September 5, 2010

Yummly – What’s For Dinner?

Stuck in a food rut? Give Yummly a try. The recipe database offers a better way to find interesting dishes than simply thumbing through a cookbook or Googling around for ideas online. By keying into the issues that matter most to home cooks—like understanding the differences between styles of cooking and individual ingredients—Yummly has been able to create a searchable recipe database that promises to deliver all the dishes that you’ll actually like in just a few short keystrokes.

The way you use Yummly will depend on what you feel like making. If you’re not sure of what you want to eat, then start out by using the application’s “Food Finder” to browse all the most popular dishes on the site. You can sort recipes by course, by diet, or by allergy, and see how many calories are in each serving before clicking on the dish. If you already know what you want to eat, you just don’t know how to make it, then type the name of the dish you’re looking for into the search box on Yummly’s main page. You’ll be presented with a list of dishes that meet your request, and you can click on whichever looks best to find out the specific ingredients you’ll need to begin.

What makes Yummly especially useful to amateur and expert cooks is that the application lets users edit recipes and save them as their own. You can also see common ingredient substitutions—which is helpful if you’re missing one or two ingredients for the dish—and add your own photos to show others on the site what the dish looks like when it’s complete. For people who like cooking and connecting with friends through social networking sites online, Yummly provides an interactive way to learn new kitchen skills and discover recipes worth trying out.

Practical Uses:

  • Learn how to make an egg salad sandwich
  • Check out photos to see how your enchiladas are supposed to look when they’re finished cooking
  • Follow users whose recipes you enjoy
  • Get ideas about what to make for dinner this week

Insider Tips:

  • Sign up for an account and create a public profile
  • Make edits to recipes and save them as your own
  • Sort recipes by most popular or highest rated
  • Connect through Facebook to share Yummly recipes with your friends

What we liked:

  • Input the number of servings you want to make and Yummly will automatically adjust the recipe
  • Users can submit their own recipes to share with others online
  • Most recipes have nutritional information included
  • Step-by-step instructions make it easy to follow any recipe
  • Users can edit recipes based on their own likes and dislikes

What we didn’t like:

  • Many recipes still do not have photos attached


Company Info:

  • Launched: June 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Redwood City, California
  • Founded by: David Feller Founder and Vadim Geshel
  • Web site:


  • Free

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