Thursday, April 18, 2024

Five Must-Have Apps For Food Lovers – The Digital Life

You’ve recently purchased an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and you’re now looking looking to put it to good use in your everyday lifestyle. With the recent “launch craze” of  Apple’s iPad 2, more and more people are making the investment. What many may not know is the fact that devices like the iPhone or iPad are great in the kitchen. Well, look no further – CityLine has you covered!  Listed below are my five must-have iPhone, iPad or iPod touch application picks for the food lovers out there.

1)    Epicurious – FREE

As far as recipe applications go, the Epicurious app is fully loaded with features to get you going. The application has over 28,000 recipes for everything you could possibly imagine. You can search for a specific recipe, or you can browse through available options in some of the pre-set menus such as “Weeknight Dinners” and “Decadent Desserts.” If you find a recipe that you like you can save recipes to your favorites list, e-mail a recipe to yourself or add the recipe to your shopping list which populates multiple recipe ingredients into one, easy to go organized list. As far as iPhone recipe applications go, this one is a no-brainer. The application has a ton of functionality and is exceptionally easy to use. In my opinion, there’s no reason not to download a copy. Best part– it’s free!

2) In The Kitchen: Food Network Recipes, Chefs, Cooking Tools and Shopping Lists – $1.99

This application, available in the App Store, the Food Network’s own food app named “In The Kitchen,” references back to over 45,000 recipes from their various shows and hosts. There is a category for each of their TV cooking personalities and you can build your shopping list through their extensive lists of recipes. One unique aspect of this app allows users to set timers that run alongside their recipes without having to exit the application. Like grandma, you can create your own “recipe rolodex” or recipe box, where you can sort through your own customized recipe collection.  For $1.99, this application is a steal, and you can find your inner Iron Chef!

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3) 20 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver – $7.99

For $7.99 in the App Store, this application is one of the pricier ones currently available on the market.  Having said that, “20 Minute Meals” is far superior, compared to the other apps, offering simplicity and elegance, making your job much easier. The application offers 60 quick and easy recipes, giving you the option to add ingredients from multiple recipes to one, combined shopping list, sorted by aisle. When cooking, you’re guided through stunning step-by-step photos, allowing you to ensure that you’re on the right track! If photos aren’t enough, the application offers over an hour’s worth of video hints, tricks and tips from Jamie Oliver himself, covering a vast range of skills from using knives to cooking the perfect pasta.

4) Jamie’s Recipes – FREE

Following the popularity of “20 Minute Meals” with Jamie Oliver, this application was created, allowing you to indulge in more “Jamie” in the kitchen! In the words of Mr. Oliver, “This app is all about letting you guys choose the recipes you want, when you want them.”  “Jamie’s Recipes” is a free application, however through “in-app purchases” (the ability to purchase items in the application through your credit card linked to iTunes), additional themed “bundled recipes” are available for purchase. Each additional “theme pack” you purchase comes with at least ten recipes and video. You get thirteen free recipes and three free videos in your first free tester pack. Each “pack” includes a theme of their own, from “Classic Comfort Food” to “Tasty Tray-backs” to “10-Minute Meals.”  You can build your own recipe collection from the ground up, and there are always new recipes for you to try!

5) Good Food Healthy Recipes – $2.99

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The “Good Food Healthy Recipes” application for the iPad offers over 150 healthy recipes, showing off stunning photos of healthy dishes, full nutritional information as well as step-by-step instructions to try out the recipes, yourself!Recipes are sorted by course like breakfast, main, dessert or you can sort them by ingredients, save them to your favourites so you can easily access them and share them with friends and family. They’ll also take you through methods to choosing and preparing 10 healthy ingredients crucial to maintaining a healthy diet. You get a built-in cooking timer, reassuring that you, the cook, won’t burn the food or cut into raw, uncooked chicken, and you’ll find interesting twists on classic dishes and over thirty-five recipes that contain less than 200 calories per portion.

Now, it’s your turn!  Take these applications with you – try them out!  Do you like them? What are your favourite applications for food lovers? Drop us a line! Email or tweet me, @WinstonSih.

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Winston Sih
Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.



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