Author Archives: Kris

New products instead of new features

With Recipe Puppy I initially set out to make a recipe search engine that did everything. Besides being a hard time consuming problem, I found that I was adding features that no one was using. I changed my focus and made Recipe Puppy into a ingredient based recipe search engine that would return higher quality [...]
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Specialty Recipe Search – Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free

I have rolled out a few specialty recipe search engines. You can now search for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free recipes in their own specific websites. I also have a release a simple API that will let developers search the recipe puppy database by ingredient and/or keyword. I look forward to seeing what people do with [...]
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Food Guts – An Ingredient Database

For a few months now I have been working on an ingredient database. I am compiling a mixture of information like seasonality, nutritional information, and wikipedia with things I can infer from my large database of recipes like what ingredients go well with each other and what are some of the popular dishes that use [...]
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Online recipe ratings are broken

Recently, I have noticed that any cooking recipe that I find on the internet is either not rated or rated very highly (between 4 and 5). I did a quick check of the data to confirm my suspicions. On 2 of the top cooking websites ( and I polled the recipes that had exactly [...]
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When you want to go out to eat

When I go out to eat, I often use to get my meal for cheaper than I would otherwise. I live in New York City where there are hundreds of restaurants with discounts on I find my self searching for one restaurant after another to see if the restaurant was reviewed well. After [...]
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Ask Your Recipe Questions

I am a big fan of the StackOverflow question and answer sites. Now that they have made it possible for anyone to create their own question and answer site with their system, I have created Ask Recipe Labs, a place to ask and answer cooking and food questions.
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Recipe Rating Distribution on and

I am trying to make finding the best recipes online easier, and in the process have been going through some raw data. Here is the data from and I don’t have all or the recipes from each of these websites, but it should be a fairly good representation of the recipes on each [...]
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Introducing CookThing

About two weeks ago I created a new front end to Recipe Puppy. It worked like this: Say what you want to make Pick from the list of common ingredients for that food Get a list of recipes the most relevant recipes to that food and ingredients The feedback on hn and the fact that it made the front [...]
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Recipe Puppy Major Update

In the last month I have been working on some major updates to Recipe Puppy. The first upgrade is the ingredient database. The previous version of Recipe Puppy had just under 800 unique ingredients. That number is now over 1,500. In addition I am constantly adding generic categories, so that a search for cheese will find [...]
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Recipe Puppy Everywhere

Here are a few of the ways you can use the recipe puppy search besides using the recipe puppy website. Firefox 2+ / IE 7+ Search Bar, click add to firefox/ie on the bottom of any page in the tools section Alongside Google in Firefox with the WebMynd powered widget On any Website with the Recipe Puppy Search [...]
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