I'm interested in doing some analysis of recipes for fun. Ideally, I would like to obtain open recipe database(s) behind {foodily, allrecipes, recipes, bigoven, cooking, cooks}.com or something like that.

I am interested in databases which have many variations of recipes, such as hundreds of slightly different chocolate chip cookie recipes (in statistical talk, I'm interested in doing a principal components analysis on chocolate cookie recipes).

APIs would be okay if there aren't any databases available for download. I saw this related recipe API: https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/19453/does-allrecipes-com-site-have-an-api (I'm not interested in pay APIs like yummly or food2fork)

Finally, (please correct me if I'm wrong), recipes aren't copyrightable in the basic format of: ingredients plus preparation directions (Publications International v Meredith Corp). I'm interested in these types of recipes.

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    Did you find or make a database?
    – Elle Najt
    Sep 24, 2018 at 0:31

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hrecipe (and microformats in general) are the bees knees and lucky for you are widely employed across the web; here's a list of sites actively publishing hrecipes in the wild; you can scrape and parse as you please!
this list was lifted from the hrecipes specification on the microformats wiki ->

Auntie's Recipes Repository

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    What about an actual database dump, that you can integrate into an application without additional work of scraping or paying? Jan 3, 2018 at 11:47
  • i'm not aware of one. you could do it and post here ;)
    – albert
    Jan 3, 2018 at 14:01
  • It would be very helpful if it was clear which of these require payment/subscription
    – jcollum
    Jan 27, 2019 at 17:20
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    I've looked at the first 4 links and don't see how this actually answers the question -- this is just a list of sites publishing in hrecipe format -- there's no databases or open data that I can see in that list
    – jcollum
    Jan 27, 2019 at 17:24
  • you missed this part: "you can scrape and parse as you please!"
    – albert
    Jan 28, 2019 at 1:34

If you haven't already, check our ProgrammableWeb - it lets you search for APIs by keyword, type, etc.

Hope this helps.


I found this recipe scraper python package which you can utilize to download.

  1. Recipe Scraper Python Script: https://github.com/hhursev/recipe-scrapers

If you are lazy enough to do, you can download the following, It's huge.

  1. Pre Scraped Data by MIT EDU: http://pic2recipe.csail.mit.edu/

I found this project on Github that compiles recipes into a JSON formatted dump file: https://github.com/fictivekin/openrecipes

After trying to figure out why the link on the readme didn't download the latest dump properly, I discovered that the dump process is broken but that the last dump that did work was found at this link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/openrecipes/20170107-061401-recipeitems.json.gz

I had been looking for the same thing for a while now too. Hope that helps.

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