Zest Cooking 9+

Learn how to cook

Culi, Inc.

    • 4.7 • 843 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Tired of cooking the same 3 meals on repeat? Zest integrates a mind-blowing cooking education into your routine. Learn to cook with us through step-by-step explanations of foundational cooking concepts in fewer than 10 minutes and dishes that bring the concept to life. Our recipes are created by two former Michelin star chefs, distilled by a home chef, and cooked by you, the superstar home cook that you are (or will be). We don't assume any prior culinary knowledge. We meet you where you are and help you improve.

Stop copying traditional recipes - start learning from Zest. We've cooked those delicious Bon Appetit dinners. But when we took away the recipes we felt like lost puppies. Zest is designed to teach you the how's and why's of cooking. So when the recipe is gone you can confidently navigate the kitchen. The promise: Taste improvement after one dinner with Zest.


We've all tried cooking a TikTok recipe. You rewatch the video 13 times to figure out what the hell is going on. Zest embeds videos throughout recipes so you can click into content when you need it. No more pausing and restarting. Learn at your own pace.

Watch a short video on a new concept at your own pace and then cook recipes that reinforce what you've learned. We dive into topics like the science of tasting and the basics of seasoning, sautéing, roasting and more!

Don't know how to dice an onion? Don't be embarrassed, we got you covered. Skill videos are linked in each recipe to guide you along, so you don't have to watch Gordon Ramsey on YouTube (we love his accent too).

Choose a menu to fit your preferences. Tired of wasting produce? Search for dishes including what’s already in your fridge. Got allergies? Compile safe recipes in your menu to find them when you’re ready to get cooking.

Shop your menu with our automated grocery list. Plus, utilize our helpful tips while you shop. Don't know what a neutral oil is? We got you covered.

Rate the recipes you cook, so we can recommend similar ones.

Feedback? Technical Issues? Killer ideas you want to contribute to make our app better? Email us at support@zestapp.co. We're always here to help and would love to chef up new ideas together!

End User Licensing Agreement: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/

What’s New

Version 4.3.0

Tired of cooking the same 3 meals on repeat? Zest integrates a mind-blowing cooking education into your routine. Learn to cook with us through step-by-step explanations of foundational cooking concepts in fewer than 10 minutes and dishes that bring the concept to life.

What's new in 4.3.0?
- You can now add your own items and shopping lists to the Zest grocery list!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
843 Ratings

843 Ratings

Joe Chase ,

Genuinely excited

Having just cooked my first meal with this app, I feel I can say I’m very excited for where I’ll go with it! I’ve long been looking for something this accessible to help me learn and feel more comfortable with cooking. I think I can say that I’ve found that with Zest. The wealth of knowledge available in each recipe really makes you feel at ease with each recipe, with bite-sized tips and tricks through videos within the steps. I love the broad range of recipes even separated by your skill level, with more complex dishes and simple single-digit ingredient dishes all available even at my introductory skill level. This move was genius, I think, because having that rush of being able to make something delicious and quick but also learning as I go will definitely help keep me engaged! I honestly can’t wait to explore more recipes and learn more, I already have a dozen recipes saved!

Addition to my previous review after using it for a while longer:
I love this app for how it has helped me cook for my family a lot more than I used to in my pre-Zest days! One gripe and suggestion for a clarification to add for equipment: I have many times not used the right sized bowl or pan or pot. Saying “small” or “large” is not always specific enough. A suggested volume of size would be immensely helpful! In fact, I would love to see a View Details option for the Equipment section in the future.

Developer Response ,


bekah3123 ,

Great app so far!!

I’ve used the app a bit and so far I really like it. The videos are interesting and informative and it has been a great place for me to learn more and get more cooking experience under my belt.
I saw that some ppl say you have to pay for the app in the future? If that’s the case then that would deter me from using it. I could maybe do a short ad once in a while but I wouldn’t want to pay in the future.
Really cute app and illustration design. Pretty user friendly. The simplicity makes for good UX/UI design. I would recommend a subtitle option for the videos that you could turn on or off.
I think you should add the option to take a picture of your meal after you finish a recipe that would be added to a scrapbook of sorts so you can see all of your progress and past meals!!! (Or even if the picture was just connected to the meal after you added it to your cookbook or something.) I love being able to store pictures of my work!

janae7189 ,


In a world where going out isn’t as common anymore, everyone is looking for hobbies. And can I just say, this is the PERFECT one. This app is absolutely genius. I’ve always been hesitant to cook new things, because let’s be honest, recipe books can be pretty difficult to follow. But this takes online recipes to the next level. You actually LEARN about what you’re cooking and how to achieve the perfect flavors. It’s knowledge that you can take from one meal, to the next to completely amplify your cooking experience. The shopping list option that lets you put exactly how many people you’ll be cooking for, and then corresponds with exactly what you need to buy is the most convenient thing. If you’re bored, and want to pick up a hobby, this app is the perfect place to pick up *experienced* cooking! Hats off to the creator, very impressed!😮‍💨

Developer Response ,

Wow- thank you for being so thorough and thoughtful in your response! I would love to hear more of your thoughts. If you'd like, email me at sav@zestapp.co and we can chat further.

App Privacy

The developer, Culi, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Financial Info
  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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