AllRecipes Dinner Spinner
The clever name caught my attention one day while I was searching for alternatives to Epicurious, one of my all-time favorite recipe apps. Where Epicurious recipes tend to call for more steps and ingredients, AllRecipes' entries are often geared toward home-cooking essentials.
I love Dinner Spinner's fun take on dinner roulette: you shake the phone to spin through categories of ingredients, the course of the meal, and preparation time to see what literally shakes out. I envisioned something similar to this years back, before the rise of smartphones, so the app resonated with me. Dinner Spinner doesn't always work smoothly, however. For example, it shouldn't be allowed to land on empty combinations, like beef desserts in 30 minutes.
The free version is on the lighter side. The (better) Pro version adds the ability to save recipes and organize them from your online records. It also ditches the ads and has a more streamlined look overall, although I would say that both apps could use some finessing.
Price: Free; $2.99 for Pro
July 18, 2011 3:55 AM PDT
Photo by: AllRecipes.com
| Caption by: Jessica Dolcourt
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