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Kitchenbug for bloggers is the ultimate tool for wordpress food bloggers who publish recipes. Our team of certified cooks, UX experts, computer engineers, registered dietitians and food bloggers strives continuously to identify food bloggers needs and meet them.

We put an emphasis on a user friendly experience, presenting a recipe, rich with information and capabilities,which is easy to read and use. Yes, it does not take a Ph.D from MIT to enjoy Kitchenbug!

  • The Kitchenbug plugin performs a complete nutritional analysis of your recipe and formats it to comply with rich-snippets standards. In addition, we provide you with many additional cool features such as information regarding any ingredient and built-in scale and servings changes. In order to do this – your recipe will be sent via secure connection to our servers, where it will be analyzed, formatted and returned to you.
    Write your recipes as you normally do – we’ll take care of all of the rest.
  • Please note – In order to use the plugin, analyze and publish recipes, you’ll need to register with Facebook or sign up on our website (
  • Automatic recipe analysis is currently only available in English.


  • Detailed Nutritional data on any recipe – The Kitchenbug plugin enables you to provide your readers with comprehensive nutritional information. By facilitating its state-of-the-art technology, the plugin analyzes any recipe and calculates, automatically and immediately, information such as caloric value, fat content, carbohydrates, protein etc. Transparency builds trust and readers for life. Be transparent, provide your readers with nutritional analysis, your readers will appreciate it!
  • Powerful SEO Tool, Generating Tags for search engine Bots – After analyzing the recipe, the plugin automatically tags all the acquired information in compliance with the rich-snippets recipe schema for seo, so that their crawlers can read it, find it and use it for better seo. Note: most Bloggers aren’t able to tell how many calories a recipe is worth, or if it fits one of numerous diet plans and more. Thus, even if they know how to program their blog to comply with rich-snippets, they do not have the information to feed the template. In other words – the rich-snippets schema remains an empty template and do not boost SEO. Kitchenbug’s plugin solves this. It analyzes a recipe, outputs its missing information and converts it automatically to rich-snippets recipe format standards.
  • Built in Converting US to Metric measurements – Using the Kitchenbug plugin provides your readers with the ability to convert measurements from US to metric units and vice versa.
  • Built in Yield Modification – While most online recipes are designed for four people, in reality we cook for any number of people – five, seven, thirteen etc. Kitchenbug’s recipe plugin solves this by providing a yield modification feature for the blogger\’s readers.
  • Ingredient Information – You know of your recipe ingredients, and most of them will know what are cherry tomatoes, but less people know what Ahi is. Use Kitchenbug to provide your readers with information regarding all of your recipe’s ingredients. With our plugin your readers can get instant encyclopedia information regarding any ingredient. We provide this in a user friendly bubble format.
  • Print Recipes – The plugin allows blog viewers to print the recipe in a simple, kitchen-ready format.
  • Collect Button – If you wish, blog viewers will be able to collect your recipe to their online recipe box.

The Kitchenbug Plug-in helps you dig into your recipe and get comprehensive nutritional info about the recipe. The plug-in analyzes both the ingredients in the recipe and their quantities and generates nutritional labels for the recipe. These labels may indicate if this recipe fits any diet, religion or health constraint. Moreover the plug-in generates the “Nutrition Facts” table for the recipe and lets you know for each nutrient in the recipe if it is “High”, “Low” or “Free”. This tool is an opportunity to create a perfect fit of the recipe to your needs. Understanding recipes better has a great value in a world of a growing well-being trend and in light of the fact that more people today seek information about food – whether it is a great recipe, a special diet or a helpful cooking tip.


  • Just type in your recipe as you normally would. No 'special' boxes for amounts and measurments.
  • Your published recipe will contains color coded nutritional highlights - including caloric value, fat content and more.
  • Click on the "Dig-in" button to view detailed nutrition information
  • An info-bubble is added to each ingredient automaticaly - no need to specify anything. We'll figure it out.
  • Using Kitchenbug, your readers will also be able to change the servings according to their needs
  • Using Kitchenbug, your readers will also be able to switch between US and Metric units with ease. It's built into the system.


Download and install the plugin using the WordPress built in plugin installer. If you download the plugin manually, then please do the following:
1. Upload the entire kitchenbug folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


How does Kitchenbug WP Plugin work?

Kitchenbug uses cutting-edge algorithms implementing Natural Language Processing technology and semantic analysis. We use them to explore the recipe and extract information which does not appear in the recipe, e.g: calories, saturated fat, sugar free, low sodium, high calcium etc.

How do I add a recipe?

