Recipe App

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by msmith2112, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. msmith2112 macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2002
    Does anyone know if a native recipe app is coming or in the works? I would LOVE to have this! If anyone wants to develop one, I could probably help with graphics, etc.
  2. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    Might be cool.

    But wouldn't the iPhone's screen be too small and impractical to use while cooking? I can see it now...someone trying to see what the next ingredient/step is, and picks up the phone to try and expand the screen larger (getting all sorts of sticky food on it in the process). And accidentally falls into the boiling pasta water!

    Certainly a.....(dare I say it?).....recipe for disater. ;)
  3. MrMinor macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    I would love to see something like this as well. I currently use my iPhone for recipes as I have mine stored in email. I have never had an issue cooking and using it at the same time, but I do see the potential for problems if you are not careful. I would absolutely love an app made for recipes though.
  4. amysig macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2008
    There is some info on the web that the guys who do MacGourmet are doing an iPhone app.

    I want meal planning with shopping list creation. That would be a great time saver for my family.
  5. Andrew07 macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2007
    I'd love this too. What I'm doing now is finding recipes I want to try, bookmarking them using the free InstaPaper app, and then launching whenever I'm cooking
  6. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    That's a great idea: a recipe + grocery inventory + meal planning app.

    It would be great if you could add a bunch of ready made meals into a calendar for the week and then the ingredients necessary for those meals would be added to the grocery shopping cart. The meals would also appear in your iPhone's calendar app.

    An inventory component could keep track of items you already have and you would keep the list up to date when you ran out of an item. Depleted items marked as staples would automatically go into the shopping list.

    The potential for this app is big and could even tie into a grocery delivery service like which would allow you to order what's in your shopping cart at your discretion or automatically.
  7. NDimichino macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    New Jersey
    As a college student, I'd like to see an app that provides recipes, but also provides a feature where you can input the ingredients you have to work and the app searches the recipe database to come up with something. Lord knows I never want to go out and buy tons of food for a recipe.
  8. msmith2112 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2002
    ...back from the grave. Anyone know of a good app for recipes yet?
  9. jstanier macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2008
    Brighton, England.
    I agree with everything said in this thread - an application where you could input ingredients and out pops a dish would be ace.

    I was originally thinking of programming something like this, however there's a problem: either you spend an immense amount of time writing recipes and making it searchable, or you link in to some online food site and use their results to display to the user. I couldn't find any sites that did this, nor do I know anything about cooking :)

    Let's hope BBC Food has an API someday...
  10. msmith2112 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2002

    My thinking was that you would let it be an empty database (ok, maybe a couple of recipes to show how it works) and let the individual enter exactly what he wants into as not to "clog" the app with recipes/ingredients that he/she will never use.

    Also, wouldn't it be cool to have an online networking aspect to it where other users could share their recipes?
  11. DigMe macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    I've used mine for looking up recipes on Safari and then displaying them as I cook. Just keep it where it can't be splattered or fall into a bowl!
  12. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2008
    Dutchess County New York
    That's how I would like it also. This would be something I would definitely be interested in. What about if it synced with a desktop app too?
  13. msmith2112 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2002
    Yes, that would be great as well.
  14. wlc1964 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2009
    Recipe App

    I've added a recipe app to the app store with many of the features discussed here. The recipe app permits adjustment of servings and automatic ingredient amount customization.
  15. Athenstean macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2009
    You might want to check out check out . We over at just finished our first iPhone App and - behold - it's a recipe App... : )

    Seriously though, what you write were exactly the reasons why we wrote the App in the first place. We're all avid cooks and we wanted something to host our personal collections instead of some thousand pre-installed ones. The app supports Mealmaster format for import/export but we also spent a lot of time thinking about usability to make it quick to enter a recipe manually. It might not be the flashiest app around but it sure works great in everyday life. As Rojo wrote, putting a recipe on that small screen really is a brain teaser.

    Feedback so far has been very encouraging and we've already got some new exciting features for the first update. Hope you like it too...
  16. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
  17. PhantomZone macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    Downloaded this today and its quite nice!

    Had previously bought Handy Cook Book and this is *way* better!

    a few things i think it could do with :

    ability to parse recipes from websites
    icon and splash screen are a bit dull
    backup and restore - really important....i dont want to spend hours entering recipes only for an update or phone upgrade to have lost everything!
    conversion button within recipes to go from oz to g?
    recipe by "unknown" - option to remove altogether
    servings needs sorted - what about 'makes 2 jars', 'makes 24 biscuits' etc...not everything is for 1-9 people/portions!
    wine section? would be great for adding nice wines, could also be integrated into recipe section ie. goes well with wine x
    community recipe section?
    when adding recipes to the shopping list it should combine quantites from different recipes ie. 150ml milk in 2 recipes should be 300ml on the shopping list
    some things dont need to go on the shopping list eg. water

    other than that its easy to use, grabbing pics from the web is a nice touch and its restores sessions nicely if you quit and return!
  18. red0n macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2009
    check this one out.

  19. alicaurusrex macrumors newbie


    May 19, 2009
    Dorset, UK
    I've been looking for a good recipe iphone app for ages that does everything mentioned and still haven't found one - at least not one that is smooth, international options (most have American weights and measurements and I am in the UK), vegetarian options... I wish I had the skills/know-how to make it myself although I am a total newbie at iPhone app development still.

    One thing I'd really value that's not mentioned yet is to search by dietary requirements or allergies. I am a vegetarian and am cooking in a couple of weeks for some friends: one is allergic to milk so basically vegan, one is celiac, one is on the Atkins diet right now... whaaaaat! Trying to narrow down recipes that are suitable for all is a nightmare. It'd be great to search for recipes and narrow them down by selecting dietary requirements until you find ones that tick all the boxes. That's just a dream scenario though - I realise it'd be a huge job.
  20. Athenstean macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2009
    Good idea... I was thinking about adding an advanced search to our App but I always thought about "recipes which have X" instead of "recipes which don't have X". Shouldn't be much of a problem though...

    @alicaurusrex: Feel free to contact me using the support address at . If you like, we'll be more than happy to try integrate your ideas in our App with one of the next updates...
  21. powers74 macrumors 68000


    Aug 18, 2008
    At the bend in the river

    This is slightly off topic, I was looking for just a mac recipe app that you could then print off. Anyone know of an app like that?
  22. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

    Oct 19, 2009
    Cedar City, Utah
    I <3 the "Five Mushrooms Recipe Widget" for my dashboard. Offtopic I know, but it rocks!
  23. E3BK macrumors 68030


    Mar 15, 2008
    I've been using Evernote for this. I have a Notebook for recipes and I can clip ones I find online easily. I just bring it up as I'm cooking. ShopShop is a great grocery list app and its free.

    And just as additional note, the Jamie Oliver app is quite excellent.
  24. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla

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