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Lets talk Recipe Submission! 
Apr. 16, 2010 2:59 pm 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2015 1:11 pm
Hi there, Allrecipeeps!
It's me, Elizabeth. I hope everyone's Spring is off to a good start. Here in Seattle, we are seeing lots of tulips and cherry blossoms. Soon enough it will be time to break out the grill! I can't wait - especially for fresh grilled salmon, my favorite!
I wanted to take this time to explain a bit more about our recipe publication process, and shed some light on some common questions we get about what happens to your recipes you submit for publication when we receive them.

Q: Why does it take so long? I submitted my recipe quite a while ago and it still hasn’t been published.

A: Our editorial staff is busy every day and all year pulling out the best submitted recipes and working to ensure they are published with a consistent level of quality for you, our members. However we get hundreds of new recipes submitted every day, and we actively work to make sure that we’re scanning them to make sure they aren’t copyrighted, aren’t a close duplicate of a recipe we already have, and are sure the ingredients and directions are clear and complete for you so that you are successful when you try to recreate it in your kitchen. This work takes time, and we’re always working to speed it up. Please be patient and know that it is our goal to review every recipe we receive.

Q: How come some members have multiple recipes published, and I can’t even get one published?

A: As we said above, we strive to make sure that all recipes are of good quality, and that we have a good diverse set of recipes available to you. We realize that some home cooks tend to specialize in certain types of recipes – cookies for instance – and that sometimes can create a higher tendency of duplicate recipes. They best way to get your recipe published is to make sure it’s filled out completely, and that you are submitting a recipe you know we don’t already have, and that it’s one which other people visiting our site are likely to enjoy. We are currently working to provide our members with more guidance and feedback for their submissions that is specific to their recipe to help enable everyone that wants their creation to be published to be able to do so. In the mean time, all of your Personal Recipes are available for you to share on the site, and we’re also working on ways to help those recipes be more visible, particularly as they gain popularity with other members through ratings and reviews.

Each and every one of your recipes is important to us, and we are open to feedback on how to make this process better. Please use the comments below to let us know how you would improve this process, or share your feelings about what we can do to make it better.
Thanks a million for all of your recipes, support, feedback, ideas and patience!
Apr. 16, 2010 4:05 pm
Do you let people know if you do not intend to publish their recipe?
Apr. 16, 2010 4:50 pm
Hi Matt! We do let you know if we definitively decide not to publish your recipe. You are able to check the status of your submitted recipes in the 'My Submitted Recipes' section of My Allrecipes to see the status of your submissions.
Apr. 16, 2010 5:09 pm
Thank you
Apr. 16, 2010 5:35 pm
Hi, Elizabeth. Thanks for addressing this issue. Communication is important, and it is very helpful to have the facts straight from the source. To clarify, if a member has followed all the guidelines, and is sure their recipe fits the above stated criteria, it is just a matter of playing the waiting game, then? Also, what happens (for example) to the recipe I submit in December that is Christmas/winter themed, but not published at that time? Does it get looked at the next Christmas season? Or if, say, it's finally looked at the following April, does it then get put on a list to be looked at again the following winter? Or do I need to resubmit it to bring it to your attention? These are just two examples of parts of the issue that are still not clear at all, and I'm sure everyone is wondering the same thing. Could you give us a sample bite of "a day in the life of a submitted recipe"? Thank you!
Apr. 16, 2010 6:24 pm
Hi Elizabeth, I would like to have a definitive reason as to why a recipe was not accepted. What you say now is just to o open ended. Also, I would like to be able to vote on NON Kitchen Approved recipe photos. Most of what I make is not Kitchen Approved anyway. This would also gain our recipes exposure and help us boos our chances if you go by popularity in choosing who to publish -no? I wish the process did not take so long, understand that you are inundated but we are all hopeful our recipes will be recognized. Perhaps you could add a PERSONAL RECIPE photo/featured recipe on the front page? Thanks for giving us this opportunity to express our thoughts.
Apr. 16, 2010 6:28 pm
Do you all actually cook the submitted recipes? By the way... I love this site, Elizabeth! ♥
Apr. 16, 2010 6:46 pm
Going off "What's for dinner, mom"'s post - is there any chance of being able to "link" personal (and custom) recipes on the RE recommendations? that would be really great.
