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.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"Basil has reinvigorated my love for cooking."
- Mike Vardy, Productivityist.com
"It is clear that Kyle designed every single detail of this app for practical simplicity."
- Patrick Rhone, Minimal Mac
ALL YOUR DEVICES
◆ 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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- Small bug fixes
- Addresses issue with the tip jar
Ratings and 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.
Fantastic idea, no follow-through
It's maddening that with so many apps in all categories that the developers have such a great idea, then fall so short in implementation. Basil seems to be no exception. The many ways to capture a recipe, especially from partner sites which works very well, as well as manual entry is fine. Where the usefulness of the app starts failing is with the grocery list. There seems to be no way to add additional items that do not come from recipes. Contrary to making meal planning, shopping and cooking easier, one now has to deal with either an extra list or the chore of adding these items to a separate list. Also, there is no way to clear the list except to delete each item one by one. The timer feature within recipes is also a good idea, but seriously, one little ding that doesn't repeat?? I give it 2 stars for the great idea. Could be 5 if the ideas were usefully implemented.
Sadly appears to be abandoned
The economics of the App Store were completely different when Basil first came out. At the time, it was possible to make a living charging money for an app. Those days are gone. Unfortunately Basil seems to be a victim of that change. There hasn’t been an update in two years, exporting to Dropbox is broken, the author no longer responds to support emails, and the website is gone. I’ve changed my review to one star to warn potential buyers that this once useful and enjoyable program is no longer viable.
My original review from 2016:
I’ve been using Basil since it first came out. It’s great at getting recipes from cooking sites and at entering them manually. And it’s super-useful while cooking. Now that it syncs to the iPhone, it’s even better!
- Kyle Baxter
- 21.4 MB
- Food & Drink
Requires iOS 11.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2012 Kyle Baxter
- In-App Purchases
- Coffee Tip $1.99
- Two Coffees Tip $4.99
- Espresso Tip $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.