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The Food Network is a big operation: celebrity chefs, reality TV and shows featuring a large variety of cooking styles. Their app, Food Network in the Kitchen, has been listed in the App Store Hall of Fame. All of this adds up to big expectations for an app that will deliver tons of recipes plus great functionality. People will generally fall into one of two camps: those who still watch the Food Network on TV and those who used to watch Food Network TV back in the day (me). For those of us with a nostalgic connection to Food Network, the app could be a wonderful trip down memory lane. Alternatively, it could be a complete waste of time and money.

Can Food Network in the Kitchen live up to these high expectations or will it only appeal to Food Network foodies? Keep reading to find out.

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Today I’ve got an oldie but a goodie for all the foodies out there: Mario Batali Cooks! The man is now an empire of restaurants, author of many cookbooks and TV show host. He’s a visionary, cofounding the world famous Italian market, Eataly with the Bastianich family (and others). The man is obsessed with Italian cooking, and I love the detail and authenticity he gives in every recipe. First released in September of 2010, the app still gets excellent reviews in iTunes, but it hasn’t been updated since 2010. Is this a recipe for disaster, or a timeless classic?

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As summer fades into autumn, so begins another wedding season. I had an autumn-themed October wedding, and getting married on a budget meant a lot of DIY to make the event special and stay within budget. DIY weddings have become very popular. Couples want a celebration that’s unique and deeply personal, a day guests will remember. Whether your wedding is this winter or next spring, you’ve still got time to add a little DIY flair. Betterbooks is dedicated to bringing you the best how-to guides from experts, and the Make Your Wedding edition features 30 DIY projects, plus menus and signature cocktails to add personality to your wedding day.

Keep reading to find out more about this guide to your DIY wedding, with projects for everything from the table decor to the guest book to the party favors. (more…)

If you’re a foodie, you probably take lots of Instagram photos of your meals and share them with all your friends. You check into restaurants with Foursquare and announce it to the world on Twitter. What if you could tell the world about your favorite restaurants and food venues by making quick, easy, beautiful videos? Tastemade has burst into the app scene with a fabulous platform for sharing food moments. They’re fostering an eclectic, worldwide community of foodies who want to discover restaurants and food events in their own backyard or on exotic travels. This is going to be huge, and you don’t want to be left behind.

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If you love sharing photos of your meals on Instagram, you need to know about Burpple: a social food guide for sharing your favorite meals. Foodies like you feel passionate about their dining experiences and want to help others by giving recommendations and championing their favorite restaurants. Looking at photos of beautifully plated food leaves you feeling inspired and excited to get in the kitchen and try new things. Burpple’s mission is to connect the world through our one common language: food. If you’re interested in taking that passion for Instagram a step further by joining a community of passionate foodies, keep reading to learn more about this budding social network. (more…)

To be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve been truly excited about what’s on offer in the iPhone section of the App Store. Sure, I’ve found some neat apps, but nothing that really gave me butterflies and the overwhelming urge to share it with the world, shouting from the rooftops. It’s like being in a long-term relationship where the magic has worn off. Or, it was like that, until I discovered something new, something exciting. This is big, and it’s going to change everything in the same way Instagram did.

Ok Foodies, it’s time to meet your new favorite thing: Cookbooth.

Keep reading to find out more about an app that’s going to revolutionize the way you record and share recipes. (more…)

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most beautiful cooking app of them all? At the moment, it’s a brand new app: The Whole Pantry. Don’t let the name fool you — there’s nothing homely about this app. It’s a one-of-a-kind sexy, modern girl’s guide to healthy cooking and living. Gorgeous photos, vibrant recipes and a handful of articles written by experts in yoga, nutrition and holistic medicine come together for an app that inspires you to live your best life now.

The Whole Pantry covers a wide range of topics, from dealing with stress to herbal medicine to eating to promote health. You’ll find info on the diet and fertility link, plus herbs that promote wellbeing during pregnancy. Learn how to make healthy versions of your favorite treats (peanut butter cups and decadent desserts). Recipes are all vegetarian, gluten free and Paleo friendly with a focus on eating whole, unrefined foods. No matter your diet or lifestyle, there’s inspiration to fit your needs.

Looking to live a healthier, more beautiful and happy life? Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

If you’re a foodie and you don’t already know about Tasting Table, you should be ashamed of yourself. What is Tasting Table, you ask? It’s a website, email publication and app dedicated to keeping you informed about the best food and drink happenings across America. The editors of Tasting Table are passionate about food and want to be that friend who’s always at your side recommending the best restaurants, bars, bakeries, recipes, events — you get the idea. Tasting Table editors have personally vetted all the venues, from the cheapest hot dog stand to the mind blowing Michelin starred restaurant, and give you the stats to make an informed decision when you’re traveling. Now you can take the wealth of knowledge from Tastingtable.com with you using Tasting Table To-Go.

Keep reading to learn more about why Tasting Table To-Go is a jet setters best friend. (more…)

Did you know that September 26 is Pancake Day? Or that Gumbo Day is October 12? How about Eat What You Want Day on May 11? Never miss out on another food day again with the newly released Food.com Every Day is a Food Holiday. This clever little app fills a need you didn’t even know you had. Each day the app features a food holiday with several recipes, both classic and unusual, to celebrate. Food.com doesn’t stop there, going above and beyond to provide enhanced functionality to help users plan and keep track of food holidays.

Keep up to date on days dedicated to your favorite foods and peruse recipes featuring the honored ingredient. This app is great for planning the theme of your next party, book club meeting, girls (or guys) night in or office potluck.

Have you ever wondered how your friends know it’s International Bacon Day? Keep reading to find out more. (more…)

It’s high summer and the garden is bursting with vegetables, but don’t forget about the hedgerow! Nature’s bounty can be found in the wild too, and if you’ve ever wanted to get into foraging for food, now’s the perfect time! Wild Berries & Herbs HD by Nature Mobile is a mobile field guide to the most common species of berries, fruits, herbs and nuts found around the world. The app promises to teach you how to identify these wild species like a scientist — by focusing on every physical attribute from root to leaf to flower. It offers a database of 186 wild plants, both edible and toxic, and multiple tools to help you classify on the go, without an Internet connection.

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at foraging but didn’t know where to start, keep reading to learn more about this handy field guide. (more…)

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