If you go to your phone’s app store right now, you’ll be able to peruse hundreds of food- and drink-based apps, from cooking tutorials, to dinner reservation apps, and digital grocery lists, it can definitely feel overwhelming. We spoke with Randi Zuckerberg,founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, New York Times bestselling author of "Dot Complicated" and children’s book "Dot," editor-in-chief of digital lifestyle destination "Dot Complicated" and host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM, about her top must-have apps and tech for anyone with a passion for what’s on their plate. She gives us her favorite go-to coupon app, cooking tutorial, and source for the most delectable food porn.
Blackboard Eats — “Blackboard Eats sends out foodie know-it-alls in several major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York to scout short-term deals at restaurants — but only restaurants that meet their high standards… You don't have to show a coupon when you dine, or declare your discount diner status from the rafters — just discreetly mention your code and watch the dollars drop off.”
Blue Apron — “If you think you can’t cook, you haven’t tried Blue Apron. Every week, they deliver the raw ingredients for healthy dinners at $9.99 per person per meal, complete with clear instructions and labels that anyone can follow. You get a heads-up the week before so in case you’re not a fan of any of the dishes picked for that week — say, cod with pickled grapes and summer succotash — you can cancel ahead of time.”
Foodstirs — “Designed for cooking with your budding chefs ages 5-12, their monthly boxes come with creative baking and treat ideas and sends both the dry ingredients and cooking instructions… Start training your toddler foodie today!”
Foodgawker — “This is food porn at its finest! Think of it as Pinterest just for your plate, with pages upon pages, updated daily, of beautiful images of food and recipes from bloggers across the world… But proceed with caution: it’s highly addictive.”
Kitchit — “Love throwing dinner parties, but hate doing all the cooking and cleanup? Kitchit makes it easy for you to book a chef who has a night off and wants to come to your house to cook for you and your friends! You can see the chefs' ratings from previous bookers, and collaborate on the perfect menu to impress your guests.”
Seafood Watch — “The Monterey Bay aquarium launched Seafood Watch so you can easily check if what you’re eating is helping to maintain a sustainable ocean, or if it’s a threat to our environment. The app also includes “Project FishMap” where users can tag chefs that are using sustainable fish or suggest alternatives where there are fewer choices.”
Tastemade — “If FoodGawker is Pinterest for good eats, Tastemade is YouTube. Featuring 27 cities around the world so far, this community of food lovers is creating engaging video content around restaurants and food trends.”