In order to add a recipe to your WordPress blog, using Kitchenbug:

  1. Make sure the the Kitchenbug plugin is installed; If it is not, install it now.
  2. Once the plugin is installed, you should see the Kitchenbug icon (Marked in red in the image below), in your visual editor.
  3. Click on the Kitchenbug icon to open the “add recipe” screen
  4. Now enter the recipe title, cooking, prep time, ingredients, cooking directions and more. Note – When adding ingredients: be sure to enter one ingredient per row. We recommend using a standard format for ingredients (example: “2 lb chopped tomatoes”. format template: [amount] [Unit type] [ingredient and prep]), in order to make recipes more readable and assist Kitchenbug’s nutritional analysis automatic process. When entering directions, use “enter” to separate between the preparation stages. This will create bullet items per direction stage.
  5. Once you’re done filling in the “Add recipe” form, click on “Continue” at the top of the form. This will perform the nutritional analysis and direct you to the tagging screen.
  6. In the tagging screen, you can manually add any tag you want to your recipe, by typing them in separated by comma.
  7. Add an image to your recipe, by direct uploading or by adding it to your wordpress gallery.
  8. Once done click on the “Add recipe to post” button to insert your recipe into the editor. This will create a textual place holder for your recipe (example: [kitchenbug-your-recipe-appears-here-231]), which represents the location of the recipe in your post, once published.
Note =: In order to edit an existing recipe, simply click on the Kitchenbug Mustache button, to re-open the relevant form.
What are “Recipe Themes”?

Your readers eat with their eyes.

Your blog and your recipes are your personal outlet, and you want both to have their own unique look. Kitchenbug WordPress Plugin allows you to install, design and switch between themes, therefore changing the way your recipes look and behave inside your blog.

By using any of the themes provided with the Kitchenbug WordPress Plugin, you can easily adapt a distinct look for your recipes. Alternatively, you can design your own theme according to your own wishes.
Simply go to the Kitchenbug settings page, select a recipe theme, and save your changes, and your blog’s recipes’ display will change immediately.

How can I create my own recipe theme?

Follow this link for more information on creating themes:

How do I add recipe sections to ingredients and directions?

The Kitchenbug plugin performs a thorough analysis of your recipe’s text, in order to provide you with its nutrition values and food labels.

In order for the analysis process to identify a section header in your recipe (such as “for the sauce” etc.), use the following rule:
Start your recipe section header with a colon punctuation. Example: “:Sauce”
This will generate a header titled “Sauce”, in bold.

Why does the recipe appear in my blog homepage, archive or search pages?

By default, recipes are rendered wherever a shortcode appears in your post. In order to change this behavior, turn on the excerpt feature in the Kitchenbug Settings page and a short summary of the recipe will appear instead.

What do the plugin analysis errors mean?

Kitchenbug’s culinary engine analyzes your recipes in order to provide your viewers with nutritional information. Our team of registered dietitians constantly works at adding nutritional information, so that every ingredient in your recipe is correctly identified. However, since the number of ingredients is enormous and each ingredient can be written in various ways, you may encounter issues that prevent a full analysis.
Our culinary engine handles these issues by displaying one of the following errors messages:

  1. Could not recognize a valid ingredient – there are several reasons for generating this error: One of your ingredients might not be in our database, it could be an exotic fruit or vegetable, a special cut of meat or perhaps a brand we are not familiar with. When this occurs, the ingredient is automatically sent to our team and you will be notified as soon as it is added to our database. Another option is that the ingredient is misspelled, for example Parmezan cheese instead of Parmesan cheese. If the ingredient is not food, for example, metal skewers, toothpicks or plastic wrap, the ‘ingredient’ is automatically checked and added to our ignore list at a later date.
  2. Could not recognize a valid weight – This error is shown when an ingredient exists in our database, however the weight entered for the ingredient does not. For example, ‘1 cup rib eye steak’ is not a recognized weight, however ‘1 rib eye steak’ is. If you encounter this error and believe that the weight you require should be included, please let us know and we will add the missing weight.
What happens if an ingredient is unidentified?

Kitchenbug uses a constantly updating its database, provided by the US Department of Agriculture and additional sources. The DB includes over 12,000 ingredients, ranging from the most basic fruits and vegetables to more complex household products such as Oreo cookies, Heinz Ketchup and more.
However, sometimes ingredients in your recipe might not be identified due to any number of reasons (misspelling, unidentified synonyms and more). When this happens, you, as a user, are prompted to make the relevant changes needed in order to complete the analysis process. In addition, you can always skip this process and publish your recipe without nutritional information.
In addition, we are automatically notified when problems occur during the analysis process, and consequently update the DB with the relevant info. Due to the steep learning curve of the system, in time these events will not occur.

How does the plug-in help with my SEO?

