Tech Support: Culinary Apps the Pros Are Using

Check out these culinary apps and improve your cooking skills tonight!

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Whether you’re sitting on the couch or grabbing a snack in the kitchen, chances are your smart phone is not far away. Put that cellular technology to good use with the following culinary apps that professional chefs and chefs-in-training are using!

The list is broken down by free and paid options, though all offer functions and features that will help elevate your cooking.


OpenTable gives you instant access to a network full of restaurants and lets you make a reservation for anything from anywhere. You can use OpenTable for most major U.S. cities as well as select international ones. In fact, according to its website, 50 percent of reservations in North America are made using OpenTable’s app.

This is one of the culinary apps that features extensive user-generated content, with more than 170,000 recipes, photos and reviews. BigOven will even let you build a grocery list based on the recipes you find. You can also see how to use your leftovers and find out what other people are making for dinner.

Epicurious gives you access to over 28,000 professionally-tested recipes with step-by-step instructions. It works on both mobile phones and tablets. You can read reviews, access shopping lists you’ve created and get a recipe of the day directly on your phone.

Tender is a “social food” app and mimics the setup of Tinder. It uses a swipe-to-save interface that allows you to keep recipes you like. Users can filter their recommendations based on different categories and consult their “cookbooks” for ingredient lists and links back to the original recipe.

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The Dinner Spinner is by far one of the most extensive culinary apps on the market. Giving you access to content from 50 million home cooks, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something appetizing. You can search based on course, main ingredient or prep time. Some posts even include instructional videos.

Yummly is another great culinary app that can help you escalate your cooking skills. It gives you access to thousands of recipes and allows you to tailor your searches to meet your specific tastes, literally. You look for salty recipes, savory ones or even sour dishes. Recipe results can also be catered to your diet preferences, vegetarian or vegan, or to exclude those that include your food allergies, like dairy or gluten.

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Pinterest is a great tool for finding, organizing and storing recipes, cooking tips and dish inspirations. It’s free to sign up and gives you almost limitless resources that can be sorted and saved to your own online pegboards. Many chefs research their recipes and dishes on Pinterest and now you can too!


Grocery IQ ($0.99)
Grocery IQ takes the hassle out of making a shopping list. Use your phone’s camera to scan the barcode of the product you need to replenish and it’s automatically added to a customized list. This app will even help you find free coupons, share your list with others (like your partner, in case you need them to pick a few things up on their way home) and sort the list by aisle.

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Locavore ($2.99)
Locavore is the perfect app for you if you love local fare and farm-grown produce. It uses GPS technology to tell you what produce is in season in your area. It will direct you to farmer’s markets and give you recipes for your newly acquired produce. This is one of the best examples of culinary apps that blend the latest technology.

Kitchen Calculator Pro ($2.99)
Not everyone is great at math, especially when it comes to converting baking and cooking measurements. Kitchen Calculator Pro takes the guesswork out of cooking. It can quickly and correctly convert your measurements and scale your recipes up or down. You’re also able to convert European recipes to U.S. measurements.

My New Roots ($4.99)
My New Roots gives users access to over 100 vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes. You can favorite recipes to create a stash and add recipes to your shopping list and check ingredients off as you go. It features a clean, simple design that makes the interface seamless and very user-friendly.

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Paprika Recipe Manager ($4.99)
Paprika Recipe Manager lets you organize a personal digital cookbook. Once you’ve added recipes, you can sort, file and order them into various categories. The app will also create a shopping list for you when you select the recipes you want to make. Another feature of the app is its ability to scale the recipe to your preferred serving size.

Blending technology and cooking have led to some of the most innovative and helpful culinary apps. Whether you’re using your phone or a tablet, be sure to check out the apps listed above and start your own culinary adventure!

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