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post #1 of 10
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I'm looking for a solid recipe database with thousands of recipes I can add to my database in MasterCook. Something that covers recipes of all categories. I want to have a great selection of recipes for any occasion already in MasterCook so I can reference and edit to my needs so I'm not googling recipes and never finding them again. I have a nice collection of cookbooks I reference, but I don't have the time to import them into MasterCook to scale/price/edit all of them. This will be a foundation for my own personal database I will add to and work off of. I'm having trouble finding something that isn't a web based site that I would have to manually import every recipe into Mastercook. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Ok maybe I'm being too picky, I'm just looking for additional cookbooks/recipes to add to MasterCook. Things with basic recipes across a broad range of categories. Things like a collection of traditional american comfort, or a collection of classic french or 50 uses for ground beef. It's taking forever to import my personal collection of recipes I have on paper that are pretty standard as they come.

post #3 of 10

Honestly, I have the same problem, so I just decided to make my own database that I'm working on. Whenever I'm feeling uninspired I just recycle old specials, but nobody wants to see the same special day after day. I just started making this a few days ago, but my plan is to fill it up with everything I learn so I have a database and I know exactly where everything, what's in it and how to find it. I feel more comfortable with recipes I've used and know well, anyway.

 

http://shortcutforchefs.blogspot.com/

 

So, maybe there's no way around it except doing it yourself. 

post #4 of 10

Hire a high school student to type them in for you. 

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post #5 of 10

Not sure this is what you are talking about but there are a LOT here.

 

http://mc6help.tripod.com/RecipeLibrary/RecipeLibrary.htm

 

Do a google for recipes for Master Cook

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by wlong View Post
 

Not sure this is what you are talking about but there are a LOT here.

 

http://mc6help.tripod.com/RecipeLibrary/RecipeLibrary.htm

 

Do a google for recipes for Master Cook

Yes, I downloaded almost all of those and realized it was the same recipes that came installed with MasterCook. Tried a lot of googlin' but a lot of the sites were closed or not relevant.

 

I guess I could hire someone to do a lot of data entry, but I have so many I would like to be transferred from paper to computer.

 

I was hoping to just find something similar to the collection of standard recipes I have in my books so I can easily search, scale, print, cost etc. I also have a royal army recipe manual in PDF I'd like to import to Mastercook with like 800 recipes. It covers a lot of stuff and would take forever to import using the import assistant.

post #7 of 10

You can copy and paste any recipe from the web into Master Chef can't you?   Should be no need to type each one.

post #8 of 10
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You can copy and paste any recipe from the web into Master Chef can't you?   Should be no need to type each one.
I don't have to type each one but I have to select recipe to copy and paste then select each title, ingredients, instructions etc. there is an auto fill button, but I can never use it when I copy a recipe.
post #9 of 10

Why not just save the web page to a folder.  Say it is a beef sandwich, make a folder named recipes and a sub folder sandwiches (could even do another sub folder for beef or what ever) and let windows do the work for you.  Or you could save it to a text file the same way by copy and pasting it to word or something like that.  For something you might not use, sounds like a lot of work for nothing putting it in master cook or anyplace else as long as you have a computer.  It will always be on the net unless the site closes.

post #10 of 10
"Joy of cooking" has a basic recipe for everythjbg. Just tweak them out to your preference. Just got one in the mail from thriftbooks.com for 12 bucks. Really awesome reference
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