- Looking at a recipe (e.g. https://www.eathow.com/recipes/219) I think you forgot to use a cursor: pointer; on the "Directions" and "Ingredients", to indicate that they are clickable
- Someone else mentioned, but you don't have to be so apologetic about wanting money for this :) My personal recommendation would be to mark "The money thing" in it's own section, after your self-intro, and then display very clearly as the first item the two different plans (monthly and yearly), perhaps in some more traditional style boxes as you often see (familiarity is oft helpful).
- I completely understand your reasoning behind 14 days of trial, but you might want to consider your long term game more, by extending the trial so that users will get hooked/dependent on it. Take for example the difference in Apple Music and Spotify trial plans, with Apple Music offering 3 months and Spotify only one month. Now I'm not saying that's the only reason, but Apple Music recently overtook Spotify in monthly unique users, which will presumeably convert to paying users later on.
Maybe that's another feature you can add, amount of money the person has saved (approximately) through food re-use. Not sure how you'd implement it though.
Just a thought to throw out there.
People on HN might be cheapskates but your target might be willing to whip out their wallet sooner.
One caveat though, I would never pay $5/mo for it. If you're writing the recipes, consider advertising and product placement as a revenue stream.
At least let me get hooked on some value before trying to make me sign up / pay.
I currently achieve this goal by typing the main ingredients I have into google and adding the word vegetarian. I get something worthwhile in the first two pages.
I can see benefits to your system in terms of granularity and accuracy. But these will only accrue over time and at first use I found this approach cumbersome. Free text entry of main stuff I had would have been so much quicker. I took almost everything off your initial list.
I think this has great potential but there is a high bar.
Minor grammar nitpick: "Less grocery store trips" should be "Fewer grocery store trips."
At this point I'd consider the former correct. It's just too commonly used in too many contexts. When more natives speakers than not don't know about a rule, I dunno if it's valid anymore.
It still annoys me that people describe things as "lite" instead of "light", but I realise the battle is lost as well.
I am from Australasia and the fewer/less distinction is largely respected in my experience. I find the example jarring.
Regarding light/lite, I am doubtful that this is a problem outside of the US.
Don't give in so easily!
I think I have some of this in my fridge right now. "Lite" is used here a lot.
I hear native English speakers in NZ make grammar mistakes here all the time. I'm really curious that you hear the less/fewer distinction adhered to.
Telling me that you 'care some non-zero amount' doesn't mean much at all.
The phrase is couldn't care less, that is, 'zero units of care', i.e. you don't care.
I could care less = I care some amount. Possibly a lot.
I couldn't care less = I care no amount. I do not care.
I could care less what you think of my grammar.
I know the correct grammar, and I just think it's sad that people care.
Can't you wait until I try to do things, like view recipes or build grocery lists, before forcing me into them? I just want to check out the app my own way. The tips could appear when contextually appropriate, and be dismissible.
The best point of my site was that it gathered its recipes from food blogs and linked directly to them. I had to tweak a scraper for about a hundred different food blogs, it was a hell of work, but the scraping results were good.
Differently from SuperCook, which uses food portals, my recipes were all personal and of higher quality.
This is an NP-hard problem!! Some version of this is anyway. Can someone with more math knowledge be more specific?
There was a site with recipe search at http://receitrom.com.br/. Wayback Machine had it, but it seems to have a new search feature now that doesn't find anything anymore.
Anyway, it was scraping recipes in Brazilian blogs, so it would probably be useless for you.
This would make meal planning a balanced diet that much easier.
Or we'll all be eating nothing but Soylent in the future anyway ;)
I haven't monetized it, but figured it could be monetized with referrals to stores or delivery services. If nothing else, Amazon has a lot of non-perishable ingredients. I wonder if you considered that rather than a subscription model?
What I think would be even better is an app that makes up recipes based on what you have, sort of like Chef Watson (www.ibmchefwatson.com) for cocktails.
Or did you want something more comprehensive, not just the most famous cocktails?
Also wish more places used the recipe format that Cooking For Engineers uses... e.g. http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recipe/170/Chinese-Almond...
I love that format by the way. Will definitely look more into it.
eggs, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, canned beans, balsamic vinegar, banana, cashews, lemon juice, paprika, spaghetti, garlic.
And all it came back with was breakfast of scrambled eggs. Nothing for dinner or lunch.
Not good! She was turned off immediately.
Maybe part of the problem is a lot of people aren't going to think of putting in basics? Maybe it should also show recipes that just need a basic you might have forgotten to list. Like, maybe it did have a spaghetti with sundried tomato and garlic recipe but it requires olive oil or butter.
That makes the logic a lot more complicated though. Maybe if you could define a list of basics you always have in the house, like olive oil, butter, basic dried seasonings, etc. It would have to be customizable though, because some people might always have milk in the house and others might never (same with olive oil or any other thing).
I think a blog idea to help the site with more useful information and SEO is how to manage a home kitchen. For example, how to store food so it doesn't get thrown out. This can go hand in hand with the recipe search.
I was a private yacht chef for 6 years and I ran what is a home kitchen like a professional kitchen. I had to deal with looking at what was about to go bad or needed to be used first because I could only go shopping every two weeks sometimes and figure out what recipes I could make from them. Although I only cooked for a couple and 4 crew, I ran it like a two star Michelin kitchen.
Cool to see someone implement this often-suggested idea!
Having a subscription does sound hard to get off the ground tho. Maybe it'd be better monetised thru advertising deals? Can't find any good recipes with what you have? Blue Apron would be happy to cover you for next time...
I can see that this might be useful for people who really don't know anything about cooking but would like to start somewhere.
Now if this app has a receipt OCR scanner that automatically adds ingredients and amounts to the inventory, I could see paying for it. I started a project like that in the past but gave up with the OCR technology wasn't very accurate.
The personal blurb before "The Money Thing" is great, definitely keep that. But the money thing... rework it into the sales pitch. "I want to make EatHow much better. That means more delicious recipes and improvements that make things easier for you" - start with this, justify the $5, then delete the rest.
But I myself would not spend $5/mo for this. I don't know that it solves that much of a problem for me? So, maybe just not in target audience.
I was always lazy to think how to do it.
I'm so happy!