Easily Edit Private Notes on Recipes (PRO)

Want to make personal notes on a recipe, capturing taste preferences, who you cooked for, or things you might do next time? BigOven PRO members can easily add and edit notes on the recipe detail page on the web.

Simply visit the recipe detail, click on the Notes tab, and enter the notes. If you’d like to change the note later, just click on it, and the change the text in the popup.

(Android and iOS clients will soon have full recipe note updating functionality.)

BigOven PRO members can also clone and customize any recipe on the site — simply click the Edit dropdown on the recipe page and choose “Copy and Customize.” This creates a private copy just for you, where you can edit the ingredients and instructions to suit your taste.

Edit notes on recipes
Edit notes on recipes

BigOven for iPhone 10.1 Release Now Available

iPhone-6--Screenshot--Homescreen--No-Background-2The latest update to BigOven for iPhone is now available! It’s free for all users.

It includes:

Add Notes to your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, click the “+” button, then ‘Add note’. Enter your note or meal idea, choose the date and meal, and then Done.

Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, simply click the “Edit” button on the left, then tap the recipes you’d like to add, then “Add to Grocery List” at the bottom of the screen.

Add a Photo to your recipes

In recipe detail, you can add a photo by tapping the 3 dots (…) and choose the option to ‘Add Photograph’.

Several bug fixes

Including an important one related to login. If you were having trouble signing in, please Sign Out and then sign back in again. (To sign out, click the alarm bell, then the gear, then Sign Out. Also fixed were a couple of crashing bugs, more efficient downloading for large accounts, and more.

You can find the update by searching “BigOven” on the App Store, or this link.

Happy cooking!


Suggest recipes for your friends to try

Ever have a great cooking experience that you want to make sure another friend will try? Or did a friend of yours just join BigOven? Now, you can easily start them off with a suggestion or two.

Get your friends cooking.

With BigOven, you’ve always been able to email recipes, or text them to others via the app. But sometimes, even those ideas are fleeting, and can get lost days or weeks later. Now you can recommend recipes right on your friend’s profile page, or from the recipe detail page on BigOven.com, and those recipe recommendations will go onto your friend’s Try list, and a message from you will be placed in their Activity area. (If they’ve enabled notifications, they’ll also see a notification from you.) This message comes with a handy link to the recipe, and the recipe will be placed in their “Try” list for their consideration. (They can always remove it by clicking on the bookmark again, to un-set that flag.)

Use it to suggest a dinner idea, or pass along a great recipe that you’ve just had!

You’ll need to know the BigOven username of the cook in question. To find their username, you can visit the BigOven cook directory.

Two easy ways

Recommend a recipe
Recommend a recipe right on the detail page
  1. Find a recipe on BigOven, and click “Share”
  2. Enter their email address or click the dropdown to choose their BigOven username

or, method 2…

If you’re on the cook’s profile page, click “Recommend Recipe”

Recommend a recipe right on a cook's profile page
You can recommend a recipe right on the profile page
  1. Find their user profile page — it will be at www.bigoven.com/user/<username>.  Or, you can get there by clicking on their avatar, or searching our directory.
  2. Once you’re on their profile page, click on “Recommend a Recipe”, which is short for “recommend recipe to this person”
  3. You’ll get a popup window that lets you choose the recipe. Enter your comments and you’re done!

What they see

Your friend will get an email from you with a link to the recipe. Plus, if they’re using the latest version of our apps (or the BigOven.com website), they’ll see the recommendation, and your brief comment about it, right there in their inbox.

Under the bell, I see a message from bradygirl, with the recipe she recommends
Under the bell, I see a message from bradygirl, with the recipe she recommends



You'll also see the notifications area in the navigation bar on BigOven.com
You’ll also see the notifications area in the navigation bar on BigOven.com

The activity area is available in the new iOS app, the bigoven.com website, and new Android update available in May

More than 2,000 Food Blogs Add the BigOven “Save Recipe” Button

Looking for an easy way to expand your cooking horizons?

Follow a new food blogger today. There are now more than 2,000 food bloggers who’ve installed the free BigOven Recipe Plugin. As a BigOven user, you have the easiest way to save the recipes to make later. Build up your own private collection!

Ahead of Thyme
A Calculated Whisk
Budget Bytes


Visit any of the 2,000+ participating sites. Find a recipe you like? Click the “Save” button on the recipe detail page and it’s added to your collection. You can then take it with you to the store via the free BigOven mobile apps — when you search your collection for the keywords or ingredients, it’ll be there. You can even add it to grocery lists that automatically sort by aisle and are shared by members of your household.


This great-looking Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapenos recipe is on the Budget Bytes website:


Yum. Want to save this? Simply look at the recipe detail, and click on the Save button:

Recipe Save Button

When you do that, up pops a window for you to sign into BigOven (if you’re not already). Click “Save”.

