I started this post by looking for a decent recipe search engine. One that would allow me to search by ingredient and match me up with the recipe that would best suit my pantry. As my research continued into November, it dawned on me that this would be an excellent resource for people looking to use all those Thanksgiving leftovers.
To test each site I searched for ‘tomato, garlic, basil’ (I had bruschetta on the mind that evening I guess). The following list is probably not complete. If you know of any that should be on this list please let me know!
Supercook is one of those websites that you instinctively know how to use without looking around. As you type your ingredients, the autocomplete helps choose words or phrases that match the recipe database.
As you select ingredients they appear in the “My Kitchen” area, which is essentially your pantry. As your ingredients list grows, the search results refresh automatically. Under the title of each recipe there’s an indicator to let you know whether you have all the ingredients for a that recipe, or lists the ‘missing ingredients’ for that recipe. Clicking on a missing ingredient adds it to your pantry.
Other features include a word cloud below the your pantry that aggregates all the ‘missing ingredients’ from the current search results. You can click on each word to add it to your pantry. There’s also a smart “Shopping List” that takes stock of what you have in your pantry and suggests other ingredients to increase the number of recipes you can cook.
Supercook also has a keyword search field to further filter your recipe results. For example, ‘sauces’ will show only sauce recipes in the search results. Clicking on a recipe will take you to the site that hosts the recipe. Oddly, it does this in the same browser window so you need to click your back button if you wish to see your search results again.