Thanks to the rise of the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace, trying something new in the kitchen is easier than ever before. Rather than having to spend out £20 on a book, or bring your laptop into the kitchen, recipe apps give you access to more meal ideas than ever before, and often for free. Here is a selection of some of our favourites.

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

Platforms: iOS (Apple) and Android

Price: Free

Winner of countless awards, the Epicurious app allows you to browse, search, save and share over 30,000 professionally created meal and cocktail recipes. UK cooks may need a little help translating American measurements, but as recipe apps go, Epicurious has the most comprehensive selection.

Nigella Quick Collection

Platform: iOS (Apple)

Price: £2.49

Fans of TV chef Nigella Lawson will find plenty to lick their lips about with her app. Boasting 100 recipes (30 of which are exclusive to this app), each lip-smacking recipe is presented in an easy-to-follow format with plenty of video tutorials to guide your hand. You can also connect to Facebook to boast about your culinary achievements.

AllRecipes.co.uk Dinner Spinner

Platforms: iOS (Apple)

Price: Free

As well as delivering thousands of recipes from the website’s community of foodies, where AllRecipes really excels is with its Dinner Spinner. Not sure what to cook tonight? Just give your phone a shake and the app will suggest something. Much needed if you find yourself eating the same meals over and over again.

Jamie’s Recipes

Platforms: iOS (Apple)

Price: Free

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s newest app includes 10 free recipes and offers extra themed recipe packs at an additional cost of £1.49 each, such as ‘Date Night’ or ‘Classic Comfort Food’. Step-by-step photos make following a the recipes easier than from a book, but it’s the Shopping List that proves the real killer feature.

Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me

Platforms: iOS (Apple)

Price: £4.99

Learn to cook like Gordon Ramsay without spending a small fortune on one of his cookery books with the foul-mouthed TV chef’s bargain app. With 56 recipes, each with it’s own how-to video, you can also compare your final dish to Gordon’s, or find his nearest restaurant if your dish looks nothing like the picture.