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It’s Holidays Week here at Android.Appstorm! We will dedicate our time this week to bring you the best apps for the year-end festivities. From gift shopping to games, cooking and hosting, managing your to-dos, decorating your phone, it will all be about spreading the cheer and reducing the stress of the Holidays season.

One of the reasons I was really excited about purchasing a Google Nexus 7 was that I’d finally be able to carry a ready reckoner of recipes and cooking videos right into the kitchen to follow along — you know, just to make it look like there’s a method to the madness. But sometimes, I don’t even know what to cook or how to achieve certain results, and that’s where an app like BBC Good Food – Recipes comes in handy.

Culled from the eponymous British magazine, this is a beautiful collection of recipes, cooking tips and tools that are infinitely helpful for both experienced and amateur home cooks. Every recipe is clearly detailed and accompanied by a beautiful photograph, and the app includes a few extra features that make it a must-have in your culinary arsenal. Plus, it’s loaded with a ton of recipes that are perfect for this holiday season.


For some, cooking is a necessity. For others, it’s an enjoyable pastime. Discovering new recipes then putting them together in your kitchen is a hobby partaken by many and, with the rise of tablets, it’s become a much more interactive experience than ever before.

Taking your tablet into the kitchen with you might seem like an unattractive prospect to some, but it can unlock access to a world of recipes and support for your cooking. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at five great cookery apps available for your Android tablet!


This week, Abhimanyu Ghoshal reviewed Pepperplate, a great app for collecting recipes and planning what meals to cook and ingredients to buy. It’s not the first such app we’ve covered: last month, Kim Barloso reviewed Food Planner.

But Android can be used for more than just planning meals – take a look at Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals, which contains 60 of Jamie Oliver’s recipes, each with photos, along with videos of Jamie explaining kitchen techniques like chopping an onion.

Personally, I prefer to stick with cookbooks or look up recipes online than to mess around with a screen that turns off every 30 seconds (particularly as I generally want to avoid smearing whatever I’m cooking with all over the touchscreen), but I do love using my phone as a kitchen timer. There are plenty of timer apps that claim to be specifically for cooking, but my favourite is the general purpose StopWatch & Timer: it’s well designed, with an easy-to-read display that stays on when the app is active, and an always-visible icon in the notifications bar when it’s not.

What about you? Do you prefer cookbooks and kitchen gadgets, or have you gone so far as to buy a cheap Android tablet specifically for the kitchen?