The quality of recipes online varies wildly. It’s easy to find a twee slew of cupcakes or anodyne renderings of international food, but it can be challenging to sort through the dross.

Recipe apps are a great way to find trustworthy recipes with straightforward, set-by-set instructions. They also make it easier to use up ingredients before they spoil.


Allrecipes is a food-focused social network that connects home cooks with one another. The site provides thousands of recipes, photos, profiles, and videos from other users. It also offers meal planning and shopping lists. Users can use their own recipes or find ones from a variety of sources, including Rachel Khoo and Michel Roux.

Unlike its competitors, Allrecipes doesn’t just offer recipes; it also provides a handy tool for organizing your favorite dishes. It lets you create cookbooks to save your favorites, as well as organize them by categories such as seasoning and quick-and-easy. It also has a “virtual pantry” feature that lets you keep track of what ingredients you have on hand.

Allrecipes employees have rated the company poorly across several culture dimensions, with CEO Rating and Team and Meetings being especially low.

BBC Good Food

The site of the world’s best-selling food magazine contains many recipes, and the app lets you search them by ingredients. This makes finding what you want a lot easier, and it’s a great choice for busy cooks.

Its user-submitted online recipes are sensibly stressing peer reviews and include many dishes from professional chefs, as well as home cooks. The ’Entertaining’ section provides ideas for every occasion, while the ’Lab’ breaks down basic dishes and gives you set-by-set instructions to follow.

It’s not the best site for low-calorie meals, however. Its ’comfort food’ recipes include the likes of this dreadful ‘meatloaf masterpiece’ and the fluorescently toothed Paula Deen’s red velvet bread pudding, both of which contain enough coloured food dye to light a small city. But it does keep up with trends and includes helpful ’Recipe of the day’ and ‘What we’re eating this week’ features.


Epicurious is the NY Times cooking app and site that boasts a huge community of cooks. Their recipes are not only well-written but also vetted by the experts so you know they’re going to work.

They’re different from other recipe apps in that they concentrate on simple home-style cooking. Many of the recipes come from their test kitchen but others are sent in by users. This adds a more personal touch and you can find things like your grandmother’s holiday classics here.

One of the best functions in this app is the ‘Newest Videos’ sub-tab that gives you access to their YouTube content. This is something you don’t see often in recipe apps and really shows that they want to engage with their audience.


It’s a busy time for cooks, with recipe sites and apps competing for our attention. It’s not easy to choose, especially when the quality of the recipes varies so widely. It’s easy to find twee slews of cupcakes and anodyne renderings of international cuisine, as well as sensitive methods from Mike Robinson jostling with the slapdash culinary zeugmas of Ready Steady Cook.

Delish offers two subscription plans, which include unlimited access to recipes, food news, dinner ideas, tutorials, and nutrition help. It also offers a weekly newsletter and a quarterly magazine. This is a great service for anyone who wants to become a better cook. It is worth the price for its extensive features. It is also a convenient way to organize recipes and grocery lists.


Edamame is soybean pods that are still in their shell, usually served steamed or boiled in their own pod at Japanese restaurants (izakayas). It can also be eaten cold.

Edamiame is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids. These amino acids are building blocks of protein, which are important for repairing, building and maintaining muscles, as well as other bodily functions.

Fresh edamame is best consumed as soon as possible. It will quickly lose its sweet, mild flavor once it begins to dehydrate. Look for edamame that is plump, green and firm to the touch. Avoid mushy, yellowing pods or those that have black spots. Frozen edamame has a similar texture to fresh and can be used in many recipes as a quick and easy substitute.