For some, cooking is a necessity. For others, it’s an enjoyable pastime. Discovering new recipes then putting them together in your kitchen is a hobby partaken by many and, with the rise of tablets, it’s become a much more interactive experience than ever before.
Taking your tablet into the kitchen with you might seem like an unattractive prospect to some, but it can unlock access to a world of recipes and support for your cooking. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at five great cookery apps available for your Android tablet!
BBC Good Food is a popular magazine that provides a wealth of recipes and other cooking content on the web, making it the UK’s number one food magazine and website.
The BBC Good Food Android app for your tablet — also available for your phone too! — includes a plethora of recipes and useful cooking tips, allowing you to download cookbooks that can be selected based on criteria like season so, yes, you’ll probably be able to get a special cookbook for the upcoming holidays. Recipes also display useful information like nutritional details that already take it beyond a physical cookbook. Plus, the app and all the cookbooks are free for a limited time!
Like the BBC’s Good Food app, iFood Assistant is full of great recipes that you can use in your kitchen. Simply open up the app, searching up an attractive-looking recipe and get cooking. Much as you’d expect, the app includes all the relevant data about recipes such as estimated preparation and cooking time and can generate a shopping list of required ingredients.
The searching functions in iFood Assistant are really great. You can look up recipes by meal type and even preparation time, so it’s easy to find an appropriate recipe that suits the time you have available.
Pepperplate is a really nice app for managing your recipes and taking your Android device into the kitchen. You can add recipes and then jump into cooking your entire menu without having the hassle of managing multiple timers in different places. When you’re ready to go shopping for ingredients, the app can convert your chosen recipes into a shopping list.
Pepperplate also lets users share recipes with family and friends via email and social networks so it’s a perfect app when organising servings for large groups. Find a recipe, share it with your group on Facebook and then head out to the store with a list of literally everything you need.
In a similar fashion to BBC Good Food, Cooklet allows you to select and download cookbooks to your tablet. The app is gorgeous to look at and full of interesting recipes.
Cooklet’s great feature is its ability to dynamically adapt to specific portion sizes — quite a useful tool when cooking for a smaller or larger group of people — and change measurements into different units with ease.
Food might not be the only thing on your mind, so what about drinks? Cocktail Flow Tablet is here to help you find, browse and make drink and cocktail recipes. Now you can impress friends and family members with not only your food crafted from one of the previous apps, but also your ability to make fantastic cocktails.
Cocktail Flow Tablet even allows you to select great recipes that don’t require you to go shopping for specific ingredients. The app can pull up recipes specific to the ingredients you already have in your bar, so it’s fantastic for last-minute additions and changes too!
Taking your Android tablet into the kitchen never seemed more promising, eh? Of course, don’t forget the browser that allows you to easily explore any cooking website even if they don’t have a native app or watch videos on sites like YouTube for step-by-step, visual cooking instructions.
Certainly, if you’re a UK user, you can grab the BBC iPlayer app and catchup on your favourite cookery shows, all while making the food yourself.
If you’re using your tablet in the kitchen and have a killer recommendation, be sure to share it in the comments.