Mario Batali Cooks!: It just wouldn't be Food Week without celebrity superchef Mario Batali stopping by, now would it? Thankfully, he released his first official iPhone app, Mario Batali Cooks!, earlier this week, offering a nice collection of signature recipes with video, images, shopping lists and built-in timers to keep you on track. And that's just the tip of the iceberg lettuce—there's also a nice glossary of cooking terms, advice on food and wine pairings and more. Keep in mind that this is Mario Batali, so some of the recipes are a bit fancy, but overall it's a very nice package that won't disappoint fans. $5
NYT's snazzy Scoop app gives you, well, the scoop on what to do in New York. Where to eat, where to shop, where to visit. It's pretty grand. But a new coffee section called the Filter, curated by Times diner Oliver Strand, will make sure you always know where to get a decent cup of Joe, wherever you are in the city. And that's priceless. Free.
Awareness: The Headphone App: A smart looking app with a smart aim: to make sure your headphones don't keep you from hearing important stuff. Like the horn of a car that's about to hit you. Basically, Awareness keeps track of the things that are sounding off around you when you're blissfully ignorant in headphone land. If a sound is loud enough, Awareness turns on your iPhone's mic and pipes that audio in on top of your music. I wouldn't take it as carte blanche to start biking around town wearing your Dre Beats, but even if it potentially keeps you out of harms way one time it's worthwhile. $5