Readers Choice: Best Recipe App, 2013

For the third straight year, you’ve voted BigOven “Best Recipe App” in the annual Readers Choice Awards on, with 89% of the total vote.  Thank you!


In addition, we’ve received some nice recognition recently from these national publications:

BigOven is a community effort – your recipes, photos, ratings and product suggestions help us continue to design and deliver great solutions for home cooks everywhere.  We really appreciate the recognition – we’re working very hard to deliver to you the finest solution for recipe organization, meal planning and grocery shopping.  BigOven is available for free download for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Android Tablet, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone and NOOK at

BigOven Spotlighted in this week’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal

We were pleased to read this week that both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal each independently put BigOven in the spotlight with reviews of cooking apps.  It’s always a pleasant surprise when this happens without any reach-out whatsoever on our part – just recognition of BigOven’s growing popularity and usefulness for home cooks.

From the New York Times (August 29, 2012): 


“A Shelf Full of Cookbooks at Your Fingertips”

The BigOven app, free on iOS and Android is a great demonstration of why recipe apps can be better than recipe books. It lists more than 250,000 recipes, with a powerful search engine that offers many options for finding a recipe you’d like. There’s a “leftovers” search trick, excellent for using up spare food in your refrigerator. And if you just want to be surprised by a new recipe, you can see recipes that Big Oven users nearby are cooking, or dive straight into a random one.

The app also comes with a suite of tools to make cooking a meal easier — like its virtual grocery list, based on your chosen recipes. If you’re a keen menu planner, then you may also love its calendar-based planning feature. The recipes are clearly arranged. The app looks just like a traditional glossy book — right down to its photos and clearly marked sections telling you how many people each recipe serves, its calorie content and its reviews.

The New York Times article mentions that the Windows Phone app “contains only 170,000 recipes”.  To clarify, that’s simply the product name as it exists on the Windows Phone marketplace.  The name hasn’t been updated recently.  In fact, the Windows Phone app, as with all our apps, access the same complete BigOven recipe archive, now with over 300,000 recipes.

And the Wall Street Journal named BigOven one of the “Best Apps for Preparing a Meal” in their special mobile apps section on August 26 2012:


“Best Apps to Prepare a Meal”’s free BigOven app gives you access to more than 250,000 recipes from home cooks… and a grocery list that show[s] you what you’ll need to whip up the dishes.  [It] can think up ideals for meals based on the leftovers you have in your kitchen.


We’re having a blast working every day to improve this free (and, optionally, paid) service for you!

We’re home cooks ourselves, and think our jobs can be made much simpler and more enjoyable with great mobile and web software. 

Are you the cook in your household?  Or would you like to be?  Try one of our free cooking apps today.  Already a member?  Be sure to get the latest tips and news by liking us on Facebook, and jot us a note with any suggestions you’d like to see in future releases.

Happy cooking!


Parent Tested, Parent-Approved

BigOven PRO membership has just earned the Parent-Tested, Parent-Approved Winners Seal of Approval designation.image

In giving BigOven the award, several parents joined BigOven PRO in a blind test over the course of several weeks and explored all its key features – menu planning, grocery list making, recipe posting, customer service, the mobile apps, and more. 

With independent parent volunteers evaluating products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience. The PTPA Media™ Seal has quickly gained recognition as an international leader in certifying consumer products for quality, effectiveness and value. Consumers looking for high-quality products and services rely on the PTPA Winner’s Seal as evidence of product excellence.

"At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust, and this year, we have identified BigOven PRO Membership as such a trusted product," said Sharon Vinderine, CEO and founder of PTPA Media Inc. "When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and web sites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless."

Read what the reviewers said about BigOven and BigOven PRO membership:

I’ve really enjoyed using the BigOven app. I am not a natural cook who likes to experiment with foods so this app was made for me. This is great because I can easily plan my weekly meals and grocery lists. My favorite feature is you can enter three ingredients that you have and it will bring up a list of recipe ideas. I love this app!


BigOven Pro is a website full of ideas and opportunities. It is much more than a basic recipe database. My favorite features included the ability to meal plan, complete with a picture to remind me what my finished product could/should look like, the ability to post recipes either publicly or privately, and so much more. It also has a free app that you can download to make life in the grocery store easy! The best part of BigOven is, these recipes are posted and have been made by people just like me. I don’t need to be a gourmet chef, with specialty ingredients in my pantry. Everyone can find recipes that they can make successfully, and that will taste great too! It’s something that I’ll be using for years to come.