Apr. 16, 2010 6:54 pm
YES MK! Good point! I wish it were easier to RECOMMEND A RECIPE too without having to go to my box, open it up, go back to the posting and suggest it. WAY too many steps!
Apr. 16, 2010 7:14 pm
I'm glad you explained that! Thanks!
Apr. 16, 2010 8:15 pm
Thank you Elizabeth for clarifying this matter, I know its something that is discussed on RE quite frequently, with no one seeming to have all the answers. I think the main issue from the cooks side is that we are just so excited to have submitted a recipe we want to share with others, that it can often be quite frustrating playing the waiting game (will we or won’t we be successful). Although we do completely understand how many other recipes are out there for consideration.
Apr. 16, 2010 8:25 pm
Thank you for this Elizabeth! It's always beyond great to actually hear from AR on a more personal level, such as your blog. I guess we, on the RE, tend to think of this as a family/friends/personal space that it validates us (me, lol) to hear from you. It just makes everything so much less sterile. I have to wonder about one statement that you made, "we’re scanning them to make sure they aren’t copyrighted, aren’t a close duplicate of a recipe we already have". I get the copyrighted, but the duplicate recipes on here are crazy. The closest to my memory is when I searched for a different broccoli salad tonight...oh so many so much the same. I'd also like to know the answer to C.C.'s question about the need for resubmission. It would be really helpful. Now, one last request. WILL YOU PLEASE DO AWAY WITH THAT BLASTED "ASK A QUESTION" OPTION ON THE RE????? The people on the RE, are there because they/we want to be, and are always ready to help, but, SHEESH, it's constantly people asking for recipes under "ask a question", which leads to extra work for those wanting to help, and pleas to "re-post as request a recipe". Thank you and everyone at AR for letting us have such a wonderful place!
Apr. 17, 2010 12:20 am
No question, just a comment. It looks like a LOT of AR's are wooting and tooting new publications over the past few days! Looks like you folks have been busy getting some new KA recipes out there for us! (Now, where's mine?!?! LOL!)
Apr. 17, 2010 5:10 am
just wondering --- is there anyway you could recruit any of the "Credible" members on here to do some of the testing? Then it can be a TNT by the actual members. Plus they could blog about it (either via supporting membership or the RE) and let people know how great it was/aweful ,etc. etc. etc. :) just an idea :)
Apr. 17, 2010 5:55 am
Noting the number of people who say their recipes are edited, I wonder why AR feels they have to do that. Why can't you publish the recipes as is?
Apr. 17, 2010 6:23 am
It would be awesome if there was a way to email us when someone has reviewed one of our recipes. I do like to thank people for having done so but I have to check each recipe individually to see if there was a review posted. Maybe if someone saved it as well- would be a little boost to the ego while our recipes sit in limbo land.
Apr. 17, 2010 7:57 am
This is not a suggestion for AR, but just a helpful tip I think for those of you who are submitting recipes. I have looked at a lot of personal recipes in my time here, and it looks like the recipes that require the least editing get published the fastest. That is, the ones with complete words in them and complete measurements and no shortcuts in the writing process, and no asterisks or weird curlycue symbols to separate the lines. So in short, the recipes that are already formatted to look like published versions seem to be favored, probably because they are the easiest for the staff to see at-a-glance. I hope this is helpful, it is in NO WAY a criticism of asterisks or curlycues :-)
Apr. 17, 2010 12:19 pm
Thank you for the info Elizabeth. I do have one question. There used to be an area on the site where AR listed specific recipe types that they were looking for (I remember a plea for Hunan recipes) but I can't find that since the update where our personal recipes are now visible to others. Is that still on the site somewhere?
Apr. 17, 2010 1:37 pm
Hi Is there an easy way to search for a cook? If I come across a recipe in a persons collection that interests me but it was submitted by another cook how do I get to that cooks collection so that I can look at their recipe collection? Sorry if this sounds confusing. Also I empathize with Allrecipes; the delays in publication are frustrating but no one wants to be sued for copy write breech.
Apr. 18, 2010 6:11 am
Nice tip for submitters Jarrie, but by as is I don't mean abbreviations, asterisks or curlycues. I mean with the measurements, instructions, descriptions and cooking times as submitted by the cook and not what AR thinks they should be. Otherwise they would be AR's recipes like any other brand's site with their recipes only.
