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Apps for Food

Food apps (applications) are third-party computer (laptop, smartphone, notebook) applications available for free or paid download from manufacturer sources such as the Apple App Store and Google Play marketplaces. Food apps offer a wide variety of services such as crowdsourced reviews and food locators from Yelp, Inc., and Urban Spoon; recipes and dietary recommendations from Sara’s Kitchen or Open Source Food; and calorie counters and weight loss guides from Weight Watchers. Many specialty food apps can be used to find recipes for specific kinds of food such as cupcakes or lasagna, and many restaurants have their own apps equipped with locators, reservation-making tools, and coupon notifications. This entry examines the popularity and use of apps and some of their deficiencies.

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