I absolutely love to cook but I’m terrible at memorizing recipes. Tik Tok’s algorithm quickly realized my love for cooking. My for you page is ~75% recipes. Like a lot of you I’m sure, I’d watch a recipe and think “of yeah amazing, definitely going to cook this one”. I’d proceed to like the recipe and forget it forever. It vanished from my mind.
Amid the pandemic with lots of time on my hands, I set out to fix this by building a database of recipes. I needed an easy way to save them, get the recipe steps, cook them and then keep the ones I liked.
Today, I save my recipes into Airtable using iOs shortcuts. I have over 300 saved recipes and my cooking game has gone through the roof.
Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Create a recipe table
felt like the perfect database to house my recipes (bias: I work there!). Every recipe I wanted to save would be a record in a recipes table. Every field would be what I want to track for each recipes. I wanted to keep this as simple as possible. If it was difficult to add recipes, I’d never follow through. For my MVP I tracked the recipe’s name, URL, ingredients, recipe, images, tags and a rating.