Many of the functions of the app require users to be logged into a Facebook account. If you are one of the last few hold-outs in the world of social networking, then you can either bite the bullet and create a free account with Facebook, or accept limited usage of the Recipe Binder app.
Without Facebook capabilities, the one function available will be the search engine. The app lets you search by keyword for recipes entered by other users. After you select a recipe, you will be able to read a brief description along with information regarding:
- Serving size
- Prep time
- Cook time
All recipes also specify whether or not they are appropriate for a vegan or vegetarian diet, and if the recipe is nut, gluten, or dairy free.
Tapping the “Method” icon will take you to a paragraph or so explaining exactly how to prepare the dish. Since recipes are user generated, the clarity of these explanations depends on the writing skills of whoever submitted it, but I found them to be generally concise and understandable.
For Facebook users, Recipe Binder also permits saving favorite recipes and viewing recipes you have created on the full Facebook version of the app. Once you have created a recipe on Facebook, not only will you be able to view it, but others can see it in their searches as well.
I’m not exactly a gourmet chef, or even a chef. Ok, I usually just heat things up. If that sounds like you, don’t be discouraged from getting this app. In a way, it’s all the more reason to have it. The full Facebook app allows you to share recipes with Facebook friends, so you can steal (ahem…borrow…) their recipes. And, as aforementioned, you can always search for recipes from strangers too.
The iPhone and Facebook apps communicate with one another, so anything you add to one will be reflected instantly in the other.
I have another recipe app already, but I like that this one communicates with Facebook. However, even if you don’t want to set up an account, this app is still a handy tool for finding a new favorite meal.
Recipe Binder is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later.