1. Gilt Taste
Free for iPad
Gilt Taste has mastered the art of keeping messy cooking hands off of your expensive iPad. Touch-Free Recipe Mode means the screen remains active and awake while you’re cooking with timing based on each recipe’s length. Each step of the recipe takes up one page, and if you wave your hand in front of the iPad’s camera, the app will flip to the next page for you. In addition to recipes from famous chefs, you can also check out stories by respected food writers, and of course, buy fancy food and wine from Gilt.
Free for iPad
In case you’re not sure exactly what to cook, Epicurious suggests recipes according to categories like “Fast & Fresh” and “Main-Course Salads.” Users can also search for recipes according to the ingredients they have on hand. And for $2, sync the grocery list function between your iPad and iPhone so you’ll always have your ingredient list on hand.
$1.99 for iPad
Basil is a sort of virtual recipe box. Save recipes from around the web using a browser bookmarklet (think Evernote), or manually add your own personal recipes. When you import a recipe, it’s automatically tagged by ingredients for organizational purposes. You can also personalize others’ recipes – so if you think there’s too much salt in a Food Network recipe, you can make a note for next time.
4. Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
Free for iPad plus cost of subscription
The Cook’s Illustrated Magazine app offers all of the content available in print magazines, but with a few perks including video how-tos for each article, “cooking mode” slide shows and – bonus – removal of all ads. The app itself is free to download, but subscription fees apply: $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
5. All Recipes – Your Kitchen Inspiration
Free for iPad with optional $4.99 Pro Upgrade
If you ever search for recipes from your desktop, you’re probably familiar with the behemoth database that is All Recipes. With over 45,000 dishes to choose from, users can search according to the ingredients they want to either include or exclude, by dietary restrictions (gluten free, low carb, low sodium) and a host of other other criteria.
Which iPad recipe apps would you add to our list?