Great Apps, part 2: Applications

Following up on my post of all the great appetizer recipes that were shared at our “There’s An App for That” event at the end of last month, here are some of our attendees favorite food-related books (and cookbooks), magazines, columnists, websites, blogs and, yes, smart phone apps. And to the extent that I can, each will link back to a page where you could find out more about the book and purchase it. (Though unfortunately, we’re not set up to get that kick back from Google or Amazon so it will just be a deposit in the karma bucket.)

Cookbooks and Magazines

The Food Matters Cookbook – Mark Bittman
Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe: 140 New Recipes from New York’s Acclaimed Restaurant
Passionate Vegetarian
II Viaggio Di Vetri: A Culinary Journey (by Philadelphia’s own Marc Vetri)
Horizons: The Cookbook (from Philadelphia’s own Horizons restaurant)
How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table (the science behind cooking)
How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science (more of the cool science behind food… the kind of stuff you get from Alton Brown on Good Eats… only more of it.)
Cook’s Illustrated

Memoirs and Novels

Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo
Toast by Nigel Slater (“Slater, celebrated in Britain for his food columns in London’s Observer, recalls his childhood in great and moving detail, interweaving his hunt for oral gratification with prose portraits of his family.”)


Big Night
A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. Starring Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci and Marc Anthony. Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci.
In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect fast-food noodle restaurant. Starring Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Nobuko Miyamoto.

Cooking and Recipe Websites

Saveur (described, if I remember correctly, as great “food porn.”) – this offers calorie counts per servings and allows you to enter in a number of servings that automatically adjusts the amounts of each ingredient.
Epicurious – pretty much synonymous with “internet recipe site”
SparkRecipes – “The Healthy Recipes Site,” it provides this cool Recipe Calculator that allows you to enter in your ingredients and total number of servings and it provides nutritional info per serving.
Food Network – Our group commented on how good the dialogue is in the comments sections as users describe their experiences with that recipe.
Whole Foods – Who knew? Has its own recipe section as well.

Food Blogs
Messy and Picky – we LOVE them!
101 Cookbooks – great pics and a really nice layout
Smitten Kitchen (“Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City.”) – Deb the writer cooks in a really small kitchen and then shares what she comes up with in her little lab.
Salt and Fat – It’s like evolution has made it so I can’t NOT go to this blog.
Dana Treat – Thanks to Alison I’ve eaten a few dishes made from recipes that Dana has shared on her blog. And, according to Alison, her kids (often featured in pictures) are really cute.
Food Politics (by Marion Nestle) – Leave it to me to bring everybody down with a blog that is so well written about what is wrong with our food system today… but… in a hopeful way offers suggestions on how we can fix it.
Mark Bittman: He’s got his weekly column in the Opinionator section of the New York Times website and a regular blog to fill in the rest of the time between those columns. As I continue to purge my Google Reader feed of the many blogs I subscribe to he’s one of the few (and a relatively recent addition) who makes the cut.
Peas and Thank You – another one recommended by Alison who has twice made the vegan cookies and cream cupcakes (which you may remember from this post). Maybe it’s this one who had the cute kids?
Food in Jars – a canning blog
The French Laundry at Home – looks like it has a spawned a sequel – Alinea at Home.


Here’s where I admit that I don’t have a smart phone so you’ll have to trust the wisdom of our good group who recommends these. If it doesn’t send or receive SMS texts, I have no idea what it does. But here goes:

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List App
Our Groceries – this one would come in REALLY handy for me. REALLY handy.
Someone also mentioned a calorie counting app that helps you when making food purchasing decisions. This is the closest thing I could find but would welcome any suggestions for better ones.

Yes… the recipes and this list of material… all shared in one night. Don’t miss the next one coming up on March 27th – Whole Foods for The Whole Family.

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