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Hi, I'm Malcolm Woods

I’m the New Media Editor at Outpost, though I’m the old media editor, as well. In both capacities, I read, hear, photograph and write about food. I also eat food pretty regularly, all of which means I spend a lot of time thinking about food in...
Malcolm Woods

Appy holidays

Food, Love and Policy By Malcolm Woods on December 17, 2010


Looking for some little, last minute gifts for the loved ones on your holiday shopping lists? Consider these foodie-favorite apps for the iPhone or iPad  geeks on your list. With millions of iPhones and iPads now in use, a bevy of great food –relations applications can be found  in Apple’s App Store. Here are some that any food loving friends will love:



The Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List app packs a lot into a free package. More than 30,000 recipes from the Web site epicurious.com, collected from Bon Apetit, Gourmet, Self and Parade magazines, are catalogued in a searchable database and beautifully illustrated.


Paprika Recipe Manager

Pricey at $9.99

Ready to replace that old box of stained and tattered recipe cards? Paprika lets you collect and manage recipes from a variety of sources. Add your own favorites or download ones directly from the internet. You can them organize and categorize them, email them to friends and even create grocery lists.


In the Kitchen


If the recipient is a big fan of the Food Network, this app might appeal to her. Recipes, chefs, cooking tools and shopping lists are included, with everything revolving around Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown and the rest of the network’s stars.




A great little guide to spices, herbs and other seasonings. Includes links to recipes.


The Photo Cookbook - Baking


Just 60 recipes are featured, but it’s great for a highly visual person. Each step in every recipe is well illustrated with photographs.


My Recipe Book


Not as pretty as Paprika, but maybe even more useful. You can import recipes from online sites, add your own and even upload and add your own photos. The recipes can be sorted, categorized and fully searched. Includes conversion tools and built in kitchen timers.




Yelp bills itself as a travel app, and it is really useful for finding your way around in an unfamiliar location. But it’s great at uncovering nearby restaurants, coffee houses and bars. You can search by business type, sort by proximity to your current location, browse capsule reviews and photos submitted by other Yelp users, and find directions to the door. We used it on a recent trip to San Francisco and it led us to several great meals.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? You could always put the phone down and bake ‘em something sweet. Here are a few ideas.


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