Food Network Kitchen
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Popular TV network delivers delicious tutorials.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn basic cooking techniques and how to follow a recipe.
Ease of Play
Navigation is smooth and app is easy to use.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some recipes/cooking demos contain alcohol.
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What’s It About?
FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN is the companion app to the popular food and cooking cable television network. Users of the free experience can browse recipes. Premium users can enjoy living cooking classes with celebrity chef favorites, like Michael Symon, Rachael Ray, and Valerie Bertinelli. There are also prerecorded classes, technique how-tos, episodes from Food Network shows, and specific recipes from your favorite Food Network shows. Premium users can create boards where they can save their favorite content around themes. While browsing recipes, you can send ingredient lists to your email or to some common online shopping services, such as Peapod or AmazonFresh.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of this popular cooking network will fall in love with the companion app, which provides the opportunity to make favorite recipes from the shows. Food Network Kitchen is clean, easy to navigate, and colorful. Much like the supermarket, be careful of visiting while hungry! There aren't any kid-centric videos, which is unfortunate, but there are a lot of recipes that are simple, no-bake, or otherwise kid-friendly. It's also nice to see healthy choices as well as more indulgent options. Families can engage around when to make healthier choices and when to go for something more fun. Thumbs up for the generous three-month free trial, which gives people plenty of time to determine the ongoing value. This one is a bit pricey over the long term, but otherwise it's a lovely cooking resource.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about good habits in the kitchen while using Food Network Kitchen. What are some expectations around safety and cleanliness? Are there appliances or tools that kids need to ask permission for before using?
Talk about healthy eating. Which recipes meet your family's expectations for healthy choices? Why? Are there some examples of recipes you would not consider healthy?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, Hobbies: cooking
- Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, initiative, personal growth, time management, work to achieve goals, Communication: listening
- Pricing structure: Free to try (three-month trial, then $6.99/mo. or $47.99/year)
- Release date: November 12, 2019
- Category: Lifestyle
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- Publisher: Discovery Digital Ventures, LLC
- Version: 6.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up
- Last updated: January 31, 2020
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