These days a smartphone is just as likely to be by our side in the kitchen as a cookbook. We use it for finding recipes, creating shopping lists, pinning inspiring dishes, and sharing what we cook with others. Thus, as a Windows Phone user, I was curious to attend a recent Cooking with Windows Phone event where I got to test drive some cooking apps under the guidance of Chef John Sundstrom of Lark in Seattle.
Our sister site Apartment Therapy Tech already covered the event in more detail (including a few snapshots of me roasting Yakima Valley asparagus with Parmesan – seriously one of the fastest, best asparagus dishes I've ever had), so here I'm going to focus on the actual apps we used. Chef Sundstrom says the phone is like his "favorite new knife" and introduced us to these six apps, some of which I was already familiar with, while others became new additions to my phone:
• Epicurious: If you go online and you're a cook, you're probably quite familiar with Epicurious. This free app lets you search for 30,000+ food and drink recipes or browse categories by skill level and theme, and then save or share them and create shopping lists. Recipe we made at the event: Maple Glazed Wild Salmon
• Allrecipes: This is another online standard, and the free app lets you browse 40,000+ recipes, search by nutrition or ingredients, save and share recipes, and create shopping lists. On the Windows phone you can pin your favorite recipes to the start screen, and they become live tiles featuring a photo of the dish and the ingredients.
• Betty Crocker: As much as I love the vintage Betty Crocker cookbook, I must admit I never thought of turning to Betty Crocker for modern-day recipes on my phone. However, the fantastic asparagus dish we cooked at the event was based on a recipe in the free app, so I'll be giving it a closer look. Like the other recipe apps, you can search and save recipe and create shopping lists.
• Cocktail Flow: This $2.99 app features cocktail recipes and great photos. One of the best features is the ability to identify cocktails that can be made from the ingredients you already have in your home cabinet.
• Vino Match Mobile Sommelier: This $2.99 app may be used to learn more about food and wine pairing, to shop for wine pairings at grocery stores, to help with pairings at restaurants, and to record your tasting pictures and notes.
• Foodspotting: The free Foodspotting app isn't specifically focused on home cooking, but we often find inspiration from restaurant dishes, so it can be a fun way to find and share photos.
Do you have any Windows Phone apps to recommend for use in the kitchen?
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(Images: Emily Ho; SodaStream)