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6 Must-Use Food Sites and Apps

New Food Sites, Apps and Gadgets

ChefSteps features fantastic how-to videos. Photo © Ryan Matthew Smith

A slew of new apps and sites are shaping the future of food. Here, 6 to look for.

Spreecast. A videochat tool, Spreecast hosts live talks and Q&As with all kinds of celebrities and experts. Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold and Bonny Doon Vineyard winemaker Randall Grahm have led recent chats. Free; spreecast.com

ChefSteps. Founded by the photographer and two chefs who co-created the massive Modernist Cuisine cookbook, this new site features excellent video how-tos on everything from using liquid nitrogen to sharpening knives. chefsteps.com

TrakDot. Losing luggage is problematic—especially when there are edible souvenirs inside. This lightweight three-inch-wide tracking device comes with an app to pinpoint its location, thus safeguarding your salumi-loaded suitcase. $60 plus activation fee; trakdot.com

Delectable. Alex Fishman created this Instagram-like app so wine enthusiasts can share discoveries—and see what top sommeliers are drinking. The best feature? The app scans a photo of the label and automatically catalogs info about the wine. Free; delectable.com

NoWait. A digital solution for every diner's least-favorite phrase: "The wait for a table is at least an hour." Users don't need to leave home to put their names on the list at no-reservations spots in nine cities, like Pizzeria Vetri in Philadelphia. Free; nowaitapp.com

Feedie. This new app turns food photography into philanthropy. For every food photo shot at a participating restaurant and shared online, Feedie will donate meals to at-risk children in South Africa. Free; wethefeedies.com

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