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    foodgawker

    by gawkerverse

    The term "food porn" describes a spectacular visual presentation of food. It is often shown in the form of food photography, and is meant to tempt palates and whet appetites. This app is full of food porn. It is the mobile counterpart to foodgawker.com, which collects recipes from various food bloggers, and presents them in a mouthwatering photo gallery format. One of the best ways to become a foodie is to learn from other foodies. Whether you want to make good food, or just look at it, foodgawker is an excellent resource. It's also a great way to discover your next favorite food blog.

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    Fooducate - Healthy Food Diet & Nutrition Scanner

    by Fooducate, Ltd.

    Some may believe that all foodies are fat. This is not true. You can like to eat, but still eat well. Fooducate can help. It looks at the food you buy, grades its nutritional value, and recommends healthier alternatives. I tested the app by scanning a box of Hungry Jack Pancake and Waffle Mix, which was sitting in my pantry. The app gave the product a grade of C- and alerted me that it is highly processed, made with refined flours, and contained trans-fats, even if the label said it didn't. It also gave me a list of other options to choose from. With a UPC database of over 200,000 products, Fooducate is a good way to learn about what you eat and how to eat better. Note that there is also a paid ad-free version of the app.

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    How to Cook Everything

    by Culinate, Inc.

    "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman, is a national bestseller. Its content is found on the iPhone, in multiple apps. There is an iPhone-only app and a universal app, both of which feature numerous recipes and how-tos. The universal version runs the same as the iPhone version on the iPhone, but has iPad-optimized features on the bigger screen (such as the presence of photographs). There is also a free sampler version of the app called How To Cook Everything Essentials, as well as iPhone and universal versions of Vegetarian How To Cook Everything. For new cooks, the section entitled "Kitchen Basics" is helpful and informative. The app also has some practical tools built-in, such as a kitchen timer and shopping lists. How To Cook Everything is an excellent resource for foodies who want to learn about food, and not just eat it.

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    42 Restaurants

    by bytesizecreations

    This app is fairly old; at the time of writing, it was last updated in 2010. As such, some of its information may be outdated. However, few apps are as appropriate for the foodie as this one. It features recipes from some of the most respected chefs in the world, including Pierre Gagnaire, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Fergus Henderson. There is also food porn galore, as well as inside looks at some of the best restaurants around. My favorite part of the app is its optimization for the iPhone. You place your phone in landscape mode to scroll through the dishes, and then rotate it to portrait mode to learn more.

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    Jamie's Recipes

    by Zolmo

    For a foodie, famous chefs are like rock stars. Just as music fans love to watch musicians perform, food lovers love to watch chefs cook. Jamie's Recipes lets you get up close and personal with rock star chef Jamie Oliver. The app is free to download, but you have to pay for recipe packs beyond the included sampler. There are plenty of detailed how-to photographs, as well as many videos from Jamie himself. Some may complain about the in-app purchases, but from a pure app standpoint, this is one of the better cooking apps available.

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    Ness Dining Guide - Restaurant Search

    by Ness Computing, Inc.

    It can sometimes be difficult to choose what to eat. Ness Dining Guide makes the decision easier by giving you a personalized set of recommendations, which are refined by your ratings. Ness also incorporates a social element that lets you connect to your Facebook and Foursquare friends. If Instagram food photos are your thing, you'll find them here, as well as menus and reservation options for some restaurants. The app has a lot of potential, but is not yet a finished product. The recommendations were decent, but not many of my favorite places were picked. None of my friends use Ness, which makes its social features of limited value to me. I also found the information for some restaurants to be rather sparse. Ness is a good app for foodies. Someday, it may become a great one.

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    Alfred

    by Clever Sense

    Alfred is similar to Ness, in that it learns your tastes and recommends places based off them. To me, Ness was the better looking app, but Alfred has a slightly simpler interface and seemed to return more places that I actually like. Its teaching mechanism also felt more intuitive. With Alfred, you can also sync between different devices by connecting to Google. I like Alfred better for now, but believe that Ness could surpass it someday. Despite their similarities and differences, both Alfred and Ness are worthy foodie apps to keep on your iPhone.

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    Yelp

    by Yelp

    I still find myself gravitating toward Yelp, even though it is often looked down upon by chefs. I understand that most of the reviews on Yelp are not written by food experts, but I enjoy the various perspectives about restaurants on my radar. Yelp is also a great source for user generated food porn. It has deals, check-in opportunities, and a map of places near you. Despite its many great features, Yelp is ultimately successful because of its community. Many people use it, which makes the experience more helpful than that offered by sexier, but less popular apps.

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    Urbanspoon

    by Urbanspoon

    Try Urbanspoon if you want a fun way to choose your restaurant, without any research at all. Click on the shake option and you are presented with a virtual slot machine. The first column shows a local city; the second column shows a type of cuisine; and the third column shows different price choices, ranging from cheap eats to fine dining. Give your iPhone a shake and it picks a place for you. You can also lock a category to narrow down your search. In addition to the slot machine, Urbanspoon offers some additional search options, which are laid out nicely on the iPhone. This app is particularly fitting for a foodie on the run.

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    OpenTable

    by OpenTable, Inc.

    For many restaurants, you’ll need a reservation. That’s what OpenTable is for. Choose your date, time, place, and party size. It’s quick, convenient, and free. As you use the service and honor your reservations, you’ll accrue dining points. You can then redeem these points for Dining Cheques, which are good at any OpenTable restaurant. There are often special 1000 point reservations, which help you earn those checks in a hurry. Bon appetit.

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    Food Network On the Road (Official)

    by Television Food Network G.P.

    Media has played a large part in spreading the love of food. Food Network has been a been a particularly good ambassador. How often have you watched a show like "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," and thought, "Man, I wish I could eat what Guy Fieri is eating"? Now you can, and you can make a foodie excursion of it. This app helps you locate the food featured on popular Food Network shows. You can browse by show, chef, cuisine, or city, or use the iPhone's GPS to find places near you. The app also has some helpful categories like city guides and best of lists (which will hopefully get more additions in the future). You can even plan your own road trip. Even if you're not a fan of Food Network, this app is a great way to find new places to eat.

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    Harvest to Hand

    by Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company

    For a simpler foodie excursion, you may want to visit a farmers market. This free app helps you locate one near you. You can also find agritourism farms, specialty food shops, and certain food events. I did experience some crash issues when using the app. I also wished for more listings in the non-market categories. However, the app generally does its job and featured some farmers markets that I didn't find in similar apps. It's a handy resource for finding good, organic food.

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    Hello Vino - Wine Recommendations

    by Drive Thru Interactive

    Food lovers often love their wine, as well. Hello Vino is a simple way to find a wine pairing for your meal. You can choose a wine that matches what you're eating, or for a specific occasion. In addition, the app has wine reviews, different search options, and a wine label image recognition feature, which you need to buy credits for. Even if you don't normally drink wine with your meal, Hello Vino is an app that all foodies should appreciate.

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    Evernote Food

    by Evernote

    The beauty of good food is that it creates memories, which far outlast the experience itself. Evernote Food is designed to help you capture, organize, and share those memories. You can add tags and captions to your pictures, jot down notes, and input the date and location of your meal. The best part of the app is that it instantly syncs to your Evernote account, which allows you to access your information in the main Evernote app. This adds an element of versatility, as Evernote is one of the premier services to help you remember things.