10 Best food and wine apps for iPad

1. Gourmet Live The ingenious revival of Condé Nast Gourmet magazine came in the form of this app. It features great content and recipes – albeit very American (especially post Thanksgiving – if I SEE another turkey!). I love how you get ‘rewards': 24 hours to read supplements, which you would normally have to pay for.

2. John Platter I love this app. I have it on my iPhone. If you find yourself out and about and not able to make a decision on a wine list, you can type in the name of a wine and get the Platter rating and reviews. It helps.

3. Epicurious With more than 30 000 FREE recipes, nutritional information, and a shopping list feature, you can’t really go wrong with this one.

4. Food Blogroll is host to all my favourite international food blogs including Smitten Kitchen, Orangette, Serious Eats, HuffPost Food, Matt Bites – all the usual suspects. AND you can customize the list by deleting and adding personal favourites. Saves having to skip from one page to another.

5. Eat Out Another lekker local app. If you’re visiting a new town and unsure of where to eat, type in your location and the type of place you’re after (fine dining, bistro, family etc etc) and you’ll be presented with a number of choices.

6. Food & Wine This is a page by page replica of the magazine. You can download the app free, and then preview issues before you buy (for a mere $2 per issue) or subscribe.

7. Donna Hay Another digital version of the print mag. Donna Hay mag is very beautiful to look at at. I must admit, the woman annoyed me when I first saw her on Australian Matserchef Season 1, but there’s no denying the lady’s got talent. It’s also a nice change from all the American apps out there.

8. Saveur Another great digital food mag, with excellent reading material by seriously good writers. I look forward to every issue. Once again, rather American in style, but a good one nonetheless.

9. TED is a non-profit organisation ‘devoted to ideas worth spreading’. In 1984 it started out as a conference  of inspirational speakers. Now you can listen to the best TED talks and performances for free on your iPad. Type ‘food’ into the search and you’ll find a multitude of inspirational talks such as Mark Bittman on ‘What’s Wrong with What We Eat’ or Jamie Oliver on teaching every child about food’ (And if you think that one’s a *yawn*, listen to it before you pass judgement please.)

10. Bon Appetit If you download the Flipboard app, you can get the digital version of Bon Appetit magazine. Another Condé Nast classic, which I absolutely adore. (And, for the record, you can get Vanity Fair here too)


So, there you have it. If you know of any great apps, which I haven’t listed, please do share in the comments below. (Bookclub girls, now you know why I’ve been slacking!)


4 Responses to “10 Best food and wine apps for iPad”

  1. Sam December 4, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I have been wanting an iPad for a long time and the ‘need’ is just getting worse. This post has sent me over the edge, and I will not be delaying the inevitable any longer. I am going to buy one.

    • bern December 5, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      You absolutely have to have one Sam. Right now. Only negative is strain on my poor eyes! Am going to have to ration myself to a couple of hours reading a day…

  2. Sam January 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I got one!!! and thanks again for your suggestions have downloaded them all.

    • bern January 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      You definitely won’t regret it Sam. It’s a whole new world! Flipboard a prsonal favourite. x

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