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. 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.
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.
- Web recipe importer
- Potential crash when ingredients contain certain characters or emojis
- Potential issues with family shared in-app purchase
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing Recipe Manager!
This app is so good that I paid for both the Mac and iOS versions because I wanted to be able to access it on all devices. The design of this app is fantastic and feels thoroughly thought out. I'm especially impressed by the recipe import and how accurate it is. I tried the import feature on my phone on a site that had 2 separate recipes to be made together; I expected to have to fix a few things but it detected both recipes and created separate sections of ingredients/steps for each one in the app. iCloud integration works perfectly for sharing recipes with others and I really like the ability to send ingredients to a grocery list in the reminders app (which can also be shared with others).
Two features I would love to see in the future:
1) reading out ingredients/instructions while in cook mode since sometimes you can't look at the phone while performing certain steps or your hands are dirty.
2) linking other mela recipes in a recipe such as having a homemade mayo recipe and using that in other recipes for salad dressings, aiolis, etc.
Super Impressed and Delighted!
For decades I've been collecting recipes online, with the rudimentary system of adding them to a bookmarked folder on my browser. It became unmanageable with hundreds of uncategorized recipes. Heard about this app from a Twitter thread from a food writer, read some reviews, and purchased yesterday. WOW!!! It is so easy to import recipes, they look beautiful and consistent, all features are really intuitive. Just the cleanest organizational system for recipes. A total game-changer for me. So worth it for $10, a one-time purchase not a subscription!!
Wonderful, Aside from Browsing
Mela has been the best recipe manager I've used of a few. The interface is clean, without a bunch of multi-step fatigue when choosing recipes. The real shine for Mela is the cooking view. On Mac and iPad you have a persistent pane with your ingredients, and a clear view of directions. You can also add multiple timers on the same screen! Other recipe managers I've used aren't any better than viewing a site, so I appreciate Mela being innovative.
If I could change anything about Mela, it would be to allow support for Safari extensions. I don't know whether this is possible, but cooking websites have an aggravating amount of ads and other intrusive data tracking practices. Mela doesn't collect any information, and it would be wonderful if the browser followed the same privacy rules. If I want to support a cooking site I buy their cookbook, online ads are a cancer.
Data Not Collected
The developer does not collect any data from this app.
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- Silvio Rizzi
- 14 MB
- Requires macOS 12.0 or later.
English, French, German, Italian
- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2021 Silvio Rizzi
- In-App Purchases
- Mela+ for macOS $9.99
Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.