iPhone And iPad Apps For Foodies AppCraver

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iPhone owners are, for the most part, a sophisticated bunch. Whether it’s because their good taste in mobile devices carries over to the world of food, or because expensive data plans price out the unwashed masses, you’ll see lots of folks texting and fiddling with their iPhones at your local farmer’s market or Whole Foods. And, if you sneak in closer and peak over their shoulders, chances are you’ll spot one of the following great apps for foodies.
Yelp
Yelp
Developer: Yelp, Inc. Rated: 12+
Price: Free Download on the App Store
Yelp is one of the most popular cross-platform mobile apps for a reason. It’s a great place to read or write reviews for local businesses, check-in like you would on Foursquare or Facebook, and just generally check out what’s around you in the map view. While it might be used for auto-body repair shops or pet cleaning services, Yelp really shines when it comes to finding the best restaurants. The app brings all of the functionality of the website, Yelp.com, with some added bells and whistles, including a cool “augmented reality” view for identifying storefronts through the lens of the built-in camera.
Locavore
Locavore
Developer: Hevva Corp. Rated: 4+
Price: 2.99 $ Download on the App Store
If you’ve never visited your local farmer’s market, you’re in for a treat. The produce is always fresher, the service always more personable, and strangely enough you might find that you save money. The only drawback is that these roving outdoor marketplaces can be hard to track down on any given day of the week. Locavore solves that by cataloging farmer’s markets across the country, then laying them out in user-friendly lists and maps. Locavore will also tell you what’s in season, and let you share your own discoveries via Facebook. Read a full review of the Locavore app.
Intelligentsia
Intelligentsia Coffee
Developer: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, Inc. Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download on the App Store
Mention Intelligentsia to a coffee geek and you’ll see a look of reverence in his or her eyes. Intelligentsia trades directly with growers, custom roasts their beans, and sells directly on their website or in one of their flashy coffee shops in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York. Now they’ve packaged their infinite coffee wisdom in an iPhone app. While the app is an easy way to get their coffee, the real value is in the other tabs. Look around and you’ll find pages of detailed instructions on brewing methods, plus a convenient brew timer. You’ll be slinging espresso like one their barristas in no time.
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MenuPages
Developer: New York Media LLC Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download on the App Store
There are plenty of apps for deciding on where to eat, but very few for deciding what to eat. What if the nearest diner doesn’t have any vegetarian fare, or what if that burger joint around the corner actually costs an arm and a leg? MenuPages will earn a place of honor on your homescreen by doing one thing well: it will show you the menus of nearby establishments, handily reformatted for your iPhone. You can find the restaurants either by a search or by selecting them on the auto-locating maps screen. From there, you’re just a tap away from seeing everything they sell, and for how much.
How to Cook Everything
How to Cook Everything
Developer: Culinate, Inc. Rated: 4+
Price: 4.99 $ Download on the App Store
How to Cook Everything is just that: it is an enormous compendium on how to prepare just about any kind of food you can think of. The app is basically a reformatted, searchable version of Mark Bittman’s bestselling book of the same name. That’s right: all 1,046 pages of Bittman’s goliath cookbook are here, easier to use than ever. If you don’t have a term or a specific dish you’d like to search for, you can browse recipes by categories like main ingredients or parts of the meal. Each recipe you find is broken down into an overview, a list of ingredients, and a detailed step-by-step guide to putting it all together. It’s not just one of the best cooking apps, it’s one of the best apps, period.
20 Minute Meals
20 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
Developer: Zolmo Rated: 4+
Price: 7.99 $ Download on the App Store
20 Minute Meals is the ambitious iPhone app of Jamie Oliver, one of television’s most recognizable celebrity chefs. But unlike the competition, 20 Minute Meals does not want to be a cookbook. Instead, it’s more like a cooking school. The app includes about sixty recipes that were hand-picked by Oliver, and once you find what you want to cook you’ll be treated with detailed, high-production-value videos on how to cook it. All the recipes feature great, high resolution photographs and plenty of notes on technique. It’s also worth noting that these recipes are generally pretty healthy, and, like the name suggests, pretty fast and easy to prepare. Check out our review of Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals.
Teach Me Sushi
Teach Me Sushi
Developer: Jake Davidow Rated: 4+
Price: 4.99 $ Download on the App Store
Teach Me Sushi is a comprehensive guide to making several types of sushi (not all of which contain fish by the way) and features video presentation, step-by-step instructions and informative tid bits about these bite size munchies. It’[s actually an ancillary of a total “Teach Me Sushi” package that includes sushi-making parties for those who live in New York. If your kitchen is located outside the geographic scope of this company, the app is the next best thing. Check out our full review of Teach Me Sushi.
StreetEats
StreetEats
Developer: Gestalters llc Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download on the App Store
Believe it or not, the latest trend in gourmet dining is the humble food truck. We’re not talking about those questionable “roach coaches” you’ll find parked outside a construction site. Instead, these are high-concept mobile kitchens, complete with executive chefs. The fact that they’re trucks only means that truly great, cutting edge food is affordable to more people than ever before. StreetEats is an iPhone app that lets you know where to find these amazing trucks. It features a map view, a list of trucks in your area, and links to the trucks’ Twitter feeds for up-to-the-minute updates. While most of the action is in Los Angeles and New York, StreetEats works in an ever-growing list of cities.
Mixologist
Mixologist: Drink Recipes
Developer: Digital Outcrop, LLC Rated: 17+
Price: 0.99 $ Download on the App Store
Cocktail apps are, generally speaking, the worst. They are almost universally hideous, and you can’t find a decent recipe without trudging through page after page of jell-o shooters and syrupy drinks with sexualized names. Mixologist is a neat scotch in a sea of watered down drinks. To be fair, this cocktails app features it’s share of chocolate martini’s, but with 7,900 recipes you’ll also find classic drinks from the golden age of mixology as well as more trendy libations from modern day masters of bartending. Search for drink recipes by category or based on what you have in your liquor cabinet, add your own custom cocktails or forego mixology altogether and use the locator to find a nearby bar. The app is only $0.99, but if you prefer to save your funds for drinking then Mixology also has a free version with fewer features that is ad-supported. Or, read these reviews of the Cocktails HD app and Pocket Cocktails.
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