Sorted Food Review
Share your delicious food videos with others with the Sorted Food social network
Launched by a group of young British foodie friends in 2010, the Sorted Food YouTube cookery channel has built up a following of over 870,000 subscribers who enjoy the mix of tasty recipes and light-hearted presentational style. The next logical step was to launch this dedicated app, which offers a range of extra social network-style benefits by enabling users to follow others, interact and upload their own recipes. It’s like being part of a global cooking community.
After signing in by email or Facebook, you get to create a profile including your food loves and hates. The app’s photo-laden main menu then appears; slick but easy to navigate, it’s arranged into four swipeable tiers. At the top is a selection of recipes by the Sorted team. Below that are categories such as Recommended, What’s Trending and Fridgecam – an irreverent look at food, including one Italian recipe where the cooks dress up as Mario and Luigi! Then there are featured foodies whom you may choose to follow, while at the bottom are top-rated user recipes.
In total, over 700 free recipes are included, so the search facility comes in handy. You can also browse the database by cuisine, dish type, main ingredient and special diet. Each recipe features step-by-step instructions (usually with photos) and an ingredients list, although there’s no shopping list function. Favourite recipes can be bookmarked and shared via Facebook, Twitter or email. A novel interactive element is the ability to add comments and photos to recipes, so you might well suggest tweaks or variations.
Only recipes by the Sorted team feature a video, since users can only upload photos. Plus, videos are streamed from YouTube, so aren’t viewable offline. It would be nice to be able to download standard recipes for offline use, too.
A well-designed cookery app with some great recipes, amusing videos and a novel social aspect to proceedings.
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