Easily Search your Recipe Notes

Private recipe notes are one of the many useful features of BigOven Pro. They’re like recipe reviews, but they remain private, and they’re not shown to anyone but you. You can add notes on recipes via the recipe detail page, via the BigOven mobile apps, or on the “Notes” tab on any recipe page on bigoven.com.

Search Notes Easily

You can now easily search those notes on www.bigoven.com, as well as browse a handy list of all the ones you’ve entered. To find the notes view, simply click on “My Recipes“, and then the notes icon in the upper navigation control. To search your notes, just type in the phrase in the search box to the right and press enter.

Easily search your recipe notes

You can also easily edit or delete any recipe notes you’ve added on the recipe detail page:


  • Love to entertain? Keep track of dishes you make, to avoid serving the same thing over and over again.
  • Enter the name(s) of the people you cooked a recipe for, or ones you might want to serve it — you can then just search on their name. It’s a handy cooking diary.
  • Enter your favorite wine pairings. When you’re serving particular wines, you can easily find recipes that pair well.
  • Enter adjustments to a recipe that make it just right for your family, or substitutions you think are best. Keep track of presentation tips and more. Notes are displayed only to you, and only when you’re signed in.

BigOven Pro is the ultimate tool for home cooks, and free to try for 30 days, and removes all ads wherever you sign in. Learn more.

Easily Revisit Recipes that You’ve Recently Viewed

By popular request, we’ve added a handy “Recently Viewed” option in your “My Recipes” area and in Search on the BigOven apps to list all the recipes you’ve recently viewed.

On the web, just click on “My Recipes” in the upper toolbar, and then “Recently Viewed” on the left hand view control. In the Android or iOS app, just tap the magnifying glass, and you’ll see an option for “Recently Viewed”. Your BigOven account keeps track of recipes you’ve viewed on any device.

To see the last recipes you’ve viewed in the app or the website, just click on Recently Viewed.

This feature requires a BigOven membership; it will not display recipes you view when you’re not signed in.

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.

Text your grocery list to any cellphone (New Pro feature)


Text your Grocery List to any cellphone.  Your grocery list is ordered by aisle.
Text your Grocery List to any cellphone. BigOven sorts your grocery list by aisle.

Want to send your list to someone to do the shopping?  BigOven Pro members can now send their grocery list to any cellphone via text-messaging (SMS) on www.bigoven.com.

It’s easy.

Step 1:  Visit Grocery Page

Your grocery list is at www.bigoven.com/grocery.  Grocery lists sync automatically for you across BigOven’s free mobile apps, but we realize that sometimes you may want to simply text the full list to another person, or perhaps yourself, if you don’t have wireless coverage in the grocery store.

Simply visit the grocery page at www.bigoven.com/grocery and click the phone icon:



Step 2:  Enter the phone number, area code first


Step 3:  Your message will be delivered within seconds.

BigOven groups your list by aisle, and also shows a handy link to the recipe(s) on the list at the very bottom.

Here’s how the list shows up on Windows Phone.  The [A] indicates that the ingredient corresponds to the recipe linked at the bottom of the text.


Messages will be sent from BigOven’s automated messaging account.  You might wish to Save the sending number (231)-464-OVEN in your phone contacts, so you know who it’s from.  There is no BigOven charge for this feature for Pro members, however text-messaging data rates may apply (check your carrier.)

BigOven Pro unlocks many features and also removes all advertising wherever you sign in.  A single Pro membership covers you all points of service — web, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, smartphones and tablets alike.

You can try BigOven Pro completely free for 14 days — activate your free trial at http://www.bigoven.com/premium/join.

Improvements to “My Recipes”

Today we released several improvements to the My Recipes Dashboard.  The “My Recipes” dashboard keeps track of all the recipes you’ve added, marked as Favorite and Try Soon.  You can find it in two ways:  Click the “My Recipes” menu option on any page on www.bigoven.com, or visit www.bigoven.com/myrecipes.  

