5 recipe apps to make your Christmas dinner one for the books

Not everyone can lay claim to being a domestic god or goddess. In fact, for some of us, the thought of having to cook for more than four people is truly terrifying.

With the prospect of hosting family dinners this Christmas, these 5 apps will help you to find the right recipes to shut up all your critics (because their mouths will be full!).


This app has a database of over 350,000 recipes, so there’s bound to be something for everyone’s taste. In addition, the app also has the option of creating a grocery list based on the recipe you want to make. Check out the seasonal collections for some great Christmas recipes. Free on Android and iOS.


Epicurious has been hailed as the definitive cooking app since its release. Access more than 35,000 member-tested and rated recipes, or make use of the innovative voice-activated commands for hands-free cooking. The app also features a timer, so you’ll never forget that leg of lamb in the oven again. Epicurious is free for iOS devices.


Perfect for the amateur cook, this app features step-by-step instructions that are easy to understand. Adjust the serving size to accommodate the amount of guests your getting, and the app will automatically adjust the amount of required ingredients – because who wants to do math in the kitchen? It’s free for Android and iOS devices.

Weber Grills

If you were thinking of preparing an entire meal on the braai this Christmas, this is a great app to get recipe inspiration. Less seasoned grillers will find the instructions and timers very useful. Weber Grills is available for free on iOS.

Green Kitchen

If you are catering for vegetarians or vegans this festive season, this app will set your mind at ease. More than 153 vegetarian recipes are available, and you can select the dietary preferences of friends or family, and get a recipe that is delicious enough to even impress your die-hard carnivorous uncle. Get it on iOS devices.

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