What's New

- Improves the Grocery List recipe list UI's clarity
- Fixes potential crash related to the Grocery List
- Improves auto-save site support

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

"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

◆ 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.

Supported Sites For Instant Save:


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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • April 05, 2012 Initial release
  • May 02, 2012 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $1.99
  • May 07, 2012 Price increase: $1.99 -> $3.99
  • June 18, 2012 New version 1.0.5
  • July 04, 2012 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
  • July 08, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $3.99
  • July 10, 2012 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
  • July 23, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • September 20, 2012 New version 1.1
  • October 18, 2012 New version 1.1.1
  • November 14, 2012 New version 1.1.2
  • March 01, 2013 New version 1.1.3
  • March 19, 2013 New version 1.5
  • March 28, 2013 New version 1.5.1
  • April 05, 2013 New version 1.5.2
  • April 18, 2013 Price increase: $1.99 -> $3.99
  • June 06, 2013 New version 1.5.3
  • June 11, 2013 New version 1.5.4
  • June 18, 2013 New version 1.5.5
  • July 26, 2013 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $2.99
  • August 10, 2013 New version 1.6
  • August 24, 2013 New version 1.6.1
  • September 20, 2013 New version 2.0
  • October 07, 2013 New version 2.0.1
  • February 20, 2014 New version 2.0.2
  • February 21, 2014 New version 2.0.3
  • May 12, 2014 New version 2.0.4
  • September 19, 2014 New version 2.1
  • October 17, 2014 New version 2.1.1
  • November 23, 2014 New version 2.1.2