One of the convenient uses for a Windows 10 device is to help us find our way around the kitchen. Whether you are trying to impress your date with a home-cooked meal or hosting a holiday feast, many find themselves in the kitchen hoping to cook things up just right.
The Windows Store has a host of apps for Windows 10 PC or Mobile that are full of detailed recipes to point you in the right culinary direction. They can help you experiment with your cooking skills or develop these skills with the most basic of dishes.
Whatever the need, let's take a look at the best cooking apps the Windows Store has to offer.
Allrecipes is a free app, available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, with more that 50,000 recipes. Recipes range from salads to meat entrées to decadent deserts — and everything between.
The app's main pages highlight a daily recipe, your recipe box and a Dinner Spinner feature. You need to create or sign into your Allrecipe account to utilize the recipe box feature.
While you can search for recipes by keyword, ingredient, dish type and dietary preference, sometimes you just don't know what to cook — that's where the Dinner Spinner comes in. With this feature you pick three variables for the dish (type, main ingredient and time to prepare) and it randomly generates a recipe based on those variables. If you feel daring, you can even let Allrecipes choose the variables at random. Hope you're down for honey mustard mozzarella baked chicken.
Recipes include an overview of the dish, a list of required ingredients, nutritional values, detailed directions and user reviews for that particular dish. Many of the recipes also have a Recipe in Motion feature that provides video directions to prepare the dish. The video presentation is brief but compliments the written directions very well.
Yummly delivers over 1 million recipes to your Windows 10 devices that cover a wide variety of tastes and styles. The free cooking app is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile and requires a free Yummly account to use.
The app features trending recipes on the primary display and a drop down menu to view your favorite recipes, search for recipes and access the app's settings. Additionally, filters are available to sort recipes by dietary allergies, cook time, cuisine, course, nutrition, techniques and tastes.
Recipes are pulled from various online cooking resources and individual recipes include the required ingredients, nutritional facts and cooking directions. Directions are in written form and vary depending on the source.
Yummly does offer a boatload of recipes that range from Holiday Cookie recipes to Caramelized Salmon dishes and everything else in between. It's a solid Windows 10 cooking app, but may be a little overwhelming to the beginning cook.
How to Cook Everything
This Windows 10 app has main pages to feature key recipes, to browse recipes by categories, view how-to tutorials and check out the most popular recipes.
Additional features include:
- Locally stored recipe and reference content — no network connection required!
- Handy built-in timers are placed throughout the recipe steps and can run in the background
- Organized shopping lists are available to make it easy to buy ingredients
- Share recipes with friends on Facebook and Twitter
Every recipe includes an overview, ingredient list, detailed steps and any variations on the base recipe to experiment with. You also get access to related topics to improve your culinary skills. For example, a pizza recipe will have links to how-to content on shaping pizza dough or tips for foolproof pizza toppings.
How to Cook Everything is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. It is currently priced at $9.99 with a seven-day trial to allow you to test drive the app before buying. It's a very comprehensive cooking resource that is well suited for the beginning chef, as well as the more seasoned cook.
Cook with Yumvy
Cook with Yumvy is a Windows 10 cooking app that delivers a ton of recipes to your Windows 10 PC and Mobile device, along with a personal cooking assistant.
The app's layout presents recommendations on meals, popular recipes and the option to browse more dishes by course, cuisine and chef. There is a keyword search feature available if you already have a recipe in mind.
Recipes are presented with the customary overview, steps, ingredient and necessary equipment information. There is even a shopping list generator to make creating a grocery list effortless.
While you can view the cooking steps in a condensed manner, Cook with Yumvy also has a step-by-step feature that offers more detailed guidance to prepare the dish. Just enter the number of servings and cooks involved and Yumvy then walks you through each step of preparation and cooking. Should a step require a timer, Cook with Yumvy has a built-in timer to avoid having to jump between apps. This cooking assistance helps take any guesswork out of cooking.
Cook with Yumvy is a free app available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. It's a solid cooking app with plenty of features to make your adventures in the kitchen less problematic.
If you have any experience with these Windows 10 cooking apps, let us know how things turned out in the comments. There are other options available and if we have missed your favorite cooking app, toss out your recommendation as well.