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Apps for your Appetite


No gourmands, not appetizers (e.g., quesadillas or fried calamari), but the must-have foodie application downloads for your smartphone.


App: CookIt
Cost: 99¢ Function: Preparing a brisket with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts? This timer tracks the cooking times of each dish—so you don’t have to.


App: All Recipes Dinner Spinner
Cost: Free Function: A database of more than 40,000 easy recipes from AllRecipes.com members, with photos and nutrition info.


App: Global Eater Food Dictionary
Cost: 99¢ Function: What’s blood pudding? Pho? You’ll know what you’re ordering with this food dictionary.


App: Foodspotting
Cost: Free Function: A visual guide of favorite foods and where to find them. You only need search and share where to find your favorite food using photos, browse by nearest, most popular, or by what you’re craving in the moment


App: LocalEats
Cost: 99¢ Function: Database of authentic, locally owned restaurants near your location; you won’t find a Cheesecake Factory or Outback Steakhouse using LocalEats—the app doesn’t index chain restaurants.


App: VegOut
Cost: $2.99 Function: International database of restaurants that are vegan, vegetarian, or vegetarian-friendly.


App: Urbanspoon
Cost: Free Function: Restaurants are classified by neighborhood, type of cuisine, and price on this app designed like a slot machine; shake your smartphone, the columns spin, and results appear based on search criteria. Don’t like the suggested restaurant? Shake again!

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