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July 13, 2010
Home Cooking Gets a Whole Lot Easier with the Launch of Kitchen Monki

Personal Recipes Served Up like iTunes with Kitchen Monki

SEATTLE - July 13, 2010 — Kitchen Monki (, a website dedicated to helping everyday home cooks organize their own recipes and better manage their grocery list, today announced its official launch after a six-month pre-heating period. Kitchen Monki is the single location where cooks can keep their recipes, set a weekly meal plan, and automate the preparation of their grocery list based on recipes they've selected. Kitchen Monki members are able to quickly catalog, sort, and search their recipes – and even have a list of the ingredients automatically delivered to their mobile device for convenient shopping.

In addition to helping users become more efficient and productive in their meal preparation, the site also allows them to easily share recipes with their personal network of friends and family. Kitchen Monki members are able to post recipes to the site and also share them through a seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter. Alternatively, if members want to keep secret recipes within the family, Kitchen Monki can keep the recipes private or share them only with select Kitchen Monki members.

"As a single father of three boys, it's a real challenge to plan healthy meals that everyone likes and to manage my shopping lists so that I'm prepared for the week," said Kitchen Monki founder and top banana, Sam Kinney. "Kitchen Monki was born out of my own need for an 'operating system' that could give me access to my recipe book from anywhere, and can streamline my entire meal planning process – from buying groceries to getting food on the table on time. Essentially, Kitchen Monki works like iTunes for my recipe book."

Kinney is the former co-founder of FreeMarkets, which sold to Ariba for $493 million in 2004. He and Kitchen Monki co-founder, Emily O'Brien, who also worked at FreeMarkets, will be expanding the site to include additional member profile types beyond individual home cooks. The site will provide segmented profiles for food professionals, such as chefs, cooking instructors and food bloggers. Kitchen Monki will also feature profiles for food growers, manufacturers and retailers.

"Due to eating's pervasive appeal and long connotation as 'social,' food and cooking represent one of the most common topics of social networking interaction," O'Brien said. "Kitchen Monki is well-positioned to help make foods that are marketed nationally, more local through our social platform that's plugged in to thousands of cooks from all walks of life."

About Kitchen Monki

Kitchen Monki is a hard-core productivity tool that is used by thousands of everyday cooks to organize their own recipes and to automate the grocery list preparation process. Similar to how iTunes organizes music, Kitchen Monki can catalog, sort and search personal recipes. Members can also use Kitchen Monki's seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter to share recipes – or its convenient mobile application to have their shopping list delivered to their phone.

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Emily Lanfear

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