Apr. 18, 2010 6:28 am
This was REALLY helpful to me :) Thanks for the help!!!!!!!!
Apr. 18, 2010 3:35 pm
What I seem to hear a lot is that AR quite often changes the recipe that someone submits as in qty of some ingredients or changing how it's done as far as time. Also some people submit and are published in hours or days...And I agree with sugarandspice..recipes should be published 'as is'..NOT edited.
Apr. 19, 2010 11:48 am
CC: the recipe will be reviewed the following season where it is appropriate - we can tag recipes for seasons, ect. Resubmitting it is not necessary :) Whats for dinner, Mom: I agree - and we are working on ways to get you that information. Interesting idea about the personal and custom recipe photos! I will pass that along.
Apr. 19, 2010 12:32 pm
Shanon: Thanks for the love - and no, we don't - but our content team are experts in food and cooking, so they know what will and won't work. * MK: Thanks for the suggestion - we are looking into ways to make your personal and custom recipes easier to share. I will pass that along for sure!
Apr. 19, 2010 12:33 pm
apple.strudel: thanks for your comments - all of your recipes are great, and we definitely review all of them!
Apr. 19, 2010 12:36 pm
Mimosa: Thanks for the comments - the 'ask a question' button seems like a hot topic! I will share that with our product team as well. I think many of the very similar recipes on here come from the early days of AR, before we had all your wonderful recipes to choose from. We published almost all the recipes we received, which is why there are some that are very similar to each other.
Apr. 19, 2010 12:37 pm
Good Eatz: Thanks for your comments, and I was so happy to see Chef Luigi had a great time with you! *Kitty Cookie: We are hoping you will all do that with each other's personal recipes - you can try, rate and review other's personal recipes.
Apr. 19, 2010 12:42 pm
SugarnSpice and MostaccioliMama: we edit recipes for many reasons. The recipe page is a template, we need the ingredients and steps to match up to our database so we can calculate nutrition information and make the recipes scalable. We also vet the recipes to ensure the steps will make sense to all of our users, and are sequential. It is never our intent to vastly change your recipes. If your published recipe does not appear as it had originally and you have issues with the published version, please email customersupport@allrecipes.com, and we will work with you to ensure the recipe is edited to your satisfaction!
Apr. 19, 2010 12:43 pm
Whats for dinner mom: you can receive emails when someone has reviewed your recipe! :) It's under your account/email settings in myallrecipes. :)
Apr. 19, 2010 12:45 pm
Jarrie: Thanks for your comments, we do love recipes that are complete, but we do review and publish all kinds of recipes. :)
Apr. 19, 2010 12:48 pm
whodunitrdr: we no longer have that page - thanks for bringing that to our attention! We'll try and work on a way to communicate to you what we are looking for more actively.
Apr. 19, 2010 12:50 pm
Hi Matt, we don't currently have an easy way to search for cooks - but if the recipe was submitted by another cook, you should be able to click through to their profile from their name.
Apr. 19, 2010 12:51 pm
Thanks for your comments Nancy!
Apr. 20, 2010 4:43 am
Sorry but I'm not sold on the reason for editing recipes. Making recipes scalable is not always a good idea because some recipes do not halve or double well, and some directions specifically state that it should not been done for particular recipes. Judging by the number of people who post reviews saying they doubled or halved recipes and it didn't work well, I woud have to agree with the experts.
Apr. 20, 2010 5:20 am
Thanks Elizabeth!
