Mela is a simple, elegant and modern recipe manager that syncs with iCloud.
Sync your recipes with iCloud, either privately (default) or by sharing a recipe library with other iCloud users.
IN-APP BROWSER WITH LIVE PREVIEW
Quickly save a recipe while browsing: If Mela detects a recipe on the currently viewed page, it will be displayed in Mela's native recipe viewer*, on the same screen on the iPad and a swipe-left away on the iPhone. Want to add or view a recipe from outside of Mela? No problem, just use Mela's sharing extension.
Subscribe to your favorite recipe blogs to view all the recipes in Mela's native recipe viewer*.
The cook mode makes it easy to follow all steps while cooking, displayed using a larger font to make sure everything stays readable even when you're not right in front of your device. You can add multiple recipes to the cook mode, easily letting you switch between them.
No need to switch to another app for setting up a timer. When in cooking mode, Mela let's you easily create and manage timers.
Timers come with support for Live Activities (iOS 16.1+).
Scan a recipe from a book: With the help of text recognition, you can just add it to your personal collection and view it in Mela's native recipe viewer, as any other recipe.
Mela uses the Reminders.app to manage your grocery list. This has the advantage that you’re always able to access your grocery list on all your devices even if Mela is not installed on a specific device.
Do your meal planning by using Mela's built-in calendar. It's managed by Calendar.app which also has the advantage that you're always able to access it on all your devices. There's also a widget, showing you the next planned meal from your calendar.
Recipes can be organized in categories, marked as “Favorite” or as “Want to Cook”.
Of course, Mela supports printing in case there’s a recipe you want to have on paper or save as PDF.
If iCloud Sync is enabled (default), Mela will sync these items with iCloud:
- Browser bookmarks
- Subscription list (feeds)
- Feed recipe entries
- Browser history
Groceries are always stored in Reminders.app
Mela is free to download but will require a one-time purchase to unlock all features.
* Extracting recipes only works for websites that support this, most of them do.
This update addresses a potential iCloud sync issue.
What's new in 2.3:
Ready for iOS 17.
Improved on-device machine learning powered importer (requires iOS 17):
- Mela should now provide much better results when importing recipes from sites where it has to use its ML-powered importer.
- Improved web recipe import support for Spanish, Dutch, Danish and Swedish.
- Improved text extraction when scanning recipes
- Various minor bugfixes and improvements
Ratings and Reviews
This exceptional recipe manager makes every part of cooking easier. Organize recipes, create a meal calendar, and create grocery lists—then view instructions using the gorgeous cook mode. Adding new recipes is even easier: Import from URLs, scan from paper, view friends’ shared libraries, or subscribe to your favorite cooking blogs.
All you need to know is that this app removes all the personal backstory blather from recipe sites (“Want to make a corn muffin? First, here’s 4,000 words about my experience on 9/11…”) and leaves you with a clean copy of what you were looking for in the first place. From there, you have all manner of customization and sync options if you want, but the basic task of scraping and delivering a usable recipe from your basic, awful, SEO-tilted-template recipe site is incredibly accurate, quick, and consistent. I do not miss the newsletter interstitial popups. I celebrate their absence. It’s been a long time since an app was so good I actually looked forward to rooting through all my old notes and bookmarks to populate it. Mela is that app, and it’s actually been fun to see all the insanely different stuff I saved over the years come together in a single, sensible presentation. Nice touches abound (keep-awake on iPad is great). There is of course room for refinement (“select all” and “select none” buttons when adding groceries would be nice), and the app doesn’t save your place when you switch to another app, but these are nice-to-haves. The dev is great, so I expect these kinds of rough edges will get dealt with. On that note, if you’re into RSS news feeds, check out Reeder by the same dev, also best in category, imo.
Two more things, and it’s perfect.
Ok I’ve never done this before so I don’t know how long it’ll take before this feedback reachers developers. But great app. 10/10. I could get into the details, but the sample photos and other reviews do all that. I just have two suggestions that I really want to see added in the near future
One, get a better sorting system. All, want to cook and Favorites is just ridiculous considering how file management is handled these days. Allow us to create folders and that fixes this completely. I want to have all my bakery stuff in one place, breakfast stuff in one place, chicken stuff in one place, you get the point. It’s honestly more impressive that this isn’t already included by default but enough complaining you get the point.
Two, something I think would be cool is to have the ingredients for each step automatically highlighted instead of having to do it manually. I find myself deselecting everything, and then manually highlighting the step ingredients when I get to each step. When I saw one of the sample photos showcasing this feature I got excited because I thought it was an automatic thing but guess not.
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- Silvio Rizzi
- 19.6 MB
- Food & Drink
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 15.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
English, French, German, Italian
- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2021 Silvio Rizzi
- In-App Purchases
- Mela+ for iOS/iPadOS $4.99
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