That’s it. The recipe is saved to your collection. The ingredients, a hero photo, and a handy link to the recipe is always there, wherever you use BigOven. You can add the items to your grocery list and you’re all set.  (Why not the full instructions? Read Our Pledge to Food Bloggers.)

Discover a new food blog you love, and easily save recipes to your own collection by browsing through our partner directory. You’ll find great food bloggers writing about the following topics:


www.halfbakedharvest.com, www.bakerita.com, bakelovegive.com, themondaybox.com, thebakermama.com,
www.baking-sense.com, rosebakes.com, www.bessiebakes.com, mooreorlesscooking.com, bakergatherer.com,
bakedbree.com, www.christmaskitchen.biz, www.angelicbakehouse.com. bakingamoment.com, bakeatmidnite.com

Vegan and Healthy Cooking:

www.vegrecipesofindia.com, theedgyveg.com, www.nomeatathlete.com, www.mypureveganfood.com,
www.feastingonfruit.com, thevegan8.com, www.vegkitchen.com, yesiamvegan.com, www.astigvegan.com,
naranjasylimones.es, www.spabettie.com, www.brandnewvegan.com, vanillacrunnch.com, www.theedgyveg.com,
www.vega-licious.com, yupitsvegan.com, gluten-free-vegan-girl.com, www.contentednesscooking.com, theveganyear.com


cookeatpaleo.com, gutsybynature.com, ultimatepaleoguide.com, www.paleoplan.com, www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com,
thepaleofix.com, www.amazingpaleo.com, littlecoconutty.com, acalculatedwhisk.com

Nutrition and Diet:

www.lowcarbzen.com, www.paleoplan.com, thepaleofix.com, sibodietrecipes.com, www.thebudgetdiet.com,
runawayapricot.com, myplantbasedfamily.com, www.jtawellness.com, www.bodyholic.at

Food Photography:

www.juliesjazz.com, www.platingpixels.com, simplybeautifuleating.com, www.whiskaffair.com,
rosebakes.com, www.hungrygirlporvida.com, www.chopstickchronicles.com

Budget Cooking:

www.budgetbytes.com, frugalfamilyfavorites.com, www.meetpenny.com, www.cheapcooking.com,
www.thebudgetdiet.com, www.frugalfamilyhome.com, dishesanddustbunnies.com, myplantbasedfamily.com

… and more!

For a complete list of Recipe Partners, see http://www.bigoven.com/site/partners. Are you a food blogger? Give your readers handy mobile features, and get free exposure with the BigOven Recipe Plugin!

We've upgraded BigOven's search to a faster, more powerful platform.

Recipe and Grocery API, Version 2.0

We’ve released a new version of our 350,000+ Recipe and Grocery List Application Programming Interface (API), now available at http://api2.bigoven.com. This API gives developers and data scientists working on applications in the food-tech, health, grocery delivery, home automation field easy, searchable access to recipes at affordable prices.

What’s New

The biggest advancement with the API is that it’s refactored to be much more RESTful. The new Swagger-based endpoint brings with it great productivity improvements for developers.

If you haven’t heard of Swagger, it’s an open API initiative aimed at making powerful, consistent and sharable definitions of RESTful APIs. We’ve provided developers a handy playground to experiment with the BigOven API v2, where you can input parameters in a web form and see actual responses, plus you get code generation tools so you can take the Swagger API definition and build simple “recipe and grocery list building blocks” in your language of choice. So if you’re using Java, Ruby, C#/.NET, jQuery, php, Python, or a popular mobile development framework, you can build your own components that work with the recipe and grocery list API.


  • Quickly test out the 350,000+ Recipe and Grocery List API via the Swagger-based developer interface. Very handy during exploration, development and debugging.
  • Get quickly up to speed with Swagger-based documentation. We’re still putting the finishing touches on the documentation, but you’ll find much more extensive descriptions of the endpoints, as well as seeing what each endpoint does.  (Tip: You can put your api_key in the upper right hand corner of the Swagger playground interface and it’ll be remembered between calls.)
  • Use code generation to jumpstart your work in Ruby, Node.js, C#, .NET, Angular.js, jQuery and many more programming languages and frameworks.
  • More REST-ful, newly refactored endpoints for search, recipe display and more
  • Photo redirector – You now can get recipe and user images in a variety of square tile sizes to fit your needs with our photo redirector. These are spread out throughout a Content Delivery Network (CDN), making the experience faster worldwide
  • Recipe categories and subcategories
  • Recipe Collections
  • Support for recipe folders
  • Glossary terms

API2 is being used in production today for our own apps and website, as well as new updates in the works.

Our terms of use and pricing have not changed.

Migration Notes

  • We recommend all new developers start with v2 of the API.
  • We plan to support the older v1 of the API well into 2017, and will monitor usage of that endpoint to determine end-of-life date after January 2017. API v1 is now deprecated but maintained – we will certainly continue to fully support it. We strongly encourage new developers to use API2, and existing API v1 developers migrate to API2 as soon as your development cycle allows, since new features and improvements will be solely on the API2 endpoint.
  • You can use your v1 API key on the new v2 API. Each key will work on both. Starting on a date in 2017 (specific date TBD based on usage and your feedback), API keys will only work on API2.
  • Read other technical migration notes.

