MyCuisine Theme Installation From Elegant Themes

By Cenay Nailor | Wordpress

Jun 20

Elegant Themes makes some of the most professional, beautiful and easy to use themes out there. One of their newest themes is MyCuisine, which has features just for food blogs.

A client who has a Cake Decorating site wanted a new look and feel, so we choose the MyCuisine theme. This video shows you the old site, downloading the new theme, exactly what you have to do to install a theme from Elegant Themes, and how to tweak it to get it just right.

Theme Installation, Step by Step

Follow along with this theme installation video to install any of the Elegant Themes (not just MyCuisine) on your WordPress blog. We even address some advanced topics like using Firebug to find and check CSS settings to make our theme exactly what we want.

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Thanks for your videos, that helps a lot. About the My Cuisine theme, I´m not able to put the photos into the Slider, I don´t know whether it´s because is a js file or if I have to change something. I´d thank you if you could help me with that solution. Thanks a lot.



@Rodrigo, take a few minutes to

a) decide how you are going to get the featured area… category or pages.

b) Visit each page (or the last [x] posts) and add a new custom field called Thumbnail — please note it is case sensitive. The value for the Thumbnail will be the URL where that image resides.

Another note… I upload my images first, ensuring they are large enough for the featured content area. I store all my images in the folder.

Please let me know if you still need help.


Suddenly my slider is stopped working.
Please help me regarding this.

Waiting for your reply.
Thank you


@Bhupendra — meaning what? Doesn’t display? Displays too fast, won’t stop when you hover over it?

Have you checked the Elegant Themes support forum? They are really good about answering questions. In fact, the answer is probably already published so do a search before you add a new topic.


Hi Cenay,

I’m working on a website using MyCuisine 1.8. And I’m getting a good grip on it. However I’ve ran into a couple issues. I must add that I’m not an expert in WP so maybe is just a setting I haven’t found but I hope you can point me in the right direction.

I have my menu with its categories and plates (posts). However I realized that the menu page will only show 3 plates (posts). After searching I concluded that this is how it is however I was wondering if you know how to override that.

Another thing, is there any way to manipulate the order of the categories shown in the Menu?

Thank you!


Hi again Cenay,

I just want to say that I found the answer to my first question hehe.

However I still need help with the second question; the order of the categories in the menu page.

Thank you


The great news about WordPress (starting in version 3.0 and up) is the ability to create custom menu’s using drag and drop… mix and match. You can have categories, pages and custom links all in the menu fly out. You just drag them into the position you want.

Then — tell the theme which menu to use – where. Easy peasy. Let me know if you still need help.


I am not being able to change the main logo on the primary menu and also my text is not appearing in the slider(I am using “posts” for slider, present in a specified “category”) Can you help me in this matter ?


Cenay, I would like to add a second “Menu” page in my cuisine theme. On one page I have the Lunch menu and now the second would be the Dinner menu. How do I do that without displaying the categories and post from the Lunch menu on my second “Menu” page? I hope this makes sense. Thank you in advance.


Well, it can be done, but it’s gonna take a little work. Here’s how I would do it.

Create two separate “Menus”, one called Menu for Lunch and one called Menu for Dinner.

Note the page id’s of the actual pages you want to display different menu’s on.

In the header.php of your theme, locate the code that calls the “navigation menu” and add conditional code to call the menu based on what page id is being displayed. (WordPress provides tools to check).

Insert the navigation call with the logic for checking what page.

ROUGH and untested sample below:

/* Our navigation menu. If one isn’t filled out, wp_nav_menu falls back to
wp_page_menu. The menu assiged to the primary position is the one used.
If none is assigned, the menu with the lowest ID is used. */
<?php if( is_page(42)) { // we are on the Lunch page, so display the lunch nav ?>
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( ‘theme_location’ => ‘lunch’ ) ); ?>
<?php } else if( is_page(43)) { // we are on the dinner page, so display the dinner nav ?>
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( ‘theme_location’ => ‘dinner’ ) ); ?>
<?php } else { // display our default menu ?>
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( ‘theme_location’ => ‘primary’ ) ); ?>
<?php } ?>

Hope this helps.

