S. Irene Virbila explores food and wine apps for smart phones


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S. Irene Virbila is a food lover with an iPhone, and she knows how to wield it.

The Times restaurant critic wades through food and wine apps a-plenty in her guide, posted here.


Here’s a nibble: There’s Flashlight, which lights up the phone and makes menus readable in dimly lit restaurants. Loads of recipes are piled into the How to Cook Everything app and the EPI app, which pulls from the Bon Appetit and Gourmet archives.

What’s the conversion from ounces to grams? That’s what Convertbot’s for. Bad at setting your cooking schedule so all your dishes finish at once? Check out KitchenPad Timer.


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