11 Awesome Apps For The Serious Foodie

If you're the kind of person who is passionate about great meals, then these are for you.
by Charlene J. Owen
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Author Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” And it’s true: There are very few things in the world that are as gratifying as a good, well-rounded meal. If you’re the kind of person who appreciates a yummy mouthful whether in a fine restaurant, in your friend’s kitchen, or on the side of the road, then check out these apps we’ve especially picked out for you. Leave the nitty-gritty to these handy mobile tools and enjoy reading through huge recipe databases, organizing your kitchen life, and discovering new dining destinations.

1. Pepperplate

If you're looking for an all-around kitchen helper, download Pepperplate. Turn your device into a menu planner, grocery list maker, and recipe organizer without having to trouble yourself with several different apps. Aside from the efficient meal calendar and the ability to import recipes from different sites, another thing we love about Pepperplate is that it comes with multi-timers, which can be of great help when you're moving around the kitchen preparing different things all at the same time. With a reliable web-based tool that acts as your phone or tablet's backup, this app is definitely a must-have for those who love creating food magic.

Download: AndroidiOSWindows Mobile
Price: Free

2. Ziplist

Wondering which ingredients you already have in your pantry and which you need to make a grocery run for? Ziplist can help you organize everything you need by store aisle. Turn your recipes into virtual shopping lists, and have Ziplist cross-check ingredients with what you currently have in stock. You can also let the entire family do their part by sharing your list and having them tick off items that they've already bought.

Download: AndroidiOS 
Price: 
Free

3. Paprika

Whether you're a home cook or an established chef, Paprika can help you increase your efficiency in the kitchen. Not only can you save recipes from over 200 recipe sites, you can also create your own which you can include in your weekly meal plan even while you're offline. Aside from tracking the nutritional value of your dishes, you can also do them to scale so you won't have to worry about calculating for a snack for two or a dinner for 10.

Download: AndroidiOS
Price: Php222.83 (Android) / $4.99 (iOS)

4. Jaime's 20 Minute Meals

One of the most loved chefs on television shares his culinary know-how in this beautifully designed and easy-to-use app. Jaime's 20 Minute Meals boasts of quick 20-minute dishes as well as photographed step-by-step instructions to more complicated meals. 

Download: Android
Price: P309.58

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5. The Perfect Egg Timer

Boiling an egg isn't as easy as you think, and it's actually serious business. With The Perfect Egg Timer, you won't need to guess whether you did it soft- or hard-boiled. Based on your egg's size, previous storage, and current altitude, it calculates how many minutes it needs to be in the pan to have it just right. It doesn't get more scientific than that!

Download: AndroidiOS
Price: Php81.90 (Android) / $0.99 (iOS)

6. Food Dictionary

Before you even turn on the stove, know exactly what you're about to put in the pan with the Food Dictionary, an app that includes a great deal of information about ingredients. With more than 1,600 entries categorized under vegetables, fruits, cereals, spices, meat, greens, and the like, you’ll never need to wonder about which is which again.

Download: Android
Price: Free

7.  Zomato

In the mood to eat out? Know the best places to wine and dine with Zomato, a restaurant and bar finder that can help you munch your way through the city. Read through menus and reviews of places you’re curious about, follow available maps to recently discovered holes-in-the-wall, and even put your own recommendations about an establishment that gave you a really good time. Locally, it's only available in Metro Manila, but Zomato can be the ultimate food guide when you travel the world, as it’s accessible in 42 different cities.

Download: AndroidiOS
Price: Free

8. Food Planner

Food Planner is similar to many kitchen organizers /recipe e-books that help you create grocery lists, manage inventories, and store daily menus; but one great feature that separates it from the rest is that it offers a roster of free and paid meal plans as well as different popular diets that suit your family’s needs.  It also has dishes classified according to special occasions, which are great inspirations for your Noche Buena spread. 

Download: AndroidiOS
Price: Free, with paid upgrade

9. Coffee Mania – Coffee Recipes

Be your own barista with over 250 coffee recipes from Coffee Mania, an app dedicated to everyone’s favorite cup of joe. Learn about different beans, explore different ways of creating the perfect brew, and delight your family and friends with top-notch presentations. 

Download: Android
Price: Free, with in-app purchases

10. Baconnection

Who doesn’t love bacon? Baconnection is an ode to all meat lovers who yearn to put this breakfast delight in at least one dish in every meal. Search through over a hundred ways to make and prepare bacon and use tips from famous food sites such as Allrecipes.com and Rachael Ray. More than just satisfying the munchies, Baconnection also offers you meat trivia and even mini-games to test how well you know your crispy strips.

Download: Android
Price: Free

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11. Lawry's Digital Dinner Bell

Here’s one way to encourage the family to come home early–prepare a delicious meal and entice them with Lawry’s Digital Dinner Bell, the new, high-tech way of announcing that meals are hot and ready. It’s very appropriate for private get-togethers as much as it is for public parties, as it also offers a solid recipe database from where you can get your inspiration from. Just whip it up and let Lawry’s Digital Dinner Bell do the rest as it connects you to your loved ones via SMS, Facebook, or even an automated phone call.

Download: Android
Price: Free

This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.

* Minor edits have been made by Cosmo.ph editors

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