'How to Cook Everything - Based on Mark Bittman's legendary cookbook/kitchen guide of the same name, How To Cook Everything holds a new cook's hand through embarrassing basics, and give them plenty to work with once they've found their feet. $5, iPhone only.'
'Epicurious - Arguably the iPhone's first serious recipe app, and by far its best. First and foremost, Epicurious is a front-end for a bogglingly huge library of recipes lifted from the pages of Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and other generally reputable sources, most of which are accompanied by delicious photos. Recipe choice is effectively endless, the iPhone interface is straightforward and functional, and the iPad interface is kind of gorgeous. The included shopping list tool is (baby raspberry) icing on the (flourless espresso) cake. Free, Universal.'
'Ratio - Michael Ruhlman's app is equal parts introduction to a cooking philosophy and tool. Luckily, this philosophy—cooking by ratio—is fascinating. $5, iPhone only.'
'Jamie's Recipes - a free , where you'll get a welcome pack of dishes for free (each with step by step instructions) as well as a few tutorial videos on using knives properly and the like (to cut vegetables, not people). There's also a load of premium packs you can buy, each containing around 10 recipes and one or two vids. These packs are in-app purchases and, until 14 August, are at a cut price 69p - they're usually £1.49.'
'Cook Mate - will sort you out if you're a little bit slack on the old shopping. Can't be bothered to nip down to Safeway? No problem, just select the ingredients you do have, yes you will need to have some, and Cookmate should come up with a selection of recipes geared around your leftovers.'
'Cook's Illustrated - a great iPhone cookery app that brings you tried and tested recipes, meaning that if you do decide to attempt one, it should work a treat. This is because each recipe has had to endure the rigours of the Cook's Illustrated test cooks where each recipe is tweaked to perfection, hopefully. As the blurb goes: "We make the mistakes so you don’t have to."'
'Big Oven - On the whole, the free cookery apps are not as good but when of the ones that really can compete is BigOven. You still get features like automatic unit conversions between metric and imperial, shopping lists and recipes based on ingredients you have but where it suffers are things like adverts and a slightly slow, connected-only experience.'
'Cooking Light - The star feature of this app allows users to easily put together a meal: Pick a protein, then you may choose their suggested menu or customize your own from over 300 options for entrees, sides, and desserts. The in-app calculator will tell you how many calories the whole meal per serving. Cooking Light, iPhone, $4; $0.99; iPad, $4'
'Do Eat Raw - This one goes out to the raw vegans in the house: Three hundred recipes are organized by course and ingredient, and available on your iPhone, internet or no, rain or shine. We're not exactly sold on their raw vegan brownies, but good to know there's an app for that. Do Eat Raw, iPhone, $1'
'Good Food Healthy Recipes - In addition to 150 beautifully photographed dishes, this app from the BBC has everything we look for: easy-to-use search, full nutritional information for each dish, ingredient info, a timer, and videos to teach core cooking skills. Bonus: British favorites like butter chicken and puddings are given healthy makeovers. Good Food Healthy Recipes, iPhone, $3; iPad, $4'
Whole Foods Market Recipes - The behemoth of organic grocers has done us well by this app. From an easy to use shopping list (makes sense, eh?) to a special diet search filter, this app wins most likely to revolutionize your weekly trips to any market (even if it's not Whole Foods). Whole Foods Market Recipes, iPhone, free; iPad, free'
After looking through these current examples I have found that a lot are mostly aimed towards older audiences that are maybe already quite comfortable with cooking, the menu choices are also not as suitable for students skills and tastes. The 'Recipes4us' app seems the most appropriate for my chosen audience but the design aspect I feel is very inappropriate and uninspiring which is something I could develop further for my product.