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Apps for foodies: 12 apps for finding or making good food

These apps will help you discover new recipes and restaurants, shop more effectively at the grocery store, and keep track of noteworthy meals.

Matt Elliott

Our cookbooks are spending more time on the shelf. My laptop has fewer tomato stains. In place of these trusted recipe sources, our iPads and iPhones are becoming fixtures in our kitchen.

My wife and I are using iOS apps to discover new recipes and restaurants, shop more effectively at the grocery store, and keep track of noteworthy meals. Also, I found In-N-Out Burger's app, which I hope to use frequently on my next trip to the West Coast.

What you won't find here is anything in the way of a shopping list app. The cookbook apps below offer a shopping list feature, but I haven't found a dedicated shopping list app I like better than pen and paper. If you use such an app, please describe its merits in the comments below. And if you have a favorite food- or kitchen-related app that I missed in this roundup, let me know that, too.

Know what to buy organic with the Dirty Dozen app
This handy and free iOS app lists the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues.

How to find local produce with Locavore
This free iOS or Android app shows you where to find locally grown produce and when it's in season.

How to food-shop well with Shopwell
This free iOS app provides personalized nutrition advice without being preachy.

Eat more sustainable seafood with Seafood Watch
This free iOS app from the Monterey Bay Aquarium gives you a handy pocket guide to find seafood that is fished or farmed using sustainable methods.

How to cook with the Cook's Illustrated iOS app
If you find yourself spending more time in the kitchen and start wondering why some of your dishes work while others fail, pick up a copy of Cook's Illustrated magazine or download the free iPhone app.

Sharpen your skills with How To Cook Everything app for iOS
With recipes so freely available online, it's difficult to recommend paying for a cookbook app. I make an exception for Mark Bittman and his iPad app.

How to cook with the Epicurious iPad app
The free, universal Epicurious iOS app looks great on the iPad, though syncing with your Web account or the iPhone app requires an in-app purchase.

Get kitchen help with Mise En Place and Merillat iOS apps
There is no shortage of grocery list apps and kitchen calculator apps, but here's an example of each that iPhone owners might find useful.

Snap, share, remember
How to find and share recipes with Foodily
This free iOS app makes discovering new recipes fun and easy.

How to share and find good food with Foodspotting
It's like Instagram for plates of food.

How to remember good meals with Evernote Food
Evernote Food is a free iOS app that lets you take photos and notes of meals you don't want to forget.

Get thee to an In-N-Outery
Find the nearest In-N-Out
In-N-Out Burger's iOS app is helpful when you get that In-N-Out urge.