5 best iPad apps for food and drink

by Derek Walter

December 26 2013

Whether you are looking for recipe advice or want to impress a client with the hippest new restaurant in town, these apps will have you covered. They are the best among many that are built to improve your culinary IQ. Also, be sure to check out our Best 100 iPad apps for creativity and productivity feature for a great selection of other apps.

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  • 1 The Whole Pantry
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    The Whole Pantry

    The Whole Pantry is both a great looking and highly useful recipe discovery and sharing app. It covers nearly any category of food you can imagine, including more healthy options such as going gluten- or sugar-free.

  • 2 Zagat
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    The Google-owned Zagat recently reintroduced its iPad app, which features a more stylish design and reorganized content. The Zagat guides are available for most major cities, with the familiar reviews and deep integration with other Google services. Check out restaurants and hotels on StreetView and filter results by ratings, cost, food type and other categories.

  • 3 Yelp
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    Yelp is to Internet reviews what Zagat is to restaurant guidebooks. Yelp's active review community dishes out solid advice for finding an open burrito stand or a five-star restaurant. Also, Apple's Maps app includes embedded Yelp reviews. For further details, Apple Maps will link directly to the Yelp app for even further detailed information about the location you are researching.

  • 4 How to Cook Everything
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    How to Cook Everything

    How to Cook Everything features detailed recipes with illustrations that can appeal to those of all culinary skill levels. It is more than just a digital version of a cookbook. Users can create and print out shopping lists, email recipes, and browse through the broad database of recipes for inspiration. It has another neat feature: How to Cook Everything will disable the iPad's desire to put the screen to sleep.

  • 5 Panna
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    Free ($14.99 subscription)

    Panna is a cooking and video magazine built exclusively for iOS. A free recipe comes with each issue, even if you do not purchase it. The written recipes are still pretty thorough, but the added video feature can be a useful tool for picking up some of the nuances of the meal. While the app is free, a full year subscription is $14.99


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