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.

  • Did you find or make a database? – Lorenzo Sep 24 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

  • What about an actual database dump, that you can integrate into an application without additional work of scraping or paying? – Worse_Username Jan 3 at 11:47
  • i'm not aware of one. you could do it and post here ;) – albert Jan 3 at 14:01

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

Hope this helps.

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