I love anything that takes the guess work out of what to make for dinner. The grocery planner makes shopping easier by ensuring I get everything I need in one trip.

Thanks PTPA!

About PTPA Media Inc

PTPA Media provides an objective framework for appraising and promoting new products designed to enrich family living. The company’s mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers, to improve consumer access to quality products and services for their families and homes. PTPA CEO, Sharon Vinderine has appeared on over 40 morning shows as a reliable source for the latest and greatest in family products.

BigOven Earns Kudos from Press, Users

Every day, we focus our energies on making BigOven even better for you.  We’ve been releasing lots of site and app improvements throughout 2011, and we’ve got further improvements on deck for 2012 and beyond.

But every now and then we pop up and take a look at what people are writing about the platform. 

This summer, I was pleased to see some recent writeups on BigOven:

Even more important to us is the direct feedback we get from you, the users of BigOven. 

A quick check of iTunes, Android and the Windows Marketplace suggests we’ve got more work to do, but that we’re on the right track.  We really appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback!  When you let us know what works as well as what needs to be improved, it helps us deliver the best possible solution for you.


iTunes:  BigOven for iPhone/iPod:  4.5 / 5 stars, 3+ million downloads


Some recent reviews:




iTunes:  BigOven for iPad: 4.5 / 5 stars, 2+ million downloads


Some recent reviews:


Android Reviews (3.9/5 stars, 1+ million downloads)

BigOven 170,000+ Recipes for Android (brand new, native app released this summer, 1+ million downloads) is earning improved comments with the brand-new fully-native app.  Blended responses are below.  (Many of the lower-star ratings refer to our obsolete version 1.0 of the app; reviews of the new native app are significantly more favorable): 


Windows Phone (4.5/5 stars, 200,000+ downloads)



Thanks for all the kind words!  It’s always important to hear suggestions for improvements, but it’s also important for us to know what works today for you.

As always, if you’ve got specific suggestions to improve any of our products for you, or ideas to make your cooking or planning easier, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note via our Comments Area.  Thanks!

BigOven Evangelists Wanted!

We love making BigOven for you. 

Do you love BigOven?  No, we mean really love BigOven? 

If so, we’d really appreciate it if you drop us a note and be sure to let us know which of our product(s) you use – iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Web or Windows! 

From time to time, we have specific need for cooks to help share their stories with us, with the media, and with larger groups.  From time to time, we like to offer a “sneak peek” and get some thoughts during the design process.  Evangelists also help us understand in detail how they’re using the product, provide case studies and information on your kitchen and cooking styles, opportunities to spread the word… and help us improve the product and BigOven platform even more. 

BigOven wins Readers Choice and other accolades

We were very pleased to learn that the free BigOven – 170,000+ Recipes app for the iPhone was just voted “Best Recipe App, 2011” by the readers of, earning 41% of the vote.



“With its 170,000+ plus recipes, BigOven takes the Best iPhone/iPad Recipe App title this year.

It may be hard to believe, but you get those 170,000 recipes–submitted by BigOven users–for free in this app. In addition to a keyword search, you can get recipe suggestions features like the Leftover Wizard, which turns your leftovers into a yummy meal, What’s For Dinner, where users post their meal plans for the night, and Random Recipe. “

You can read the full review here.

Thank you for your nominations, your product suggestions, recipe and photo postings, your enthusiastic support and votes!


BigOven for Android – One of the 10 Best Apps for 2011

In related news, BigOven’s Android application was named one of the Ten Best Apps for 2011 on Android by Newsweek magazine recently:



Windows Phone – Reviews are coming in!

The new, free BigOven recipe app for Windows Phone is also earning accolades from its users. 

“5 Stars.  Amazing app.  Lots of recipes.  It has a fun to use feature that lets you put in ingredients and gives you ideas with what you can make with them.   I recently made chicken vesuvio for a date with the help of this app and it was a big success.” – Jeff Daly

“5 Stars.  This app is tons of fun and so easy to use.  It makes meal planning so easy and the possibilities are endless.” – lbg13719

“5 Stars.  Amazing app.  I use this nearly 3-4 days a week.  I love it, such a wide variety of things.” – Player501100482


Thank you everyone for your support!  All of us on the BigOven team love to hear back from customers, and we’ve got lots more ahead.  Got an idea to make it even better?  Let us know.  We’re listening!