LOS ANGELES —
Online recipe organization. Maybe, like me, you’re new to it. Even though I work with recipes professionally, I’ve been hesitant to go completely digital. I’m used to working from books. Paper is comforting to me.
So the other day, when I found I couldn’t reach my desk at home — I’ve collected a lot of cookbooks over the years, along with files of family recipes and clippings, storing everything in the office — I had my “come to Jesus” moment. It was time to evolve.
A basic search of recipe apps and programs will turn up a ton of options. I spent the last week or so checking with colleagues and friends, and researching a number of the more popular and highly rated apps and programs on the market now.
The results were amazing. While most options will allow you to “clip” and save recipes found online, there are a number that allow you to add your own notes and photos, generate grocery lists and even compile meal-planning calendars. At least one will help you re-create your physical cookbook library online, and still others offer scanning and transcribing services to help you save all those handwritten recipes in the recipe box you inherited.
Below you’ll find several favorite apps and programs, including highlights and special features. Remember that these apps are constantly evolving and may offer different features and prices.
What it does: Intuitive and easy-to-follow app for meal planning, recipe browsing, collection, creation and management. Download recipes from anywhere on the Web, and store them on Paprika. In the kitchen, the app helps you track your progress, allowing you to cross off ingredients and highlight current steps; it also helps to automatically scale ingredients and insert timers in steps. Paprika also includes a smart grocery list function to pull ingredients from a chosen recipe into a simple shopping list, along with meal plans and calendar functions. For holiday cooking, use the toolbar at the bottom to check among multiple recipes at once. Cloud Sync seamlessly synchronizes recipes, lists and meal plans between devices.
In a nutshell: A great all-around app, whether you’re new to this or not.
Platforms and price: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook Color; $4.99.