Hi I’m Andy Pipes, executive product manager for Knowledge & Learning (K&L) which looks after the BBC Food website.

Today we are announcing some changes to how you can bookmark recipes on BBC Food. This blog post outlines the changes and the reasons behind them.

Your Favourites on BBC Food


Goodbye Binder, Hello Favourites

In the past the BBC’s websites have had different ways for the audience to share, collect and annotate BBC content. To ensure audiences have a consistent experience we’ve begun to standardise the way that we describe these actions.

You might have noticed, for instance, that the button to allow users to share pages on Facebook, Twitter and Google is now consistent on News, Sport, BBC iPlayer, Food and most other BBC websites. You can read about this in my colleague Mark Channon’s blog post.

Radio iPlayer already allow users to save their favourite programmes using the Add to Favourites button when a list of episodes or series is displayed. As of today, BBC Food will share this function.

The current Recipe Binder will become Your Favourites. Saving a recipe to Your Favourites is as simple as clicking the green Add to Favourites button that appears next to the recipe title.

Removing an item from your favourites is just as easy. Follow the link to Your Favourites to see a list of your saved recipes. Click on the grey vertical bar to remove a favourite from your list when on the Your Favourites area.

For anyone with recipes saved on their current Binder, we will move your saved recipes over to your Favourites list. Those recipes will be stored against your BBC iD, which means that you can still take your Favourites with you on any device or screen you happen to be logged in to.

The Add to Favourites button


What happened to filters, notes and search?

The old Binder service included a filter and search function which allowed users with many saved recipes to easily pull out the one they wanted to access. Unfortunately this feature is not yet part of the new Favourites area.

This was a difficult decision based on the fact that just 0.07% of visitors to the Food website used this search facility in the Binder. The seldom-used feature, Notes, is also being closed as we move on to the new platform. The small number of people who used this service have been advised to copy their Notes before the upgrade to BBC Favourites to avoid disappointment.

If you have questions or comments about the updates, please ask them in the section below and we will do our best to answer any queries.

Andrew Pipes is the executive product manager for BBC Knowledge & Learning.

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  • Comment number 222. Posted by Fredrike en Willem

    on 28 Jun 2013 12:48

    Today i tried to find one of my saved recepies. Yes, tried, halfway i gave up. This isnt fun anymore. Mr Andy, before you start on anything else, please put a search option into the favorites.
    Are you sure you were geven the right percentage of the ppl using the search option, seems to me 70 % is more likely.

    Thank you from one of your dutch users

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  • Comment number 221. Posted by Ojiveojive

    on 28 Jun 2013 12:29

    Dear Andy, Stardate day seventeen, Groundhog day day seventeen. Still unable to save recipes to Favourites, Favourites still showing some recipes as expired and still some recipe illustrations missing.

    Dear hedges, after checking for Favourites functionality yesterday, to no avail, I took a trip around the solar system. Travelling at many times the speed of gravity's rainbow I returned the day before I'd left, so it appeared that I'd previously posted my daily report.

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  • Comment number 220. Posted by hedges

    on 28 Jun 2013 07:32

    Dear Ojiveojive missed your inter-stellar dairy entry yesterday, hopefully you'll be back today unless of course Andy Piper has managed to have your issues sorted!

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  • Comment number 219. Posted by bob is bob

    on 27 Jun 2013 17:53

    still not working aaaarrrrrrrhhhhhhh

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  • Comment number 218. Posted by Markymarky123

    on 27 Jun 2013 16:01

    Since the changes to the old Recipe Binder have been introduced I am finding it takes far longer to search for my favourite recipes stored there. Surely it must be possible to have a search facility as before to quicken things up?

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  • Comment number 217. Posted by hedges

    on 27 Jun 2013 15:36

    it's now 27th June and i can't add anything to, "my favourites" how annoying? As smallbumblebee said if it aint broke don't try and fix it!!! A second gripe i've no e-mail informing me that my recipe notes are to be deleted as mentioned in the blog, how very annoying!!!! (sorry spelling goes out the window whilst unhappy)

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  • Comment number 216. Posted by Libby

    on 27 Jun 2013 12:57

    Well Andy Piper, so much for all the consumers who pay your wages and all the other empoyees of the BBC through our licence fee. Do you and your mangers feel you are giving us value for money by ignoring the fact that the vast majority of complaints on this site say we cannot save new recipes as the button to save does not work and gives a message which can only infuriate us further. Hoping that at some time you might get this button working but I think the BBC is so arrogant it just ignores complaints or decides if it does nothing they will stop. Hoping you have a nice day because i now have to go through possibly 26 pages of my binder to find the recipe I want!

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  • Comment number 215. Posted by Christine Smith

    on 27 Jun 2013 08:31

    I just added a menu to "my favourites" then tried to add another - but I can't!! I hope I can add more than one menu per day. I trust that very soon all the glitches will be solved. I liked my binder - but hey - we will see

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  • Comment number 214. Posted by Romany

    on 27 Jun 2013 08:23

    I posted the details that you requested on the 14th June and have still not had a reply and I still can't save to my favourites.

    Can you please have the decency to let me know what you are going to do about it. Not responding to information that you have requested is plain rude.

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  • Comment number 213. Posted by Andy Barnes

    on 27 Jun 2013 06:49

    There is a certain amount of 'trust' associated with the BBC that is rapidly evaporating as the problems associated with this continue ... when will it be 'fixed'?

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