Tablets in the Kitchen: 5 iPad Recipe Apps

Last week we covered five apps for eating out to help you discover new places to dine. But if you’re more of an aspiring-Rick Bayless type, you’ll want to try these five iPad recipe apps.

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.

Gilt Taste iPad App

2. Epicurious

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.

Epicurious iPad App

3. Basil

$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.

Basil iPad App

 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.

Cook's Illustrated iPad App

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.

All Recipes iPad App

Which iPad recipe apps would you add to our list?