Apr. 21, 2010 3:31 pm
Hi, Just recieved a no reply email from allrecipes to say a recipe has been rejected - no reason provided because you are too busy. No mention of which recipe or if all recipes are rejected (I have submitted 9 for consideration. Somewhat disillusioned
Apr. 22, 2010 9:14 am
What if...ALL of the recipes we submit recipes were "published"? Meaning that ALL recipes came up in a search not just Kitchen Approved ones. WHAT IF -recipes were maybe given a "status Star" being Kitchen TESTED by AR and left Kitchen Approved to their sponsors like Kraft and so on? We make both kinds of recipes - personal and Kitchen approved. Why not just let a recipes popularity (how many people make/review it) speak for itself. Skip the star rating and keep the comments. I know comments are controversial right now but truthfully I think most of us can read a recipe, scan the reviews and clearly decide for ourselves if the recipe has merit and if we want to take comments of previous reviewers in to consideration or not. Skip the whole star rating al together in that aspect. This keeps members happy and lets AR off the hook off publishing. Might draw sponsors too if they have special status. Is this too simple????? I feel like I am missing half of what your site has to offer by not being able to search the personal recipes. Just my 2 cents. :)
Apr. 23, 2010 5:17 am
Hi two cents well spent :)
Apr. 25, 2010 1:35 pm
I submitted a recipe 6 years ago, and still have no change in status, why is this?
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May 6, 2010 1:33 pm
Just today I took the time to remove all of my personal recipes from "submitted" status. There are several reasons for this. The two I have had published were published within days of submitting. I believe that the others, many of which have languished for years, will never be looked at once they were initially ignored. I also tire of looking at the newest recipes only to see that 19 of 20 are by the same sponsor (that's happened quite often). And honestly, do we NEED one more Rice Krispies recipe? Many of them are the same blasted mixture in a different shape or decorated differently. Last summer I had a recipe rejected out of the blue. No reason was given, which is, in my opinion, rude. I wrote and asked why and was told that the recipe was incomplete. Huh? But wait - when the person who read my email looked over the rejected recipe, she realized it was NOT incomplete. It was reinstated, but then ignored again. The final reason (that I'll bother to state) is the ever-flawed rating system. People are able to rate recipes without identifying themselves, and these ratings are often negative, giving the recipe less of a chance of being made by cooks who might otherwise try it. AR claims to read EVERYTHING on the site. How, then, are there so many reviews where people admit to NOT MAKING THE RECIPE, but review it just to complain about the calories, sodium, fat content, etc? This is clearly against AR's review policy. (Yes, I've actually read it). Clearly someone is not doing their job. (There was a blog about ratings recently that was quite popular...) ;)
May 6, 2010 10:46 pm
Elizabeth - I have a question that is unrelated to recipe submission. I have an email I would like to forward to you. I think you folks at headquarters will be pleased to see just how far AR Blogs can reach. The email was from a man who was actually mentioned in a very heart-felt blog that I had written. He is an employee at the JFK Library and Museum. I just thought you might enjoy reading what he had to say and see a blatant confirmation of the popularity of this great site!
May 26, 2010 10:38 am
I do realilize it take a long time with all the recipes you get but mine has been over a year now now is this normal?
May 26, 2010 5:29 pm
myhoneybear.. I have several like that, but just a couple weeks ago I submitted a recipe for Lemon Chicken Piccata and it was published within a few days. Don't give up trying.
Jun. 5, 2010 6:50 pm
Bye Bye Allrecipes. I'm off to Recipeland where recipes are published immediately and without variations being imposed upon your creativity.
Jun. 27, 2010 2:12 pm
AR is #1...hands down. It is sad to see someone go sour
Jul. 8, 2010 12:34 am
I submitted my recipe last year and it has languished since, no feedback or anything. The FAQ said some recipes take "several months," but nobody told me it would be a year. I don't hold out hope that it will ever be published, but you all should really set the expectation more clearly so people don't think it will eventually be posted if in fact, it never will, ever. It makes me mad to have put so much effort into putting it on here only to get zero response, while other recipes (based on which criteria, who knows?) are published almost instantly.
Sep. 11, 2011 10:47 am
I think a good alternative to this method would be to publish all recipes submitted and let the viewers "Flag" recipes which are reposts or say, exact replica of Julia Child's recipe. You could put in your terms and conditions a disclaimer to any copy written material.
Oct. 4, 2011 11:36 pm
Do you have to pay a monthly fee for your recipe to get published? I submitted one almost a year ago and it still just says it's waiting to be approved, so I was just wondering. And if it's in my personal recipe box and can be viewed, how come if I type it in the allrecipes search engine, it won't come up? Thanks for your time! Naomi
Nov. 30, 2011 8:15 pm
http://benwantstoshare.blogspot.com/ check it out. Great recipes!
