By Caroline Lange / Food52
September 26, 2015

Between the enormous amount of food media in the world—from food bloggers and recipe websites to television shows and glossy magazines—cookbooks, and our tried-and-trued recipe collections, it’s hard to know exactly where to begin to look for recipes, let alone cook from them. And organizing them is a challenge all its own.

Thankfully, there are apps to help: Apple help us all explore the options—from special recipe search apps that inspire us and help us curate our own digital “recipe boxes” to apps full of how-to videos, apps that help plan out a month of meals, and apps that give us confidence in wine shops. These apps are doing a lot of heavy lifting. We’re not saying that you should give up on your cookbook shelf, but we are saying that our apps are suddenly the most helpful kitchen companions since our grandmothers (or Julia Child).

Here are the 13 cooking apps we find essential in the kitchen and out:

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