Cook better meals with this recipe-managing iPhone app

Screenshots of the Mela recipe app from the Apple App Store
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iPhone/iPad/Mac – Free (In-App Purchases)

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Make cooking at home easier and more fun by creating your own personalized cookbook of go-to recipes. 

Mela is a recipe management app that's designed to streamline the process of finding and saving your recipes, meaning you can focus on improving your culinary skills and creating meals.

I recommend getting Mela on your iPhone or iPad, although you might find text is easier to read on the larger iPad screen. Then again, there's a 'cook mode', which enhances your cooking experience on any device by providing a larger, more readable font. 

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You can add recipes to Mela yourself, but there's also an in-app browser tool that simplifies the process of saving them from websites, making it easy to collect a wide range of recipe ideas. You can then add these to a meal planning calendar, categorize them or mark your favorites.

Mela also allows you to subscribe to your favorite food blogs, keeping updated with their latest recipes and any new culinary trends. This is a good feature for those who don't just want to cook the same few recipes – although there's no problem with that – but would like to explore new cuisines and techniques at the same time.

If you rely on traditional cookbooks, Mela has a scanner feature that allows you to turn analog recipes into digital ones. There's also a groceries list feature, which integrates with your Reminders app, meaning you always have what you need to get cooking.

One of Mela's best features is its seamless integration with iCloud, ensuring that your recipes are synchronized and accessible across all of your Apple devices. This is especially handy if you like to keep your digital spaces organized and want to move between your iPhone and your iPad.

Mela is the perfect companion if you want to make more meals at home from scratch rather than ordering food or relying on ready meals. It's easy to say you want to cook more, but when we've had a busy day the last thing most of us want to do is hunt for recipes. 

Mela solves all of that. Think of it like your own carefully-curated cookbook filled with only the recipes you know how to make and want to eat.


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Becca Caddy

Becca Caddy is a contributor to iMore, as well as a freelance journalist and author. She’s been writing about consumer tech and popular science for more than a decade, covering all kinds of topics, including why robots have eyes and whether we’ll experience the overview effect one day. She’s particularly interested in VR/AR, wearables, digital health, space tech and chatting to experts and academics about the future. She’s contributed to TechRadar, T3, Wired, New Scientist, The Guardian, Inverse and many more. Her first book, Screen Time, came out in January 2021 with Bonnier Books. She loves science-fiction, brutalist architecture, and spending too much time floating through space in virtual reality. Last time she checked, she still holds a Guinness World Record alongside iMore Editor in Chief Gerald Lynch for playing the largest game of Tetris ever made, too.

  • Annie_M
    This looks interesting! However, we've been using AnyList quite happily for at lest 3 years. I can't see changing. I really love the grocery list component.