Help/FAQ - The Buzz

The Buzz or the Allrecipes Community Pages

The Allrecipes Community is a big family—you’re trying, tasting, testing, and exchanging recipes and cooking tips—all so we can find the foods we love the best.

To connect with the Allrecipes Community, click on The Buzz tab at the top of any page, which will take you to the Allrecipes community homepage.

If you’re looking for something specific, you can also access hundreds of helpful articles written by the Allrecipes staff by going to the Tips and Advice section of the site and browse to the topic of your choice.

How does Allrecipes choose the ‘Buzzable Best’ recipes, cooks, photos, brands, buzz posts, and blogs, and how often do those sections update?

All of the Buzzable Best sections update daily, based on activity within the most recent 48 hours. Here is how Allrecipes chooses each of our Buzzable best:


  • The highest rated recipe is chosen based on a combination of reviews and average star rating.
  • The most reviewed recipe is the recipe that has the highest number of reviews.
  • The Most Customized Recipe is the recipe which has the most custom versions created.

  • The Top Reviewer is the Allrecipes community member who has completed the most reviews.
  • The Top Recipe Submitter is chosen by the number of saves, reviews and ratings the member has done.
  • The most liked cook is chosen by the number of members who have selected that cook as one of their “Cooks I like.”

  • The best photo is the recipe photo that received the most votes the previous day in the photo voting contest. (Click here for more information about photo voting.)
  • The Most photos is the recipe which received the most new photos.
  • The Top Photo Submitter is the person who has uploaded the most photos (personal or recipe photos).

  • What’s new with a selected Allrecipes partner brand.

Recipe Buzz:
  • The most active cook is the cook who has posted the most Recipe Buzz comments in the time period.
  • The most active post is the most commented Recipe Buzz thread.
  • The most helpful review is the review which has received the most “Helpful” clicks.

  • The Most Active Blogger has posted the most blogs in the 48 hour time period.
  • The Most Popular Post has the highest number of new blog comments.
  • The Top Article is the article which has received the most comments.

How do I request a recipe from the Allrecipes community?

You can search the more than 40,000 recipes on Allrecipes by using several different search methods. Please refer to the Finding Recipes FAQs for help on using the search tool.

But, if you can’t find the recipe you want, you can post a recipe request by clicking on The Buzz tab at the top of any page, then on the Request a Recipe link, where you can fill out the form, and click Post.

To find out if your recipe request has been answered, view your request in the list or log in to My Allrecipes, click on My Links, and click Recipe Requests.

How do I recommend a recipe for the Allrecipes community?

Please share your opinion! Recipe recommendations are a valuable part of Allrecipes. To recommend a recipe, do the following:

  1. Click on the Recommend a Recipe link located at the bottom of every Recipe Request.
  2. Fill out the form and select the recipe you wish to recommend from your Recently Viewed recipes.
  3. Click Post.

How do I submit a personal recipe to become a Kitchen-Approved Recipe on Allrecipes?

We’d love to publish your recipe as a Kitchen-Approved Recipe! Here’s how! (NOTE: We cannot accept recipe submission via email. Recipes must be submitted through the following process):

  1. Look for duplicates. Make sure your recipe isn’t already online. Search the site to see if an identical recipe is already listed.
  2. Submit your recipe.
    • Open your Recipe Box by clicking on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar.
    • At the top of the page click on the Create a Recipe button.
    • Enter your recipe information in the fields provided, following the helpful hints provided on right side of the page as you enter each field.
    • All fields are required unless otherwise noted. When entering ingredients: use one line per ingredient. When entering directions: do not number the steps. Each line will be automatically numbered for you, just use one line per step.
    • Click on the button that says you want to submit your recipe to be reviewed by Allrecipes staff. Be sure to read the Terms & Conditions agreement.
    • Once you have finished entering all of the information, click on Preview Recipe, where you can decide to Cancel, Edit, or Save your recipe.

When will I see my recipe online?

Your recipe will be live on your publicly-shared recipe box immediately, as a personal recipe!

Submitting a recipe online to become a Kitchen-Approved recipe sends the recipe directly to the Allrecipes database. It does not post directly to our site. That’s because each Kitchen-Approved recipe goes through an editorial review process to ensure consistency and usability. Because we receive so many recipe submissions, it might take several months to post yours—and they are posted on a seasonal basis. Please also note not every recipe is posted as a Kitchen-Approved recipe. You will be able to send the link of your Shared Personal Recipe to your family and friends, and other cooks will be able to find it via your public recipe box.

How can I review and rate recipes?

Share your valuable opinion (and great sense of taste!) by rating and reviewing a recipe. The ratings/reviews on Allrecipes are a valuable resource to our community because they show how the members and their families feel about a recipe. Does the recipe get raves—or does it never get made again? Your opinion counts. Our staff monitors reviews on a daily basis. NOTE: You must be a registered Allrecipes member in order to review/rate a recipe. Here’s how:

  1. Find the Rate This Recipe box under the recipe directions. Select your star rating.
  2. Rate/review the recipe using the following guidelines:
    • Make and taste the recipe before you review or rate it.
    • Keep reviews focused on the cooking and eating experience.
    • Don’t add links to other sites.
    • Don’t add comments about other reviewers.
    • Be specific. Good reviews are great. And bad reviews are just as valuable. Just make sure you use appropriate language. If you encounter an inappropriate review, please report it to Community Support.

What is the difference between a Kitchen-Approved, Personal Recipe, and Custom Recipe?

All recipes are great recipes!

Kitchen-Approved recipes are recipes from our members that have passed through our editorial process—they have been put into our format and database and their nutrition information has been calculated by our cooking experts.

Personal Recipes are recipes from members which have not gone through the Allrecipes editorial process. In many cases, they have not been reviewed by the Allrecipes staff.

Custom Recipes are customized versions of Kitchen-Approved recipes, which have been altered and saved by an Allrecipes Pro.

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