One Household, One Grocery List

NEW: Notifications When Your List is Updated

Do you have more than one person in your home that does — or should do — the grocery shopping?

A couple months ago, BigOven introduced shared grocery lists and menu plans within a household. This lets you use a single, joint grocery list within your household, where everyone sees a common, editable list. This way, everyone in your household can add items, recipes, or remove them from a single list.

This handy feature saves last-minute texts, phonecalls and more – simply update the list with your items, and whoever hits the grocery store first checks the list, and grabs the items! BigOven’s grocery lists also come with powerful features like automatically grouping items by aisle, letting you add entire recipes at a time to the list, sending a grocery list via text, and more.

We’ve gotten some great feedback on Household Account Sharing, and today, we’re releasing push notifications that let you know on your mobile device that your grocery list has been modified. A few moments after someone updates your grocery list, you’ll receive a push notification on any of your devices letting you know that your list is updated. This message, if you tap on it, will take you right to your grocery list. Simply tug down on the grocery list to force an update and re-sync.

How to get started

Make sure everyone in your household that does grocery shopping installs the free BigOven app. (Or, you can skip this step if you’d like; inviting them by email will send them a link.)

Invite Other Members To Your List

It’s simple to add more members to your grocery list. Just add up to 3 email addresses, and BigOven will email them, inviting them to join (if they’re not a member), and letting you know when they’ve accepted your invitation. After that, your accounts are linked, and you’ll see changes they make to the grocery list. TIP: Be sure to allow push notifications, since you’ll get a message when they update the list.

Only one user per household (internally, we call this the “master” of the household), can invite additional users to use their list. That is, once you’ve invited someone to share your list, only you (and not they) can invite others to use your household list. The participants you invite can only accept, decline or revoke participation.

Tip: Be sure to Tug down on the Grocery List to force a Refresh

To ensure you have the latest copy of the grocery list data, you might want to tug down on the grocery list to force a refresh.


For more details, see our original post announcing this feature. Happy cooking!

BigOven Desktop Uploader Makes Migration Easy

Got recipes in the BigOven for Windows desktop application? Earlier this year, we announced that the installed desktop .exe has been sunset. There are many reasons for that change explained in the linked post.

Not to worry, though – you can migrate your recipes to the cloud easily with the free BigOven Uploader tool, and get your recipes anywhere. We released an update today (v1.1) which fixes a couple bugs and makes the process easy.

Note that it doesn’t require that the BigOven for Windows application be running on the machine. But you’ll need Internet access, and since it sends a bunch of data to the servers, we recommend you use a fast internet connection.

Here’s how:

  • Download the free Cloud Uploader utility. (1.46Mb) Save the zip file to your computer. Extract the one file (setup.exe) and double click to run it.
  • You’ll get a sign in dialog. Enter your email and password. (BigOven PRO membership is required.)
  • By default, it’ll load the startup recipe box that you used in Windows.
  • Choose the recipes you’d like to upload and click the right arrow to add them. Tip: Hold down ctrl or shift while you click to highlight more than one recipe.

When you’re ready, press the Upload button. It will go through each recipe and upload it to the cloud.


BigOven's recipe list view makes managing large collections of recipes easier

Improvements to Recipe List View

If you’re a recipe collector, you’re sure to love the improvements we’ve made to your recipe dashboard (“My Recipes”) on the web. It’s easier to work with large recipe collections. You can view your collection in two ways: thumbnail view and list view. List view is now quite a bit faster to page through large collections. List view lets you search easily, and shows you a small thumbnail image. It lets you sort by title, date created, recipe course/category, and easily drag and drop recipes into folders.

BigOven will remember the last folder you’ve looked at, and (assuming you use the same browser), it’ll return you to that folder when you return. You can easily switch back and forth between list view and thumbnail view by clicking an icon (1) on the toolbar.

Choose List View or Thumbnail View

Here’s a list view of a folder of party recipes:


And here’s a thumbnail view of the same folder:


Toggle between them using the view icon in the upper part of the page (1).


  1. Toggle between list view (highlighted) or thumbnail view
  2. Choose how many recipes to see at a time
  3. Search within your own recipes, ignoring all the other recipes on the site

Everything you do in your “My Recipes” area syncs with the free apps.

Sort Your Recipes by clicking on Column Headings

To sort the table, just click on the header. Click again and it changes the sort direction.

Drag and Drop to Organize Recipes into Custom Folders

BigOven PRO members can create folders for special occasions, people, anything. Simply drag and drop recipes from the right hand list onto a folder to add it to the folder. Or click the (X) to delete it.


We hope you enjoy these changes!