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Best Food and Drink Apps

Your smartphone is a valuable kitchen tool. From timing meals to providing measurement conversions, it’s almost hard to imagine cooking without a smartphone. Sure, Julia Child managed to make do. But why should you? Aside from the basics, there are hundreds of apps on the market that claim to make shopping, cooking, eating and drinking better. Most apps serve a very specific purpose. But whether you love cooking, beer, wine, cocktails, oysters or all of the above, there’s an app for that. Here are ten of our favorites:

    SideChef is a free recipe app features step-by-step photos, instructions with integrated timers, ingredient-specific video tutorials, and even voice instruction and commands for following recipes even with your hands full. Each of the 2500+ recipes comes with this level of detail, and can be rated and shared on social media. SideChef makes learning and preparing new recipes easy with a huge array of detailed instructional videos and photo tutorials for thousands of different recipes. It features plenty of quality-of-life improvements for amateurs and pros alike, with voice commands and instructions being a standout feature that lets you stay up to date with the recipe even if your hands are full. The community is great, too, with many new recipes, user photos and ratings, and tips and tricks available from within the app.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    ShopList is almost like a digital version of a schedule planner, but designed exclusively for your kitchen. If you are worried about unnecessary food waste, List Ease allows you to create a stock list of what you have in your kitchen at home — as well as a general shopping list for your next trip. If you're constantly trying to inventory what you have to save money while shopping, this app is for you.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Yummly is a cooking app boasting over a million different recipes, thanks to which you can create a completely personalized cooking experience. Yummly is an aggregator, designed to provide fast access to a range of top foodie websites. This means when you search, you’re filtering a massive two million dishes. Short of being the world’s fussiest eater, you could feasibly cook something new using Yummly every day for the rest of your life, without ever repeating the exact same thing. Select a recipe and you’re shown a full-screen image, an indication of how calorific it is, and an estimate of preparation and cooking time. Scroll up and you get an ingredients list, along with a bunch of reviews. Yummly isn’t the only app to integrate user feedback, but its popularity means you’re far more likely to get a range of opinions, and to see whether a dish is worth trying out. The app is less impressive when it comes to dealing with directions. There, it essentially directs you toward the originating website. Still, as a way of finding new things if you’ve exhausted an existing app, it’s a good bet. And if you find yourself always heading to a specific source, you can always ditch Yummly and use the relevant third-party app or site instead.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    BigOven is a recipe app from the BigOven.com community. You'll need to register (free) on the website to get full use of the trial version, as the program features a browser specifically to check out recipes from the site and add them to your collection. Apart from that, you'll be able to use the program's meal planning, shopping and nutrition functions to make sure that every dish you prepare is perfect. BigOven also has a good selection of configuration options that will allow you to play around with the way the program is displayed and other settings.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    LaLa Lunchbox, featured in various parenting magazines and websites, a best-selling meal planning app for kids and parents.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad