Mela – Recipe Manager 17+

Your personal cookbook‪.‬

Silvio Rizzi

    • 4.6 • 104 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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.

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 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 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.

Please note:
If iCloud Sync is enabled (default), Mela will sync these items with iCloud:
- Recipes
- Browser bookmarks
- Subscription list (feeds)
Not synced:
- Feed recipe entries
- Browser history
Groceries are always stored in

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.

What’s New

Version 2.3.2

- Added as a search engine option

- Some issues with widgets and previews (QuickLook)
- Sync issues

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

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.

JoeyBytes ,

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.

Anamenotinuse ,

This one.

To be fair, I haven't tried the competition. That said, this is a nice piece of work. I like the ease with which it imports recipes, I like the grocery list feature. I like that I was able to learn to use the features without having to resort to documentation; you can find stuff just by poking around a little.
As of this writing, MacOS has I think just added a grocery-sorting feature to its reminders app. Since Mela already uses reminders to sync grocery lists across devices, *hopefully* the reminders API is friendly enough to allow Mela to set the list type to "Groceries" :-)

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The developer, Silvio Rizzi, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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