Rich Snippet Support
Kitchenbug is the only Plugin that delivers an A to Z solution for rich-snippets. Rich snippets are the basic tool to get good recipe SEO on the internet.
All of Kitchenbug’s recipes are structured to comply with the rich-snippets recipe schema. However, Kitchenbug is the only plugin that not only creates the template, but also analyzes your recipe, generates data – And fills in the blanks for you. Making you more findable and visible.
The Kitchenbug plugin analyzes the recipe, extracts all the necessary info out of it (caloric value, fat level etc…) and automatically creates all of the relevant tags, from the basic cooking time and ingredients, to the more complex full nutritional information. When publishing a recipe using Kitchenbug’s plugin it will format this information in order to comply with rich-snippets requirements.
The Kitchenbug plug-in does all of the dirty technical work, such as recipe analysis and formatting for you, leaving you free to do what you want to do – cook and write about food.

Can I add more than one recipe per post?

At this stage, no. Adding more than one recipe with the Kitchenbug plugin is not possible. This is done for SEO purposes, and in compliance with google’s rich snippets limitations. According to Google, using recipe markups on a page containing multiple recipes is not supported.

What is Dig in ?

The Kitchenbug plugin is a great tool to get nutritional info about your recipe, whether if it is for specific diet purposes or even if it is just to make an informed decision. Once analyzed, nutritional values are presented and labels are created to interpret the numbers into comprehensible data. Highlight nutrients (calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates) are presented right above the ingredients with auto tags in different colors to indicate if these are nutrients to limit or to get enough of. This is so simple and easy to understand.
The newly designed “Dig in” screen provides blog readers with the most comprehensive nutritional and dietary information regarding the recipe, including the familiar “Nutrition Facts” table and a full nutritional analysis and clear dietary labels (such as “High Fiber”, “Low Calorie”, “High Vitamin C” and numerous more).

Contributors & Developers

“Kitchenbug” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fixed NaN undefined in ingredient wikilink nutrition table
  • Fixed problem on WordPress admin using HTTPS


  • Fixed problems with WordPress 3.9


  • Fixed several bugs which appeared when working with Elegant Themes


  • Added support for custom themes placed in a non-plugin folder
  • Fixed register warning appearing when WordPress debug mode set to True
  • Fixed media not appearing correctly in style sheet links
  • Fixed wrong IE conditional checks


  • Added the Kitchenbug Collect button (disabled by default) which allows users to collect recipes to their online recipe box
  • Added help pointer to plug-in installation/upgrade
  • Changed the way recipes interact with posts – they are now set apart and can be inserted into several posts
  • Created a unique menu item for the Kitchenbug Settings and added a recipe list with the ability to delete existing recipes
  • Added option to disable ingredient wikilinks (enabled by default)
  • Fixed bug which caused existing recipes to disappear when editing them (WordPress 3.6 bug)
  • Fixed bug which caused servings to disappear when changing the serving of a fraction
  • Fixed several servings problems including range support (4 to 6 tomatoes)
  • Fixed CSS issue on Buzz theme
  • Fixed PHP warning which appeared when backing up recipes with special HTML characters
  • Fixed js bug on Blue Diamond theme
  • Fixed empty rows inserted into ingredients in the editor not appearing on the recipe view


  • Fixed print including page header on certain themes
  • Fixed settings page disappears when used in conjuction with Gallery Bank plugin


  • Removed Print-It-Green initiative
  • Added Peruvian cuisine
  • Added hundreds of new recipe ingredients including some brands, meat and fish cuts
  • Fixed bug which caused DiggDigg dialogs to open beneath the recipe
  • Replaced shortcode in TinyMCE visual edit mode with image placeholder


  • Replaced analysis engine – greatly reduces mistaken ingredient identification
  • Added support for optional ingredients for which nutrition information will not be taken into consideration
  • Added support for decorations (toppings, confectiontioner’s sugar, etc.)
  • Added support for recipe ingredients which are not food (aluminum foil, parchment paper, etc.)
  • Added new food labels: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Kosher and Halal
  • Added hundreds of new ingredients including yeast types, ethnic food, etc.
  • Added value highlighting – when hovering over a ‘High Cholesterol’ label, viewers will be able to see which nutrition fact was responsible
  • Fixed printing bug which caused part of the page HTML to be printed as well
  • Fixed CSS issues in Buttercream theme
  • Fixed printing failure when using the Store Locator Plus plugin
  • Fixed more section (ingredient errors) not being cleared when reopening the recipe editor before publishing
  • Fixed HTML tags causing ingredient analysis to fail
  • Changed plugin ingredient analysis errors to be more specific regarding warnings
  • Replaced Kitchenbug logo (no more moustaches)
  • Fixed bug which caused rendering issues for the Diggdigg plugin


