Frequently Asked Questions

What is houses the greatest collection of cookbook recipes online. 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 This year alone, powered recipe searches in over 20,000 cities and 200 countries and territories! Click here (about us) to learn more about Cookstr beyond

How is different from other recipe sites?

The recipes on come entirely from cookbooks written by trusted chefs and cookbook authors, so you can cook knowing that the recipes are going to work. In addition, our powerful search engine will help you find the exact recipe you’re looking for—and help you discover new recipes you’ll love. What’s more, unlike any other recipe site, we share a portion of our advertising revenue with the chefs and authors who created the recipes and the publishers behind them who play such a key role in the identification and support of talent. That’s why so many of these recipes are appearing here on the Web for the first time ever.

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Why should I sign up for

Signing up gives you access to thousands of free recipes, the ability to comment on recipes, and your own My Cookstr where you can save all your favorite recipes. Plus, you’ll start receiving The Cookstr Weekly newsletter. All for free. Maybe the better question is, why haven’t you signed up yet?

How do I search recipes on

Cookstr search makes finding recipes easy. Here’s how it works: You can start out with a basic search – such as recipe, ingredient or chef – or try an advanced search by taste, texture, occasion, course, budget, skill-level, and many more! Just click the ‘advanced search’ button on the orange search side-menu to expand the full list of search options. And remember, at any time in your search, you can further refine results by checking off additional advanced search categories, and change the order in which results are sorted, by clicking the ‘relevance’, ‘newest’ or ‘chef/author’ buttons directly above your search results.

How do you select which chefs and cookbook authors will be featured on

We consider including recipes from anyone who has published a cookbook, so long as the recipes rely primarily on real food made with real ingredients. We also try to represent the full diversity of foods and cuisines, and to feature lots of recipes that are easy and inexpensive to prepare. If you have a chef or author to suggest, please let us know at

How do I suggest a chef or author for inclusion on

We want to hear about the chefs and authors whom you love! If you know someone who you think would be perfect for our site, please let us know at

I am a cookbook author. How can I feature my books and recipes on

Please tell us about yourself! E-mail us at and give us your contact information and credentials. We will be in touch!

How do I get in touch with one of the chefs or authors featured on

While we’re not at liberty to give out our contributors’ personal contact information, send an e-mail to and we’ll be sure to forward it on to the person you’re trying to reach.

How do I change my password?

To change your password, go to the My Cookstr tab and click on My Info. Then click the Change Password link.

How do I change my email address for login to My Cookstr and for receiving The Cookstr Weekly newsletter?

You have full control of your account at My Cookstr, where you can manage your account preferences including your e-mail and username information.

I’m having trouble signing in or need help troubleshooting another issue. What do I do?

E-mail explaining the problem and someone will help you as soon as possible.

If I have questions on a particular recipe, is there someone I can ask for help?

We love talking about recipes, so don’t hesitate to be in touch! Please e-mail us at and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Or go to our Facebook page where you can ask advice from the entire Cookstr community. You can also reach out to us (and follow us!) on Twitter.

How do I find the recipes that appeared on the television show "Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home"?

Though you’ll find many of the recipes from the television show "Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home" on Cookstr, we only have the rights to feature a sampling of recipes on the site. However, all of the recipes are available in the wonderful book Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home, which is available through online booksellers, local booksellers, and at public libraries.

How do I advertise on Cookstr?

If you or someone you know would like to advertise on Cookstr, please send us an e-mail at We will get back to you pronto!

How can I help Cookstr?

Thanks for asking! The best way you can help is to spread the word. Tell your friends and neighbors, your co-workers, your brothers, sisters, and cousins! Tell the postman, the guy who cuts your hair, and the woman who cuts your lawn. Tell the president of the PTA and your seatmate on the commuter bus. And e-mail recipes from the site to anyone who appreciates good food. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Please let us know what you love about the site or how we can improve your experience by sending comments to

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