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Recipe Database and Inspiration

Published 08/04/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Cookthink is a recipe focused website that gives users more ways to find new dishes that suit their tastes and cravings. The user can begin by entering a keyword that describes what type of food they are craving. The site provides a cloud of suggested keywords. The user can also choose to search by ingredient, dish, cuisine and mood. The homepage provides a list of reading resources as well as a grid of suggested dishes complete with a short description and image. An “In the Kitchen” tab provides a question with a link that takes the user to an article that discusses the question and provides solutions and suggestions. Each Cookthink recipe is presented with an image, ingredient list, instructions, estimated prep and cook times, user comments and a link to the author’s other Cookthink recipe contributions.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The application was ‘cooked’ by Brys Stephens, Chip Brantley and Claire Blaunstein. Blaunstein is the present managing director. The featured author is Barbara Kafka who is a much known personality in this domain. These people have come from diverse backgrounds but united in their passion to provide people with a tool to satisfy the hunger cravings. The site is increasingly gaining more visitors and expects to substantially expand its audience in the future.

What are the differences to other apps?

Cookthink takes a slightly modified approach to helping internet users find new, exciting recipes that they will love. The site still includes the standard ingredient and recipe name search options however users can also add a mood or craving. The site also provides suggestions with a cloud of keywords presented to the user as soon as they arrive on the site. Users can comment on recipes to help others make a good decision about which new dish to try.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Cookthink website has a very modern, elegant appearance that gives it a personality all its own. The color scheme favors warm browns and oranges. The stylish Cookthink logo features a grey “C” shape that resembles a mushroom silhouette. The top of the page presents the user with the craving search bar while the cloud of suggested keywords is positioned just below it in varying font sizes. Each portion of the site is separated neatly in a rounded box with a tag shaped header, similar to traditional recipe cards.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join the Cookthink community by clicking the orange “Login / Sign Up” link found in the upper, right hand corner (to the left of the orange site search bar). The pop up box that appears includes an orange “Sign Up” link in the lower, right hand corner. Clicking the link takes the user to the registration form. The form asks for an email address, password, postal code and birth year. The redirect page advises the user that a confirmation message will arrive in their inbox soon. In the meantime, the user is automatically logged in and can begin accessing their account.

What does it cost to use the application?

Cookthink is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required for using the website. All users are given the same level of access. The site includes an online store that lists cooking and food related products, such as wine glasses, kitchen knives, cook books and dishes. The user is not required to make a purchase to maintain an account with Cookthink.

Who would you recommend the application to? is a great resource for anyone who loves to cook and discover new recipes online. The site is very easy to use and gives the user a number of ways to find a dish they love based on mood, flavor preference or ingredient.

  • Search for recipes by ingredient, mood, craving or name
  • Read and post comments to individual recipes
  • Mark favorite recipes with a star
  • Organize meals using Cookthink recipes
  • Read the Cookthink blog and food related articles

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