Best Free Recipe Apps in Windows 10, 8.1 to cook like a gourmet chef

John Nedelcu By: John Nedelcu
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With the right recipe apps, your Windows 8.1, Windows 10 tablet can become a real cooking book. We have included below one of the best Windows 10, 8.1/RT recipe apps for you to use. Bon appetit!
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Let’s face it, not anyone can cook fancy meals and complex dishes. However, having a recipe book handy might help you create a dish that you couldn’t have imagined doing. Also, even experienced cooks, sometimes need a recipe book, just to refresh their memory.

But thanks to the continuous advance of technology, recipe books have somewhat been replaced by recipe apps, and Windows users can use such recipe apps with great ease.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at some great recipe apps for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/RT that will give you a helping hand in the kitchen. They will allow you to find awesome recipes that you can trey and create, as well ass give you information on how to cook them.  In some cases, you will also have the the possibility to add your own recipes so other can try them.

Best Windows 10, 8.1 Recipe/Cooking Apps

  1. Allrecipes
  2. So CookBook
  3. Recipe4share
  4. Sweet’N’Spicy
  5. EatItalian
  6. Recipe Shows
  7. PetitChef
  8. BigOven
  9. Epicurious

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to cook a fine dish. All you need is to have the right ingredients and to have a guide to show the steps. With these recipe apps, you will have all that information so you can impress everyone who comes to your house for dinner.

1. Allrecipes

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Probably one of the best Windows 8, Windows 10 recipe apps of all is Allrecipes. This app offers users a perfect balance between design and functionality as well as an impressive number of recipes. From the start, you are greeted by a main menu that features recipe ideas or a filtering option based on ingredients.

The filtering menu can be refined after choosing the main ingredient by adding other ingredients and you also have the option to search recipes that do not contain a certain ingredient.

The number of recipes pretty impressive, and the way you search for them is also unique and very good. I would like to see this system implemented by other developers, as it puts complete control of the results in the hands of the user. There is no support for video, which would have been a awesome addition to the app, but it does provide the possibility to rate and review each dish.


2. So CookBook

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CookBook is one of the best looking Windows 8, Windows 10 recipe/cooking apps you will find. But besides its looks, it also features lots of recipes for diverse dishes, all categorized into menus such as Main Courses, Deserts, Salads and others.

Each recipe is very easy to follow, having a panel with the ingredients needed, and one that shows the cooking process step by step. Users can also comment on recipes and if they want, they ca upload their own.

Overall, CookBook is a very well designed Windows 8, Windows 10 recipe app, with great content and a very neatly designed interface. Users that want to easily find different recipes will be pleased with it and if you also want to share your own creations, than you will find CookBook a perfect addition to your Windows 8, Windows 10 device.


3. Recipe4share

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While other Windows 8, Windows 10 recipe apps try to impress users by having complex designs and over the top graphics, Recipe4Share is more focused on content and the easiest possible way to give the user what he wants. While the app does not have too complex graphics or beautiful backgrounds and transitions between menus, it does however have a simple and intuitive user interface that allows everyone to find the information that they want.

The app’s menu is divided into categories of dishes, starting from Main Courses, Appetizers, Deserts and all the way different types of drinks or other interesting types of food.Each of these categories has a Top and New section, so users can find the best recipes or the newest added, which they can try.

The information for all dishes is very well structured and easy to follow. Users can also upload their own recipes. I think that Recipe4Share has the potential to be one of the best recipe apps for Windows 10, Windows 8.

Although a few modifications in the design department would benefit the app, and the addition for videos would also have a big impact. Nevertheless, I feel that anyone would greatly benefit by using Recipe4Share, and it can prove to be of great help in the kitchen.


4. Sweet’N’Spicy

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A simple app that provides users with lots of interesting recipe that they can try is Sweet’N’Spicy. The app’s user interface is well designed, the transition between menus is very fast and the overall layout is easy to use.

The users have many recipes at their disposal, however, they are not described as well as they are in other apps. Nevertheless, they provide all the information you need, so you can make some awesome dishes.

You can also do a search of the app for recipes that are made with different ingredients. This feature is accessible via the My Kitchen tab, and it provides a great addition to the app, as it lets you look for recipes that are created with anything you have lying around your kitchen.


5. EatItalian

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If you love Italian food, then this is the right cookbook app for you. EatItalian features some of the best and most popular Italian recipes. Follow the cooking instructions available in this app and learn to cook like an Italian chef.

The recipes are organized by type of dish, so you can quickly find the perfect recipe so appease your hunger. If you prefer to use written recipes, you can also print individual recipes.

The app also features a series of interesting cooking tips that complement the preparation instructions whenever appropriate.


6. Recipe Shows

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As its name suggests, this app offers you a plethora of video recipes that you can use to polish your cooking skills and impress your friends when when they come over to dinner.

Whether you need to prepare dinner or just a snack, this app got you covered. It features a bevy of video recipes from around the world with detailed instructions on how to prepare the dishes.

Key features include:

  • Ingredient list along with video of the recipe so that you don’t forget any ingredient.
  • Automatically download new recipes and video links. In this manner, you’ll have access to the latest recipes.
  • Keep track of your favorite recipes across updates. Install new updates won’t delete the list of your favorite recipes. You can always return to it whenever you wish to cook delicious meals.
  • Access video history from the history page.

Download Recipe Shows from the Microsoft Store.


7. PetitChef

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With the help of this app, you can learn to cook like a chef.
Install it on your Windows phone, and you’ll have access to more than 100.000 recipes for free, as well as a daily menu.

You can also organize your favorite recipes in your own cookbook. When your friends ask you to cook that delicious meal that you prepared some time ago, you can quickly find the recipe and start cooking.

PetitChef has a 4.5 star rating on the Microsoft Store, which confirms once again that this game is wort downloading.


8. BigOven

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BigOven is a very interesting cookbook app that will save you when you’ve got no idea what to cook. Install the app and you’ll have access to over 300,000+ recipes.

There is a great diversity of recipes suitable for every taste and preferences.

Great recipes for all ethnicities, styles, even the options for gluten, egg, dairy, wheat, etc. free, just so many varieties to make the best meals you ever could for any guest or family member!

BigOven comes with a very useful feature that allows you to find recipes tailored you the ingredients available in your fridge. All you need to do is enter three items and the app will tell you what you can cook.

9. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

Epicurious App for Recipes and Shopping ListThis is quite a useful app, available in Microsoft Store for PC and Mobile devices. You might find the recipe box integration and the shopping list very useful! Expect to be surprised on how well the hands free cooking mode can work. Give it a try – it’s free.

There are lots of other cooking/recipe apps for Windows 10, Windows 8 available on the Windows Store. However, some of them, like Recipe Keeper, have a great user interface, but for the moment, there are not too many recipes featured.

Latest version of Recipe Keeper Pro has some interesting features that allows you to:

  • Add your own recipes, quickly and easily
  • Import recipes automatically from your favorite websites
  • Organize your recipes, your way, by course and by category
  • Add ingredients to your shopping lists with one click
  • Weekly and monthly meal planner

However, this is not a free recipe app, and you have to buy it to access its features. Hopefully, in the near future, all free apps will provide users with lots of cooking ideas and useful additional features. It all depends on how well the public takes to them and how many recipes are are submitted. Nevertheless, I think that in no time, there will be a lot of other great cooking apps for Windows 10, 8.1/RT.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2013 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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