What I'm Lusting Over: iPhone Apps for Cooking


D and I are joining the iPhone family this Friday! (Well, so long as our shipment of two iPhone 4s's arrives, anyway.) I am beyond excited, though I am a little worried that I'm going to become one of those people that instagrams the heck out of everything. Particularly since using instagram is so 2009. Oh well. Regardless, I am rather excited about the new iPhone's camera capabilities, especially since the camera in my Blackberry is So. Very. Sad.

I am also quite excited about diving headfirst into the world of apps. And of course, there are plenty of food and cooking-related apps to check out. Here are the top five that intrigue me the most, including their descriptions from the iTunes App Store.

1. Epicurious - FREE

"Search more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, and renowned chefs and cookbooks. Save your favorite recipes, and sync your Favorites list in the app with your online Recipe Box at Epicurious.com. You can also create shopping lists, and e-mail recipes and shopping lists to yourself and friends. Plus, get access to authoritative recipe reviews from Epicurious members."

2. Locavore - FREE

"Based on your phone’s GPS location, Locavore will make searching for in-season, local food a breeze by pinpointing farms and farmers’ markets nearest you. Read all about them on their profile page, find that specific local item you have been looking for or just check out what’s in-season right now. Plus, you can get recipe suggestions to make with your delicious local food and then, brag about it to all your friends through Facebook."

3. Harvest - $1.99

"Harvest is your guide to selecting the freshest, ripest, healthiest and best-tasting produce. Whether it's knocking on watermelons, smelling pineapples, squeezing avocados, or examining the color of peaches, you'll always know the best approach."

4. Whole Foods Market Recipes - FREE

"Looking for healthy and delicious food? Search Whole Foods Market Recipes for recipes featuring the finest natural and organic foods. You can search recipes by ingredients and dietary preferences such as gluten-free, low fat, and vegetarian/vegan. Every Whole Foods Market recipe includes nutritional information and cooking instructions. You can also enter up to 3 items you have on hand to find recipes using those ingredients. Add ingredients to your Shopping List from a recipe automatically, including quantities so you don't buy too much. You can also add items by hand, edit, rearrange, and send your list via email. Use the App's store locator to find Whole Foods Market stores near you. Each store page includes links to the store website and specials of natural and organic foods on sale at your local Whole Foods Market."

5. How to Cook Everything or How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - $4.99

"From this award-winning book: Mark Bittman’s 2,000 recipes and recipe variations—as well as his no-nonsense cooking guidance, including hundreds of how-to illustrations; equipment, technique, and ingredient information; and meal-planning ideas. Features include easy-to-use and flexible search capabilities, as well as the ability to browse recipes and reference information, handy built-in timers, placed throughout the recipe steps, well-organized shopping lists that make it easy to buy ingredients—and whatever other groceries you need at home, and convenient printing of recipes and shopping lists. One of the bonuses of this app is that all recipe and reference content is embedded in it, which means that you can use the app even if you don't have a network connection."