Nerd Alert: Food Apps for the Culinarily Challenged

As a true tech nerd, whenever I’m faced with a challenge, my first instinct is to seek out an app to help solve the problem. When I wanted to lose weight, I started with a Couch to 5K app and then transitioned to Nike+ to track my workouts. When I wanted to find a way to better manage my bills, I found Check. When I wanted to be more productive at work, I tracked down Todoist to keep tabs on all of my assignments.

As we approach the holiday season, there’s one thing on everyone’s minds: food. If you’re anything like me, you’re not exactly a culinary virtuoso, but luckily there’s a ton of phenomenal food apps out there to help you with everything from consolidating your recipes to sharing your food creations and finds with the world. Let’s take a look at a few:


I’m constantly finding recipes online, but what usually happens is I email them to myself and then completely forget about them. ChefTap, currently in Beta for Android™, employs artificial intelligence to analyze the text from any site or blog and pull out just the recipe. You can finally aggregate all of the recipes from your favorite sites like Pinterest and Epicurious and sync them between the web and your mobile devices.

Download ChefTap from Google Play.


Cook4Lyfe, available for iPhone®, goes beyond simply letting you search and save your favorite recipes. Cook4Lyfe actually lets you create a simple inventory of your pantry through barcode scanning and will suggest recipes based on the food you already have on hand! You can even build a grocery list and Cook4Lyfe will suggest a grocery store nearby based on your needs. It takes a ton of the guess work out of cooking for those of us chefs-in-training.

Download Cook4Lyfe from iTunes.

Evernote Food

Evernote Food, spun off from the popular cloud note taking application, is a single, synced place to share all of your favorite food moments. You can catalog recipes, discover new restaurants you want to try or simply share those to-die-for food pics.

Download Evernote Food from iTunes.

Download Evernote Food from Google Play. Dinner Spinner

If you’re in need of recipe inspiration, is definitely a good place to start, and their Dinner Spinner app takes it a step further. With the Dinner Spinner, you can select the type of dish, primary ingredient and even the amount of time you’d like to spend cooking and it’ll provide you with recipe possibilities.

Download Dinner Spinner from iTunes.

Download Dinner Spinner from Google Play.

There are just a few of my favorites – what did I miss? Share them in the comments or tweet me @writerwin!

About Joshua Erwin

Josh is a content creator and strategist with a passion for all things tech, such as the latest gadgets, apps, games and more. Josh loves listening to and playing music and is a big college football fan, especially for his alma mater Georgia Bulldogs. When not writing for PGi, you’ll find him gaming or drumming on Sundays for the Atlanta Falcons.

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