It’s been a big week in the world of foodie apps. At least three separate companies have released mobile applications to those of us who are surgically attached to our iPhones, Blackberries, and Droids.

PeaPod, which just happens to be my “go to” method of grocery shopping has created an easy to navigate application that will allow you to more succinctly get your shopping done while riding the bus to work or sitting idly in a waiting room. I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of this free app. In addition, to celebrate the release, PeaPod is running a contest. To submit an entry simply tweet the below sentence from your Twitter account for a chance to win a $100 Peapod gift card. Don’t forget the hashtag (#)!

“I am so excited about the new Peapod Mobile app! #PeapodMobile”

The venerable Cook’s Illustrated has also released a new application. This one is only for the iPhone though but it’s fabulous. I’ve been playing with it all week. It features the following cool perks:

  • 50 of their all-time best recipes
  • The ability to browse recipes by cuisine or category
  • Overview videos for every recipe
  • Dozens of taste test reviews for supermarket ingredients
  • A shopping list feature
  • The ability to start and manage multiple kitchen timers
  • Organize recipes and ingredient reviews in your “Favorites”
  • Share free recipes and ingredient reviews via email or Facebook

If that’s not good enough for you, the app also allows online members to log in and view the entire recipe collection. I love being an online subscriber and I’d definitely recommend going this route if you haven’t yet.  By the way, in case you’re worried, the free recipes are actually really good ones like the Almost No-Knead Bread and the Best Buttermilk Drop Biscuits. Both of which I’ve made literally dozens of times.

And last but certainly not least, the gourmet giant Mario Batali had a personal hand in creating his new iPhone app. For $4.99 you’ll be able to do the following and more:

  • Browse recipes by region, course, prep-time, season, category of food or kid-friendliness.
  • Watch videos showing Mario cooking all 63 recipes
  • Utilize built-in timers for any recipe step that requires timing.
  • Review wine pairings with Mario’s notes on varietals and a wine list describing each wine.

I think this means we’ll all be spending a little time at the iTunes store this afternoon!

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