Five apps for delicious kitchen inspiration
Do you have flair with flambé? Do you possess pizzazz with pastry? Do you kick-it in the kitchen?
Well then perhaps you have hopes of becoming a chef. The following five cooking apps will help aspiring chefs take the guesswork out of cooking, hone their culinary skills, discover new recipes, and learn new food preparation tricks, and even help you create your own custom cook book. These are available for iPhone and Android phones.
Here are the top apps for aspiring chefs…
1. Ratio ($4.99 – for iPhone)
Based on the scrumptious best-seller of the same name by Michael Ruhlman, Ratio is an app that teaches the relationships of cooking. For example, what ingredients make up the foundation for common recipes—such as meat preparation, batter, dough for breads, sauces, casseroles, and desserts. So if you’re an aspiring chef, Ratio is your kitchen 101, an invaluable tool for cooking food and a long-term reference on your road to becoming a culinary expert.
2. How to Cook Everything ($4.99 – for iPhone)
Another app based on a best-selling cooking book, How to Cook Everything, was created by culinary genius Mark Bittman, and provides cooking techniques, kitchen tips, meal planning, and over 2,000 recipes accompanied by 400 illustrations. This app organizes its database of recipes into intuitive categories for browsing or searching. It also provides users with grocery lists to help you be prepared before you even put your chef’s hat on.
3. Epicurious (Free – for Android)
The Epicurious app, like the website, contains a database of over 30,000 recipes care of renowned cookbooks, magazines, and even professional chefs. Obviously this app provides a massive cooking resource—filled with delicious recipes from cookbooks, full shopping lists of all ingredients, and favorites bookmarking tool to create your own online recipe box. Did I mention the recipes you’ll find come from the pages of renowned cookbooks, magazines, and professional chefs around the world?
4. Chef ($2.99 – for iPhone)
Chef is much more than your standard recipe app. This app lets aspiring chefs create their own mobile cookbook. Just browse the database of over 13,000 recipes or submit your own delectable dishes at ChefsLittleHelper.com. All of your saved favorites will sync up to your mobile device, presented in your personal recipe collection. So when you need to access the recipe for “Grandma’s Famous Cabbage Rolls” for that pot luck event—it’s right there at your fingertips.
5. Kitchen Calculator PRO ($3.99 – for iPhone)
Do you struggle with measurements when it comes to doubling recipes to feed a larger group of diners or cutting large servings down to feed just one? I certainly do! And the Kitchen Calculator PRO app helps even seasoned chefs quickly convert the toughest measurements in a pinch. Use the user-friendly interface to plug in your measurement as it appears in the recipe, and presto, the app will do the rest of the kitchen math for you.
Bio: Jane Johnson is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, commentary, reviews on popular service providers and phones like the T-Mobile Android Samsung phone range.