Related article:  FAQ on Favorites and Try Soons

New features

  1. Easily add to Grocery List — simply mouse-over the tile and click the grocery cart icon
  2. Easily add to Menu Planner — simply mouse-over the tile and click the calendar icon
  3. Easily Remove from Favorites, Try Soons or Added lists — mouse-over and click the minus icon. “Favorites” and “Try Soons”  are two separate lists on BigOven, by design.  Removing a recipe from these lists simply removes it from your list, it doesn’t delete the underlying recipe.
    However, removing a recipe when viewing your “Added” list will permanently delete the recipe from the database.  Don’t worry; you’ll be prompted to confirm!
  4. View as tiles or detailed list


View your recipes as a list or tiles

Sometimes it’s handier to view everything as a quick list.  We’ve added a list view to the My Recipes Dashboard.  Click the list icon in the upper right to switch to list view:

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Sample list view


Sample Recipe Tile View



Existing Features You Might Not Know About

To quickly find a recipe you’re interested in, just start typing the title of the recipe in the text box at the top of the page, or and/or use the dropdown to filter by Course.

Special holiday note for those who are sharing recipes — simply pass along your “My Recipes” web address!

How to share your recipes dashboard:

Click the “Share to Facebook” or “Tweet” links, or simply grab the URL from the browser (it’ll look like www.bigoven.com/myrecipes/stevemur, with your username instead of “stevemur”) and share it with friends!  They’ll be able to see all the public recipes you’ve added, all the recipes to try soon, and your favorites, in one easy place.



Introducing the new BigOven.com, now in Beta

9-24-2013 4-36-57 PMWe are pleased to introduce a major website update — now available at http://beta.bigoven.com.

For the past several months, we’ve been working on a rewrite of the entire website, looking carefully at simplifying key actions, and improving the display on all screen sizes.  We’ve looked at the most common use-cases, from looking up a recipe on mobile, to signing up, to entering grocery list items… in an effort to make each one better.

We’d love it if you’d take a look and then jotted a note to us with your thoughts.

This is a beta-test.  We’ll eventually cut-over www.bigoven.com, but are still running the platform through its paces.  Note though that on the beta site, you’ll still be working with live, not test data — changes (updates, deletions, etc.) you make here will be synchronized to your mobile and tablet apps.  Image upload is not yet allowed on the beta site, but will be enabled when we go live.

New Features You’ll Notice Right Away

  • New support for widescreen monitors
  • Better display on smartphone and tablet screen sizes
  • Much-improved grocery list – better pick-list, support for checked/unchecked items and more
  • Improved recipe tiles on search — richer, simpler, better use of screen
  • Much easier Menu Planner, with your pick-list on the left now conveniently organized by Course (instead of having to locate it in Favorites, or Try Soons, or Added first)
  • You can now add/remove a recipe to or from your favorites, try soons, grocery list or menu planner right from search results – simply hover over the recipe to see the options
  • Dramatically improved recipe picker, used in grocery list (add recipe to grocery list.) It now filters automatically to “My Recipes”.  This improves performance and gets you to the recipe you’d like even sooner.  “My Recipes” equals the combination of recipes you’ve added, favorited, or marked “try soon”.
  • New Browse by Course area
  • New About Us page
  • Better home page which more clearly describes what BigOven is about, and how BigOven helps home cooks
  • More in-line editing tools for administrators
  • Easy navigation breadcrumbs throughout, so you more quickly know just where you are
  • … and more

We had several goals with this major upgrade:

1.  Make the BigOven web experience responsive to screen sizes

Since well over half of the visits to BigOven are via smartphones or tablets, this was by far our biggest objective.  

While we have extremely popular, easy-to-use, native mobile cooking apps for all major smartphone and tablet platforms, there are still many times when people go hit BigOven.com (the website) via a web browser from a tablet or smartphone.  We previously used a “fixed-width” design for the website; this no longer suffices in the age of the smartphone and tablet.

The old platform required us to special-case our mobile views and implement each one separately for smartphone, tablet, etc.  This created inconsistencies in mobile web views, and duplicate effort on our part.  