  • Added support for excerpts (recipe summary will be rendered instead of the full recipe). This option is set through the Kitchenbug Settings page.
  • Added recipe backup to XML
  • Fixed recipe editor wizard to show ‘Update Post’ instead of ‘Add recipe to Post’ when updating a recipe
  • Fixed mobile CSS issues in 480px width
  • Fixed bug which prevented wiki-links from closing on touch devices
  • Fixed CSS issues in Duet theme
  • Fixed CSS issues in Sentence theme
  • Fixed ‘Delete Image’ icons not appearing in recipe editor wizard
  • Changed the behavior of the servings conversion to round up denominators
  • Added sub-section support to the directions field
  • Added ‘Cakes and Cookies’ category and ‘Australian’ cuisine choice
  • Added ‘Settings’ link to plugins page


  • Fixed bug which caused the ingredient error to appear on a wrong ingredient if an empty line was inserted before it
  • Fixed bug which caused Dig-In button to not be displayed on old recipes
  • Fixed mobile CSS issues in 320px width
  • Changed plugin upgrade function in order to support manual upgrades
  • Added measurement abbreviations to the engine: t. (tsp), T. (tbsp), C. (cup)


  • Fixed 0.5.3 bug which caused photos to disappear when theme was changed
  • Fixed 0.5.3 bug which caused tag removal on posts. Removed recipe editor tags since they are superfluous.
  • Fixed CSS bug causing description and image on print page to be misaligned
  • Fixed CSS bug in which Dig-In form was askew when using a vertically long image
  • Fixed bug which caused a very long recipe to not be saved
  • Changed the order of the recipe labels in the Dig-In form to appear by order of importance
  • Changed location of total/prep/cook times and enlarged the font size. Removed it from view if no times are entered.
  • Added an option to not present nutritional values on a recipe (useful for recipes not written in English)
  • Fixed two wiki-links appearing in the ingredient ‘cloves of garlic’
  • Fixed wiki-link not working when entering a plural ingredient (for example, 5 green peppers)
  • Checked on WordPress version 3.5 and fixed issues which appeared


  • Responsive CSS – Recipes styles have been re-engineered to look well on both tablets and smartphones
  • Added new food labels – Low Protein, Low Carbohydrates
  • Fixed editor form flicker and jQuery error in new post/edit post page
  • Fixed various CSS problems in IE8
  • Fixed wikilinks not working when special characters are used in an ingredient name
  • Fixed bug which caused photo to disappear from the recipe editor
  • Added a length limitation to recipe name and recipe description
  • Added support for URLs in the directions field
  • Added new ingredients used in baking


  • Added Facebook login to plugin
  • Added support for editing recipes in TinyMCE full screen mode
  • Changed the way section headers are created, a colon will suffice to mark a section header
  • Added URL support in the recipe description field
  • Added hundreds of new ingredients including different types of crabs, game birds and brands
  • Added support for the following weight types: firkin, jigger
  • Fixed bug which caused plugin to stop working when using themes from Woothemes
  • Fixed bug in which blank lines before a section header caused recognized ingredients to be labeled as unrecognized
  • Fixed css style problems with Woothemes


  • Added support for dozens of ingredients and weight classes
  • Added support for recipe sections
  • Added new food labels – Healthy, Lean, Extra Lean, Trans fat Free
  • Added titles/tool tips to buttons
  • Added Opt-in option to PrintTree, in settings screen
  • Added default values for arbitrary units – Oils and spices are supported without the author needing to enter a specific weight
  • Improved support for special characters
  • Improved Recipe CSS
  • Fixed known Ingredients misdirection
  • Fixed misdirected info bubbles
  • Fixed issues with tag deletion


  • Launching the new “Dig In” – The newly designed “Dig In” screen provides blog readers with the most comprehensive nutritional and dietary information regarding the recipe, including a full nutritional analysis and clear dietary labels (such as “High Fiber”, “Low Calorie”, “High Vitamin C” and numerous more).
  • New Printer friendly version – Clicking the recipe print button now generates a printer friendly version of the recipe itself.
  • Nutrition Highlights redesign – We’ve, updated the nutrition highlights display with additional information on saturated fat and sodium levels, and added color coding to indicate what’s good for you in the recipe you’re looking at.
  • Improved rich snippets support – version 0.5 features full compliance with recipe schema, in order to produce better visibility and improve your SEO.
  • UI – Redesigned info bubbles. Each info-bubble now offers not only a short description of the ingredient and relevant link to wikipedia, but also detailed nutritional information for the selected ingredient.
  • Added Recipe themes – using the plugin settings screen, different recipe themes are offered, to best fit your blogs design. In time, more themes will be added. Themes are fully customizable via css.