Hope you all enjoy this special guest post. Jane Johnson of BBGeeks/AndGeeks/Going Cellular contacted me about posting this up on here and I was so excited! Like most people these days, I am totally reliant on my smartphone to run my business, and help make my personal life easier to manage. Here is a short list of the top gourmet apps out right now. Check it out:
The Top Gourmet Apps for 2012
By Jane Johnson
Putting delectable recipes right in your oven mitts!
Do you ever eat at a fancy restaurant and wonder if you could create similar culinary masterpieces at home? Well thanks to smart phone apps you can easily access recipes and the professional cooking techniques needed to cook your own five-star meals at home. And for hardcore chefs, you can learn specific food preparations from celebrity chefs like raw food sensation, Matthew Kenney; Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver; and Food Network stars, like Alton Brown, Paula Deen, and Bobby Flay.
Here are the top gourmet food apps for chefs and cooks in 2012:
1. Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals (Free – for Android)
Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals will help those with a palate for fine foods prepare a delicious and nutritious family meal in under 20 minutes flat! Loaded with 60 of Jamie’s own recipes, the Naked Chef will guide you through food preparation one step at a time, with photos and 21 videos of Jamie cooking, providing useful cooking tips and kitchen techniques (like knife sharpening and food chopping) so your recipe will turn out as good as his! Jamie also provides a cool shopping list that you can take with you when you shop. It sorts ingredients by aisle so you’ll probably only spend 20-mintues in the grocery store too.
2. Matthew Kenney’s Raw Express ($4.99 – for iPad)
Raw food is great for the human body. However, if you don’t know how to prepare it properly, you could end up eating just salads for an entire month and ditch the diet altogether. That’s why renowned raw food Chef Matthew Kenney created Raw Express, an app that guides you through the basics of safe, delicious raw food preparation. Sink your teeth into 12 full-length videos that show you useful raw food tricks, such as how to crack a coconut, and how to make delicious sauces totally from raw ingredients. This app boasts 45 good-for-you recipes accompanied by a full nutritional breakdown for each, plus recommended shopping lists.
3. Food Network: In The Kitchen ($1.95 – for Android)
If you watch the Food Network regularly, you probably dream about how nice it would be to cook with Alton Brown, bake a Southern feast with Paula Deen, or filet with Bobby Flay! The Food Network: In The Kitchen app makes the star chefs of the network your kitchen mentors. This app keeps a recipe box filled with your favorite chefs and episodes on your smart phone. Each show is filled with yummy recipes, recommended shopping lists, step-by-step kitchen techniques, and even a handy kitchen timer and measurement converter.
4. AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free – iPhone)
After a week of casseroles have you ever wished for a little dinner inspiration? The AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner provides delectable meal inspiration with a fun twist! Simply shake your smart phone and the Dinner Spinner will present some unique, fresh recipes to try. For a more refined search, you can spin by ingredient to your spinner and the app will show recipes containing these specific ingredients from the AllRecipes data base.
5. Epicurious (Free – for Android)
The Epicurious app puts a diverse array of recipes directly at your over mitts! Featuring a recipe data base that’s 30,000 recipes strong, you’ll find inspiration from a variety of gourmet sources—including meals from the pages of your favorite cooking magazines, celebrity chefs, and even homemade user submitted favorites.
Bio: Jane Johnson is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, and commentary as well as reviews on the latest devices, used cell phones and service providers.