iPhone App: iSpice

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Do you ever find yourself browsing through the spice aisle, wondering what exactly you could cook with them? iSpice, a new iPhone app, shows you just that. With photos, descriptions, and recipe ideas, it's a great quick resource.

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I found myself wandering through one of New York's best spice shops, Kalustyan's, recently and although many of the spices looked intriguing, I had no clue how to use them. If I only had purchased this app (had it existed then) I could have come home with some new spices to try, and recipes in mind!

iSpice is the product of research by Monica Bhide, a well-published food writer. She included 128 spices, each with a brief description and one or two photos. Many entries include links to recipes using the spice and other details like youtube videos and links to pertinent articles. Some of the spices are pretty basic but others, like annatoto, the red seeds used to add color to Latin and Mexican cuisines, are fun to read.

The app costs $1.99 and was developed through Sutro Media, a cool, do-it-yourself app development site. Bottom line, iSpice is worth purchasing if you, like me, find yourself wandering through spice shops wondering what to buy. I hope Bhide continues to add more spices and recipes to the app through updates, as I've read my way through it and I'm ready for more!

Have you tried iSpice?

Get the app: iSpice, $1.99 through iTunes

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(Images: iSpice)