What's New

This update adds the ability to add photos to a recipe from your iPad's pasteboard when tapping-and-holding on the recipe's photo frame.

This update also addresses several bugs. Addresses the following issues:
- When multiple timers are running, Basil could quit when one of them goes off.
- More accurate ingredient tagging: Basil will appropriately differentiate between ingredients like "ginger" and "gin" when adding ingredient tags.
- When Accessibility's "button shapes" setting is enabled, the quick-tag dialogue's save button wasn't visible.

App Description

Discover great new recipes from the web, add your own masterpieces, 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, Productivityist.com

"Recipes I save from the web are scattered across Pinboard, Instapaper and Simplenote. But Basil… might just change all that."
- Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

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

Favorite features:

◆ 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 Safari on your iPad with the "Add to Basil" bookmarklet
◆ Recipes are stored on your iPad offline

◆ 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.

Supported Sites For Instant Save:


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If you have any issues, please email support@basil-app.com. We have no way to contact you if you explain an issue in a review.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

July 25, 2014 New version 2.0.4
February 21, 2014 New version 2.0.3
February 20, 2014 New version 2.0.2
September 22, 2013 Price Decrease: $3.99 -> $2.99
September 22, 2013 New version 2.0.1
June 18, 2013 New version 1.5.5
June 12, 2013 New version 1.5.4
November 30, -0001 Initial Release