New ways for food lovers to indulge their inner tech geeks.
What’s Cooking On The Web
Courtesy of Rouxbe.com
This site provides beautifully produced how-to videos on subjects like homemade ravioli. rouxbe.com.
Eat, Drink Or Die
Pee-wee’s Playhouse for foodies, from artist Thu Tran. foodparty.tv.
Celebrity-Chef Computer Games
Courtesy of Brighter Minds Media
New games let players vie to be Top Chef (topchefthegame.com), battle in Iron Chef America (destineerstudios.com/ironchef) and face the wrath of chef Gordon Ramsay in Hell’s Kitchen (playhk.com). What’s Cooking? Jamie Oliver takes a more educational bent, sharing recipes for virtual or real meals (jamieoliver.com/whats-cooking).
Portable Fun & Function
Ingenious mobile applications for the wine store, the home bar and the kitchen.
Courtesy of Nirvino
To amass its vast oeno-database, Nirvino collected close to a million wine reviews, plus pairing ideas from users and critics. Free; nirvino.com.
Courtesy of Bob Maran and Deidra Jones
Thanks to Pocket Cocktails’ clever software, moving the iPhone like a shaker brings up easy drink recipes. $5; pocketcocktails.com.
Courtesy of Heidi Swanson
A stripped-down iPhone interface makes 101 Cookbooks’ wide array of healthy recipes easily accessible from the road. Free; 101cookbooks.com.
Courtesy of G-Fi.com
The G-Fi VS wireless hub allows players to compete with one another for game supremacy on any device, from iPhone to laptop. $149; g-fi.com.