The new platform lets us build special views that magically shrink and grow as you resize the screen.  That is, mobile screens get just the “need to know” information, and wide desktops get a richer experience.  Screens are first developed for the smallest possible output (the smartphone); then features and items are progressively added as the screen gets larger.  

By making BigOven responsive to screen sizes, it will make the experience across mobile web and desktop web much more seamless.  Ultimately, this new platform allows us to improve the mobile web experience dramatically, and make for an easy, consistent experience regardless of your viewing device.

2.  Support widescreen desktop monitors with richer content

If you’re like many web users, you probably have a wide-screen desktop monitor.  You may also have a tablet and/or a smartphone.

We have moved from a fixed-width design, optimized for a 1024×768 monitor to a fluid design that better uses the pixels available to you.  If you’re on a widescreen desktop monitor, you’ll see a lot more results on the screen.  

For instance, doing a search on “chicken”, here’s what you’ll see on the new site (right) versus the existing site (left):

old website (6 recipes visible at a time)
widescreennew website (10-15 recipes visible at a time)

You’ll notice similar information-rich display on all webpages, compared to the current platform.

3.  Refactor several areas of the codebase

BigOven includes many components – recipe search, recipe entry, recipe scanning, grocery list management, menu creation, menu planning calendar, grocery list, nutrition and more.  We took this opportunity to refactor and reshape several of our core libraries, which will make for higher-quality and more maintainable code with fewer bugs.  

We’re now running the latest versions of core web new-format
and javascript libraries.  This refactoring and simplification is an ongoing process, but the platform rewrite allowed us to take a careful look at all code areas and make some improvements under the hood.


4.  Deliver a streamlined, modern look

We’re adopting a simpler, cleaner flat look for BigOven, with emphasis on recipe content.  We’re cleaning out the recipe details page to help surface the most important content to you.

Buttons and iconography have been rethought to make it clearer what they’re used for.  New dropdown buttons and other components mimic their desktop counterparts.

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5.  Adopt some important new platform technologies  

For those interested, we’ve moved from Microsoft’s older “ASPX” view model to Razor, which delivers much better HTML validation, much tighter code and better syntax checking.  

We’d love your feedback. 

When we’re done with the beta, this new site will take its place as www.bigoven.com, and the existing site will go away.   

The website is currently in beta, which means that it’s pretty stable and mostly feature-complete.  There are still a few layout and display bugs, and we’d love your help to squash them.  Please send in your feedback via the integrated survey on the website, or via our comments form.

Note that the URLs (web addresses) should generally correspond — simply replace “www” with “beta”.  For instance, your grocery list can be viewed at both www.bigoven.com/grocery and  beta.bigoven.com/grocery.

Thanks, and happy cooking!

BigOven® proudly partners with Sony and their XPeria® Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition

BigOven is pleased to be pre-installed with the brand new Sony XPeria Kitchen Edition.

Sony’s amazing new Android-powered device is accompanied by $115 worth of accessories, content and recipes. You’ll also get the iGrill accessory, which is a wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer that allows you to monitor your food from up to 200 feet away.  And of course, it’s also an Android tablet, so you can choose any app you’d like from Google Play.

Here’s the kicker:  If some of the spaghetti sauce you’re cooking happens to splatter on the tablet, or sticky fingerprints are covering the screen, simply rinse the tablet clean under running water. Let us repeat that for you: simply rinse the tablet clean under running water.  When we tried it here, we said to ourselves, “are you freaking-kidding me?”  But no joke, you can.sony-xperia-tablet-z-kitchen-edition

The remarkable XPeria tablet can withstand being submerged under fresh water for up to half an hour at a depth of 3 feet, making it the perfect cooking companion for even the most “enthusiastic” cooks!

This new tablet also sits on a lightweight, fold-able stand, saving some counter space for your other kitchen items. A 10.1-inch Full HD 1,920-1,200 screen makes it easy to view your favorite BigOven recipes as you move around the kitchen as well. When uploading your own recipes to BigOven, don’t forget to snap a photo with the tablet’s 8-megapixel rear camera! A 2-megapixel camera is located in the front.

