Better than PepperPlate?
January 9, 2012 1:53 PM Subscribe
Help me find a better alternative to PepperPlate
for storing recipes.
posted by Quisp Lover to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I like the concept of PepperPlate. I like the iPad integration. I like the free-formedness (it's about your recipes, not theirs plus, btw, an opportunity to add your own).
But the programming is weak. They claim to be about sharing, yet there's no way show others your recipe file except via emailing individual recipes; the software can't handle smart quotes, workflow's maddening, tagging is nightmarish, and tag editing is non-existent. Since manual recipe entry involves tons of cut/pasting, you'd think they'd keep all fields open to make the work faster, but instead you've got to open up "Title", "Description", "Ingredients", "Instructions", and "Notes" fields separately and one at a time. Ugh!
The service is quite popular, nonetheless, because lots of home cooks aren't very geeky, and don't recognize the shortcomings.
My main worry is this: Pepperplate's model is about providing ways to automatically import recipes from major food web sites, yet the list of supported sites never grows, which makes me worry development is dead. And since there's no way to bulk export my recipes, I worry about that a lot.
So what's something like this, only better, and more actively developed? It MUST involve a nice slick iPad version with a slick synching function.