Five best apps to get you cooking up a storm

For foodies who want to do more with your smartphone than show off on Instagram, the O2 Gurus are here to help. We’ve chosen five of the best cooking apps that will help you do everything from finding the best produce to sharpening up your knife skills.

Best for learning to cook – How to cook everything 

food appThe app version of this bestselling cookbook does exactly what is says on the tin. How to Cook Everything is a comprehensive guide to all things culinary and teaches you to cook, well, everything.  Each recipe comes with a handy built-in timer as well as a section for notes so you can add your own touches. If the price is a little steep, there’s also a free “essentials” version.

Available on: iOS
Cost: £6.99

Best for choosing what to cook – Dinner Spinner

food appWe’ve all stood with the fridge door open, struggling to think of what to make. The Dinner Spinner was made for this very occasion. Search the app’s collection of 40,000 recipes listing the ingredients you have in the fridge, or use the spinner feature – shake your smartphone and the app will select a random ingredient and dish type to find a recipe.

Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
Cost: Free

Best for finding a special recipe

food appIf you’ve got a special occasion coming up, you’ll want to make something with a bit more oomph. Take a look at the BBC Good Food app, which comes with 20 delicious free recipes and the option to buy more if you fancy something different. It also comes with tools like weight converters, shopping list makers, timers and top cooking tips from the BBC’s experts.

Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free 

Best for knowing what to buy – Seasons

food appFresh fruit and veg may be available all year round, but you still can’t beat seasonal produce for taste. Seasons uses your location to tell you what locally-grown fruit and veg to buy and when. It even includes maps showing the location of local farmers markets so you’ll never miss out on getting the perfect ingredients to impress your friends with your cooking.

Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
Cost: £1.49

Best for finding a restaurant – Urbanspoon

food appSometimes you just can’t be bothered to cook. It may have been around for a while, but Urbanspoon still cuts the mustard when it comes to finding a great restaurant. The app’s slot machine style has stood the test of time, but its real strength is the comprehensive database that includes even the smallest restaurants.

Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
Cost: Free 

Is there an app you can’t cook without? Let us know your favourites on our Twitter @O2 or in the comments below.

 If this has whetted your appetite for more about the world of food technology, tune in to LBC Radio on Saturday at 8.30pm when O2 Guru Davina will be talking about the best food tech. Find out more here.

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