The ‘crème de la crème’ of cooking apps

We all need to eat, and in our busy lives many of us find it difficult to make time to prepare nutritious meals. Windows 8 has a great selection of cooking apps from some of the world’s best cooks that prove that cooking can be fun, cheap, and healthy. Here are a selection of Apps you can try this week.

Get access to over 300,000 recipes with CookBook

CookBook is the perfect app for those looking for inspiration, or simply for the perfect recipe to impress their friends. It allows users to browse over 300,000 delicious recipes from a range of sources such as BigOven, Marmiton and aufeminin. They can search for starters, main courses and desserts by entering simple key words. Once they’ve found a recipe they can follow the instructions or simply add it to your personal recipe book, and have it ready when they want to use it. CookBook is available in 6 European languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.

Cook with Jamie Oliver using his specially designed app

Jamie Oliver’s Recipes is a beautifully designed and intuitive recipe app designed to inspire, educate and teach you how to cook great food at home. The app features videos and high definition photography. The recipes measurements are available in both imperial and metric forms and each recipe has a shopping list, so that you can easily make sure that you have all of the ingredients at home. The app is free and comes with 10 recipes and three videos. From there additional packs can be purchased within the app, which is easier than buying a book.

Use Bing Food to create that perfect meal from starters to wine, it’s all there

The Bing Food & Drink app makes it easy to explore recipes, choose wine and cocktails, and get tips from celebrity chefs to help make meals a tasty and tempting success. Enjoy beautiful photos, easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tools such as a shopping list and meal planners. Users can add notes or upload their own recipes, to share with friends. Bing Food is an indispensable companion, featuring a hands-free “Cooking Mode”.

Discover wonderful recipes with Great British Chefs

Britain with its multicultural history is a country with many great chefs. Peruse over 300 recipes from Britain’s best chefs with the Great British Chefs app available for free in the Windows Store.

From chef and restaurant profiles to videos teaching basic cooking techniques the Great British Chefs app for Windows presents all of the information in a way no book could. Over 300 recipes from Britain’s greatest chefs like Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens, Nathan Outlaw and more are brought together in this one app. The stunning photography, handy hints and tips, and instructional how to films, give the user everything they need to reproduce the culinary fireworks of these master chefs.

Be the soul of the party with Cocktail Flows!

Browse, find and discover cocktails with a continously growing collection of drinks. The application features beautifully presented recipes and identifies cocktails that can be made from ingredients in your bar. It also gives suggestions on what ingredients to buy next to make additional delicious cocktails.The application is regularly updated with new cocktail recipes, the latest ones added include several themed drinks

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