Gatsby Recipes is framework for automating common Gatsby tasks. Recipes are MDX files which when run by our interpretor, perform common actions like installing NPM packages, installing plugins, creating pages, etc. (Gatsby Recipes RFC)
Recipes are to frontend projects what terraform is to cloud infrastructure. They make it simple to automate common tasks declaratively, for example to setup analytics or a CMS.
They are written in MDX and the Gatsby CLI and Admin “execute” that with a custom parser. The same markdown can then also be rendered in the docs to provide “tutorials” for common tasks.