If you’re like me, you get most of your recipes from websites, not books. (This isn’t counting those “recipes” that you’ve been cooking for years and couldn’t say exactly where you learned them.)
For the most part, I’ve found the online recipe options to be excellent. My favorite websites allow you to search by meal, ingredient, diet, and even season. Readers are generous in rating recipes, which allows me to quickly sample those that are likely to at least taste good.
But one thing is consistently missing: price.
When I cook, I enjoy trying new options. And so I usually find a recipe that looks promising, purchase the ingredients, and only after the fact consider how much the meal actually cost per person.
Which is a sure way to bust a budget.
Considering that almost all of us spend a fairly sizeable portion of our income on food, I’ve often found it curious that more websites don’t connect recipes with prices.
Maybe it’s because many recipe websites are populated by users, leaving it up to them how much—and how little—information to provide. For sites focused on increasing the menu options, it would doubtless be limiting to require readers to put a price on each ingredient.
Or maybe it’s because it’s impossible to provide consistent prices. The ingredients for a salad in California will be different than those same ingredients in Connecticut.
But what I find interesting is that it is now possible to use the crowd-sourcing power of the Internet both to find good recipes and to price them. With online grocery options, I can identify the precise cost of each ingredient of just about any recipe, including the top-rated ones on the popular food blogs.
Which will be the focus of this website.
Don’t expect me to bring you original recipes (actually, be thankful). What I’ll focus on is identifying those that others have recommended and then giving you a per-person price.
If you decide to try any of these recipes, I’ll point you to the original website so that you can read about the dish and the cooking instructions in more depth. To keep me honest about prices, I’ll include Amazon links for those items that are available. (I’ll include Amazon Fresh prices for meats and vegetables, which are almost certainly less expensive at your grocery store.)