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Helpful Cooking Apps

Last updated on March 1, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

This is a guest post.

Regardless of if you’re just discovering your love of the kitchen—or getting back into cooking after a long hiatus, the following helpful iPhone cooking apps are all about how to become a better cook.

Aspiring chefs and home cooks everywhere can take advantage of the tons of cooking apps available to help them discover new recipes, test new ingredients, throw a huge dinner party and even convert measurements and find tasty substitutions for certain ingredients.

Here are a few great iPhone cooking apps to check out:

How to Cook Everything

The How to Cook Everything app is a bounty of cooking techniques, kitchen tips, meal planning advice, and over 2000 recipes with illustrations. As the name suggests, you can literally learn to cook just about everything using this app.  Just search recipes by category, pick your menu, and create and organize your shopping list all on the same app. If it’s a hit, you can even share your reviews on Facebook or Twitter. 

Smart Chef  Cooking Helper

Have you ever run into the problem of cooking a favorite family meal—only to run out of disasters ingredients? Total cooking disaster! However, the Smart Chef Cooking Helper app will ensure that doesn’t happen, by offering up three hundred tried and tasted substitutions so you can easily find swaps for any missing ingredient without ruining a perfectly good recipe.


Get a handle on more than the spatula in your kitchen with the Ratio app, a tool that teaches aspiring chefs the relationships between ingredients, dishes, temperatures, and food preparation—basically this app will give you tips for understanding what makes up a recipe and how ingredients fit together. It features the basics for things like batters, sauces, dough, meat prep, and even dessert so you can explore classic recipes or start creating your own. You can access it as long as you have wi-fi or cell plans from T-Mobile.


Epicurious is the mother of all recipe apps! Featuring a database of over 30,000 salacious recipes from the website, as well as popular cookbooks, professional chefs, and culinary magazines, your taste buds won’t be disappointed. You can browse the recipe by category, meal, dietary need, occasion, or main ingredient, and even sync your favorites list back to the online recipe box on so you can access it from any device. 

OU Kosher 

Preparing a kosher meal at home, but unsure about what products to purchase in the grocery aisles at your local market? The OU Kosher app can make preparing kosher meals at home a breeze. This app will identify more than 600,000 Kosher, gluten-free, and lactose-free items around the world, as well as URLs for where to buy them online. The app also delivers up-to-date kosher product information so your kitchen will always be stocked with the newest and greatest kosher. And if you’re stuck on a recipe, you can simply text the OU Kosher hotline with your questions and a product expert will help alleviate any concerns.


If you’re like me, you take pictures of your food? Why? Because the food presentation is as important as the preparation. For those passionate and visual foodies, the Fridgg app mixes interesting recipes with food photo sharing, and gives food enthusiasts a platform to browse each other’s photos. As a user you can “like” your favorite photos, upload your own, search and save favorites, and show off your own portfolio. It’s a foodie’s dream come true!

This is a guest post. Jane Johnson is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, reviews and more.

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

3 Comments on “Helpful Cooking Apps

  1. “How to Cook Everything” the book has been on my wish list for quite a while. I might have to check out the app instead — much more affordable. And you know I need to check out the Food Allergy Detective. My current favorite food app is Find Me Gluten Free. Its a free app that locates gluten free restaurants/menus wherever you are.

  2. Thank you for posting Jane’s post, Lisa. I have used Epicurious before, but the other apps are new to me and I will be checking them out later tonight after I get home from my shift at DISH. I didn’t really get into cooking until I got the iPad. I found that I could take my favorite cooking shows into the kitchen with me using the DISH Remote Access app. It streams live TV and DVR recordings to my iPad over the internet, so I can even try out new recipes on the road while at a friend’s house.

  3. Liza,
    Thanks a bunch for putting all these information together for Chefs in training. I have used Foodspotting in the past and really enjoyed it.
    I will definitely check other in your listing as well.

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