A newly launched recipe app called Pestle aims to do more than just provide a place to store and organize your favorite recipes. The app, from indie developer Will Bishop, also helps you plan meals, create grocery lists, keep track of new recipes from creators, and even cook hands-free or with friends and family remotely via Apple’s SharePlay feature for FaceTime.
The result is a well-built recipe app that provides a better experience to the end user and tries to respect the creator’s content by providing source links, tools to discover more recipes from the same creator once published, and a feature that allows repeat visits. to recipe sites. But some of Pestle’s other features make it almost too easy to bypass the creators’ websites, which could cause concern.
Like many people who use the internet for cooking inspiration, Bishop became frustrated with the clutter common on recipe websites these days, where you have to scroll all the way down to find the actual recipe steps – a format designed to drive more Google search traffic. to generate . Also like many home cooks, Bishop found himself copying and pasting recipes into Apple’s Notes app so he could annotate them with his own tweaks and tips. Of course, this was not the ideal solution, as it involved many manual steps and resulted in a disorganized system, as Notes was not designed as a database of recipes. So he decided to create his own solution with Pestle.
The app integrates with Safari, so you can save any recipe you find on the web by tapping the “Share” button in your iOS browser, such as Safari or Chrome, then tapping Stamper from the list of apps that appears. . Pestle automatically imports the recipe, including the ingredients list and instructions. This is similar to how other popular recipe saving apps work, like Whisk or Paprika for example.
However, where other apps mark the source directly on the recipe page, making it clear who to name, Pestle’s attribution link is tucked away under the three-dot “more” menu at the top of the recipe page. This is probably not a problem for the end user, who can easily look up the link if they need to refer to the website for more information. But it can cause complaints to the recipe creator, as it takes an extra tap to get to the link and feels a bit hidden.
In addition, while competitor Whisk goes so far as not to import a recipe’s instructions — forcing users to visit the recipe site, where they can then choose to copy and paste instructions into the app for later reference — Pestle automatically imports the instructions next to the ingredients list and nutritional information. Again, useful for the end user; less for the maker.
Finally, while premium users can enjoy smart suggestions for new recipes from the recipe sites they like to visit, they can also be viewed and saved without visiting the website.
However, Bishop says he’s been careful with the implementation here in regards to the creator’s content.
“Ultimately, I think Pestle complements recipe websites rather than just take them. First, when you share a recipe with Pestle, you should already be on their page. That means you’ve loaded their ads, improve their ranking, and so on,” he explains. “Pestle is like clicking the print button on recipe websites.”
In addition, he notes, the sources are attributed and linked, and the app also asks you to visit the website again after you’re done cooking to leave a review, which is an interesting idea in terms of recirculating traffic from the app back to the creator’s original content.
“In addition, prescriptions are not being redistributed en masse,” added Bishop. “Pestle users can share recipes with each other, but if they share the recipe with someone who doesn’t have Pestle, the original site will just load.”
From an end-user perspective, there are few complaints as Pestle offers an easy-to-use app with many useful features. While you can create your own folders, Pestle automatically organizes recipes for you by category and cuisine, so you can quickly find recipes without having to come up with your own folder system.
As you cook, you can switch to a guided experience that takes you step-by-step through the recipe. You can also set multiple timers along the way and tap links within each to be reminded of the amounts you need. Many other apps force you to switch back and forth between ingredient lists and the steps, which can complicate things when the recipe steps need to be implemented quickly or when hands are messy.
And if you’re concerned about getting your screen dirty, you can navigate the app hands-free with voice commands like “Back” and “Next.”
Pestle also supports Apple’s SharePlay, so you can have a FaceTime call with family or friends and cook together while using the app.
Premium users get access to a few additional features, such as the Discover section for finding new cooking inspiration, transfer and sync between iPhone and iPad devices, 14-day meal planning support, and shopping lists with integration with Apple Reminders. (It doesn’t go as far as helping you order the ingredients through a shopping site like Instacart, though).
The paid plan will be on sale at launch, where a “lifetime” plan will cost just $4.99, rather than the $9.99 per year (or $0.99/month) plan that would otherwise be available. After launch, the lifetime subscription will cost $25.
Bishop, a 19-year-old indie developer and former WWDC scientist, had built other apps before Pestle, including an Apple Watch Reddit app Nano for Reddit and an Apple Watch Twitter app, Chirp, among others. But Pestle is his main focus, as the others are largely self-sufficient.
He would like to bring Pestle to other platforms, but for now that may not be possible as a one-man operation, he says.
Stamper is a free download on the App Store.
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