One of the most popular requests we’ve heard from cooks is to make it easier to search within your own curated set of recipes, filtering out everyone else’s recipes.
Today we are releasing two important new features to beta on www.bigoven.com, which will be coming to the mobile apps over the coming months related to this request:
- Your “My Recipes” area now has a “Search My Recipes” box. Typing anything in there will search all the recipes you’ve Added, Favorited or marked “Want to Try” for the keyword(s) you enter.
- You’ll see your own recipes boosted on bigoven.com whenever you do a search when you’re signed in. Any general search on BigOven.com now boosts those recipes which match your search criteria which you’ve Added, Favorited or marked Want To Try. You’ll see your recipes those recipes at or near the top of any search result you do. So, if you do a search for “Apple Pie”, you should see your “Apple Pie” recipes at or near the very top.
We’ll be tuning these two features over the coming weeks, and making them mobile, but wanted you to know about their general availability.
How To Search Just Your Recipes
Simply visit your “My Recipes” cookbook on BigOven by clicking on the cookbook icon (#1 in figure below) in the toolbar:
Then, type keyword(s) into “Search My Recipes” (#3 in figure below):
Visit your “My Recipes” cookbook to search just your recipes
If I type in “chocolate dessert”, I’m going to see just the recipes I’ve added/favorited/marked-try that have the words “chocolate” and “dessert” somewhere in them, without all the thousands of other ones:
Searching just my recipes for “chocolate dessert”.
General Searches Now More Personalized
Also with this release, we’re boosting those of your recipes that meet the criteria of your search. This feature only works for signed-in users. It also means that each cook can (and likely will) see a different set of search results, as you build up your collection.
For instance, when I search “chicken piccata” using the general site-wide search available in the toolbar (#2 in the figure above), I’m going to see all those recipes that have “chicken piccata” in them, but those recipes that I’ve added or favorited or marked interesting to me (i.e., want-to-try) are going to float to the top:
A general search for “chicken piccata” will boost mine higher. Note the first tile on the list is a Favorite and a “Try”
Coming To Mobile Apps
Personalized boosting is coming to the apps shortly, and explicit searching within your own recipes will follow in free updates later this year.
Got ideas for how BigOven can make your cooking even easier? Let us know. We’re listening.