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Five Best Recipe Search Tools

Lifehacker: Five Best Recipe Search Tools

Five Best Recipe Search Tools

Here's a look at five of the best tools for finding great recipes online. (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Recipe Search Tools, formerly Reciepzaar, is an all-things-food-related web site with an emphasis on recipes, cookbooks, and more. You can browse popular recipe categories, check out the most frequent searches, and, of course, search for recipes. Where really shines—massive recipe database aside—is its Recipe Sifter tool. You start by selecting what course you want, then what kind of sub-course (like appetizers in the form of dips), and then from there you can narrow your recipe search with ingredient filters, ease of preparation, occasion (holidays, dinner parties, etc.), dietary requirements, and more.

Bing Recipe Search (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Recipe Search Tools
Since early 2010, Microsoft's search engine Bing has had enhanced recipe search features. Search for ingredients, recipe names, or other food-related search terms and you'll see the "Recipes" tab along the top navigation bar. Click on it and Bing filters your search results to show and organize just recipe results. From there you can search by ranking, cuisine type, convenience, season/occasion, main ingredients, and more. Bing pulls from a wide range of sources like Allrecipes, The FoodNetwork, Delish, MyRecipes, Epicurious, and other popular recipe sites.

Allrecipes (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Recipe Search Tools
Allrecipes is a recipe sharing and cataloging web site with an enormous database of recipes. You can search the site without an account, but with an account you can store all the recipes you find (as well as ones you add) in your recipe box. The advanced search tool on Allrecipes is especially helpful for drilling down through their numerous recipes and allows you to easily specify very exact requests—say, for example, you want to see lunch-appropriate recipes that are diabetic-friendly, contain no pork or eggs, and are prepared in a Caribbean style. If you enjoy browsing recipes and scanning delicious food photographs as much as you enjoy cooking them up, Allrecipes has an extensive photo section where members show off their food-photographing skills.

Epicurious (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Recipe Search Tools
Epicurious combines an extensive database of recipes with a host of features that make recipe search and the subsequent preparation simple. You can search for recipes based on ingredients, food style, or dietary needs, among other factors. For easy shopping you can print a shopping list for the recipe you find or fold multiple recipes for your meal planning into one master shopping list to buy everything in one sweep. Epicurious is available as an Android and iOS application, so your recipe searching and ingredient checklists can travel to the store with you.

SuperCook (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Recipe Search Tools
If you find yourself frequently browsing recipe web sites but frustrated when you realize that every recipe that catches your eye requires a trip to the store for extra ingredients, SuperCook is the recipe site for you. To use SuperCook, you start plugging in ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry. The more ingredients you plug in, the more the list of potential recipes grows. All the while SuperCook actively suggests more ingredients you might have overlooked that would expand your recipe list. Put in tomato sauce, pasta, and basil, for example, and it asks if you might have butter, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, or other common ingredients in Italian dishes which would compliment the ingredients you already have.

Five Best Recipe Search Tools

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