To get an overview of what is already existing in terms of recipe apps or programs, I am doing an analysis.
Therefore, I checked the most popular recipe apps (Guardian, 2016) (Lifehacker, 2016) (Tom’s Guide, 2016):

  1.  Sidechef
  2. Yummly
  3. Kitchen Stories
  4. Chef Steps
  5. Tender
  6. In the Kitchen
  7. Cookpad
  8. Epicurious
  9. Allrecipes
  10. ChefTap
  11. Big Oven
  12. Eating Well
  13. Recipes (Great British Chefs)
  14. Jamie Oliver Recipes


  1. Sidechef ••
    Seems to focus on the food preparing part. Nice picture based guidance seems to be perfect for beginners and amateur cookers.+ cooking instructions are brilliant
    + stepwise guidance
    + instructions are read to you (seems clever in the kitchen)
    + sets timer for cooking durations

    – design is not nice (Fig. 1.2)
    – no proper personalization part (Fig. 1.3)
    – function of app lacks in depth
    – you cannot stop timers (have to close the program to stop running timers)
    – food photography looks sometimes disgusting

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Fig. 1.5: Food photos can look quite ugly too



2. Yummly •••

From all tested apps, Yummly seems to be the most professional. It has a lot of nice functions…

+ personalization is great
+ pre-selection of recipes makes you getting started easier
+ yum-button is fun
+ structure of chosen recipes is nice (clear nutrition, ingredients and instruction listings)

– design looks chaotic: tiled food photographs everywhere (Fig. 2.5)
– background also shows pictures which makes it look chaotic
– interface seems slightly complicated: takes a while to figure out
– personal profile visuals looks not nicely designed (Fig. 2.2)

In particular, the introduction and setting up of your profile was one of the best features of all tested apps. While it does not ask too much about your data such as address, etc. the app aims to find out about your taste preferences.
It excludes some foods for you. If you specify to not eat pork and cucumber – it won’t suggest recipes including them to you. When you then go to your profile. Some recipes matching your profile are already in your personal recipe store.

Fig. 2.1

After setting up your profile, you can browse through recipes, and find out about their nutrition,  read cooking instructions, rate and comment the recipe, share it on social media and add it to your personal selection of favorite recipes.



3. Kitchen Stories •••

+ Way nicer design (modern cottage style)
+ Clean cooking videos that make it really easy
+ Coherent photo style which makes me doubt that it is really from different users
+ Love that they give little notes like “coconut water fits perfectly to this after-workout bread”
+ The arrangements that look like postings (with the white bottomline) looks nicer than tiled without spaces between the pictures
+ they don’t give too detailed instructions which makes it much clearer and less chaotic and complex
+ perfectly arranged and overall nice structure

– no personalization part  (you can just choose your favorite recipes and safe them)
– no innovative and new features or functions
– only available in German

Fig. 3.1: Introduction

This is how a recipe instruction looks like:

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App Structure:


4. Chef Steps  •

Here, there are no personal uploaded recipes, members or a profile page.
Chefs show you how to cook via videos. The videos are actually nice but take long for small easy recipes.

+ nice photography
+ slide show for the specific recipes (makes it better than to scroll I think)

– no personal profile at all
– no introduction in app
– ingredients listed in grams (very stiff)
– very shallow and not too interesting



5. Tender •

Nice intentions and idea but awful interface (visually and function wise)

+ Personal Profile set up like Facebook
+ allows to upload photos and rate it in the “Food Feed”
+ explains in 4 steps what the app is about

– introduction looks completely different to rest of app design
– extrem long loading times
– extremely chaotic and unclear
– loads of advertising banners (so unprofessional)
– bad design
– didn’t even manage to go to the Food Feed as it is so confusing

Fig. 5.1: Explanation and Introduction



6. In The Kitchen •

Specifically for men – Grill app. The Name does not fit to the grill and men’s thing.
– Very shallow and weak interface and functions
– nothing new or inventive
– no personalization
– saving your favorite recipes is kind of the only action the user can do (boring)
– advertising banners
– recipe listings are not good structured / hard to have an overview

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7. Cookpad •••

Social Media App

+ Profile like in Social Media (Followers / Following)
+ This results in a “Start Page” that shows the recipes of people you’re following
+ Bookmark symbol makes it so easy to add recipes to your “Favorites”
+ Uploading your personal recipes is so easy that I was tempted to already do it with mine
+ really exciting due to social media function

– there is no “Browse” function so there are no suggested recipes
so you have to look for them rather than just browsing through them
– the most liked photos aren’t on top (just recent uploaded) which results in quite
unprofessional and ugly food photography
– even though it is social media like it is almost too easy as it seems there are a lot of
functions missing to make it a very cool app

Publish my own recipes:


Personal Profile:

Overall appearance:


8. Epicurious •

Absolutely same functions as “In the Kitchen” App

• the design is ok but not really nice
•  browse function
• save your favorite recipe functions
• timer function

– no videos
– no persons uploading recipes (given recipes)
– no inventive or cool functions
– advertising banners


9. All recipes •

Also quite same function as the previous one. Browse and upload your own pictures. I tried to publish a recipe but it didn’t work…

– No cool new inventive features
– Recipe publishing did not work
– Not really appealing design and interface
– No nice food photography
– Advertising Banners

10. Chef Tap •

Disappointing app.

– almost no features
– only browse
– no profile at all
– design is not nice
– photography neither
– there is a promising “make” button under the recipe – if you click it, nothing happens




11. Big Oven •/••

+ Profile
+ Menu Plan as a feature (don’t know if I would use it but haven’t seen it so far)

– couldn’t find a “upload your own recipes” button
– sharing your recipes way not as exciting as with Cookpad app
– ingredients are linked to an external page

12. Eating Well •

– Awful Design
– Static Page with no functions
– pay to see recipes then

+ “Recipe of the Day” Charts

13. Great British Chefs •
British Chefs share their recipes on that app.

+ Wonderful Design
+ Perfect and coherent food photography
+ Nice effects
+ Clean and structured interface and functions
+ Accompanying videos

– Posh recipes (Oyster, Lobster, Snails, Foie Gras, …)
– not too fun as there is no profile, interactive functions, …
– feels more like a static website version
– videos take long to load and the “cooking” function does not work

14. Jamie Oliver •

Collection of Jamie’s Recipes.

+ Nice structure
+ Very nice design
+ wonderful food photography

– no profile
– no interactive functions



The Guardian (2016) 10 recipe apps to help you cook up memorable meals. Available at: (Accessed: 26 May 2016)

Lifehacker (2016) The Best Apps to Manage Your Recipe Collection. Available at: (Accessed: 26 May 2016)

Tom’s Guide (2016) 15 Best Recipe Apps. Available at: (Accessed: 26 May 2016)