When comparing The CookBook App vs Paprika, the Slant community recommends Paprika for most people. In the question“What are the best recipe manager apps for Android? ” Paprika is ranked 1st while The CookBook App is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Paprika is:
Covers [most of the major websites](http://www.paprikaapp.com/sites), including Food & Wine, Food Network and The Girl Who Ate Everything and even a good amount of "unsupported" websites will work.
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Pro OCR Support
Free built in OCR support to take images of paper recipes and turn them into digital recipes
Pro Allows importing recipes
CookBook can import recipes and has a long list of supported websites. The import feature isn't wonderful though, and even when using the supported sites there is no guarantee that the full recipe is imported.
Pro Free Cloud Storage
Automatically stores your recipe information within the cloud to enable access from the mobile applications and website
Pro Syncs across devices
Syncs seamlessly between devices and platforms (iOS, Android and web!)
Pro Active support team
Usually respond within a matter of a day and keen to fix bugs and improve the app
Pro Automatic Measure Conversion
Convert ingredients from the original measure type to your preferred US, Imperial and Metric measures.
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 No subscription costs
Unlike a lot of other apps you only pay for the app once, there is no recurring subscription.
Pro Cooking Mode
Built in Cooking mode that reads your recipe to you while you cook. It also lets you mark ingredients and steps as completed so you know where you are in the recipe.
Pro Has a website that everything syncs to
The app links to their website where you can log in to see, edit and import recipes. Personally I found importing through this site works better than using the app.
Will recalculate the amount of each ingredient needed based on the number of servings you choose.
Pro Can be used with a partner
Partners, roommates and so on can share an account and access the same recipes, shopping list and other functions of the app. The only exception is the "extra items" on shopping lists, which are items that are not a part of a recipe, like bread or milk.
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 Generate a grocery list and meal plan
Create a meal plan, print the planner or generate an interactive shopping list for your recipes. The grocery list also notes what recipe the ingredient is used in.
Pro Sleek and easy to use design
The user interface of the app is great and easy to use.
Pro Searching and filtering
Recipes can be searched for by ingredients, the recipe name or other keywords. You can also filter recipes by ingredients (either included or excluded), time, favourite status and tags, and sort by name or last updated. This is handy if you have a lot of recipes.
Pro Surprise me
Has a surprise me feature which randomly selects a recipe for you. Note that this will show you any recipe, you can't sort it do only show dinners for example.
Pro Can import recipes from a wide variety of online sources
Covers most of the major websites, including Food & Wine, Food Network and The Girl Who Ate Everything and even a good amount of "unsupported" websites will work.
Pro Simple, clean interface
A lot of time has been spent on making the interface feel as intuitive as possible. Navigation is easy, it's possible to highlight items with taps to track what steps have been taken or tap to cross-out ingredients that have been added as well as adjust the recipe easily without overwriting the original and make notes of changes and preferences.
Pro Syncs across devices
Paprika can be used across any of the supported devices - iOS, Android, OSX, web. If a recipe is imported in one device it will show up on all other devices as well.
Pro Can generate a grocery list
Depending on meal plans, Paprika can create a grocery list with all required ingredients. In the grocery list it's possible to view ingredients grouped based on recipes or all together. It can even keep a list of items already available and skip those when creating a grocery list.
Pro Manually importing recipes doesn't require typing
To manually transfer a recipe from a website, highlight a part of the recipe and then click the appropriate button - name, ingredient, direction, etc.
Pro Has tools that help in the cooking process
Paprika includes timers, converters and a tool for scaling ingredients. It makes the process of cooking easier to manage.
Pro Notes section allows you to add your own personal comments
Pro Can switch back and forth between recipes
Using the Pin tool allows you to quickly switch between recipes in progress without losing your place. Crossed-out ingredients stay crossed out, the step you're on remains highlighted.
Pro Customizable categories and sub-categories
It comes stocked with a handful of basic categories, but you can add your own, including sub-categories and order them any way you want.
Pro Easy import from previous recipe manager
Paprika readily accepts importing from the older application and syncing from Mac to iPad is amazing. 200+ recipes in seconds!
Pro Has tools for planning out meals weeks in advance
Paprika has a simple to use meal planner that allows adding recipes along with notes to a calendar. This information can later be used to automatically create a grocery list. Meal plans last forever. Want to know what you served for Christmas 3 years ago? It's there.
Con Inconsistent or fiddly importing
Importing recipes from websites is inconsistent, it will sometimes work perfectly and sometimes be missing almost all the major parts of the recipe. Even when using the sites listed as supported in the app there is no guarantee that it will work. You can also add recipes from OCR (which seems to work well), from a file (which is limited to certain filetypes), or by copy/pasting blocks of text. The latter gets good results but is fiddly and impractical, especially when adding a larger number of recipes.
Con No sharing "extra items"
You can share an account with others and the shopping list will sync so everyone sees the same, except for "extra items". These are the everyday items you buy that don't go into a recipe, for example bread, milk, cereal, that sort of thing. These won't be synced, so if your partner is out shopping they won't see these on the list, which in my opinion is rather silly as these are the items we buy most often.
Con No recipe database
The app works solely as a place for you to add and save your own recipes rather than finding inspiration and recipes from others. There are 7 demo recipes when you download the app, but apart from these you'll have to add everything yourself.
Con Update for Paprika 3 requires payment
The update to Paprika 3 requires a $5 payment even when you've bought the app a long time ago.
Con No OCR support
No way to scan in or take a photo of a written or printed recipe.
Con No way to create a shared collection of recipes
There's no way for you to collaborate on family recipes with your wife, parents, or sisters. Right now it seems only Umami supports this functionality.
Con Has to be bought separately for each device
Each device requires a separate purchase of the app. (IOS is now a universal app, Windows is a separate purchase)
Con Doesn't allow adding pictures for each cooking steps
Only a title picture is allowed.
Con Not worth what you pay for
Paprika is an extortionist recipe organizer that charges for apps separately, doesn't let you bookmark from your browser, and doesn't let you search by ingredient.
Con Lacks own recipe database
Paprika can only import recipes from third-party sources. There's no built-in recipe database to browse or search through.