Sony XPeria Tablet Z Kitchen Edition



BigOven brings Recipe Clipper™ to iPad, iPhone – Add recipes from your favorite food websites and blogs easily!

Major new upgrades to the free iPad and iPhone recipe apps hit the App Store last night, and we encourage you to download them today:

BigOven 250,000+ Recipes and Grocery List - BigOven.com
iPhone App
BigOven: 250,000+ Recipes and Grocery List - BigOven.com
iPad App

These updates bring the BigOven Recipe Clipper™ to your iPhone and iPad, letting you add recipes from your favorite food websites and blogs, right from within the app.  This is a great way to build up your custom collection and always have it at the grocery store or the kitchen countertop, where you need it most.

Add Recipes from Your Favorite Food Websites and Blogs

We’ve brought our convenient Recipe Clipper feature to your iPad and iPhone.  Coming soon for Android.


You can now add recipes you discover on an ever-expanding list of recipe blogs and websites to your BigOven app with just a single click.

Just click “Add Recipe” / “From website or blog”, then find the recipe details page.  (Make sure it has the recipe on it, with ingredients and instructions.)

Then, click “Import Recipe.”  BigOven will inspect and import the recipe, ingredients, instructions — even photo — with just a single tap of a button.  From there, you can add it to your grocery list, mark it a Try Soon, a Favorite, rescale it up or down, add it to your Menu Planner and much more.

We have a starting list of food sites, and are expanding the list all the time.  As this relies upon third-party websites, we cannot guarantee that this list will remain constant — but we’re hard at work adding more to this list.

Just find the recipe you’d like, click “Import Recipe” in the top menu bar — and bingo, it’s in your collection.  You can categorize it and make any further edits directly via the app.  Changes you make will be automatically synchronized for you across other BigOven points of service, including on the web at  www.bigoven.com.  We’re adding recipe sites to this list all the time — jot us a note using the link on the form if you’ve got one you just can’t live without.  At this writing, we’ve got a good backlog of a few dozen sites to add, so more are coming in the weeks and months ahead!

Edit (or delete) recipes right from the app

Need to make changes?  No problem!  Just tap on the action button in the upper right, choose “Edit Recipe”, make your changes in the text boxes provided, and press Done.

Your changes are synchronized with the website, so your My Recipes Dashboard is updated as well.



You’ll also find the “Delete Recipe” option on the same action button.

Easy Facebook Sharing

Cooking is social, and the new BigOven apps make it easy to share your Favorite and Try Soon recipes with your Facebook friends.  When you mark a recipe “Try Soon” or “Favorite”, you’ll be asked if you want to share it once, always share Favorites or Try Soon discoveries, or never prompt you again.

Benefit:  Your timeline on Facebook keeps handy links of recipes you want to try.  Your friends also get an easy way to see your discoveries.  You can change your preferences at any time; simply visit your “My Profile” area — www.bigoven.com/account/me and customize them as you see fit.

You can notify friends when you mark a recipe Try Soon, when you Favorite a recipe, or when you’ve Loved a recipe (rated it 4 or 5 stars.)  Or, you can choose not to do so at all — it’s all up to you.




Bug fixes

We’re improving BigOven all the time.  But we’re human, and don’t always get it perfect the first time.  Thanks to you, we’ve identified and fixed some important bugs with this release, the most notable ones are a fix to editing ingredients in the grocery list (this used to cause a sporadic crash in the app), and in invitations to Facebook friends (which used to fail silently in most situations, but now work properly.)  Notice any bugs that you’d like fixed?  The quickest way to tell the development team is our feedback form.  While we do read the app reviews, with two million+ registered members, you’re much more likely to reach the developers in a timely way by letting us know directly.  Thanks!

Thanks for all your ideas and support

In every release, roughly half of all new features come from suggestions you make.  We’re listening.

If you find the BigOven app helpful in the kitchen, we’d love it if you take a moment to say so with an App Store review.  That’s a great way to spread the word about BigOven, which means more recipes, photos, reviews, and tips for you!

From all of us here at BigOven, happy cooking.  Make something great tonight.