PS: You will need to define your additional nav menu’s into the functions file where the original primary nav was defined.


I am sorry Cenay but I am not too keen on php. Located the pages ID’s page_id=1275 and page_id=356 and I also found the header.php but i am not sure how to implement the code. I did not locate the code that calls the “navigation menu” in the header.php. I did find the navigation.php which has the following code

It seems a little complicated, to me at least. thank you for your prompt response anyway. no clue how to do this.


how do i get a picture next to my blog comments like yours


Visit and sign up. Upload an image to be used when you comment as a specific email address. Gravatar actually handles the photo delivery.

I have two email addresses I use (personal and business) so I have two different images that are displayed.

Hope this helps.


@Luis, I can help. Shoot me an email with credentials and an email address I can use to contact you and we can work something out.


Hi Cenay,

I want to access the inbuilt ‘Contact me’ option that is in the MyCuisine template but I can’t seem to work out how to do this. Can you help me?

Also, is there a way of changing the title ‘Chef’s recommendations’?

Thanks for your help.


@Zoe, I can help, yes. And even though I will place the instructions here, please feel free to use my contact form or email to request additional help.

1) Contact Form implementation. In all Elegant Themes, he offers a Contact Form built in. You can create a new page, and on the right hand side in the attributes section, select the Contact Page as the template to use.

Alternatively, you can install a new plugin (I use Contact Form 7), create the form to ask the user what you want (the built in form in Elegant Themes just asks Name, Email, Website and message), and then place the “shortcode” it generates on a new page called Contact Us.

2) Changing Title of “Chef’s Recommendations”. Visit the Dashboard | Appearance | Editor page, and locate the “” file in the list on the right. Approximately 21 lines down (depending on your version of the theme) is a line that looks something like this:

< ?php _e("Chef's Recommendations",'MyCuisine'); ?>

Just change the text within the quotes just in front of “MyCuisine” to be whatever you want.

I hope this helps!


Good day!
I’m from Russia, tell me how to change the map of where to insert the coordinates. Thanks in advance, Andrew!


@Andrei – to be honest, I have no idea. I am assuming that WordPress and Google are working together here, and I have never tried to insert a location outside of the US.


Спасибо! Попробуем что нибудь сделать сами. Если возникнут какие либо вопросы я напишу Вам, можно?


Thank you! Let’s try to do something for yourself. If you have any questions, I will write to you, can I?


Hello I have installed My Cuisine theme on the URL The HOME page displays Twenty Eleven theme page, the SAMPLE PAGE displays MyCuisine theme page.
Please can you help me to understan and solve the problem? TKS. Maurizio


@Maurizio, I see you have your issues resolved. Sorry for the delay in responding. If I can help further, please send message.

@Andrei – yes, if you have further questions, send those along.


Hi Cenay,

I was wondering how is it possible to manipulate the order from the categories displayed in the menu page, as it seems that by default they are ordered in alphabetical order, however this is not the order I want for them.

How can I define the order of the categories displayed?

Thanks a lot in advance! Lothar


how do you change the “chef’s recommendations” title in my cuisine theme. I want it to say something other than “chef’s recommendations”


Open the theme file called home.php and find the title at about line 21. This is the section where the chef’s recommendations occurs. Change the _e(“Chef’s Recommendations”, ‘MyCuisine’); to whatever you want it to say. Hope this helps.


Also, on line 194 of that same file (home.php) you will see the section that says “Browse The Menu”, if you want to change that one as well.


AWESOME! Thank you SO much for coding help!! This was exactly what I have been searching for.

Shannon M

How can I remove the 5 stars on the home page?


@Shannon, can you be a little more specific? What stars?

If you mean the small stars that appear just beneath the quote, then you can update the CSS (or better, create a child theme and then add this rule)

#quote .container {background:none;}

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