Thank you sooooo much!
For the first time I finally have found an app that works like it should. I have tried at least a dozen of the last few years to try and digitize my paper random recipes. The features are so help from tags to multi pictures (this is helpful for showing various steps 👍👍).
It has been very simple to use. And thanks for having it be a 1 time fee. I would be willing to pay for bigger updates from time to time to keep development going, but I’m just thankful it isn’t some crazy $19 buck a month subscription.
Thanks for hopefully being my final app to get this project done. 👍
It’s amazing that you can import recipes. The formatting is the best out there!
I love this app more than food itself!
This app has everything I was looking for to help with meal planning! I love that I can save recipes from multiple websites , and even add my own recipes - and everything looks so pretty with nice big photos! I really love that the information actually gets copied into the corresponding fields in the app, instead of just linking to the external websites. Now I don’t have to scroll through long rambling blogs with annoying banner ads! The meal planner is very easy to use and I can easily compile a shopping list for the week and text it to my husband to pick up at the store. There are a lot more thoughtful features too. This is my first ever review on the App Store and it is completely unsolicited! I’m just super happy I decided to buy this app and wanted to share it!
Beautiful app that makes your recipe collection look like a food blog
By Christopher Wikstrom
This is a follow up to my previous review. As I said in that review this is a beautiful app with some pretty amazing functionality. My concern in that review was that the app was not being actively developed. I received a very quick response from the developer today that they are indeed developing the app and have big plans for future releases. I am excited to see where they take Cookbook! Highly recommended this app.
Easy to Use
Love the ability to pull recipes from websites but what I use even more often is the character recognition for photos of cookbooks - now I can keep my favorite cookbook recipes all in “CookBook”!
A Great Recipe App
I’m really loving this app. There’s a little bit of a learning curve, especially when it comes to importing via OCR and to viewing the recipes for use, but it only took me a few times to really start to get the hang of it. It’s a full-featured app and also includes meal planning (more on that later) that lets me finally pull together all those bookmarks, screenshots, printed recipes, pieces of paper, and notecards that I have all over the place.
Until now, I’ve relied primarily on bookmarks for web recipes or a collection of big white mailing envelopes that are labelled on the outside (main, veggies, cake, etc) with my bits of paper tucked inside. But, finding something based on a specific ingredients or function? Not so easy. Well, this app not only has tags that you can filter, it allows you to make as many custom tags as you want. I’ve got tags by pan size, type of dish, key ingredients, function, you name it. Now I can find baked goods that use oatmeal or quick breads with bananas and applesauce. Or, I can just browse the thumbnails for inspiration.
Getting recipes in will take time, but, is so easy. Importing from the web is a snap as the app syncs well with most web formats for recipes. Sometimes, it will capture the information but will need to editing work because the website was not a standard recipe form. That’s okay because I didn’t have to bounce back and forth typing or copying and pasting. OCR is pretty sound. It took me a few tries to get the hang of cropping for each section. You can add to ingredients and methods as well - great for dealing with a two-column image when ingredients run across columns or methods run onto a second page. It even handled a good chunk of my hand-written recipes as well. And, of course, you can always type in recipes if need be. The app will automatically import a picture if there’s one on a website recipe. Otherwise, you’ll need to add your own which isn’t hard at all. Take a picture, save it to your photos, then import it from your library. Bingo!
When inputting recipes, you sometimes have multiple things that go together but are prepared separately with their own list of ingredients. Take cakes, for example, that have the cake layers, a filling, and possibly a frosting all in one recipe. Well, you can separate those in your ingredient list. Each ingredient has a blank line between. You can put something like “Cake Layers:” with a line return and then the ingredients for the cake, followed by “Filling:” with those ingredients, and then “Buttercream/Icing/Frosting:” followed by those ingredients. The key is having that colon - the app reads it as a heading and formats it in the ingredient list. Same thing for Methods - you can create headings as long as you use a colon after the heading followed by 3 line returns (specific to Methods) and the app will format headings for you. Very cool!
Using this to bake the first time, I clicked the forward wedge that is located just under the name of the recipe. That will put you in a screen that has the ingredients on the left and the first step of your recipe. Tap on the right side of the methods frame to advance. I hated it because I like to see everything at once. Problem solved! Just tap on “Method” in the lower right of the main screen for each recipe.
I haven’t used the meal planner. It’s got a good interface, but is a little less customizable than the recipes. I’m on a meal plan that has three meals that alternate with three snacks. The meals list fine, the snacks not so much. I always end up with Breakfast, Snack, Snack, Snack, Lunch, Dinner - no matter what order I actually enter the meals. It’s not a deal breaker but, for me, is a feature flaw that makes it difficult to use. If you’re just using this to plan for your week, though, it’s very easy and even lets you build a shopping list.
I’ve tried dozens of recipe apps and have ended up deleting the free ones and returning the paid ones every time. Until this app - it’s well worth the price, doesn’t have hidden in-app charges (like a subscription - I hate those!), and has a beautiful interface that makes it fun to use. Plus, I can use it across all my devices - such a deal! I highly recommend this app if you’re looking for a way to store all those miscellaneous recipes you’ve bookmarked, clipped, written, or otherwise collected over the years. It’s a real winner.
Love planning and adjusting my family meal plan
By Optimal Health Homecook
I love this Cookbook App! I started a Healthy Lifestyle change this year. As I have taken on learning to cook in a new way for optimal health adding recipes, adjusting the number I am cooking for daily, and planning ahead have become primary needs for my meal planning. This app is extremely easy to use, make edits and navigate changes. I love the meal planning calendar for planning my week while remaining easily flexible!
Cookbook is beautiful and extremely functional for my family and personal meal success. I love using it daily! It’s rekindled a love for cooking for my family! It has become one of my highest used apps! Thank you!
Everything I was looking for a cooking app to do
This is the most functional cooking app I have ever encountered. It does everything i have been looking for this type of app to do.
Great app, wish I had better shopping list functionality
Wonderful app for organizing recipes, love how I can scan ones I have written and they are put into the app. Excellent search functionality to find recipes. Like the ability to easily export to pdf.
Wish the shopping list function was a bit better so I could click on a recipe and add items needed to my shopping cart vs having to do this by clicking through to a meal plan then electing day/meal before I can add to the list. Wish I could remove what items in a recipe I don’t need on the list before it gets added. Some sort of swipe to delete button would be great
Also, wish there was a way to categorize recipes into folders, at least in a iPad/tablet view vs seeing them all. Would be nice to search through folders I’ve created for ideas
The best app for integrating books and digital
I have many cookbooks and magazines but also am a heavy user on epicurious and other recipe sites. I tend to default to digital sites because they are searchable, meaning that I use my cookbooks far less than I would like. After searching for a solution to this problem (and briefly flirting with creating my own) I found Cookbook, which is the best solution to this problem in my view. In the past few weeks I have added 400 recipes to the database, and I’m sure I’ll add hundreds more. Having everything searchable is really useful. The OCR capabilities allow you to scan recipes from cookbooks - this is pretty time intensive though and while the scanning is good, it tends to make errors around measurements which are critical in recipes. The app has many other features and is definitely worth the price, but I would like to see the development team continue to improve it. Recipe scanning is currently free, but I would be willing to pay a few pennies for each scan, particularly if this cash flow led to improvements in the OCR and app over time. If you’re looking for one place to store all your recipes, I highly recommend this app.