Food52 Site Updates

Introducing Recipe Collections

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Recipe Collection

Hi! I'm Michael, one of the programmers here at Food52. I'm excited to tell you about some recent changes we've made to the website.

Many of you have probably noticed that we redesigned our user profile pages last week. We hope you find the new layout fun and easy on the eyes.

Some of you may also have noticed that last week we quietly began rolling out a new feature to some users: recipe collections. Recipe collections are groups of recipes that you curate, like Food to Cook When Home Alone or Hearty Meats. Just recently, we opened up recipe collections to everyone.

All of your collections—including your good old saved recipes—live on your profile page.

User Profile

You can save recipes to your collections and create new collections from the green "SAVE" buttons that appear on recipes all over the site.

Recipe Collection Widget

What kind of collections should you make? Well, that's up to you. New Food52er chiaralucia is brainstorming menus for a cross-cultural arts program. Ria Gerger, another new member, is putting together a list of transgressive treats.

Here are some more examples to inspire you:

If you make an awesome collection, share it with us in the comments!

(Want to help us build cool features like this one? Come join us!)

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about 1 year ago krusher

All reversed with the help of the community ... thank you so much. Thank you Michael as well. I confess to having a thing about indexing. I hold Amanda's award-winning NYT's cookbook index as the example of an excellent one. As a collector of quality cookbooks and user of them continually as well, I want/need good access to these works and the index is the way in. I love to read some for leisure and pleasure as well ... am currently reading "In search of the perfect meal" by Roy Andries de Groot last thing at night (no index required) for example. Now I will have another attempt to categorize my saved recipes more broadly. Love this new innovation. I am also watching the development of the site with interest and pleasure. Well done you guys.

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about 1 year ago krusher

Ok I have reversed out! Now how do I delete the categories and have a broader, smaller set?

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

If you click on a folder it should take you to a screen with an edit button on the right hand side. If you click edit, it will take you to another screen that allows you to delete the collection.

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about 1 year ago krusher

Many thanks.

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about 1 year ago krusher

Do you have a maximum number of indexing categories? I cannot register any more. Is your system set up merely for broad generic categories? If so how can I reverse out if what I have done and start again. I think I need help! Please.

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about 1 year ago Michael Hoffman

Michael is a developer at Food52.

krusher, I'm sorry you had a bad experience. This first version of the feature does not do very well with large numbers of collections. We never anticipated someone would want to make so many, byt we're excited that you've done it! We'll keep this case in mind as we plan future development.

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about 1 year ago krusher

No experience on the site is a bad one Michael. It is all about learning new ways of doing things for me. Actually I tell myself in such circumstances that it is another opportunity to forge new neural pathways in my brain which it probably is. Thank you Michael.

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about 1 year ago LLStone

Thanks, Michael! Now I have 594 recipes saved in one big file that I need to organize! Getting right on that......it's a good feature.

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about 1 year ago sixthfloorcook

This maybe heresy but is there a way to delete a recipe from my collection.
Love love this website

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about 1 year ago Michael Hoffman

Michael is a developer at Food52.

Yes. Just visit the recipe's page and uncheck the collection from the save widget.

Alternatively, you can visit the collection's page and do the same thing there.

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about 1 year ago Panfusine

Wow.. this is a godsend of a feature, Thank you Michael!

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about 1 year ago windysiprits

This is an awesome addition to an already amazing website. I start my mornings nearly every day checking the food52 website for articles/recipes, and inspirations for what I can make for dinner. Thank you for all your hard work, Michael and all the others at food52 in helping build such an amazing place to commune over food.

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about 1 year ago BoulderGalinTokyo

WOW!!! I was looking for a way to search my 'saved recipes'--this is just what I wanted, but even Better, because I can keep them in my own categories.

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about 1 year ago ATG117

Might win for best improvement yet

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about 1 year ago Coing

Can I save a recipe from elsewhere in my collection here?

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about 1 year ago Ryan Hamilton

Ryan is a Developer at Food52.

Not currently, but definitely something we've thought about and will continue to consider for future enhancements.

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about 1 year ago Jean Beck

I finally took my computer in to have serious repairs done and what a timely decision that was! Love the ease in using this site. My one concern is that I don't seem to cook/bake as much as I read and drool. Saves me on the calories, though. Until I discovered the Food 52 site, I did so miss the old (now, sadly gone) community boards over at King Arthur Flour. I know that I can rest easy having found this great place. Great job, folks!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love this feature, I am having so much fun categorizing my saved recipes, and the sky's the limit. I love that we can look for a recipe by category, our own category! Brilliant and thank you so much Food52 and especially Michael for this awesome feature.

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about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Well said, sdb! I'm looking forward to seeing what the other cooks have found interesting enough to save. On occasion I go for long periods when I don't have time to look at the new recipes, so (especially with great recipes not submitted for a contest), there are many hidden gems I have yet to discover. I for one am glad that our collections are not private, because I hope to use this feature to find more great recipes! ;o)

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I totally agree AJ, I love to see what recipes others save, from time to time I miss things on the site and it's so true we can find all sorts of hidden gems.

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about 1 year ago Michael Hoffman

Michael is a developer at Food52.

Thanks for the kind words, all.

Private collections are something we've considered, but we don't have any immediate plans to build them. We want to start simple and make sure things are working well before we increase the complexity. Nevertheless, we'll certainly take your suggestions into account as we make plans for future development.

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

This is epic! Thanks, Michael. Sorta kinda like our very own Pinterest boards. I love it.

I will third the suggestion of having a public/private button. Do you think that might be possible down the road?

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about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thanks so much, FOOD52! I discovered this feature last week and had great fun organizing (and rediscovering some of) my 450+ saved recipes. I still need to go into some of my categories (like "Sides") to break them into several more specific categories, but already I have found the new functionality a godsend. And what a handsome display, too! Again, thank you. ;o)

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about 1 year ago EmilyC

This is a great new feature -- thank you! I second HLA's suggestion to have a public versus private setting for recipe collections. I can imagine that in many cases, cooks will keep their collections public and we can get inspired by others. But it'd be great to have a simple check box so each cook can decide what they want to share.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wonderful!

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Great function. I'll be far more inclined to save recipes since they can be organized now. I'd really love a function that allowed each cook to chose whether they wanted to keep their collections private or allow them to remain public.

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about 1 year ago pamelalee

I'm thrilled that I can now organize and better access my over 300 saved recipes. Thank you, food52 developers! I love that you can file a recipe in more than one collection. Three examples (out of 26 so far) include: brunch, grain salads, and preserves/condiments.