Dinner Spinner is a port of the popular iOS app by the same name. In it, you spin a number of menus and select certain criteria for recipes you would like to try. The app then queries the database for recipes that match your search, and bring the ingredients list and directions up for you, right on your phone.The allure (and major feature) of this app is that you can shake your phone and it will spin the menus, hopefully sparking some creativity and new recipe ideas. Since cooking is a creative art as much as painting is, from time to time you could always use something fresh.
The grocery lists are a great addition to the Pro version, as it sorts the ingredients into sections based on what type of item they are. That way, all fruits, vegetables, herbs, liquids, etc are all grouped together, so you can pick them up all at once, if need be. The grocery list could add a little bit of functionality with access to Android's barcode scanner (or another grocery list app) to preserve pricing information, but I'm happy with the way things have been implemented, for now.
Each individual recipe listing also comes with calculated nutrition values, as well. This is definitely added value for those of us who're looking to keep up with a diet.
The app also features some lovely quotes during the loading screens: these are usually comments from their website that are particularly entertaining, which add a little bit of flavour to an otherwise mundane action. They also feature the recipe to which the comment was added, but no way of clicking on that recipe to go to it. It'd be nice to have that in the future, as comments really drive this home for me.
Besides how well everything functions, I really can't get over how good this app looks; the backgrounds, buttons and responses are all very professional, and I applaud AllRecipes for actually taking the time to make sure they're up to snuff. I'm not sure how this app looks on a tablet, but I'm betting you can get some real utility in the kitchen by using the directions along with a stand. I'd just be careful about getting food all over your screen: I wouldn't want to ruin an investment like that.
All in all, I recommend this app heartily because of the use I get out of it. I'm not that creative in the kitchen, and having this app allows me to find exactly what I'm looking for without having to waste a lot of time on a website. Its pro features (primarily the grocery list) are well worth the $2.99 USD price, and the syncing with your AllRecipes account just makes it a plain winner.
I'm a big fan of when apps can sync to their web counterparts, as not everyone likes using a phone interface for everything. Ultimately, apps that tie-in to larger sites should serve as a companion, not a standalone. This is doubly-true for any site that requires a lot of point-and-click or typing: if you can't simplify the experience on a mobile app, let us do all the metaphorical "heavy work" on your website, and sync it to our phone.
Less fumbling with mobile interfaces means more positive time spent with your app; in this case, it also means more time spent enjoying food.
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner