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Stop searching and start cooking! Meet spoonacular, the recipe search engine that finds the recipes you really crave. Read more

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Stop searching and start cooking! Meet spoonacular, the recipe search engine that finds the recipes you really crave.

Chicago, IL Food
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spoonacular is a recipe search engine that understands natural language, so you get the results you really want. This means no more meat in your "vegetarian chili" or wheat flour in your "gluten-free brownies."   Not only will spoonacular understand your query better than conventional recipe search engines, the results will be much more customizable. We will calculate scores for healthiness, price, difficulty, and popularity that will let you rank recipes according to what really matters to you. Top-scoring recipes will receive badges and other awards to set them apart from the rest. 

Curious what recipes your Facebook friends have tried? Trying to keep up with the recipe hype on Pinterest? This heart badge is our popularity indicator.
Curious what recipes your Facebook friends have tried? Trying to keep up with the recipe hype on Pinterest? This heart badge is our popularity indicator.
Healthy, nutritionally-dense foods will receive this bulging bicep badge. As far as spoonacular is concerned, healthy foods help you meet your daily requirements for important vitamins and nutrients without having too many calories, sodium, sugar, etc.
Healthy, nutritionally-dense foods will receive this bulging bicep badge. As far as spoonacular is concerned, healthy foods help you meet your daily requirements for important vitamins and nutrients without having too many calories, sodium, sugar, etc.
This little leaf indicates that a recipe is vegetarian.
This little leaf indicates that a recipe is vegetarian.
Vegan recipes (that is, recipes free from meat, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, and any other ingredients derived from animals) receive three leaves.
Vegan recipes (that is, recipes free from meat, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, and any other ingredients derived from animals) receive three leaves.
This badge is awarded to gluten-free recipes.
This badge is awarded to gluten-free recipes.
This badge is given to recipes that are especially sustainable, so you can make both your taste buds and the environment happy!
This badge is given to recipes that are especially sustainable, so you can make both your taste buds and the environment happy!

Plus, you won't find ugly nutrition labels and boring ingredient lists on spoonacular-- we want recipe searching and browsing to be visually appealing. After all, you eat with your eyes first! We only feature recipes with photos, and use attractive widgets to provide important information. Recipes are given one to three dollar signs depending on how expensive the ingredients are. Our cost estimates can help you find an inexpensive recipe for when you have to feed a crowd or a special (yet admittedly expensive) anniversary dinner-- whatever you need. Recipes popular on social media platforms will have a dark pink heart, while less popular recipes will be just faintly pink. The clock tells you how long you will have to peel, chop, and cook until the food is on your table, while the spoonacular metascore combines all these factors into one single rating. As far as we're concerned, the very best recipes are inexpensive, popular, healthy, and easy to make.  

Our little chef hopes to one day be the Siri of recipes. He is already a bit of a health nut, providing useful tips to make recipes even healthier (ever try replacing butter with a healthier oil or even mashed bananas when baking?)  

Although we want spoonacular to become the web's best recipe search engine, we don't want to stop there. It is our vision to provide a free tool that allows other blogs and websites to convert their standard ingredient lists to visualized lists like the one below:

We also hope other blogs and websites will use our tool to calculate and display visually-appealing price and nutrition information. We also plan to develop an app that will let you score your own recipes right in your kitchen-- just enter the ingredients in your meal, take a picture, and let spoonacular do the rest. You have a digital alarm clock, Google calendar, and a Kindle, why depend on an old-fashioned recipe book?

We hope spoonacular will make the whole web a little bit tastier. Please pledge spooner than later! ;)

Some of Our Rewards:

$10 spoonacular postcard!
$10 spoonacular postcard!
$50 spoonacular grocery tote!
$50 spoonacular grocery tote!

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is to make sure our recipe search engine is truly superior to other engines already on the web. Luckily we have some pretty snazzy algorithms and lots of data from reliable sources around the web. We believe anyone using our engine will "taste" the difference ;) Otherwise this project is pretty low-risk-- we are determined to get spoonacular up and running as soon as possible. Your pledge will help us get there sooner, as we look to hire designers for our website and app, pay for image licenses, etc.

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    TEASPOON: Thank You e-mail -- every spoonful counts!

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    TABLESPOON: A spoonacular postcard delivered to wherever your home-cooked meals are made!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    WOODEN SPOON: one copy of the spoonacular recipe e-book. The e-book will feature top-scoring appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

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    SOUVENIR SPOON: a spoonacular grocery tote; show off your support AND your eco-friendliness!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $75 reward

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    SOUP SPOON: Featured Recipe on spoonacular-- pick your favorite recipe from your blog or website and we'll showcase it on spoonacular for a week!

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    DESSERT SPOON: Permanent link to your blog or website on spoonacular's "About Us" page

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    SILVER SPOON: Our tools customized for your blog/website. Yep, we'll style the tools to fit your blog so you don't have any work to do. Pledge $125, and watch us transform your recipe blog/website!

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    CAVIAR SPOON: 1 month of daily meal plans. We'll use top-scoring recipes from spoonacular to plan three meals a day that fit your goals (low calorie, low carb, healthy, etc.) and other requirements (budget, allergies, etc.) We promise you'll eat well and have fun cooking!

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