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Apps for the Armchair Chef

by on May 8th, 2012

Mother’s Day is this Sunday (did it slip your mind?) and fortunately for you, it’s not too late! While you probably won’t be able to get the perfect gift delivered in time from Amazon.ca, you probably can pick up some flowers and dish up the perfect meal to show how much you care. Need a few pointers to get started? Here are a few apps that should help.


Epicurious is a pretty well known online resource for some pretty great recipes, curating recipes from both its own staff, as well as those from its member base. Beyond recipes, the website features videos, tips and tricks, as well as a very robust online social community. Their iOS app [free/$1.99], on the other hand, has a much narrower focus – offering access to just the recipes. The app allows you to search by keyword, as well as by ingredient, meal, origin of the cuisine, dietary restrictions and considerations, and season or occasion. You can select the recipes in the app, and it will generate a shopping list for you across all the recipes selected that you can email. All this is available in the free version.

The premium version allows you to sync your Epicurious recipes and shopping lists across all your devices, as well as from the web. At $1.99, it’s a small price to pay for mobile convenience.


Like Epicurious, AllRecipes is an online cooking resource that offers recipes, videos and an online community. On the surface, there really isn’t any difference between both services (and in reality, there really aren’t many) and this similarity translates to the iOS app as well. AllRecipes the app [free/$4.99] allows you to browse and search its recipes database, but is restricted in a number of ways. The free version doesn’t allow users to search by geography, or by specific events or occasions. Also, the shopping list and centralized recipe box is only available in the paid version too. At $4.99, it’s definitely a steeper price to pay for the extra access.

BBC GoodFood One Pot

For those of us who are tied for time (or don’t have a lot of pots and pans laying around), there’s the One Pot app [$2.99] from the BBC GoodFood program. The goal of the app is to discover great recipes given a list of ingredients that you can make with a minimal number of cookware and does a reasonable job of coming up with some pretty good suggestions. While the recipes are limited to stews, soups, casseroles and roasts, it’s a quick and easy way to look like a hero in front of mom on the cheap.

Regardless of which app you choose, it’s worthwhile to check out the site first and see if the recipes there fit your skill level. Nothing worse than trying something too hard and ruining your Mother’s Day! Have fun cooking though and have a great Mother’s Day.

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