Apparently we all have many more cook books than we actually use, most of us buying them for the sheer vicarious pleasure of gazing at wonderful images of things we’ll never make. But perhaps your bookshelves are now full, so what to do? Download an app of course! Here’s our top four for fast culinary fixes plus our six favourite foodies to follow on Instagram for even more inspiration…
1 Kitchen Stories One of the most user-friendly cooking apps, it allows you to browse its recipes by theme and country and you follow the instructions with the aid of photos and videos. Free. Android. iOS.
2 Timer+ Helps you to keep track when cooking different dishes at the same time by ofering multiple timers. Each has its own distinctive alarm and relatively idiot-proof displays. Free. IOS
3 Yummly This app helps you to search the internet for diffrent recipes, filtering them by duration of prep, cooking, potential allergies and type of dish. It also offers personalised recommendations and a handy shopping list feature. Free. Android. IOS.
4 Kitchen Calculator Pro The speedy tech way to convert measurements from olde style pounds, cups and Fahrenheit to more modern and familiar units. It’ll also work out new quantities of ingredients required if you’re scaling up a recipe. £2.00 iOS
Sarah Cadji Twitter @rootsandbulbs
After 11 years working in finance, Sarah opened Roots & Bulbs, her cold-pressed juice and organic takeaway shop, in Marylebone, London; now there’s a South Kensington outpost, too. Developed with nutritionists, Cadji’s recipes range from super-green to sweeter treats. The Bee, for instance, contains almond milk, banana, bee pollen and honey. Pure: Juicing for Life (Quadrille Publishing, £15)
Tess Ward Instagram @tessward
Stylishly dressed, Le Cordon Bleu-trained young health food writer and blogger Ward is known as ‘The Yes Chef’. Her brilliant mantra is ‘Count colours not calories and goodness not grams.’ As well as creating and posting technicolour dishes on her website, Ward reviews restaurants, interviews cooks and offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of VIP events that she caters for. The Naked Diet (Quadrille Publishing, £16.99).
Anna Jones Twitter @we_are_food
Billed as ‘the new Nigella’, Jones has cooked everywhere from East London school kitchens to Australian beaches, not to mention for a G20 leaders’ summit at Downing Street. Switching to vegetarianism a few years ago gave Jones a new lease of life. Her two books proffer recipes so glorious that you’re not meant to notice they’re all also meat-free. A Modern Way to Cook (Fourth Estate, £25).
Ella Woodward Instagram @deliciouslyella
After being diagnosed with a rare medical condition, Woodward radically changed her diet, taking meat, dairy, sugar, gluten and additives off the menu. Her blog catalogues her progress and recipes. Achieve similarly green-goddess levels of wellbeing by downloading the ‘Deliciously Ella’ app; her Instagram feed is filled with inspiring images of sunny breakfasts and al fresco yoga. Deliciously Ella (Yellow Kite, £20).
Hemsley & Hemsley Twitter @hemsleyhemsley
Who Sisters Jasmine and Melissa champion holistic and hearty home cooking, and their recipes have taken the health world by storm. The dishes are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. As well as writing two books and launching their own spiralizer, the Hemsleys update their social media feeds with literary quotes, backstage shots and lunch box ideas (#Sundaycookoff). The Art of Eating Well (Ebury Press, £25).
Joe Wicks Twitter @thebodycoach
Nutrition coach, personal trainer and one of the original ‘fitstagrammers’, Wicks’ 90-day ‘Shift, Shape & Sustain’ nutrition and exercise plan has acquired a cult following of fans. Wicks’ plan is a serious three-month operation for paying subscribers. For the rest of us, speedy inspiration via 15-second recipe videos and encouraging blog posts is available. Lean in 15 (Bluebird, £14.99).
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