Cookpad – Where posting what you’re eating is a good thing
Cookpad is a fun mix between a cooking app and a social media platform. You can use it to find something to eat tonight but also to share your own recipes, get followers and have them try out an rate what you made.
Thousands of recipes
Social platform to follow, share and rate each other's recipes
Android wear compatible
Forums with FAQ about cooking and techniques
Meal planner and shopping list
Free (has in-app purchases, all essential features are free)
Varies with device
There are tons of websites, apps and of course good old books out there to find everything you need for cooking. So what’s different about this one? Cookpad is somewhere between twitter and a cookbook, resulting in an app where you can look for food but also follow peoples’ recipe profiles and post pictures of your own attempts. It is nice to know that other people love what you’re cooking and to have an active community that checks the quality of other people’s recipes for you.
When you start Cookpad the first screen you get is the home screen where today’s top recipes are presented in a feed you can scroll through. You’ll notice that the pictures don’t look like the food has been prepared by a top chef in a Michelin star restaurant, but that’s part of the charm. All content is generated by the users of the app, which are (mostly) normal folks like you and me, so you’re probably not gonna be intimidated by super-complex techniques and recipes involving hours of preparation.
Take a look at the menu and you’ll see all the app’s features. You can check out recipes categorically, see you own recipes and favorites or you can check out “cooksnaps” which are other people’s attempts at making your recipes or vice versa. Furthermore, there is of course a search engine with some nice features like excluding certain ingredients or filtering for gluten free food (if you’re into that).
The recipes that you find are made by random people, so you will encounter low quality recipes now and then, but on the other hand some of them are just amazing! Pictures can be added to each step in the recipe so even if you’ve never cooked before some recipes shouldn’t be to hard to follow. The recipe interface is clear and includes some nice features like adding all ingredients to the shopping list and converting between metric and US units.
This is where the real fun starts. If you’ve made a tasty meal and post a decent recipe for it people can follow your recipes, review them and post pictures of their own attempts at making it. They can also ask questions or make suggestions for improvement. There is an active community of users who are creating recipes and sharing their cooksnaps that you can join or use to find what you’re going to eat tonight.
Whether or not you get involved with the whole “social” part is up to you, but even without using that Cookpad is a great app for finding reliable information and food that is not overly complicated and user-friendly. It really helps that most recipes have been tried by normal people who aren’t top chefs, if they can do it, you can do it too!
Lots of recipes
Everything is user-based, so of course it includes bad recipes, bad grammar and haters
Load times are long sometimes
Uses a lot of data