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Christmas is almost here, are you still trying to find a perfect gift for the foodie who seems to have every cookbook, gadget and gourmet pantry ingredient known to mankind? My pick for the ultimate foodie Christmas gift is the epic app, Modernist Cuisine at Home. This isn’t just another collection of recipes and time honored cooking techniques — it’s the cookbook of the future. This book brings what many know as “molecular gastronomy” into the home kitchen, and it’s guaranteed to blow the mind of the savviest home cook.

At a price of $79.99, people might think twice before purchasing it for themselves, which makes this app a very nice gift to give. Keep reading to learn more about why Modernist Cuisine at Home is worth every penny.

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I’ve had my eye on The Spoon Magazine for iPad for a while now. Each quarterly issue is released as a standalone app with a seasonal theme. For months I have hesitated before downloading this app. Why? My gut feared it would be all fluff and no substance. No one in the food world seemed to be talking about The Spoon or rating it in iTunes. When I came across the newly released The Spoon | Volume 6: It’s Time For Magic I couldn’t resist downloading. The app features 25 holiday recipes and the iTunes screen prints feature beautiful food photography, but the rest is a mystery.

Is The Spoon the best kept secret of cooking magazines or nothing to write home about? Keep reading to find out.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve already had too much chocolate, scoffed down too many cookies and over-indulged in eggnog at one too many Christmas parties. I’ve had enough and I’m ready to skip the holidays and jump right in to my New Year’s detox. I’m craving fresh fruits and vegetables, looking for recipes that renew and revitalize. To get through the rest of the holiday season, I’ve downloaded The Whole Pantry, a gorgeous collection of vegetarian recipes aimed at restoring balance and promoting health. The app aims to be the whole package, empowering users with lifestyle guides and a “food is thy medicine” philosophy to health. Need another reason to check out this app right now? They’ve just added their first Lifestyle Pack to get you through the holiday season with 15 festive gluten and sugar-free recipes.

If you’re into vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or Paleo– or you just want to balance all that holiday indulgence with some nourishing meals, keep reading to find out more about The Whole Pantry.

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It’s cold outside, and what better way to stay warm than firing up the oven for a bit of baking? This is the time of year for festive cakes, pillowy breads and comforting scones. Baking is a great way to slow down and enjoy the holiday season, whether you’ve got the kids in the kitchen helping or you’re just enjoying a bit of solitary quiet time in the early morning hours. Some may find the idea of baking stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The Photo Cookbook – Baking promises to keep recipes simple and straightforward, with plenty of step-by-step photos to ensure your baked goods come out perfectly.

Does this app have all you need to bake your way through these cold winter days? Keep reading to find out.

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I know we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but Hanukah is next week and it’s less than five weeks till Christmas! Tis’ the season to bake cookies! You’ll be bringing dozens of these sweet treats to work, sending them off with the kids for school parties and donating to church events. During the holiday season the cookie jar should always be full for visiting family. For many, making time to bake a batch of cookies with the kids and leaving them out for Santa is an essential Christmas tradition.

It’s time to get ready for the cookie-baking extravaganza. You’re going to need to stock up on supplies like cookie tins, spices, butter and flour. You’re going to need some foolproof recipes. You’re going to need festive packaging ideas for cookie gifts. Don’t be overwhelmed—there’s an app for that! Martha Stewart Makes Cookies promises to be an “indispensable baking resource,” the bible of cookie baking. Keep reading to find out why.

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but there is still time to start planning if you haven’t already. This week I’ve selected another free app that promises to help you plan your menu, schedule the cooking and cope with kitchen disasters. Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine Cooking boasts 75 recipes, plus how-to videos, Turkey tips and wine pairing ideas. They aim to provide the whole package, from planning to shopping to cooking the meal.

Does the app deliver on functionality? Can the classic Fine Cooking put out an app that’s modern and inspiring for home cooks? Keep reading to find out.

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The countdown to Turkey Day has begun! Whether it’s your first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family or you’re an old pro, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tools in your belt. Wouldn’t it be great to have a mobile app that actually planned your preparation schedule and synced with your calendar? Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual boasts a good selection of inspiring recipes, technique demo videos, clever tips and menu planning functionality to help you execute your menu like a pro.

Is this free app worth checking out? Read on for the full breakdown.

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I’m pretty tied to my current recipe app, but it isn’t much to look at and doesn’t allow for a lot in the way of customization. I put a ton of effort into finding tasty and healthy options for my family, and I’d like my cookbook app to reflect all of that work. Cook is an enticing little app that let’s me create a cookbook just for me, with my own colors, images, and even a title all my own, just like a real cookbook. I wanted to give Cook a try and see if it could replace the other apps I’m using in the kitchen. (more…)

I have always wanted to learn how to make sushi at home, but the sleek knife work and carful rolling associated with this Japanese art form is a bit intimidating. It’s great to get my sushi fix at a Japanese restaurant, but I moved out into the country and there is no sushi to be found. I’ve been looking for a sushi app for a while and finally came across Teach Me Sushi. This app isn’t new and the design looks fairly basic, but I was struck by its four star rating and all the rave reviews. The app boasts tutorial videos for making 15 different types of sushi, and detailed step-by-step photo guides for all but the simples sliced sashimi. Did I learn how to make sushi or was the hype a big fish tale? Keep reading to find out.

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When I came across Giada De Laurentis’s latest app, Giada: A Digital Weekly, I was intrigued. A weekly magazine for the iPad—how come no one else in the food scene is doing this? It seems like a fantastic idea, because we all want information in smaller and smaller bites these days. I hold onto digital issues of my favorite magazines, waiting until I have the time to sit down and savor all the stories, recipes and tips (this can take an hour or more). The idea of receiving smaller magazine issues more often sounded appealing. I envisioned reading through a brief foodie zine during those moments sitting on a bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or eating my lunch. It would be nice to have a quick look and come away with a couple of good ideas to inspire that night’s supper or my next weekend getaway destination.

Does the innovative Giada: A Digital Weekly offer subscribers enough to stay interested? Keep reading to find out.

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