Kitchen Helpers Collection

Windows Phone Store Collections: Kitchen Helpers

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Kitchen Helpers Collection

Our Windows Phones have a lot of potential. From the elementary task of placing a phone call to sending emails to surfing the web to controlling home security systems, our Windows Phones can help tremendously with our day-to-day lives.

One aspect of daily life will land most of us in the kitchen (you can only survive on take out for so long) and the Windows Phone Store has put together a small collection of apps designed to help you explore the world of cooking. The Kitchen Helpers Collection is one many Collections the Store has put together to help Windows Phone users get started in the right direction. Topics range from gaming to sports to utilities.

We've recently touched on the For the Kids Collection and for this week's roundup, we'll pluck a few apps from the Kitchen Helpers Collection to highlight.

All Recipes

All Recipes

Struggling to find a recipe for dinner? All Recipes hopes to help you find something tasty to prepare by delivering thousands of recipes to your Windows Phone. It is the companion app for the website and offers top rated recipes, many of which come from members.

All Recipes Main Pages

You can search the recipe database by keyword, scan through the daily recipes or for those times you just have no clue what you are in the mood to cook, All Recipes also has a Dinner Spinner.

The Dinner Spinner lets you select the dish type (appetizer, main dish, dessert, etc.), the main ingredient and the cooking time. Based on those variables, the Dinner Spinner will randomly select a recipe for you to tackle.

All Recipes Dinner Spinner

Recipe pages include an overview of the dish, an ingredients listing, step-by-step directions for cooking, nutritional information and user reviews of the dish. You can tag a recipe as a favorite for easy reference, pin it to your Windows Phone Start Screen and share it with friends.

All Recipes is a simple, resourceful cooking app that provides a healthy supply of recipes to keep you active in the kitchen.

  • All Recipes – Windows Phone 8 and 7.x – Free – Store Link

QR: All Recipes


BigOven 300,000+ Recipes and Grocery List

As you can guess by this app's title, the BigOven Windows Phone app delivers over 300,000 recipes to your Windows Phone with the ability to generate a grocery list from those recipes.

BigOven Main Pages

The app isn't as glamorous as other cooking apps with main pages that include:

  • Recipes Page: Here is where you hunt down your recipes by keyword, collections, recent 4 or 5 star reviews and recipes that will help you get rid of your leftovers.
  • My Kitchen Page: This page will give you access to your favorite recipes, recipes you want to try soon, your own recipes, a recipe scan feature and your grocery list generator.
  • About Page: The customary page that lists the About information, a link to provide feedback to the developer, a link to review the app and a way to upgrade to BigOven Pro.
  • Elsewhere Page: This page contains your BigOven Glossary that has tips on over 1,000 ingredients, a link to the BigOven Facebook page and a Help section.

Recipes include an overview of the dish which includes ingredients and cooking instructions, photos of the prepared dish, user reviews, and nutritional facts (available with the BigOven Pro upgrade). From the Recipe Page you have a control button at the bottom (the + symbol) that will export the ingredients to your shopping list. Once created, you can share grocery list with friends and sort the list by aisles to make shopping a little easier.

BigOven Recipe and Grocey List

Along with a ton of recipes to sift through, BigOven also has a feature to let you find recipes based on leftovers that are hanging out in your refrigerator. Just add up to three leftover ingredients you have and BigOven will generate a host of recipes that feature those ingredients.

While it may not be the prettiest of cooking apps, BigOven 300,000+ Recipes and Grocery List offers a ton of cooking ideas for you to try your hand at. You will need to register with (a freebee) to gain access to certain features (add reviews, recipes, upgrade to BigOven Pro, grocery lists, etc.) but the core features will not require a membership.

I just wish the developer had have gone with the simpler app title of BigOven.

  • BigOven 300,000+ Recipes and Grocery List – Windows Phone 8 – Free – Store Link

QR: BigOven

Cooking Timer

Cooking Timer

While there are plenty of Windows Phone apps in the Store to help you find a recipe to cook, Cooking Timer is an app designed to help you avoid over-cooking your meals.

The app has three digital timers that can be used as either countdown timers or stopwatch timers. The timers can work in the background so if your Windows Phone goes to sleep, you won't miss a beat.

Cooking Timer

To add to the visual appeal, Cooking Timer has two layouts. You have a brushed aluminum theme and a black and white theme.

The user interface is simple. Just tap the hour, minute or second display to increase the unit by one or tap and hold the unit to pull up a numerical chart. When you need to use the timer as a stopwatch, just tap beneath and to the right of the display (the one with the clock on it). To return to the countdown timer, just tap the display.

Cooking Timer is a simple timer app that could come in handy not only with your kitchen time but with any other situation where you need to keep track of time.

  • Cooking Timer - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - Free - Store Link

QR: Cooking Timer

Cook with YumvY

Cook with YumvY

Cook with YumvY is a collection of recipes designed to be easy to cook from home. You can create a meal plan from individual recipes, set the number of guests you need to serve and create shopping lists from these recipes.

Cook with YumvY main pages

The main pages for YumvY includes a Meals Page that includes a handful of pre-set meals and a Recipes Page that highlights a handful of individual recipes. You can search through the entire recipe listing by tapping the "more" link on this page.

Recipes display an overview of the dish, steps needed to cook the dish and the ingredients needed. When you add the recipe to a meal plan, the ingredients will populate your shopping list.

Cook with YumvY Recipes

One of the neat features with YumvY is the Cook Feature that creates a series of flash cards and timers that walks you through the cooking process. The step-by-step guidance is a nice touch.

Cook with YumvY may not have as many recipes as other Windows Phone cooking apps but what's in place will help you prepare a tasty, multi-course meal.

