from all over the net. It also offers plenty of filters for different dietary requirements – so there’s no problem if you’re veggie, vegan, gluten-free, or have allergies.
The app will recommend new recipes based on your past selections, so it offers plenty of new inspiration. You can also create instant shopping lists based on recipes.
Looking for an awesome shopping list app that also supports recipe?
Bring! has got you covered.
This smart app features an ‘inspiration’ tab, which allows you to scroll through recipes, then create shopping lists with all the ingredients you need.
You can create multiple different shopping lists, share them with friends and family, and access them across multiple devices, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to get shopping and test some new ingredients.
The app isn’t as in-depth as others, so it’s not ideal for beginners. If you’re already a good cook and just need a little organizational help, however, it’s perfect.
Love trying different foods from around the world and getting to know other cultures?
Tastemade is a really cool cooking app that features unique recipes from various different countries, and it has plenty of regular shows and features.
You could learn about street foods around the world, discover little-known ingredients, or try out new cooking techniques.
If you love recipe videos and want tons of regular content, it’s well worth downloading this gem.
It’s like Tinder for food – get it?
You’ll be presented with a variety of recipes from around the web and given the option to swipe left or right to save or ignore them.
You’ll gradually build up a cookbook full of recipes to test, and you can filter by category when you’re looking for a specific meal.
This is a really fun way to get some fast cooking inspiration if you’re stuck in a rut.
10. Forks Over Knives
Want to get in shape for the new year?
Based on the documentary of the same name, this app is packed full of healthy, plant-based recipes that are ideal for anyone who wants to lose weight or get fit.
While it focuses on healthy cooking, the Fork Over Knives app isn’t all kale salads and avocado – you’ll also find recipes for fun treats like easy peanut butter cookies, which helps make eating healthy feel a lot more achievable.
The app has more than 180 recipes, with easy instructions and automatic shopping lists.
Why Use Cooking Apps?
Cooking apps are perfect for everyone from beginners looking to start their culinary journey to expert cooks looking for new inspiration.
Having a few cooking apps at your fingertips means you’ll never be stuck for what to eat, and you’ll be more likely to eat healthy, homecooked meals – avoiding greasy, expensive takeout.
You’ll wonder why you didn’t download these apps years ago.
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