Cookpad is in English!


I have great news. The Japanese cooking site I use the most, Cookpad, now has an English page. Cookpad is Japan’s biggest recipe submission site. This is very exciting for those days when I need inspiration but can’t be bothered to research in Japanese. It looks like they translated everything as is because the recipes have the same cutesy titles the Japanese titles have.

I like the way they have sorted the recipes. Some of the categories have interesting names. I looked for an allergy-friendly category but there doesn’t seem to be one yet. Hopefully soon.

Here are some useful recipe categories

An Ode to Snapdish

One of my favorite apps for the iPhone/iPad is Snapdish. I post a lot of meal photos there and get inspired. If you have a smart phone I highly recommend that you download and start using it. There are a lot of Japanese users so it is a great opportunity to see everyday home cooking as well as typical restaurant food. I’m Kirsten Adachi on snapdish if you would like to add me.

Three of my pics from Snapdish.


Taiyaki filled with banana and almond butter and grapefruit on the side.


Chicken, tomato, green pepper and onions cooked in the rice cooker and seasoned with Spiceluck’s kebab spice.


Chickpeas, eggplant, zucchini, carrot and tomato cooked in the rice cooker.