Mela - Recipe Manager

Mela - Recipe Manager

By Silvio Rizzi

  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Release Date: 2021-08-15
  • Current Version: 2.3.1
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 18.70 MB
  • Developer: Silvio Rizzi
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
Score: 4.70361
From 415 Ratings


Mela is a simple, elegant and modern recipe manager that syncs with iCloud. SYNC Sync your recipes with iCloud, either privately (default) or by sharing a recipe library with other iCloud users. IN-APP BROWSER WITH LIVE PREVIEW Quickly save a recipe while browsing: If Mela detects a recipe on the currently viewed page, it will be displayed in Mela's native recipe viewer*, on the same screen on the iPad and a swipe-left away on the iPhone. Want to add or view a recipe from outside of Mela? No problem, just use Mela's sharing extension. FEEDS Subscribe to your favorite recipe blogs to view all the recipes in Mela's native recipe viewer*. COOK MODE The cook mode makes it easy to follow all steps while cooking, displayed using a larger font to make sure everything stays readable even when you're not right in front of your device. You can add multiple recipes to the cook mode, easily letting you switch between them. TIMERS No need to switch to another app for setting up a timer. When in cooking mode, Mela let's you easily create and manage timers. Timers come with support for Live Activities (iOS 16.1+). SCANNER Scan a recipe from a book: With the help of text recognition, you can just add it to your personal collection and view it in Mela's native recipe viewer, as any other recipe. GROCERIES Mela uses the to manage your grocery list. This has the advantage that you’re always able to access your grocery list on all your devices even if Mela is not installed on a specific device. CALENDAR Do your meal planning by using Mela's built-in calendar. It's managed by which also has the advantage that you're always able to access it on all your devices. There's also a widget, showing you the next planned meal from your calendar. ORGANIZING Recipes can be organized in categories, marked as “Favorite” or as “Want to Cook”. PRINTING Of course, Mela supports printing in case there’s a recipe you want to have on paper or save as PDF. Please note: If iCloud Sync is enabled (default), Mela will sync these items with iCloud: - Recipes - Browser bookmarks - Subscription list (feeds) Not synced: - Feed recipe entries - Browser history Groceries are always stored in Mela is free to download but will require a one-time purchase to unlock all features. * Extracting recipes only works for websites that support this, most of them do.



  • Blocked on Apple Vision Pro

    By DavidReviewer756
    Developer has blocked Mela on AVP and won’t respond to questions for why.
  • Can’t categorize when sharing-have to reopen app

    By sarasing
    I’ve used Mela extensively. So the one disadvantage of Mela is that when sharing, you can’t add a category. You have to add to Mela then it returns to the web recipe. The additional step is you have to reopen Mela to add the recipe just shared to a category and to edit. It’s an extra unnecessary step. Paprika allows you to add a category/edit after sharing. The advantage of Mela is being able to share recipes from the New York Times cooking app and Mela adds the Introduction recipe notes which Paprika doesn’t. Oh how nice it would be to have the best of both of these very good recipe apps.
  • Two more things, and it’s perfect.

    By mrdokun
    Ok I’ve never done this before so I don’t know how long it’ll take before this feedback reachers developers. But great app. 10/10. I could get into the details, but the sample photos and other reviews do all that. I just have two suggestions that I really want to see added in the near future One, get a better sorting system. All, want to cook and Favorites is just ridiculous considering how file management is handled these days. Allow us to create folders and that fixes this completely. I want to have all my bakery stuff in one place, breakfast stuff in one place, chicken stuff in one place, you get the point. It’s honestly more impressive that this isn’t already included by default but enough complaining you get the point. Two, something I think would be cool is to have the ingredients for each step automatically highlighted instead of having to do it manually. I find myself deselecting everything, and then manually highlighting the step ingredients when I get to each step. When I saw one of the sample photos showcasing this feature I got excited because I thought it was an automatic thing but guess not.
  • Full calendar access suddenly required

    By BrittanyJeanP
    I loved this app. I used it for over a year. I would happily pay a subscription fee. It’s gorgeous and easy to navigate, and I love having food blog feeds integrated into the UX. However, in December or early January, the app changed from requiring “add only” calendar access to requiring full read+add access. I can’t give full read access to my calendars. I figured I’d use the internal calendar and manually add my planned meals to my Google calendar. But nope. Once you reject full calendar access, the entire calendaring function disappears. It’s made a beautiful, seamless app experience extremely frustrating. I emailed the developer, and received no response.
  • Brilliant!

    By dtaylor85
    I really want to give this app 1 star, but only because the developers didn’t give me a chance to make it myself. I’ve been using Evernote and then OneNote for my digital cookbook for a decade, and about 2 weeks ago (as I’ve been learning to write code) I thought it would be great to develop a program that would keep your recipes, allow you to add them to a calendar to plan your meals, and then generate a grocery list that accounted for the recipes you’ve added to your calendar. I thought that would be a million dollar idea. But then I found out the folks behind Mela did all that and more. The recipe entry options, in particular, are top notch. The cooking mode is beautiful. The automatic formatting on the recipe cards is clean and aesthetically pleasing, did I mention the options for inputing recipes? Oh, and there’s a simple calendar for meal planning that syncs to your online calendar. The only thing that could make this app better is if it could keep track of the food in my house and automatically drop those from the shopping list. Great app!
  • Awesomeness!!!

    By CaramelGQ
    I’ve been looking for an app like this for a long time. I could not ask for an easy, user friendly way to store my favorite recipes. Being able to import recipes from the web was the icing on the cake, literally!!!!
  • Almost

    By Cliffton Floyd Mayweather
    Everything is great except the primary website import. Half the time it doesn’t detect a recipe. All other apps I’ve tried worked fine. Back to crouton.
  • Nice but …

    By Kaleo
    Possibly the nicest recipe app. Looks good and has good features. Reasonable price, also. However, there are some bugs and feature limitations. Repeated emails to the developer have received no response. ?????
  • Aesthetic & Clean App

    By daveed333
    Amazing cooking app and love the simple interface. Only thing I would love have added to this app is the ability to auto-convert units or scale up something in the recipe like serving sizes. Minus this one feature love the uncluttered feel of the app
  • Sync not working

    By Two upset users
    First, let me say I love the app, the design is beautiful and so easy to use. We bought it in Dec across all our Apple devices - laptops and iPhones / iPads. At that time everything worked perfectly, syncing across all device types. But since the middle of Jan the sync is broken. I’ve been adding recipes on my laptop (macOS) and they don’t appear on the phone or iPad (iOS). I’ve emailed the Mela support team but no response. It’s truly unfortunate, because as everyone else has written about this app, it truly is one of the best out there. But if it doesn’t sync across devices it really is no use to me, since I use all my devices depending on where I am. At least a response to issues would also be helpful.