These eight apps give you stellar advice at home, and help you make tastier choices when you’re out shopping.

Find a Recipe

NYT Cooking. Google search “Roast Chicken Recipe” to understand the value of recipe testing. NYT Cooking pulls together 16,000+ tested recipes from The New York Times’ archives. Try Jacques Pepin’s Basic Roast Chicken one night and André Soltner’s the next. Free. (iOS)

Cook’s Illustrated. Beyond its well-tested recipes, Cook’s Illustrated’s secret weapon is the Tasting section that rates common ingredients. Load up the app before you stare down a supermarket shelf of beans or vinegar, and you’ll know which brands are best. Free. (iOS)

Buy Your Supplies

Seafood Watch. Is anchovy in? Is sea bass sustainable? Is mackerel manageable? The good people at Monterey Bay Aquarium put the answers in your pocket with this guide outlining which ocean critters to buy (and which to avoid) at which times of year. The app can even steer you to fishmongers that are committed to responsible sourcing. Free (Android, iOS)

Harvest. Ever look around at the grocery store and wonder what’s really in season? How do you choose the best produce? And once you get it home, how do you store it? Is it pesticide prone? Harvest uses a deceptively simple layout, but the app has all the answers. $2.(iOS)

Pour Some Libations

Vivino. Take a picture of a wine label—or a restaurant’s wine list!—and Vivino gives you crowdsourced ratings and tasting information, along with average bottle price and local availability. Free (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

PDT Cocktails. Plug in your booze inventory and this app from NYC’s famous PDT bar shows which cocktails you can make with what’s on hand. The collection features 400 recipes, including PDT’s house specialties. $10 (iOS)

Check Your Work

ChefSteps. This app provides instructions for scores of kitchen tasks, from marinating meat to sharpening a knife. You get recipes of course, but even better are the videos and photos that guide you through them. The built-in Egg Calculator tells you the temperature and cooking time for personalized egg perfection. Free. (Android, iOS)

Ratio. Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio app puts the numbers to work in his rock-solid recipes. Got a bit less lard than you need for pie dough? Plug the amount you have into the recipe and it adjusts the other amounts automatically. $5 (Android, iOS)

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