About Cookstr

Welcome to Cookstr.com, the world’s #1 collection of cookbook recipes available online!

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Our Mission

Cookstr’s mission is to organize the world‘s best cookbooks and recipes and make them universally accessible.

We are setting the standard for innovation in the delivery of 100% trusted, tested, recipes to home cooks around the world. Our online recipe library offers thousands of recipes by hundreds of the top chefs and cookbook authors, that are free for everyone on Cookstr.com. This year alone, Cookstr.com powered recipe searches in over 20,000 cities and 200 countries!

Behind The Scenes

The secret ingredient behind Cookstr is our team of editors and nutritional experts who analyze Cookstr recipes one at a time, assigning dozens of criteria that make them easy to find and filter. Because Cookstr is powered by people (and not by computers alone), we offer intuitive basic search (such as recipe, ingredient or chef) and advanced search categories, custom-made for food discovery, such as taste, texture, occasion, course, budget, skill level and many more!

Health & Nutrition

Cookstr is committed to developing tools that help people live healthy and happy lifestyles. We are proud to offer nutritional information for every recipe on Cookstr.com, and have also introduced nutritional search – criteria that empower our users to search for recipes based on dietary considerations like low sodium, low calorie, high fiber, low carbohydrate, or low saturated fat – down to the calorie or gram level.

Beyond Cookstr.com

In 2011, we launched Cookstr iBooks, a new platform for collaboration with cookbook publishers, available on Apple’s iBookstore. These exciting, made-for-mobile cookbooks are available in a range of lengths and prices that invite readers to choose between whole books or shorter form sets and chapters, to build their own á la carte cookbook and recipe libraries.

We are also bringing the powerful combination of Cookstr technology and hand-curation by Cookstr experts to help market leaders in the media, healthcare and food industries create meaningful experiences around food, and support healthy lifestyles for their members with Cookstr recipes.

History & Management Team

Cookstr was founded in New York City in 2008 by Will Schwalbe, and launched together with Katie Workman, Art Chang and the Tipping Point Partners team.

Will Schwalbe, Founder and Chairman of the Board. Will left his job as SVP and Editor in Chief of Hyperion Books to found Cookstr and served as its CEO until March 2011. Prior to joining Hyperion, he worked at William Morrow. He is the author of THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, published in October 2012 (Knopf and Two Roads/Hodder). He also wrote a book called SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better (Knopf, 2007, 2008) with David Shipley. Will serves on the Boards of Governors of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. His favorite dish is Peking duck.

Art Chang, Chief Executive Officer. Art has over 25 years of experience building startup companies in diverse industries in the private and public sectors. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tipping Point Partners, a New York City-based technology incubator that has played a key role in Cookstr's growth since its inception. Art serves on the New York City Campaign Finance Board and is Chair of the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, the group tasked with creating a model for expanding citizen participation in the electoral process. His favorite dish is soon doo boo jigae, a Korean tofu stew.

Katie Workman, Founding Editor-in-Chief. Katie was Associate Publisher of Workman Publishing, a top independent publisher and particularly known for its bestselling and award-winning cookbooks which include The Silver Palate and The Barbecue Bible, among many others. Katie has spent her career creating innovative and relevant integrations between brands and recipe content and was responsible for the cookbook integration with New York-based online grocer Fresh Direct. Katie is a Board member of City Harvest and a very active supporter of Share Our Strength, the country's largest hunger relief organization. She is the author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, published in May 2012. Her favorite dish is risotto.

Kara Rota, Director, Editorial & Partnerships. Kara manages daily operations for Cookstr. She was previously Associate Editor of Irish America Magazine, and wrote her undergrad senior thesis on technoethics and posthumanism at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara is a board director for the New York chapter of Girls in Tech, a global social enterprise focused on the engagement of women in technology. Her favorite dish is a rare Alderspring Ranch ribeye.

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