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Intro to MyRecipes

MyRecipes.com offers the one of the largest collections of professionally-tested web recipes. The website collaborates with magazines and cookbooks which have made a name for themselves in the food and cooking world including Cooking Light, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Real Simple, and Food & Wine. MyRecipes.com lets you view recipes in nearly 150 categories. 

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The Good

  • Numerous recipes in various categories
  • Multiple newsletters
  • Ability to save recipes
  • Create and email shopping lists
  • Drag and drop meal planner

MyRecipes.com offers users a large amount of recipes and the browse and filtering tools are very helpful. The recipes can be broken down into categories including type of dish, global cuisines, healthy options, quick and easy, cooking method, holidays, as well as special diets such as diabetic or low-calorie.

The website also provides users the opportunity to sign up for seven newsletters which provide tailored articles delivered to their email address. The partnership with of Time brands also allows MyRecipes.com to connect its users to those who are using or reading Cooking Light and the other sister sites.

Additionally the site also offers users a unique feature by allowing them to save recipes while creating a meal plan through a drag and drop method and then allowing them to email themselves or others the shopping list for the meals. This feature can be very helpful for home cooks and is not offered on all food websites. MyRecipes.com also provides users a corresponding app for download on Apple and Android phones.

The Bad

  • Forum
  • Ability to share personal recipes

MyRecipes.com does not include a forum. While there are helpful how-to and advice articles and videos, there is not a forum present for general discussion among users of the page. A forum allows users to communicate with each other about concerns, questions, and tips which can be very helpful, especially for a beginner who is just entering the world of cooking and entertaining.

MyRecipes.com does allow users to upload their own personal recipes and recipes they find on the web but the user must sign up with them first. While this process is free is does require you to provide bits of personal information and MyRecipes.com will email you from time to time when you do this. Many sites across the web require users to sign up with them in order to gain access to all that the website has to offer and MyRecipes.com is no different. However, the benefits of signing up tend to out weight the small hassle of taking the time to sign up as well as the occasional email, which you can opt out of.

The Bottom Line

We recommend MyRecipes.com to any one passionate about home cooking and food, including those who are inexperienced and those who have been cooking and entertaining for years. The unique meal planning feature in addition to the ability to create shopping lists makes it a valuable tool for those interested in taking their cooking habits to the next level. By signing up with them, a user will have access to tools which will make planning and maintaining at home easier and more organized.

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