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Yummly: Like Netflix, But for Recipes

[picappgallerysingle id="5289326"]If you use Pandora or Netflix, then you’re tapping into sites with predictive power.  And as off as some suggestions for your Netflix queue or your Pandora “station” may be, it’s still a pretty powerful concept that gets it right a lot of the time.  At the very least, you get to discover new songs or movies you may not have known you could like, a very good thing.

So there’s a recipe site now called Yummly that employs the same concept for recipes.  I read about it back in May, and never got around to posting about it then, but then this morning for some reason, it popped into my head — whatdya know?

It’s a recipe search site like Epicurious, but Yummly “learns” what you like to cook, and gives you suggestions for your next kitchen foray.You can filter searches by ingredients, allergens, price, time and cuisine.  And the more you use it, the better it understands your tastes; it then uses its algorithms to recommend recipes to match.

Yummly has a 500,000 and counting recipe database with recipes from Epicurious, The Food Network and Chow. As a regular user of Epicurious, I’ll be interested to see how much more I might prefer Yummly – I’ll test it out to see if it “gets” me.  : )

There’s also a social networking component that lets you share recipes.

I was curious to enough to go there just now and sign up for an account (it’s free), and I think I’m going to like this site – A LOT. 

When you set up your profile, you can enter Likes, Dislikes, Diets (vegetarian, vegan, etc.), and Allergies.  For my “Dislikes,” I chose carrots, cabbages and sweet peppers, then did a search on “Steak.”  It returned over 6000 (yes, 6000) recipes for steak without those ingredients – how cool is that?!

And the first two recipes that popped up are ones I’d actually like to try soon:  Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Parsely-Garlic Butter, and Tenderloin Steaks with Cranberry Port Sauce and Gorgonzola Cheese.  Yummly, indeed!

Why not go check out Yummly now  for recipe ideas for the weekend?  I think you’ll be glad you did.

Bon Appetit!

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Kimberly Houston


2 Responses to “Yummly: Like Netflix, But for Recipes”

  1. Eliana says:

    I will definitely have to check this out soon. It sounds like a fantastic idea :)

  2. I think so too, Eliana! Just in the few minutes I had time to mess around with it this morning before I went to work, I got completely sucked in. ; )

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