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The overlapping of Thanksgiving and Chanukah this year resulted in a brand new holiday: Thanksgivukah! It has created a foodie sensation and brought kosher into the limelight. I’m not Jewish, nor am I an expert in kashrut, but I’ve done a bit of research into the subject and I realized there’s a whole world of kosher apps out there. It’s a good thing, because keeping kosher takes a bit of planning (no mixing meat and dairy), which can be especially difficult to manage during the holiday season.

The Manischewitz Company, a leading manufacturer of kosher food products, released The Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide earlier this year. The app advertises hundreds of kosher recipes for daily cooking and every Jewish holiday throughout the year. Whether you’ve recently adopted a kosher lifestyle or you grew up following the laws of kashrut, new recipe ideas will always come in handy.

Keep reading to find out more.


Holiday cheer or holiday hell– that is the question. November has arrived, and with it, the season of holiday entertaining. It’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving dinner menu and buying supplies for Christmas cookie baking. Doe the very idea of preparing your first Thanksgiving dinner terrify you? Or maybe you’ve been having the same people over for the same Christmas menu every year and you need to shake things up a bit?

Food52 is here to help. The founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, have combined their own recipes and kitchen wisdom with that of their online community of home cooks to make the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52. A treasure trove of 127 recipes, 25 video tutorials and 800 step-by-step food photos and demonstration slide shows, this app aims to help you plan a party from start to finish.

Is the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52 the ultimate guide to holiday entertaining? Keep reading to find out.


When I first came across a new app PEOPLE CelebFood by Time Inc., the publishers of PEOPLE magazine, I was skeptical. This magazine is famous for paparazzi photos of celebrities and red carpet faux pas. If I want to know what’s happening with Brangelina, I consult PEOPLE. If I need an update on Kanye and Kim’s baby, I consult PEOPLE. If I’m looking for cooking inspiration, I consult PEOPLE?

I’m not a regular reader of the magazine, more of a closet reader — I’ll peruse the celebrity news during a pedicure or waiting in the doctor’s office. PEOPLE magazine is a guilty pleasure, just like a decadent slice of chocolate cake or cream laden fettuccine Alfredo. Maybe I judged too soon, maybe PEOPLE magazine and food are the perfect combination?

Keep reading to find out.


A month ago I announced Cookbooth, the app for creating step-by-step photo recipes, was going to revolutionize recipe sharing. You may remember that I was excited — actually head over heels gaga for this little app. You see, I had become jaded, and nothing in the App Store was doing it for me. The iPhone app market seemed stagnant; lacking innovation. Now I realize it was just the calm before the storm.

As Yoda said to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, “There is another.” Nonapkin, released in September on the heels of Cookbooth, is another social app for creating step-by-step photo recipes. Now I believe we’re looking at a new trend. Developers have jumped on the next big leap for recipe apps, and I think we’ll be seeing more players in this arena going into 2014. As with any new platform, the cream rises to the top. In time, we will see which apps offer the best user experience, functionality and social interaction.

After my glowing review of Cookbooth, Nonapkin has a lot to live up to. How does this app measure up to the current standard? Keep reading to find out.


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.


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?

Keep reading to find out. (more…)

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…)

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 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…)

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