iPhone Interface for Leite’s Culinaria

iPhone Interface for Leite's CulinariaI don’t know about you, but I’m a gadget freak. And a dyed-in-the-wool Macophile. (Just to show you how easy a Mac is to learn—for the trillions of people still on PCs—I was indoctrinated when I was 27 years old. By a third grader. And that was on an original Macintosh. You know the one; it was heralded in the famous “Why 1984 won’t be like 1984” TV spot.

So what does this all have to do with Leite’s Culinaria? Plenty. I’ve been looking for a way to make us portable. So that you, and I, can make better use of the site. Our old technology (and at 10 years old, it was a dinosaur in tech terms) didn’t allow for it. Enter Brave New Code. It’s a bunch of brilliant designers, developers, and coders who created an interface so that Leite’s Culinaria can stream to your iPhone at speeds up to twice as fast as other programs. And the interface is pure, elegant Macintosh. Click on the photo at the left, and you’ll see the three newest entries on the site (as of the time of this writing). And there are three important drop-down menus on top: Categories, Search, and Menu. It lets you get to the information you want faster and easier.

So once I customized it, I had to do a test drive. I’m alone in the city this weekend—The One is in CT hobnobbing with our friend Ellen at an art opening. So, I decided to make Rhode Island Clam Chowder, part of the article written by Laurie Jones. I went to Fairway, yes the same Fairway I’ve been complaining about for years, to gather ingredients. While my fellow shoppers balanced a shopping cart, sometimes an infant, ingredients list and pen, which when held in the hand while digging though a pile of shallots can be horror-movie frightening—all I had was my trusty phone. I clicked on the recipe, complete with pictures, turned the phone sideways for better viewing, scooped up the ingredients, and was out of there in no time. I even sent a comment from my phone.

The best part is you don’t have to do anything to make it work. We did it all for you. Now, if you don’t like the mobile interface, just scroll to the bottom of the phone’s page and turn it off. From then on you’ll get LC content exactly as you get it here.

Gotta go. There’s a chowder with my name on it.

  1. Jeremy Bingaman says:

    GREAT work David. It looks fantastic and does load quite quickly. And bravo to the design crew.

  2. Chef Gwen says:

    Simply delicious! Now I can access LC anywhere, anytime…and it’s easy on the eyes!

  3. Susan Bingaman says:

    Fabulous work, David. Love the landscape view. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up to you and the team for such an easy-to-use mobile site. LC just keeps getting better.

  4. Terry says:

    Hi, David. The iPhone interface looks great, but I can’t find a link to the download. I searched the App store and couldn’t find it there either. Thanks, Terry

  5. Melissa says:


    You are definitely one of the cool kids with this new website and iPhone app. As soon as I upgrade from my vintage Motorola flip phone, I’ll be quick to start playing with the new LC interface. The site looks wonderful and the writing, recipes, and quick wit as good as ever. You guys are the best!

    I’m a MacMania geek, too. And as much as I hate to admit it, I had one of the first 1984 Macs as well. Aaah, the lightening speed of the CPU, the zippy little floppy drive and the classic look. I’ve gone through the whole series — on to the Mac Plus, Mac LC (whoa, LC?), Quadra, Power Mac, Power Book and blah, blah, blah.

    Okay, so I need to get with it on the iPhone thing. Looking forward to shopping with your portable recipe file. Very nice! Very nice, indeed!


    • David Leite says:

      Melissa, Finally! I’m one of the cool kids. Glad you like the interface. Just wait until you try it. I’m shopping just so I can bring the phone into the store with me.

  6. Sue says:

    Not everyone has, wants, or can afford a mobile telephone. The turn-off for that feature is not well-displayed or marked in your discourse. My favorite places icon doesn’t work for your site anymore. I find this a bit unsettling. A piece of scrap paper and a pen do quite well for a shopping list. And I’d just as soon not be interrupted by a jangling phone at all hours. I hear it often enough at the office. All that said, it’s a good job of programming and I congratulate you and Linda on that.

    • David Leite says:

      The mobile edition is a feature many readers had requested. We believe adding it doesn’t interfere with those readers, like yourself, who prefer not to use a phone. As you say, pen and paper work well. As far as the turn-off feature, all an iPhone user has to do is scroll to the bottom of the Leite’s Culinaria page on their phone and deactivate it. Last, if you point your favorites to http://leitesculinaria.com, you’ll restore it. It’s no longer http://www.leitesculinaria.com/index.html.

  7. John Velek says:

    OK dopey Question Does this work just as well with a Blackberry Storm? Or is it just an iphone thing?
    Thamks V

  8. Jacqui says:

    I wonder why this doesn’t work on my iPhone 3G (not the 3GS)… maybe it’s too old a model?


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