  • Cook with YumvY - Windows Phone 8 - Free - Store Link

QR: Cook with YumvY

Best in Collection?

While the Kitchen Helper Collection is one of the smaller collections in the Store, it is filled with very capable Windows Phone apps to help find your way around the stovetop.

BigOven may have a lack-luster appearance but seems to have the largest collection of recipes and the grocery list generator is a nice touch.

All Recipes Dinner Spinner is a fun tool to use when you need help trying to decide what to cook and Cook with YumvY's meal creator is an easy way to build a 7-course meal.

While Cooking Timer may not offer any recipes, the triple timers can help you cook your food just right by not only counting down the minutes but also keeping track of time as it passes.

All four are nice options to add to your Windows Phone culinary library. However, one app isn't part of the Kitchen Helpers Collection that I thinkk deserves mention.

Food and Drink from the Bing collection of Windows Phone 8 apps is a well-designed app that delivers a wide range of food recipes and cocktail mixes to your Windows Phones. Additional features include synchronizing shopping lists between devices, read up on the latest food news and have access to a robust wine database. The universal app is available for low-memory devices and consider it an honorable mention for the Kitchen Helpers Collection.

  • Food and Drink - Windows Phone 8 - Free - Store Link
  • Food and Drink - Windows 8 - Free - Store Link

QR: Food and Drink

So what say you? What is your favorite kitchen helper app? Does the Kitchen Helpers Collection hit the mark or is there an obvious omission? Sound off below in the comments and share your recommendations on cooking apps for our Windows Phones.


Reader comments

Windows Phone Store Collections: Kitchen Helpers


Yumvy looks kinda cool. What I think would be the most useful would be a universal app for America's test kitchen or Cooks Illustrated. Why? Because hundreds of thousands of recipes is way too many to find just the really good ones. Also because you could then browse them on your phone and do your shopping lists etc. then jump to a tablet or something while cooking so you get nice big pics and videos. When I'm looking for a recipe I've stopped looking at social recipe sites and just started looking at pro chef recipes, usually a better and more inspired dish.

I'm not sure why the Bing app Food & Drink was relegated to honorable mention and didn't even deserve to get linked. The gripes about BigOven are solved in Food & Drink. F&D is a great looking app that aggregates the data from various sources, including Big Oven and allrecipes. I've uninstalled the rest and just use F&D.

Where is Xbox music update man??? I was waiting from morning. We don't need these articles give an article on Xbox music

We also don't need your comments, Chtullu123.

The article is more than welcomed for those of us who cook. Stick with ramen or whatever and let the others be.


With the exception of Yumvy which I have tried but didnt care for, I use all of those apps including a few others.

1: All Recipes... This is the Gold Standard.. It is one of the few apps that allows the user to change the serving size in the the Windows 8 app. Great Recipes as well

2: "Bing" This app is Ok, as most of the recipes come from either Big Oven, or AllRecipes, and a few others. This app originally was supposed to sync between WP8 and Windows 8 however it does not and in the latest update MSFT added that to the description... All told however a good app. The Windows app allows you to print a shopping list too which I find helpful and print it into my OneNote Grocery page. The shopping list DOES sync however to the phone app.

3: Cooking Timer runs even under lock screen. Wouldn't be with out it

4: Yumvy Not too bad, but clumsy yo use... not for me

Is there any app that would allow me to fill in with what stuff I have at home and give some recipes that would be possible to cook with what I already have ?

I used to use allrecipies and big oven but now Bing food & drink is my default. I never knew about the cooking timer app though!

I like Recipe Keeper. I bought it for my laptop and now they've come out with a phone version. It's a great way to gather receipes from your favorite sites. It automatically imports many recipes and keeps everything nicely organized.

I used AllRecipes exclusively until Food & Drink came out. It aggregates from other sources like AllRecipes and BigOven. I like how Food & Drink's Grocery List (which I also use as a to do list) syncs with the Windows 8 version. Both apps will move the ingredient list from a recipe to the grocery list. The Food & Drink app has almost replaced my use of OneNote for this purpose. However, I don't understand why the recipe list doesn't sync between Windows Phone and Windows.

Bing F&D is my fave, I hope it continues to get more features, and I hope the promise of syncing collections across devices eventually actually happens!  Aside from the mega recipe sources it already features,  I can find recipes from Food52 in it, and that is such a great cooking site.    Plus Bing has the great food news aggregator and the the wine and cocktail sections are great, the video based cooking's just far an away my fave cooking app.

I have to give props to the British Chefs app to, even though I never cooked from it...but WOW what a lovely app. Really gorgeous design.


I use many of these apps. That said, the one I use most is not available for Windows Phone: "Cooking Light/My Recipes". Someday... :-)

I love Bing Food & Drink, more so on my laptop than on WP... A large live tile with daily enticements that I've added to my Try This collection. Bummer that F&D doesn't sync collections between the 2.

Not mentioned is How to Cook Everything, which was a Hidden Gem reviewed here on WPC in June. I'm a good cook, but I've learned some new techniques and better ways to do things from this app.

I had YumVy installed, but found I seldom used it, preferring F&D's aggregation of recipes and BigOven. On my laptop, the site I use most often for recipes is They've got an app in the iPhone app store now. I'd love to see a WP app for that site.


Great British Chefs has hands down the best looking apps for Windows Phone and not Windows. So much as that Microsoft uses them as an example of how developers can implement excellent design in their apps.

Epicurious is one of the biggest food sites in the world and has for example the best shopping list for any food app for Windows Phone. The list is sorted by supermarket aisle which is handy plus you can filter out recipes from that list easily.

Two big apps that showcase extremely well made designs (compared to some on this list that look like they were made in App Studio) are consistently missed and am not sure how deep the research into this category goes.