FORK allows you to like a particular picture of a food dish and allows for comments and questions. One recent picture of a French Toast Casserole posted by one of his friends prompted Briggs to ask, "How do you make that?" So, there's the ability to exchange recipes and have a conversation as well.
The real value is the ability to show my kids a photo of what I was thinking of making – while shopping for food with them. It's a feature that cuts across many food apps but the photos on this app are dynamic – much of the screen is devoted to the image. The ability to show my kids a photo and describe the recipe allows them to be a part of the dinner-planning process. Gone are the days of force-feeding your kids what you think is good for them!
As I played around with FORK, it got me to thinking about what similar apps and programs there are available around food. Here's a short (and of course incomplete) list of apps I found:
First of all, what a cool name. I think food apps may have the coolest names. This application operates together with Spotify and offers playlists to go with the dinners you select. Click on a dish you want to make and not only do you get a recipe, but you also get a playlist to go with food preparation and a playlist for when you sit down to eat. I like this idea because it allows you to dance in the kitchen!
iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, Nook Color; Free
There's a very large database to choose from here as well as some nice categorizations, including "Lunches Kids Love." Yay! Can we get a "Hiding Veggies in Yummy Dishes" category? What I really like about this app is the site's option for email updates, including a "Recipe of the Day."
All Recipes Dinner Spinner
iOS, Windows Phone; Free
A little confusing at first as an app, but once you get situated, the ability to mix-and-match ingredients – and to ask for recipes that take 20 minutes or less to prepare – is a virtual godsend. Working parents everywhere are going to like this app.
iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK, Windows Phone, Windows, Web; Free
This app lives up to its name – many offerings here but I really like their categorizations, including "Comfort Food" and "Vacation." Big Oven also has menus for holidays, seasons and menus for when it's hot and humid!
It's increasingly a mobile world and having access to menus, recipes and photos while shopping creates new opportunities for interaction between parents and their kids. And I see myself spending a lot more time roaming the aisles, checking out recipes.
What foods apps do you recommend? Feel free to offer up your suggestions in the comments section.