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I know there are ten thousand cooking websites out there, but from what I can tell, 99.9% of them are just recipes, and most of them have kludgy usability to boot!

What are some websites (preferably usable on a tablet) that don't do recipes, but instead use a freeform data structure plus TONS of data and metadata to let me browse and match flavors, ingredients, and generally get creative cooking inspiration?

I really want to emphasize "freeform data structure plus TONS of data", and I'm restricting this question to "app-like" interfaces where the use case is to browse data quickly without getting bogged down in users or posts or prose of any kind.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by SAJ14SAJ, KatieK, Mien, MandoMando, Jefromi Sep 26 '13 at 0:49

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We don't recommend cookbooks or websites, as they are essentially open opinion polls. You are welcome to drop into chat to see if folks have any thoughts. –  SAJ14SAJ Aug 9 '13 at 0:50
Of course, given that the criteria are fairly objective and there are unlikely to be many (if any) sites satisfying this, it's not the worst list/poll question I've ever seen... still, Seasoned Advice Chat is probably the best place. –  Jefromi Aug 9 '13 at 1:36
Upon reading this again, I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "freeform data structure". I'm also not sure what the "metadata" would be (as opposed to data), and whether "TONS" means that you want it for a ton of ingredients, or you want tons of data about specific ingredients, or something else? –  Jefromi Aug 26 '13 at 23:49

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It's a pay site, but the website Foodpairing.com lists ingredients by common flavor compounds so you can see a matrix of complementary flavors, sorted by how complementary they are.

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The canonical answer in book form is The Flavor Bible, which you could get as an ebook and presumably use from your tablet.

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