The 7 Best Cooking Apps For Windows 10

Find your way around the kitchen with these helpful apps

Woman in her kitchen cooking while looking at a Windows 10 app

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Finding a good Windows 10 cooking app requires more than just downloading a basic recipe book. There are a variety of free and paid cooking apps in the Microsoft Store that can not only organize your favorite food recipes, but can also create shopping lists, manage your groceries, keep track of which wines you've used in certain dishes, and even teach your kids how to become the next celebrity chef.

Here are seven of the best cooking apps for Windows 10 you should download and start using today. Many of which also work on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 tablets and computers.

Recipe Keeper Windows 10 cooking app

Recipe Keeper

Recipe Keeper is a great Windows 10 cooking app boasting a range of useful features. Users can manually enter recipes or import them from other sources, and the robust meal planner allows for streamlined organization of cooking plans either by week or month. The built-in kitchen timer is also a great addition.

By far the best feature of Recipe Keeper is its shopping list, which can sort items by category or recipe and sync to Recipe Keeper apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Mac.

What We Like:

  • Meal planner calendar is incredibly useful for those who cook a lot.
  • Shopping list items can be categorized for improved organization.

What We Don't Like:

  • A $5 upgrade is required to add more than 20 recipes and sync data between devices.
  • Weekly planner page looks very cluttered even before any data has been entered.
Cooking Lingo Windows 10 app

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Cooking Lingo is a completely free culinary app for Windows 10 computers and tablets that essentially acts as a dedicated resource for cooking and kitchen terminology. All words and phrases are sorted alphabetically and navigation is simple and fast, especially when using a touchscreen.

This Windows 10 cooking app is ideal for those who are new to cooking and often find themselves looking up cookbook phrases such as "dash" or "leavenings." Even experienced chefs may find Cooking Lingo useful.

What We Like:

  • Works on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 devices.
  • Huge variety of cooking vocabulary and terminology.

What We Don't Like:

  • The text is very small on high-resolution screens and there's no way to change its size.
  • The app's design is a bit on the ugly side.
Cork to Cork Wine Journal Windows 10 app

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If you've ever had trouble remembering which wine paired the best with which dish or what bottle of cabernet your friend suggested you try when cooking your next pasta sauce, Cork to Cork Wine Journal is for you.

Cork to Cork Wine Journal is a $0.99 app for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices that lets you easily record your impressions of every wine you try or want to try. Each wine entry can be rated, sorted by wine type, vineyard, or region, and personal notes can be added to help you identify which wines you want to drink with your food and which ones you can use when cooking it.

What We Like:

  • Wines are sorted automatically within the app.
  • Classy vineyard photos bring to life what could have been a very boring data entry app.

What We Don't Like:

  • The option to delete an entry is hidden in a menu that only appears with either a right-click of the mouse or swiping down from the top of the screen on a touch-enabled device.
  • The app's menus work well on Windows 8.1 but are a hassle on Windows 10. 
Calories PRO! Windows 10 cooking app

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Calories PRO! is a great app to use when deciding what to cook if you're the sort of person who wants to know exactly how many calories are in your meals. While most calorie counting apps only have a simple average calorie count for one food category, Calories PRO! dives deep and provides calorie estimates on an impressive number of sub-categories.

Thinking about cooking with pasta? Calories PRO! lets you specify which sort you're cooking with from a list of over 30 different options before adding it to your meal for a complete calculation.

What We Like:

  • An incredible variety of food and ingredients.
  • Works on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

What We Don't Like:

  • Calories PRO! still uses the old Windows 8 app menu design, which can be frustrating to use on a Windows 10 device.
  • A lot of the app's text may be too small to read for some users.
Cookery With Kids Windows 10 app

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Cookery With Kids is a paid Windows 10 app for kids interested in learning how to cook and use different tools in their kitchen. The app will set you back $3.59, but it comes packed with more than 200 videos that will keep your children, and perhaps yourself, entertained for a very long time.

Videos range from tutorials on how to use a kitchen knife to introductions to different styles of cooking. The entire library is sorted by difficulty level, making it easy to choose a video for a specific age group.

What We Like:​

  • A huge number of cooking videos ranging from basic kitchen skills to seasonal recipes.
  • The favorites functionality makes repeat viewing of popular videos easy.

What We Don't Like:

  • Lack of support for the Xbox One video game console feels like a missed opportunity considering the target audience.
  • App navigation may require some adult assistance due to its text-heavy design.
Food Cost Profiler Windows 10 cooking app

Food Cost Profiler

If you're a professional cook or just someone who likes to track detailed data associated with the food you consume, Food Cost Profiler is for you. This free Windows 10 app allows users to track how much money they spend on food, their current kitchen inventory, upcoming food or cooking events, and even their food wastage.

What We Like:

  • Clean design that feels like a modern Windows 10 app.
  • Detailed Help section that explains how to use the app and what each section does.

What We Don't Like:

  • Food Cost Profiler doesn't work on Windows 8 or 8.1 devices.
  • Very intimidating at first due to the amount of information and menu options.
Pepperplate Windows 10 cooking app

Pepperplate

Pepperplate, also known as Recipe, Menu & Cooking Planner in the Microsoft Store, is a free cooking app that lets you create and edit recipes, add ingredients to a shopping list, and plan meals months in advance.

Each recipe plan displays cooking time, ingredients, and instructions in a clear, easy-to-understand format, and individual timers can be created for each stage of the cooking process; best when preparing several phases of a dish at once.

What We Like:

  • Separate timers for different stages of cooking.
  • Good connectivity between recipes and shopping list features.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of a printing option for the meal menus is disappointing.
  • Requires the creation of a free Pepperplate account to use.