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KitchenPC

Online Meal Planning Tool


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Published 03/05/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

KitchenPC is a website dedicated entirely to the user’s culinary efforts. The site offers a list of tools that can enhance the way users buy, prepare and plan meals. Users can store their favorite recipes and add them to a personal cookbook on the site. A search is also available that lets user browse recipes submitted by others. Each includes prep time, the recipe’s author and a star rating to help the user decide which to try. The user can drag and drop recipes to a built in shopping list, which automatically generates a shopping list. The user can also list ingredients they have in the online pantry. A meal planner lets users set a number of recipes, specify ingredients and choose either recipes that use their ingredients efficiently or those that the user is more likely to rate highly.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

KitchenPC was founded in October of 2010. The application is currently in beta and promises to deliver a list of handy tools for the average internet user cooking at home. The application has not received significant recognition online, but is still growing. The current version already offers a number of valuable tools that can make it easier to plan meals and grocery shop efficiently. The user community is also active, which is evident by the numerous recipe results produced when searching the site.

What are the differences to other apps?

A handful of similar applications offer tools that are somewhat like KitchenPC while other sites provide a database of recipes. KitchenPC is one of the few that combines these two concepts and improves on them. Users can search for recipes submitted by other users and rate them. The site includes practical tools that almost anyone who cooks at home can really appreciate. Uses can save recipes to a cookbook, create shopping lists and plan weekly meals.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

KitchenPC has a warm, culinary feel that uses brown tones and a light texture. The unique logo features a playful chef and blue seal containing the site’s name. Each tool is well organized and contains no clutter or annoying advertisements to get in the user’s way. The application was clearly designed for efficiency and convenience, regardless of the user’s computer experience. The rich color scheme, modern buttons and unique design elements create an eye-catching setting to manage and plan meals.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the KitchenPC community by clicking the blue “Login with Facebook” button or the white “Register” link beside it. Those who choose the “Register” link are greeted by a pop up box that asks for an email address and password. As soon as the user submits the completed form, they are automatically logged in to KitchenPC and can access all current features. The site does not require email confirmation to access new accounts.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can create a new KitchenPC account for free. There are no subscription fee requirements and users are not asked to make any purchases. Users can access all current features without paying anything for the opportunity. The site does not mention any plans to change its free access for all policy. Free is an excellent way to entice users to try the application’s unique and helpful features in their own kitchen.

Who would you recommend the application to?

KitchenPC is an excellent resource for anyone who needs a better way to manage their meals each week. The application handles all aspects of food preparation, from the time the user buys it at the grocery store to the moment it is served as a meal. Uses can generate printable shopping lists, store their favorite recipes and keep track of their available ingredients to find recipes that require them. KitchenPC can help families of all sizes manage their groceries and meals better.

  • Users can register with a Facebook account
  • Shopping lists can be generated and printed
  • Recipes can be added and searched on the site
  • Users can rate recipes submitted by other users
  • A pantry lets the user list the ingredients they have on hand


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