Epicurious is designed to provide a valuable resource to visitors interested in food. The site focuses on providing food-related news to its users as well as numerous recipes, cooking videos, and other helpful tools. The site also supports community features that offer users the chance to share their recipes, connect with others Epicurious members and chat. The site takes social networking and combines in with a library of recipes and information on cooking techniques, updates, restaurants, entertaining guests and other relevant topics.Show more screenshots »
Epicurious was created to help provide users with a definitive resource for all their food needs. The site wanted to go beyond a simple list of recipes, to include restaurant information, cooking suggestions, and valuable resources on entertaining. Owned by Conde Nast Digital, Epicurious previously aired a television series on the Discovery Channel. Epicurious was made accessible to iPhone users in April of 2009. The update provided easy access to thousands of delicious recipes as well as shopping list features. The feature later expanded to include iPad and Android functionality as well.
Most food-related websites focus in one or two areas. Many are simple libraries of recipes while others may be a large resource for nutrition and healthy eating. While these are also valuable tools, none seem to encompass all aspects of food. Epicurious was created to compile a resource that offered information on food and eating from all directions, even beyond the kitchen. Epicurious helps users create shopping lists, learn how to better entertain their guests, and decide which restaurants are worth a try.
With a brilliant green color scheme, Epicuriuos invites users with an enticing site layout and design. The style is fun, but without appearing amateurish. Users can easily navigate using the wide buttons at the top of the screen that easily break down each area on the site. A search function is provided right on the home page for quick searches. Even the casual user interested in browsing articles and recipes can do so easily. The homepage also features mouthwatering images of tasty dishes and other food images that are certain to encourage further viewing, if not make the user a little hungry!
Epicurious invites new visitors to become members by clicking the small gray “join now!” link found at the top right hand corner of the site, above the green header. The link takes visitors directly to the registration form. Here, the user is asked to enter a username, password, email address, first and last name, and contact information. The bottom provides a list of possible newsletter opt ins, which require the user to choose either “yes” or “no.” A couple of special offers are also included in the list.
Epicuriuos offers its information, resources, and online cooking tools to all visitors for free. There is currently no option for a premium membership. This is a great way to encourage new visitors to get involved in the Epicurious community. Although the site does not require a membership fee, there are numerous ways users can spend. Advertisements are found at various locations throughout the site, with merchandise offered as well. These are not requirements and do not take away from the overall experience, but are there.
Those who enjoy cooking can enjoy the resources found on Epicurious. Whether the user is a seasoned chef or a beginner just finding their way around a kitchen, the site is very simple to navigate and provides a number of handy features and resources. Even the casual cook can appreciate the features found on Epicurious. Anyone who has a need or desire to entertain or enjoy a meal out can also find a lot of value in the site’s resources.