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Whether you’re a whizz in the kitchen looking for some inspiration or a newbie trying to work out the difference between blanching, braising and broiling; there are apps out there to take your cooking to the next level on World Food Day (16 October). Here’s a little taste of the top free apps.

BigOven

Started around 15 years ago by a techie who loves to cook, BigOven has become a favourite among foodies. The app gives you access to more than 500 000 recipes while also helping you compile your grocery list and plan menus according to your preferences. You can also store your own recipes from other sources and share your creations with friends and family (or peek at those of other users). Available for iOS and Android.

Jamie’s Recipes

Now you can re-create some of Jamie Oliver’s best dishes, with the popular TV chef giving you step-by-step guidance along the way. Jamie’s Recipes delivers 15 seasonal recipes, ranging from quick dinners and midweek meals to dinner party showstoppers and indulgent treats, to your phone every week. The recipes come with how-to guides, photos and videos. Available for iOS.

Food Network in the Kitchen

Keep your favourite TV chefs from the Food Network in your pocket. This app features thousands of recipes, pics, tips and videos from the likes of Ree Drummond, Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay. You can search for what you need by chef or ingredient, make your own notes or flip through slideshows of the latest recipes, hacks and trends. Available for iOS and Android.

Yummly

Pulling together recipes from various sites, including AllRecipes and Epicurious, as well as food blogs, Yummly will find a recipe for whatever it is you’re after. It allows you to filter your search according to your preferences and allergies, and the more you use it, the better it understands your food choices to give you personalised recommendations. Available for iOS and Android.

Other useful cooking apps

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

Let your phone decide what to make for dinner tonight with the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app. It remembers what you like and dislike, and keeps track of the ingredients you have at home to give you meal suggestions (with step-by-step cooking videos, of course). Available for iOS and Android.

Cookpad

If the magic you’re whipping up in the kitchen isn’t getting the love it deserves on social media, share it on Cookpad. This app connects home cooks around the world, making it possible to share recipes and pictures of your dishes, comment on other users’ meals, exchanges ideas and build your own cookbook. Available for iOS and Android.

Pepperplate

Gone are the days of sticky pages in a recipe book. Now you can store all your favourites digitally using the Pepperplate recipe management app. Other really useful features include multiple cooking timers; Cook Mode, which prevents your screen from dimming while you cook; meal planners; a shopping list and recipe sharing. Available for iOS and Android.

Kitchen Dial

International recipes aren’t a problem! Easily convert measurements while you cook with Kitchen Dial’s gyroscope or accelerometer. You can keep your grubby paws off your screen as you can make selections using the motion of your iPhone. Available for iOS.

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