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Basil Recipe Manager. Organize and Cook Your Recipes!

By Kyle Baxter

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Discover great new recipes from the web, add your own, and get cooking tonight with Basil! Basil helps you find recipes, organizes them for you, and makes cooking easier.


"Basil has reinvigorated my love for cooking."
- Mike Vardy,

"It is clear that Kyle designed every single detail of this app for practical simplicity."
- Patrick Rhone, Minimal Mac

Favorite features:

◆ Basil is designed for your iPhone and iPad to make cooking easier, and keeps your recipes and grocery list in sync with iCloud!

◆ Search the web's best recipe sites all at once and save recipes from them with just one tap!
◆ Add your own personal recipes, too, so your favorite recipes are all in one place!
◆ Add recipes from any app with a website or URL using Basil’s recipe save extension
◆ Recipes are stored on your iPad offline

◆ Basil makes shopping for the next meal a cinch. Add recipes to your grocery list, and Basil sorts them by aisle. Even better, Basil suggests healthier substitutes for certain ingredients!

◆ Beautiful interface made for cooking. Big, readable text so you can read at a glance in the kitchen
◆ Smart ingredient scaling: Scale your recipes, and Basil will handle it all for you
◆ Time-based directions magically become instant cooking timers
◆ Auto unit conversion. Choose your preferred units (American or metric) and Basil will convert recipes for you. If you're in the UK and save American recipes, Basil will convert all those pesky cups and teaspoons to metric units for you!
◆ Cross off ingredients as you cook, and Basil will turn them gray so your eyes are drawn to the ingredients still left to use.
◆ Take notes! Add your own adjustments and notes to each recipe so you know exactly what to do each time you cook.

◆ Organizes your recipes for you! Recipes are automatically tagged by ingredients and setting the meal and cuisine type is quick too, so you can do things like see all of your breakfast recipes with bacon, or see your Chinese recipes. No need to spend time making folders!
◆ Filter your recipes by favorites, meal and cuisine types, tags and sources
◆ Browse your recipes by big, beautiful photos! It'll get you inspired to cook (and hungry!).

Basil makes it easy to find new recipes with its special quick-search feature, and organizes them for you. Each new recipe is tagged with its main ingredients, and adding cuisine and meal type is a snap. You can find just the recipe you're looking for by sorting according to favorites, cuisine type, meal type, or main ingredients. Or you can just search them, using full-text search.

Basil even makes cooking easier. Directions and ingredients are easy to read at a glance, and any time-based directions ("sauté for 5 minutes") are turned into buttons which start a timer, so you don't have to fumble with a separate timer. You can cross off ingredients as you cook, and Basil even converts units for you automatically.

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What's New in Version 3.0.2

- Importing large Basil export files could take a while to complete
- Bug where multiple duplicate food items on your grocery list that are combined into a single list item by Basil could not be checked off
- Selecting a new tag with the tag editor would not update the list of available tags correctly


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Customer Reviews

Happy recipe saver

I have had this app for a couple fo years now and enjoy it. Customer service is polite and quick to respond. For supported websites, recipes are easy to save. For those that aren't supported it is a little tricker, but, they make it clear up front which ones they support so I know what I'm in for if I tray from a standard site.

The main area of improvement would be to integrate with a wider range of site and to make entering your own recipes a little easier. However, the cost for this app is reasonable and I find it to be a simple way to save recipes without a lot of hassle or needing special accounts.

It isn't a memory hog on my ipad either and I appreciate that it doesn't push ads to me. I will say that I don't use it's features for grocery shopping. I like to be a bit old school on that - pen and paper make me happy. I like the app and I'm sorry to see that others have been unhappy.

Superior Customer Service

The maker personally responded to my syncing questions within a matter of minutes with a step by step response, then again when I did it in the wrong order. He haloed me get everything back that I had put into the app and was convinced it was completely erased. Extremely pleased with the amount of care put into this. Thumbs up to you, Kyle Baxter.

Good simple program

I've been using this for about 3 years now, and it's always worked fine for me. It's a nice simple program, can be used offline to access recipes, and doesn't hog phone storage. It lacks some sophistication when populating the grocery list (frozen peas does not go in produce, it goes in frozen foods) but overall I'm satisfied. Also, the one time I had a glitch, the developer responded to me personally, released an update soon after.

Basil Recipe Manager. Organize and Cook Your Recipes!
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.0.2
  • Size: 18.3 MB
  • Languages: English, French
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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