Feb. 12, 2012 1:34 pm
LOL!!! I submitted two recipes, one 4 years ago- the other three. I take it they will not be posted anytime soon. By the way I am a professional chef, graduated culinary school and work in the industry. Oh well...
Feb. 17, 2012 10:54 am
I understand that not all recipes can be published, but I think we would all very much appreciate it if someone could let us know when a recipe's no good. It's been over 3 years since I submitted a recipe and its status still says "waiting for review"...which clearly isn't true anymore.
Apr. 13, 2012 3:00 pm
I agree with Tamara...acknowledging receipt and review of submitted recipes in a reasonable time should be a courtesy. I have half a dozen recipes submitted over the past 5 years all still "waiting for review". Yeah, right!
Sep. 4, 2012 6:09 am
why when I go to share one of my recipes on facebook does my photos of my food not show up? the thumb nail is always a spoon and the All recipes logo. It only does that when i try to share mine. all others seem to show up
Apr. 21, 2013 12:30 pm
So is 2 years the average time for you to approve a recipe? I have submitted a few and they are still waiting. Why not send out a notice, sounds like the editorial staff is only publishing certain people/friends
May 27, 2013 4:59 pm
After reading through the above posts I am wondering why people submit recipes. Granted, I am not overly familiar with AR, but seems to me people should at least receive notification about their submission as to whether it will be published or not. Or if the site is simply too busy to reply to all subs just say so. What does vetting (vet) a recipe mean? I would be pretty mad if someone "adjusted" my recipe. Someone who pulls a recipe off a website can do whatever they want with it in their own home ie more or less salt or sugar etc, but if a website is going to post someone's submitted recipe give them the right to post it as is, unless there is a glaring mistake ie 1 cup of salt not 1 tsp. what is the incentive for me to share my best recipes here? I make food for myself, my friends, my family and the public, when I share a recipe I do it the old fashioned way. Just sayin'.....
Aug. 1, 2013 10:14 am
You say you value each recipe submission and love to publish recipes yet it takes several months to review and approve recipes by the kitchen approved database. Is it because your under-staffed and under-equipped kitchen? Have to say, it's very discouraging to wait months, even a year to see if a submitted is accepted. If recipes were approved quickly, it would boost your traffic to your website, just saying.....
Aug. 7, 2013 7:39 pm
how do you submit a recipe? thank you!
Aug. 8, 2013 2:29 am
Instead of allowing submitted recipes to languish for months/years with no information available perhaps you should have an immediate read through of each recipe submitted within the first few days. Any issues that would cause it to fall behind in the queue or be rejected could be identified immediately and an email could be sent to the submitter askig them to make changes. If the problems are unclear wording, instructions not in order etc. Then the submitter would surely be happier to correct these him or herself rather than wait forever? The email could just be a template with appropriate boxes ticked. At least then people would know what is happening and they would also correct it themselves then resubmit, thus lessening your workload?
Sep. 17, 2013 8:07 pm
Hi, if I submit my recipe to allrecipes, am I giving up my copyright right?
Dec. 28, 2013 3:09 pm
Gee - after reading some of the comments above, I don't feel so bad having waited only 4 months after submitting a recipe. It would, however, be nice to receive an email if it is not accepted. Perhaps even a reason why (too many similar recipes, didn't work in our kitchen, whatever) you didn't include it.
Apr. 26, 2014 7:10 pm
I submitted a recipe in 2009 that still says "Waiting for Review". This site is a complete joke and it's ridiculous how some people have MULTIPLE recipes published and kitchen approved and quickly at that, while others have to wait YEARS. There is no reason or excuse, why after 5 years, that a recipe is still waiting for review and thus makes Allrecipes liars. I, too, have since gone over to Recipeland, as well as, Bakespace, where you don't have to wait YEARS for your recipe to be reviewed or see certain submissions get quickly approved. This site is a joke.
Jan. 2, 2015 1:07 pm
Haha, good to know I'm not alone! I submitted a very simple but tasty dip recipe and it's been "under review" almost 4 years to the day.
Jan. 2, 2015 1:11 pm
Also, I had no idea submitted recipes went through testing by AR! I can see reviewing recipes to make sure it is complete and basically works, but going so far as to change or modify it? I thought that's why we have ratings--so everyone else can actually test it and let people know if it's good or not!?
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