BigOven is by far my favorite online cooking application. Now I’m even more thrilled with it since they have implemented several great updates to the site. I began using BigOven in 2004 when I tired of trying to work with an outdated recipe collection program called Master Cook which has recently had an update too. One of the greatest advantages to BigOven is it goes everywhere with you since it is internet based. You can sign up for a free version that is definitely sufficient for the everyday cook. But if you want to use all the fantastic features you will soon find yourself upgrading to a PRO edition. In addition to the online version, you can download a Windows-based application to your laptop and then import recipes directly from BigOven to the application. This makes it convenient for when you do not have an internet connection to reach the online version.
With the new updates there is a top level menu system makes it easier to navigate around and to find recipes. That is the burgundy colored menu which now includes some 2nd level drop down menus. The top level menu options are Recipes, My Recipes, Menus, Grocery List and Apps.
Here is a sample screen shot of the drop down menu for recipes that you have Added yourself to BigOven, tagged from other contributors to your Favorites, or tagged as a Try Soon. This example is for recipes that I have added and then showing only Main Dishes. Each of the images that you see are ones that have been uploaded to go with the specific recipe.
The following screen shot shows recipes that have been marked as My Favorites. This group can be recipes that are part of my own collection or those that are from other contributors. There are many fine recipes in BigOven and you could spend hours just checking them out. I have several favorite contributors and I’m sure you’ll find your own favorites.
Another great feature is Recent Raves. You can find them under the menu item Recipes and then select Recent Raves from there. Or you can select from the other 2nd level menu options of Collections, Use Up Leftovers, Recipes by Course or Add a Recipe. After you select a recipe you can print it keep for future use, mark it as a favorite, try soon or give it your own rating after you’ve made the recipe yourself.
To learn more about BigOven visit Steve Murch’s About page. Here are some of the award they have received. My hat is off to Steve Murch for developing such a great application. He is surprising approachable, too. I have sent messages about suggestions or when I might find a slight glitch and often the reply back is directly from Steve. With over 8 million downloads, it’s no wonder they have received these varied awards and I am sure there are more to come!
“Best Apps for New Moms” — Time Magazine
“Best Android Apps, 2011 (Honorable Mention)” — New York Times
“Best Recipe App” — About.com, Readers Choice Award, 2013, 2012 and 2011