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Old 05-07-2011, 12:18 AM   #1
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Software?

I'm looking for a simple program to organize my recipes. I've checked Google but have not had much success (I'm not a very computer literate person and the Google responses overwhelmed me...).
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:34 AM   #2
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I like Living Cookbook. You can Google them and get a free trial.

YMMV.
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:44 AM   #3
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I use MasterCook. I have tried Big Oven and Living Cookbook but keep going back to MasterCook. I just downloaded the latest version on my netbook which is my "travelling cookbook" now.

Here is a wonderful resource for comparing software - Top Ten REVIEWS Recipe and Cookbook Software Review 2011

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Old 05-07-2011, 11:06 AM   #4
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Here is a wonderful resource for comparing software - Top Ten REVIEWS Recipe and Cookbook Software Review 2011
Awesome. TY. Haven't heard of any of these.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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If all you want to do is organize your exiting recipes on your computer, you don't need a special application.

Create a folder labeled RECIPES. Within that folder, create folders for the food categories you want, MEATS, SEAFOOD, DESSERTS, SAUCES, etc. Within each of those category folders create a folder titled something like 'Tried and True' (TnT) or similar.

File your TnT recipes in the TnT folders in each category. File any untried recipes in their category folders outside of the TnT folder.

Keep the RECIPES folder in My Documents (PC) or Finder (Mac).

If you also want to be able to do ingredient searches or automatic shopping lists or calculate nutritional information, then you need a cookbook app.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:10 PM   #6
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If you also want to be able to do ingredient searches or automatic shopping lists or calculate nutritional information, then you need a cookbook app.
I'm not sure how you would do the nutritional info or the automatic shopping list, but if you enter your recipes in spreadsheets, you should be able to do ingredient searches. It also makes conversions and doubling or halving a recipe easy.

Heck, you could do ingredient searches of recipes stored as PDFs.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:08 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone!

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:12 AM   #8
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Sorry to piggyback on this question, but it seems to be related. Do any of these cookbook programs keep track of nutritional info? More than calories, fat and protein? like potassium, magnesium, etc
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:47 PM   #9
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Nutritional Analysis Software

I use this software for nutritional analysis...

FoodWorks

You can download it free for a trial, or pay if you find it works well for you. Its quite complex, but I find it easy to use and really good for all the specific micronutrient and vitamin contents of foods. To analyse recipes you have to put in all the ingredients seperately, or it also has some standard analyses for average dishes.

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Old 06-19-2011, 10:57 PM   #10
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If all you want to do is organize your exiting recipes on your computer, you don't need a special application.

Create a folder labeled RECIPES. Within that folder, create folders for the food categories you want, MEATS, SEAFOOD, DESSERTS, SAUCES, etc. Within each of those category folders create a folder titled something like 'Tried and True' (TnT) or similar.

File your TnT recipes in the TnT folders in each category. File any untried recipes in their category folders outside of the TnT folder.

Keep the RECIPES folder in My Documents (PC) or Finder (Mac).

If you also want to be able to do ingredient searches or automatic shopping lists or calculate nutritional information, then you need a cookbook app.
Andy, You been peeking into my computer?

That's pretty much the same technique I use.
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