Q: Can someone recommend a good app for sharing a grocery list? My partner has become a savvy food shopper (we both work a lot, he shops, I cook), but the chains of messy emails sharing grocery lists has gotten out of control! Surely there's an app for that...
On March 12, 1967, Walter Cronkite gave his viewers a tour of a 21st century home, and it's a fascinating look at what captivated the imaginations of Americans in the late 60's. It's even more interesting to see what really has come to pass (videophones, newspapers delivered by satellite) to what still seems kind of bizarre (molded on-demand plastic plates?!). The plates were a major feature of the futuristic kitchen, which also has a 'no dirty dishes' policy. Why? Because the used plates are melted down again! Watch the video for more of Cronkite's 2001 vision, and see a transcript below:
The latest weight-loss tool to hit the market is staying pretty close to your plate... literally. The HAPIfork ($99) is a "smart fork" that uses sensors to track the number of forkfuls per meal, per minute, and the time intervals between them. If it senses fewer than 10 seconds between forkfuls, it lights up and vibrates, essentially telling the diner to slow down and/or eat less!
If you're looking for a clever yet easy-to-understand Italian cooking app, we think we've found it. Sara Jenkins' New Italian Pantry is built around the idea that once you have 16 basic Italian ingredients in your pantry, you can create almost any meal with whatever other ingredients you have on hand. Picked up some gorgeous greens at the market? Have a little pork you'd like to use up? Just plug in what you have, and the app will show you what you can do with it. Watch the video below to really be impressed:
Panna is a brand new bi-monthly digital cooking magazine that comes to your iPad through a free app and it is, quite frankly, amazing. In my opinion, app-based cooking media has so far been clunky and too derivative of print media. Panna founder David Ellner, on the other hand, created a video-based cooking magazine that takes full advantage of up-to-the-minute technology to give the kind of hands-on instruction that's often needed to make a recipe truly useful. Read on for more on how Panna works and for why I think this magazine is so terrific.
I use my iPad constantly in the kitchen—double-checking a recipe, looking up a weight conversion, reading email while the water comes to a boil. Having a stand to hold the iPad upright and keep it out of harm's way when whisking and stirring is essential. With this new stand from Chef Sleeve, form meets function in one of the most beautiful designs I've seen yet.
Of course you're craving pie right now. How could you not? Beautiful rosy apples are rolling into the markets. Pumpkins and pecans are begging for some brown sugar. The last summer fruits are so ripe, they hardly need to be cooked. It's pie season and Evernote is hosting an virtual cook-along to help us get cooking.
Here's a question to ponder: when considering the long history of food and the many ways we now cultivate, cook, and control it, what are the top innovations that come to mind? An eminent group of Fellows from the UK's Royal Society recently named the Top 20 most significant inventions in food and drink. Can you guess what they are?
Cotton candy: Usually finding this sweet treat means you're at an amusement park. Have you ever seen a cotton candy machine? They're rather large, impractical contraptions, and tend to fill air in the room with bits of cotton candy. But what to do if you want to make some at home? Check out this cool DIY solution - at $45, why not? Well, that is, if you have a drill press. Still, fun to watch!