When comparing Pepperplate vs The CookBook App, the Slant community recommends Pepperplate for most people. In the question“What are the best recipe manager apps for iOS?” Pepperplate is ranked 3rd while The CookBook App is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Pepperplate is:
Recipes can be organized into menus and categories. Menus allow grouping recipes and operating with them together. For example, a whole menu can be added to a shopping list or added to the planner without having to add each recipe separately. Categories are essentially tags. They can be added to recipes and used to search through them in recipe list.
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Pro Reasonable organizactional methods
Recipes can be organized into menus and categories.
Menus allow grouping recipes and operating with them together. For example, a whole menu can be added to a shopping list or added to the planner without having to add each recipe separately.
Categories are essentially tags. They can be added to recipes and used to search through them in recipe list.
Pro Has an online interface
Allows sharing recipes with others through a link on the website.
Pro Grocery list
Recipes and menus can quickly be added to the grocery list from their appropriate views. Items in the grocery list can be sorted by aisle or recipe.
Pro Good web clipper
While the experience using the clipper on a mobile device might need some work, the clipper itself is reasonably advanced. It directly supports over 30 recipe sites. It imports images, prep time, ingredients and instructions from those sites.
Pro Can be used for meal planning
Recipes and menus can quickly be added to the planner from their appropriate views. Unfortunately, there's no way to add them from the planner itself.
Pro Allows importing recipes
Cookbook can import recipes and has a long list of supported websites.
Pro Sleek and easy to use design
The user interface of the app is great and easy to use.
Pro Automatic Measure Conversion
Convert ingredients from the original measure type to your preferred US, Imperial and Metric measures.
Pro Syncs across devices
Syncs seamlessly between devices and platforms (iOS, Android and web!)
Pro Generate a grocery list and meal plan
Create a meal plan, print the planner or generate an interactive shopping list for your recipes!
Pro Upload and show images per step
They have made the app really personable by being able to add descriptions and upload an image to each step for your recipe.
Pro Cooking Mode
Built in Cooking mode that reads your recipe to you while you cook!
Pro OCR Support
Free built in OCR support to take images of paper recipes and turn them into digital recipes
Pro Free Cloud Storage
Automatically stores your recipe information within the cloud to enable access from the mobile applications and website
Pro Timer detection
Create recipe timers automatically from detected instructions or enter a timer manually to alert you when you are needed in the kitchen
Pro iPhone X Compatible
Pro Active support team
Usually respond within a matter of a day and keen to fix bugs and improve the app
Con Not supported
No support or bug fixes..
Con Changing to a paid service model
As of the new year (2020), Pepperplate will change to a "paid service model". The "subscription" is now $2.99/month or $32.99/year.
Con Doesn't de-duplicate recipes
You can add the same recipe multiple times from the same url but the site won't merge them automatically.
Con Poor mobile web clipping experience
To save a recipe from the web into Pepperplate requires copying the URL, navigating to Pepperplate.com (that has no mobile version), either logging in or clicking view recipes, then navigating to import recipes and pasting the URL in the form field. There's no way to "share" a URL to Pepperplate.
Con Directions and ingredients are on separate screens
Directions and ingredients are on separate screens, makes it hard to cook when you need to flip back to the ingredients to see what the quantity is and then back to the instructions to see what to do with the ingredients.