Many of my family recipes are saved in a hodgepodge of textedit documents or emails that I transcribed from phone conversations with my mom. While functional, this becomes a little cumbersome when you’d like to share the recipe with someone else, or when you think you’ve memorized it but realize halfway through you should have double checked – especially because my notes are written in a mix of Serbian and English with unspecific quantities (“a little”) and many spelling mistakes.
Frequently, I cook without a recipe – throwing a few ingredients together and creating something based on my mood, but when trying a new recipe or one that started somewhere else – the act of cooking and looking at the recipe on a third party website is rough. Usually there is a lengthy personal essay prior to the recipe content and many advertisements intercepting the reading experience.
Simply put – I wanted to create a tool that improves this experience and creates a lightweight space where you can share and develop recipes from your friends.
For me, Little Chefs is partly a tool born out of frustrations with established cooking websites, and partly an excuse to create a user-generated platform for publishing and sharing recipes (probably more so the latter, as I’m always looking for an excuse to start a new programming project). Our idea for Little Chefs (originally called Recipe Box) dates back to 2015. You can even see the initial GitHub repo for version 1 (12 commits), and also version 2 (100 commits). Finally, we are ready to share Little Chefs (78 commits as of this writing – sorry, the latest repo is private 😜).