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post #1 of 15
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Hey everyone! I'm looking for a decent, relatively cheap (free is always nice) recipe writing software or format for Word/Excel. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Thanks in advance!

 

post #2 of 15

I've enjoyed Mastercook since 2000.

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post #3 of 15

I just started using Living Cookbook 2011 about 6 months ago and am very happy with it. They support lots of import formats including a recipe capture feature where you just copy a recipe in any format and paste it into the software, then highlight where the items go - ingredients, proceedure, notes, category etc.

 

They have a 30 day free trial at

www.livingcookbook.com

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Hi,

 

Please try out Chef Master as well (http://www.e-foodrecipes.com). It's a different concept of a recipe software (it updates its database based on the recipes contributed by its other users) so you may find it interesting.

 

I am its author so I hope this is not considered shameless advertising. :)

 

Marius

post #6 of 15

If you stick around and contribute to the site, we'll overlook the spammyness.

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Hi phatch,

 

Please don't mention the 's' word, it hurts my eyes. :) Thanks for being nice, though. I hate spamming too... OK, I'm done talking here because I don't want to pollute the OP's thread w/ offtopic stuff.

 

I won't go anywhere and I'll contribute to the community.

 

Thanks again,

Marius

 

post #8 of 15

Hi Marius,

  That other software you had herd about, does it volume up pastry formulas with the proper

levening adjustments?

Jeff

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post #9 of 15

Hi Panini,

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by panini View Post

Hi Marius,

  That other software you had herd about, does it volume up pastry formulas with the proper

levening adjustments?

Jeff



I'm afraid that just like most other recipe software out there it has a very simple way of scaling; it's all linear, nothing fancy so it isn't really something a professional chef would use. This is more for home-cooking as a hobby really.. In other words, it doesn't distinguish between pastry and other things.

 

I hope that helps,

Marius

 

post #10 of 15

Hello ChiBear and all

 

I use an older version of Living Cookbook..  It works very well for me. The import function is the best.. even from html text.. importing a recipe takes just a few seconds.

 

The only function I personally dislike is that I can only have it running on 1 PC.. so when I travel, I can't have my recipes (thru living cookbook) on my laptop.

 

 

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post #11 of 15

RRCos: You can virtually log into your computer from anyplace... It is a simple setup, it just depends on how you do it. There are software solutions that you can buy once but will be obsolete soon, or go with a SAAS solution.

post #12 of 15

If you have MS Office 2007 or later, Microsoft Word has some awesome templates that would work and Excel has quite a few that could be adapted to work, too.

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post #13 of 15

Does anyone out here use an online solution so if your comp crashes you are not hosed??? I understand that you can back up your files, but that is a PITA IMHO... 

 

P.S. another reason I was an online solution is that I want to be able to access it from anywhere.

post #14 of 15

I use textfIles and store them on dropbox.

post #15 of 15

I use (or have) TheRecipeManager for my Mac.  It runs on the PC, too.  I much prefer entering my own recipes in Pages (similar to Word) and then save them to my USB drive.  

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