How do you share your favourite recipes with friends? Do you write them out? Send emails? Post links on Twitter or Facebook? And how do you find out which recipes your friends like? Do you have a handful of friends who always cook fantastic food? Wouldn’t you love to find out which recipes they’re enjoying?
Facebook users visit the social networking site almost every day to share links and random information. It’s therefore great news that Facebook now has a really integrated recipe application by Foodily for everyone to make use of. While the Foodily website itself is already incredibly useful, this new Facebook application is the ultimate way to share and explore recipes with your friends and family.
Check Out Foodily
Firstly, you can sign up for Foodily itself on their website with either an email address or a Facebook Connect login. There’s no need to use the Facebook application at all, but it does make it more sociable if you do!
If you sign up with an email address, it’s possible to use Facebook Connect to find your friends later.
Once you’re signed in, you’ll see that Foodily revolves around providing you with a recipe “Feed”. This feed is made up of recipes your friends like – and to get you started Foodily has added you as a friend so you can see their recommended recipes.
Search Recipes By Ingredient
Foodily claims to have the world’s largest recipe database since it links in to many of the biggest databases and blogs. The search function is also quite sophisticated, allowing you to quickly find the exact recipe you need.
At the top of all pages in Foodily is the search bar, allowing you to search for anything in the Foodily collection. Results can be limited by low-fat, low-carb, top rated, blogs only and more.
If you want to be able to exclude certain ingredients as well, go back to the home page to enter in your search.
Then all you do is browse away. Foodily gives you a link to the creator of the recipe and a brief list of ingredients. So, you’re always going to refer to the original creator in order to obtain the method for cooking.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll see Foodily have also offered some suggested categories for you to browse for great recipes.
Install The Facebook Foodily Application
If you’d like to use Foodily inside Facebook as well, the application can be found here. The interface within Facebook looks very much like the original website, so there’s no surprises when it comes to usage.
Recipes To Share With Your Friends
Whenever you see a recipe you like in Foodily, you just hover your mouse over it and you’ll see a heart icon. Click that and you’ve saved it as a favourite. This is all it takes to share the recipes with friends both on Foodily and using Facebook.
Another link will pop-up after you’ve saved offering the ability to save the recipe to a list, such as for entertaining, kid-friendly or some other list name you’d prefer to use.
Later, you can easily browse your own favourite recipes by checking out your saved recipes and browsing your lists.
What do you think is the most important feature of a good recipe search site? Do you love to share with your friends? Is the search capability more important than the size of the database? Why or why not?