Here’s the first thing you need to know about me: I like food. One of my favourite things to do to pass the time when I’m bored is to go on Pinterest or FoodGawker and look up recipes. I enjoy baking, and every once in awhile I decide to challenge myself and make something I’ve never tried before. Plus, apart from the fact that I just enjoy it, I think being able to cook for yourself and others is an important part of being a grown up.
But there is nothing more painful than falling in love with a mouthwatering photo of a delicious looking apple pie, only to look at the recipe and see a long list of ingredients I know I will never be able to find (for an affordable price) in Ghana. And sometimes, even when the ingredients are simple enough, it turns out that the recipe requires 435 steps and will take seven hours to complete.
I finally found something that solves (most) of these problems. If you’re interested in treating yourself to gourmet food on an everyday time and money budget, this app might be the one for you!
It’s called (Not) Recipes by Food52, and it’s available for iOS now. Basically, the app reflects the way most of us cook everyday. Most of the ingredients are simple everyday ingredients, and because the “recipes” are submitted by regular people, they’re simple and delicious.
I say “recipes” because, like the name of the app suggests, there aren’t really any recipes. You won’t have to worry about using exactly ½ a teaspoon of anything, or struggle to convert ⅓ of a cup into grams. Gone is the traditional recipe format where there’s a list of ingredients and then a set of steps to follow.
The app creates a much more natural way to cook because you can focus more on the taste of the food and what you want to add without fussing over quantities and complicated directions. With the (Not) Recipes app, there’s just an easy to follow paragraph that goes over the main ingredients and simple steps. For example, if you want to learn how to make a delicious fully loaded omelette that will make all your Instagram and Snapchat followers jealous, you can learn everything that goes into it in just 3 minutes or less. The best part? There are also a ton of cocktail recipes to make your pregame sessions fancier than ever.
The app is really simple to use, and very easy to get the hang of. It’s a little bit like Instagram for recipes. You can search recipes by categories (#breakfast), keywords (#healthy), or ingredients #avocado) using the handy “What’s cooking” feature at the top of the homepage. People can comment on your recipes, like them for future reference, and it automatically extracts a quick list of ingredients from the recipe descriptions so you can easily add to your grocery list.
If you’re interested in hacking your food prep and recipe searching routines but you’re currently Team Android, don’t worry! There’s also a (Not) Recipes section up on the Food52 website.
Disclaimer: We weren’t paid for this app review and endorsement! I just love it that much.