Best App for Finding Recipes
Home Cooking: The Home screen offers six recipe categories for browsing when you need inspiration, or tap "find a recipe" to summon the app's search screen to pinpoint something more specific. The categories are convenient and fit common wants, but it's too bad one of these valuable slots is taken by a redundant category shilling for an advertiser.
Card Cuisine: Search results and category contents appear as recipe cards labeled with a four-fork reader rating. Swipe to flip through, or tap "view recipe" to see details and reviews. Tap + to save the recipe as a favorite, add it to your shopping list, or email the full text of the recipe. And this is clever: Turn the recipe on its side to display it in big text, with each step on its own screen—no need to squint while you cook.
Tasty Icons: A cookbook is only as good as its index, and the same goes for a recipe app's search form. Epicurious nails this with a clever visual approach for focusing results. Tap a search category (main ingredient, for example) to reveal cute icons. Swipe to browse, then tap one to limit results to, say, duck recipes. You can also leave the icons alone and do a simple search in the search box.
Personal Shopper: When you add recipes to the shopping list, the app helpfully organizes their ingredients by grocery department. Tap items to check them off as you make your way through the aisles. It's not perfect—items from different recipes often show up twice—but it's still a handy way to see all at once what you need for tonight's dinner.
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
Version reviewed: 1.0
Savor 25,000 recipes in a gorgeous wrapper, with online access to epicurious.com's collection from Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and other magazines. Heavy advertising may make you wish for a paid, ad-free version, and fans of the website will pine for their recipe boxes. But the app is otherwise delicious and even builds a shopping list for your selected dishes.
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