Whisk - Best Android, iOS apps from January 2013



(Developed by Whisk)
Available for: iOSAndroid
Price: Free

Whisk is the ultimate meal-planning tool. It doesn't just help you identify what you want to cook: It also compiles the list of ingredients you'll need to purchase, and even integrates with local supermarkets to deliver groceries straight to your door.   

Whisk starts by offering a smorgasbord of recipes from a variety of chefs, spanning from quick and easy meals to more elaborate dishes that are ideal for entertaining. After selecting a recipe, you choose the supermarket where you plan to shop, and Whisk automatically creates a shopping list. Users can adjust the list based on which ingredients are already in their refrigerator or pantry, or let the app recommend items based on cost or personal preference; Whisk even scales ingredients based on the number of portions you wish to serve. From there, consumers can either drive to their local market and check off items as they shop or purchase everything they need directly within the app and have it brought to their home. (For now, in-app transactions and delivery are limited to U.K. partners like Tesco and Sainsbury's, but other international markets and merchants are in the cards.)

Whisk is beautifully designed: The recipes are easy to follow, and the photos of the prepared dishes are gorgeous. And like a fine wine, the app promises to improve with age--in fact, upcoming software updates will offer wine and beer recommendations to complement your recipe, as well as tools to record your product preferences and which ingredients are still in your kitchen, recommending recipes based on whatever leftovers are at hand. Another forthcoming enhancement will let you add recipes from any cooking website and sync the shopping list to your phone. Whether you're cooking for one or throwing a dinner a party, Whisk is an essential ingredient of your recipe for success.