Food apps to download for free
April 12th, 2013
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

At Food & Wine magazine, where I work, we keep an ongoing list of apps that we love. They include the Seafood Watch App from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which helps you choose sustainable seafood. We also shamelessly love our F&W Cocktails App, which has hundreds of great drink recipes and a guide to top bars. Both are free.

I’m also a fan of More Pizza, the app that lets me make virtual pizzas. I found it after I downloaded More Toast, which turns my phone into a virtual toaster. Each of those apps cost me 99 cents, which is fine since I’m now expert at toast and pizza making on the subway.

But I love free things, which is why I’d like to go back to great food- and chef-related apps that happen to cost nothing for you to download.

Chefs Feed
More than 500 chefs (including elite cooks like José Andrés, David Kinch, Wylie Dufresne, April Bloomfield, Alex Stupak and Kevin Sbraga) contribute to this restaurant guide, which is organized by neighborhood, cuisine, chef, etc. This app is awesome if you’re on the road and need to know what to order in cities as diverse as Atlanta, San Diego and London. But it’s also great if you’re home. Now I know that if I want to eat like Eddie Huang in New York City, I can get the charcuterie board at Bar Boulud.

Evernote Food
The app lets you catalog every single food experience you might have or dream about. It could be recipes, which you can tag and catalog in the build-your-own cookbook section. It could be the best dishes you’ve eaten, which you file under "My Meals" with some of the zillions of pictures you’ve taken. It can also be the restaurants you’ve been to or are dying to visit, all mapped out. Now, Evernote has teamed up with OpenTable so you can make reservations at those places instead of just talking about it.

Thomas Keller, one of the world’s greatest chefs, produces this gorgeous magazine - and you can have it for nothing. You’ll find everything from Anthony Bourdain on the glories of imperfection to the to-die-for recipe for Keller's Buttermilk Fried Chicken to Alice Waters’s tips for traveling (she packs sea salt).

The team behind the Mermaid Inn in New York City created this cool app, which allows you to learn about different oysters’ characteristics. It also lets you rate and describe oysters you’ve eaten, which might come in handy the next time you want to show off at a place with a decent seafood selection.

What's your favorite food-related app that is free to download? Share your delicious finds in the comments section.

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  3. Terry G

    Specialty Produce app - lots of info and pics

    April 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
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