Apps, iPad

myFlavors

myFlavors

myFlavors

I like to cook. I’ve always enjoyed preparing a meal to share with family and friends.  Like many of us who enjoy cooking, I have favorite recipes scattered in Word docs, text files, printed paper, dog-eared pages in books or magazines and even in databases. Sure, these days you can find thousands of recipes online, but those gems that were passed down from family, friends, or that chef in a favorite restaurant who was kind enough to share a secret or two are likely scattered and hard to find when your in the mood for that particular dish.

myFlavors is a smart cookbook from bouqt.com, the developers of myPill, which we covered in an article titled “Your Pill“, a couple of weeks ago. myFlavors is elegant—a feature-rich iPad app that can organize your favorite recipes and present them beautifully when you are ready to use them. No more pieces of paper, or searching through files.

You can easily add your own categories to the scrolling tabs.  Add recipes manually or from the web using its smart import tool in any language. The myFlavors import feature doesn’t just rip a chunk of text—it figures out each direction, ingredient, photo, description and even the cook time.

Additional features include; on-screen help for newbies. You can flag a recipe as a favorite, add to the “must try soon” list. Move ingredients to a shopping list and print.

Under Settings you can select units of measure, share with friends, write a review, access news and updates, contact support, terms of use, export recipes and login to the myFlavors Cloud, if you are a subscriber (more on that below).

There are two sides to this App.  Free and subscription-based.  Here’s a breakdown of the features in each.

Free features

  • Infinite recipes import from most websites – search or paste their URL and it will be added to your cookbook.
  • Adding all of your own recipes to your cookbook.
  • Search by ingredient throughout your recipes.
  • Creating and managing shopping lists easily.
  • Adding a recipe’s ingredients into your shopping list.
  • Exporting your cookbook into a ZIP file with all of your recipes.
  • Many more…

myFlavors Cloud (subscription based)

  • Backup of your recipes on our cloud servers, up to 999 recipes.
  • Syncing your cookbook between multiple iPads.
  • Sharing recipes from your cookbook with others.
  • Syncing shopping lists with your iPhone.

myFlavors is impressive for a Free app and I enjoy using it.  It’s easy and fun and organizes a part of my life that has been a mess for too long.  I’d love to see a desktop version that syncs with the iPad app. An import from CSV would be nice for those of us who have a bunch of recipes in a database.

Check out myFlavors in the App Store. If you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to pass them on to the developer.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of Cupertinotimes.com.