my-tender-cookbookThe photos of drinks catch my eye, but it's their names that get me to swipe right. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

There's a new way to search for recipes, a free app called Tender. The name's similarity to the popular dating app Tinder is no mistake. It works the same way.

Instead of getting photos of potential hook-up partners (photos that you swipe left to ignore or right to let them know you're interested), Tender has photos of food that lead you to recipes. If the photo doesn't appeal to you, swipe left. It it looks like something you want to dive into with a fork or a straw, swipe right and Tender will add it to your cookbook. The big difference is that the food and recipes don't have the ability to reject you the way someone you want to meet on Tinder does.

tender-swipe-rightThe picture of the tomato jam is heading to the right of the screen. Someone wants to save it for future reference. (Photo: Tender)

I've never used Tinder, but I do understand that users pick people they would like to meet based mostly on appearance, and the same happens with Tender. I downloaded the app and found myself swiping left over and over. The food photos all looked like they would have very complicated recipes, not that I ever clicked through to see the recipe. I was judging them only on looks.

Tender has a feature that allows you to search by category so I decided to narrow my search to drinks.

tender-searchA search function allows you to narrow the types of recipes you want to quickly thumb through so vegetarians won't have to keep swiping left on photos of burgers and the calorie conscious won't get tempted by cake. (Photo: Tender)

When I used Tender to search for drinks only, though, I started swiping right a lot. Within a few minutes, my cookbook looked like the image at the top of this page.

Will I ever go back into my Tender cookbook and choose to make some of these drinks or any food recipes that I may choose to save? Who knows. I have hundreds of recipes saved on Pinterest, Allrecipes, KeepRecipes and more. Every once in a while, I search through them and choose to make one.

Tender will probably be the same if I keep the app on my phone. Actually, I'll probably put it on my iPad if I'm going to keep it. I think it's definitely worth downloading and playing with for a little while. You may find some culinary inspiration. But, it doesn't seem like any sort of game changer or very important new app to me. It's simply one more way to search through all of the beautiful food photos and recipes that are floating around the Internet. It may help you discover something you might not have without the app, but so will many other ways of searching through recipes.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Tender is like Tinder for recipes
Swipe right if you like what you see. Swipe left if there's no way you'd cook that.