By Jaime Gonzalo
As Ratatouille’s Chef Gusteau once said, “Anyone can cook”—an adage which holds more truth today, thanks to technology and the abundance of food apps on the cloud.
There are apps that help you twist up recipes, apps that help you find the best place for a midnight snack, and even apps that livestream cooking shows—indeed, for foodies, what a time to be alive.
Let’s take a look at some of the best food apps that 2016 has to offer, so far.
An all-in-one recipe book on its own, BigOven makes cooking simple. It comes pre-packed with over 350,000 recipes from friends and bloggers that you can add to. It also allows you to make a shopping list based on the recipe you’re following so you don’t miss any important ingredients.
7. Food Network in the Kitchen
Food Network in the Kitchen brings all of your favorite cooking shows straight to your mobile device. With thousands of recipes and chefs to watch, the options are endless. You can even filter your search by chef or ingredient, so you get exactly what you’re craving for. Add in some notes, tips and substitutions, and put your own twist on the recipes for the world to enjoy. Get on it and get cooking!
Download: Exclusive to Android
Formerly known as All the Cooks, Cookpad is the social media platform for aspiring chefs around the globe. It’s basically a virtual place to exchange recipes with your friends, family and strangers. Post some of your dishes online to build your profile, and improve your skills based on feedback from other CookPad-ers.
5. Fast Food Calories
We all love our Mickey D’s and KFC, but do we actually know what we’re eating? Thanks to Fast Food Calories, you can get insight into how many calories, protein, fat and carbs are in some of the most popular fast foods. Eat responsibly!
Download: Exclusive to iOS
So, let’s say you’re at a party and somebody recommends a kick-ass bar or restaurant. You’ll likely forget it by morning but, thanks to Matchbook, all you have to do is input the information and the app will bookmark the location and remind you to check out the establishment when you’re in the area. Matchbook is great for people who always forget about recommended restaurants or bars. Say no to #FOMO!
3. Next Glass
Next Glass is the app for those who take their booze seriously. If you like to keep track of the craft beers, whiskeys and wines you’ve tried, as well as get recommendations of what to try next, Next Glass is the perfect app. The app will recommend drinks based on your preferences (even telling you how confident it is that you’ll like it), and it will allow you to rank all the drinks that come your way—bringing you that much closer to finding the perfect custom drink. So get working on that craft beer bucket list!
2. Flick On Food
Dubbed the “the first wiki food app”, Flick on Food will educate you on any and every ingredient under the sun. Just type in an ingredient and it will give you the origin, the cooking mode, and how to use it in the kitchen. So, go ahead and marry your love for food with your love for knowledge.
Download: Exclusive to iOS
Tastd is a restaurant sharing app that will give you recommendations based on word of mouth. Instead of going to Yelp and reading reviews, get advice from your seasoned foodie friends instead. Tastd will allow you to list your most frequented restaurants, while others follow your recommendations. The more people follow your recommendations, the higher your trust rating gets. The same goes with the people you follow. So get on Tastd and build a community with your friends! This way, you’ll all get to enjoy great food in the best restaurants around!
What food apps do you recommend? Help a fellow foodie out and share them in the comments below!