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The 12 best apps for food, drink and shopping

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PC Advisor presents the best food, drink and shopping apps for Google Android, BlackBerry and Apple iPhone, and recommends the best utilities and online applications for your desktop or laptop PC.

Through Digital Recipe Sidekick you can browse and import recipes from AllRecipes.com, save recipes to SD Card, email them, edit them or enter your own. The Android app will even read out recipes to you. • Free

Create transferable grocery lists in OurGroceries. This free app for BlackBerry, Android and iPhone users lets you set shopping lists on your phone and share them with other handsets. They don’t need to be running the same OS, and users cite its ability to double up as a nag list as an added bonus. • Free

Shopping is pretty self-explanatory, really. It’s an app that helps you shop smarter. Recently localised for European shopaholics, Shopping finds reviews and compares prices for items you ask it to search for, making the hunt for that elusive electronic bargain that much easier. • Free

The in-beta ConvertMe app is a handy unit and currency converter and tip calculator. It comes with more than 1,500 units across more than 65 categories, and supports 14 languages. • Free

Healthfood fans will find lots to like in eco-supermarket Whole Foods’ app. It suggests creative recipes using what you have to hand and shows them in an easy-to-read interface. • Free

The How to Cook Everything iPhone app, based on Mark Bittman’s book of the same name, gives you access to 2,000 recipes, as well as no-nonsense cooking advice, how-to illustrations, ingredient information, built-in timers, and organised shopping lists. • $5

For good British grub try Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals. Ideal for low-cost nutritious eating ideas. • £5

For keeping track of your caloric intake, Lose It is a handy tool. The app tells you exactly what you’re eating during the day, and it gives you a chance to enter your food intake on the go so you don’t forget to do so later. • Free

Foodies will no doubt be aware of the sites and spin-off apps from Zagat, Hardens and TopTable. Hardens annual restaurant awards are based on diners’ recommendations while TopTable.co.uk allows you to book ahead, get good discounts and, should you want to, diss the service afterwards. • Free

Bargains still abound on eBay, but few of us have the time to monitor items we’re bidding on to ensure we’re not outdone by an auction swiper. There are dedicated eBay apps for all smartphone platforms, plus UPS cost calculators and the useful eBay Analytics app for sellers. • Free

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