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 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 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: Simply type what you are looking for into the search bar at the top of the page. You can then sort your search results by alphabetically or by Most Popular. You may also find recipes by navigating the category menu on the left or by selecting the Keyword Index at the bottom of the page. 

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 via our Contact Us page.

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 via our Contact Us page.

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

Please tell us about yourself! Contact Us 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 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.

How do I whitelist emails from Cookstr?

To ensure that the email we send you ends up in your inbox, and isn't mistakenly sent to the junk folder, please whitelist our email address, which is For instructions on how to do so, click here.

How do I get email from Cookstr in my Gmail primary inbox?

To ensure that the email we send you ends up in your Gmail primary inbox instead of the promotions tab, please follow these simple instructions

How do I allow or block browser push notifications?

If you want to set up or disable browser notifications, please visit this link to learn how.

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

Contact Us 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 advertise on Cookstr?

If you or someone you know would like to advertise on Cookstr, please visit our Advertising page.

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 via our Contact Us page.

What if my question isn't answered here?

Check out our Contact Us page. 

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