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|Alexa rank||701 (February 2018 [update]) |
Allrecipes.com, Inc. is an advertising based revenue generator, presented as a food focused online social networking service headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company was founded by fellow University of Washington archaeology graduate students Tim Hunt, Carl Lipo, Mark Madsen, and David Quinn.
Allrecipes.com was founded in 1997 after co-founder Hunt had trouble finding his favorite cookie recipe on the Internet. The recipe sharing and cooking community website began as an offshoot of one of Seattle's first web companies, Emergent Media. The company's original website was CookieRecipe.com. After Cookierecipe came Cakerecipe.com, Chickenrecipe.com, Pierecipe.com, Beefrecipe.com. After launching 38 different domains, the company consolidated all its websites into Allrecipes.com.   
The core of the small founding team consisted of Yann Oehl, Kala Kushnik, Ursula Dalzell, and Sydny Carter. In 1999 Allrecipes.com hired Bill Moore, a former Starbucks executive, as its CEO. In 2006 Reader's Digest purchased of Allrecipes.com for $66 million. 
The recipes on the website are posted by members of the Allrecipes.com community. They are categorized by season, type of course (such as appetizer or dessert), and ingredients. Search functionality supports requiring and excluding specific ingredients. Other categories include methods (such as grilling or baking), occasions, and cooking style. There is support for finding meal ideas for specific holidays. 
Allrecipes.com is available for iPhone,  iPad, Windows Phone, and Android  users. Allrecipes.com's apps for smartphones allow users to access the site and its user-uploaded content while on the go. In 2011 Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel rated the site as one of her "five favorite food apps."  The app allows users to search recipes and include specifications in their search (such as type of meal, nutrition, key ingredients, and time needed to prepare the dish). Recipes can be saved and easily shared on Twitter and Facebook. 
In September 2015 Allrecipes.com launched a revamped website as part of a broader transformation into a social networking service for food lovers.   The September 2015 website relaunch was met with broad criticism with the most common grievance being the perceived decrease in usability. 
Meredith closed 14 international Allrecipes domains October 16, 2018.
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