Thanksgiving is here, and many will be slaving away over the stove to create a perfect meal for the day. There are a number of apps out there to make the cooking process as smooth as possible. Normally, we would focus on shopping list apps, recipe apps, cooking guides, and timers, but now many apps include all of these features in one. We have gathered the best ones to prepare an outstanding Thanksgiving feast, as well as enjoy the festivities of the day. Without further ado, we present the best thanksgiving apps to make your holiday amazing for 2015.
Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual (Free, Universal): From the food experts of Bon Appétit comes an app dedicated to Thanksgiving. It comes complete with 100 recipes geared towards Holiday classics, with special twists too. There are also videos, how-tos, and tips about everything includes in the app. The best part is that it’s completely free, sans in-app purchases.
The Betty Crocker Cookbook – Kitchen-Tested Recipes (Free, Universal): The best selling cookbooks have been combined into a single app resource that features over 15,000 recipes. The app is good for all year around, but also has a great section for Thanksgiving. Every recipe includes the ingredients needed, clear step by step instructions, and in-app tools for substitutions and conversions. Another app that is completely free.
Butterball Cookbook Plus (Free, Universal): From the makers of iCookbook comes the official app from Butterball with hundreds of Turkey related recipes. It’s a feature rich app with step by step guides, note lists, conversions, shopping lists, timers, how to videos, voice commands, and more. The app is great for Thanksgiving, especially if you have a Butterball turkey, but the recipes transcend brands.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 (Free, iPhone): The official app from Macy’s to go right along with the biggest name in parades on Thanksgiving. The app lets you view a virtual street view of the balloons with animated shorts too. There’s also the ability to create your own ballon with an augmented reality component that uses the iPhone microphone to inflate. Finally, there’s live updates from the parade route.
Heads Up! ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A multiplayer word game that is perfect for a family get together at Thanksgiving. The game style has been seen in Indian Poker, HeadBanz, or just slapping a sticky note on your forehead. An item is written on the card you place on your forehead, and the other player tries to give you hints to help you guess that item. With Heads Up! the iPhone is the card holder with the word to guess, and it comes to us courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres, and Impending software (developers of Clear). There are tons of categories, and everything is rapid fire with 60 seconds of fun guessing.
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (Free, Universal): The app is the perfect cooking resource for all year around with Thanksgiving included. It’s free and universal for all of your iOS devices, and provides everything you could want in a cooking app. There app is packed with sections for various meal types, and there are over a dozen sections dedicated to Thanksgiving. You get the recipe, step by step instructions, and the accompanying shopping list for every recipe in the app making this the best choice of all cooking apps in the App Store.
Forks Over Knives – The Recipes ($4.99, iPhone): A cooking alternative for those that don’t want to eat Turkey, ham, or any other meat on Thanksgiving. The app emphasizes the whole-food, plant-based lifestyle with over 160 recipes included that connect to a built-in shopping list. There’s a special section to help you prepare a five course Thanksgiving meal fitting the theme of the app.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ($5.99, Universal): The classic Peanuts story embodies the essence of Thanksgiving, and now there’s an iOS version. The app delivers the entire story across multiple interactive pages allowing you to read or be read to by Stephen Shea, the original voice of Linus Van Pelt. Each page offers a unique experience as you can interact with the characters, and discover hidden items. There are hundreds of interactive items to help bring the well known Peanuts characters to life.
Foodie Recipes (Free, Universal): A fanciful Thanksgiving resource that includes detailed photos step-by-step instructions, prep and cook time, and yield of each recipe. The app sources its content from food bloggers and culinary professionals around the world to give you the so-called best recipes for the season.
Panna (Free, Universal): The app is a lot like Appetites above, but in a magazine format. You’re given a similar style of how-to cooking videos, but with a beautiful magazine layout for the videos, highlighted recipes, and dishes for the specific time of year. There are six bi-monthly issues per year with about 12 seasonal recipes each, and there are subscription and per issue in-app purchases.
Food Network In the Kitchen (Free, Universal): Connect with the recipes from the Food Network stars including Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, and more. There are thousands of recipes from the cooking stars you know, and there’s also clear instructions, shopping list, and timer. Those who watch Food Network will love this cooking app, as it captures the essence of the channel, and provides great Thanksgiving dishes too.
Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach (Free, iPhone): Unlike the other apps, this one only focuses on Thanksgiving, but does a great job with that. With a single focus on the biggest meal of the year, you’re given ingredients, shopping list, and cooking guide for your best turkey meal. There are a limited number of recipes, but it’s simple and straightforward for your Thanksgiving.
How To Cook Everything ($9.99, Universal): An extremely powerful app that is based on the best selling cookbook of the same name. You’re given 2,000 recipes, 400 how to illustrations, and deluxe descriptions of every recipe. The app has a built-in shopping list, timer, and the clearest cooking guides around. It costs more than the other apps, but is pretty much the full cookbook on your iOS device.
Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free, Universal): Not as full featured as the apps listed above, but more useful for the entire year. The spinner aspect is the best part allowing you to spin a slot machine style for your recipe and ingredients.
Kitchen Dial (Free, iPhone): The app makes it effortless to convert measurements for anything you’re cooking. You can use the gyroscope/accelerometer so you don’t need to tap the screen, and it helps you figure out about quarts, teaspoons, ounces, and more.
Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine Cooking ($0.99, iPad): A recipe guide that focuses solely on Thanksgiving to give you various recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts. There are how to videos, turkey tips, and wine suggestions to complete your Thanksgiving meal.
Turkey Blast: Reloaded (Free, Universal): For a nice distraction on Thanksgiving you can blast away some cartoon turkeys. The app is bursting with unlockables to keep you coming back to the tilt and shoot action.