Punchfork is an app that compiles recipes from across the internet and ranks them based on their feedback from Facebook, Twitter and popular culinary sites like Serious Eats, Martha Stewart and Skinny Taste. Punchfork monitors the buzz about food and recipes from social networks and places the popular ones onto their site. Now when users are searching for a recipe for Chicken Parmesan, they can access Punchfork to not only get a recipe, but a recipe that is more likely to be great based on the reviews, buzz and popularity of it from the Internet. Users can also browse through Punchfork by using their filters like vegetarian or top rated. Punchfork aims to be the site people turn to when deciding what to cook. They do all of the hard work for their users.Show more screenshots »
Punchfork is based out of Palo Alto, CA and was founded in 2010. It is a self-funded project as of 2011. Their mission is, "Bringing algorithms and analytics into the world of cooking and recipes." The founder of Punchfork is Jeff Miller, a software developer and angel investor. Punchfork's advisor is Akimitsu Sano, the CEO of Cookpad, the world's largest recipe community with over 14 million registered users and 1 million user-contributed recipes.
While most culinary sites host recipes that could be hits or misses, Punchfork only lists the ones that have the best feedback and are the most popular. This should provide users with more confidence in the recipes they try from the internet. However, it is possible for this data to be manipulated so that a certain recipe owner can get their recipe featured and it is based on fake likes, sharings, etc. Additionally, since Punchfork doesn't own any of the recipes featured on its site, it is often that users will need to click on the recipe on Punchfork and then click on the embedded link to get the preparation directions, which are copyrighted materials.
Punchfork's layout of recipes is very nice. There are fantastic, colorful pictures for all of the recipes and browsing through their content is a lot a fun. Additionally, Punchfork offers easy to use search options like search by recipe name or by leftover ingredients. For users who register, they can bookmark and track their absolute favorites.
The only downside is that since some of the content is proprietary to other sites, Punchfork has to redirect users to other websites for preparation instructions on many of its recipes.
Users can login to Punchfork by using their Facebook, Google, Yahoo! or AOL account. From there they can access recipes or even "pin" the ones that they particularly enjoy or will be using soon.
Punchfork is a free application. There are no plans to make users pay for this service at this time.
Punchfork is great for anyone who searches the internet for a great recipe. It takes some of the risk out of arbitrarily choosing a dud of a dish, by only publishing popular and highly marked recipes onto its site. However, since these recipes are not owned by Punchfork, it really is just a fancy linking service that is based on algorithms rather than a food critic's taste.