I’ve been hearing about Yummly for five years: it launched the same year as Cooks&Books&Recipes. Quite honestly, since there were then, and there are now, so many food sites claiming to collect every single recipe, ever, on the Internet, I figured this was just one more. But Yummly is still around, and it is continuing to grow (~1 million recipes + over 15 million monthly users, and counting), and it is adding more features every day (yes, they have a very cool app). It’s mission is “to be the world’s largest, most powerful, and most helpful food site in the world.” They may be getting close… For me, at least, Yummly is proving to be different from the others.
Why is Yummly different? First, its search filters allow you to find the perfect recipes by holiday, cuisine, taste (e.g., salty, savory, sour, bitter, sweet, spicy), diet (e.g., Paleo), nutrition (e.g., vegetarian), allergy (e.g., gluten-free, dairy-free), cook time, technique — and the list goes on. The more recipes you choose, the easier it is for Yummly to help you find what you want. You can even search for recipes based on ingredients you already have in the house (no last-minute dash to the store). You can create your own recipe box by saving any recipes you find, anywhere on the Internet. You can also organize your recipes into collections — in other words, you can make your own “cookbooks”!
But here’s my favorite feature. I’m a Yummly publisher, which means that all the Cooks&Books&Recipes cookbook, chef, and restaurant recipes are (or will be soon) on our Publisher Page AND Yummly has added nutrition info. This is not information that I had for the recipe originally. So, for instance, when you find this recipe for Tortellini-Chickpea Pasta Salad from Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less, the Yummly entry adds a complete “Nutrition Facts” table with calories, fat, cholesterol, carbs, protein, sodium, vitamins, etc., per serving! Now that’s just plain cool.
I’m a fan. And we think you will be too, if you’re not already. Of course, we hope you’ll “Yum” lots of Cooks&Books&Recipes recipes. Just click the Yum share button above or below your favorite recipe!