LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 10, 2012) - The 2012 Webby Awards have honored BakeSpace.com's new Cookbook Cafe publishing platform -- the first do-it-yourself digital publishing tool that enables anyone to create, market and sell a cookbook as both a native iPad App and a web-based eBook.
Cookbook Cafe was recognized in the competitive "Mobile & Apps: Social" category, along with apps from fellow honorees eHarmony and StumbleUpon.
In addition, the BakeSpace.com food social network and recipe swap site was honored by the Webby Awards for the sixth consecutive year, this time in the "Community" and "Food & Beverage" categories. Prior Webby Award honors include back-to-back nominations for "Best Social Network" in 2009 and 2010 (when BakeSpace.com was edged out by Digg.com and Twitter, respectively).
"This year's Webby's are especially sweet given the recognition for our Cookbook Cafe publishing platform," said BakeSpace.com Founder Babette Pepaj. "We worked hard to create a technology that democratizes cookbook publishing and makes it accessible for every home chef, group, brand and nonprofit organization with great recipes to share."
In February, Cookbook Cafe was also nominated by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards for "Outstanding Use of New Technology."
Cookbook Cafe is free to use and works across different types of devices, including the iPad and any desktop or mobile computer using a standard web browser. The platform consists of three core components:
1) The free Cookbook Cafe iPad App with cookbook storefront and reader
2) A Web-based version of the storefront and reader accessible via any web browser
3) A web-based cookbook builder that automatically creates both a native iPad app and web-based version of each cookbook.
While the platform was created to make cookbook publishing and distribution more accessible to grassroots authors, it also transforms how home chefs access and use recipes in their cookbook library by enabling them to search each recipe individually by type, ingredient and author. This eliminates the need to search an entire cookbook (or multiple cookbooks) to find a specific recipe.
The free Cookbook Cafe iPad app also comes with helpful kitchen tools, including five separate multi-function timers that work even when the app is closed.
For more information:
Download the Cookbook Cafe iPad App on iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bakespace.coms-cookbook-cafe/id467167455?mt=8.
Visit Cookbook Cafe on the Web - http://CookbookCafe.com
To create and publish your own cookbook - http://BakeSpace.com/Cookbooks
About the 2012 Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award for excellence in websites, interactive advertising, online film/video and mobile apps. The Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) for what it deems "outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet." This year's 16th annual Webby Awards competition included more than 10,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries worldwide.
BakeSpace was launched in 2006 as the Web's first food social network and recipe swap. Described by USA Today as "the closest thing to a Facebook-like food site," it's a grassroots community for people who love to cook, bake and hang out in the kitchen. BakeSpace also produces the TECHmunch food blogger conference, which is held in cities across the U.S. to help bloggers learn the skills they need to make their blogs more personally and professionally rewarding. BakeSpace.com is based in Los Angeles. More information is available at http://BakeSpace.com.