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Best recipe management software for Mac

Greyhoundgrrl Feb 22, 2007 07:20 AM

I am the proud owner of a new MacBook and am looking for a good recipe management software. Features I would like are:
1. searchability
2. nutritional analysis
3. export shopping list
4. Cookbook builder
5. Menu planner

Any opinions or advice is welcomed. Thank you.

  1. reehmeo Oct 3, 2008 12:05 PM

    I have been playing around with a demo version of CookWare 3.2. It seems to have many of the features you are looking for. Check it out at:


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    1. re: reehmeo
      reehmeo Nov 10, 2008 09:09 PM

      After looking at many I ended up going with MacGourmet and was able to effortlessly import all my MasterCook recipes. I also purchased the Nutrition analysis software, but have not used it much as of yet. So far I have been very pleased with it as a basic recipe management software program.

      1. re: reehmeo
        fivecomps Oct 23, 2009 09:54 AM

        I just purchased MacGourmet and yes, it has a great format. The only disappointment is that when you email a recipe to someone it is inserted into the body of the email as a one long paragraph. Did I miss a setting that I was supposed to have set?

        1. re: fivecomps
          joniisthecoolest Jan 30, 2010 05:06 PM

          I'd suggest that you perhaps email the recipe as a pdf from your Mac (go to file, Print and then click the PDF button and choose Mail PDF- it'll make it easier for them to print, and it'll keep the formatting consistent) although I haven't found the issue of one big long paragraph, usually the formatting looks like it does in my MacGourmet.

          Don't miss out on their "Relationship Manager" tool, either- if you've got a sauce or side that you really love with a recipe, you can go to Tools-relationship manager, and then "lock" the recipe you've got in front of you, and then drag and drop the one you want to relate. Makes it really easy to bring them up in the database from one another. I only mention it because I had MacGourmet for about a year and a half before I discovered it.
          There's another program, besides FileMaker Pro, that will do recipe databasing for you, it's called Bento. I kinda like it because I can do things with it that are outside the realm of MacGourmet. As much as I love the software, there are features I'd like in it that just aren't there.

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      sarah88 Dec 12, 2007 03:58 PM

      I posted this same thing to the other thread but I'll post it here again.
      The recipe program I use on my Mac is called Computer Cuisine Deluxe:


      I've tried many others and they either have a poorly designed layout, or they are something awful like A Cook's Book where the interface is cumbersome and it's difficult to enter ingredients.

      I really like Computer Cuisine Deluxe because the layout is PERFECT and I can just copy/paste entire recipe blocks from web sites into the program. It can import MasterCook recipes which got my mom to switch to it on her PC as well since they have a Windows version too. Hopefully, this will be the answer you're looking for.

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      1. re: sarah88
        fivecomps Oct 23, 2009 09:51 AM

        The one thing I haven't been able to get the demo to do is to create categories or to use keywords. Since you are a Computer Cuisine Deluxe user do you know if either of these features exist in this program? I'd like to be able to label some recipes according to the season they would be best served. Is there a feature in this program that allows that?

      2. LindaWhit Jul 30, 2007 09:50 AM

        Haven't used a Mac in 20 years, but maybe one of the software listed here might be close enough to what you're looking for?


        Looks like ShopnCook 3.4.2 might be the best bet?

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          dvereen Jul 29, 2007 12:32 PM

          not sure if it works with macs but has anyone tried CIA's program called i-COOK Pro? i'm thinking about getting it

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          1. re: dvereen
            salutlemonde Jul 29, 2007 01:32 PM

            iCook pro, despite its "i-name" does not run on a Mac. There is apparently no desire on the part of CIA to make a native Mac version either.

            So, you have to run it in WIndows on an Intel based Mac - BootCamp, Parallels, etc. This means giving money to Micro$oft for an operating system that's not as good as the one you're already using + money for any program other than BootCamp.

            So, back to desiging and implementing it in FileMakerPro. I did my wine database in FMP, but the problem wasn't the design of the database - it was keeping up with it after parties and gifts of wine.

            Of course, you'll have to enter the nutrition information if you're doing it yourself, in some form that's scalable, like qty/oz.... so considering the work involved, maybe shelling out the $$$ for whatever flavor of Windows you best tolerate might be worthwhile.

            1. re: salutlemonde
              CrazyOne Jul 30, 2007 08:14 AM

              There is one other compatibility product: CrossOver Mac http://www.codeweavers.com/products/c...

              This one does not require you to have a Windows license, but it also doesn't work with some things. If you can get a trial of the Windows-based recipe software, you can test it on a trial version of CrossOver. But this is of course a number of extra hoops, not exactly well-suited to those who are not already technically minded. Not exactly what we buy Macs for. ;-) But hey, it is an option if you absolutely can't abide the native recipe software choices.

              I don't use such software so I'm not up on the issues. It's possible, though, that with us cooking more and more some kind of software would be useful. But for now we manage with printouts. We're just using recipes, not creating them, and printouts are expendable when getting splashed with ingredients. ;-)

          2. mrkinla2 May 26, 2007 09:33 PM

            While I agree the perfect solution is not here yet, it would be remiss not to mention something exciting that hopefully isn't that far away:


            The My Dream App competition ended long enough ago that this is beginning to feel like vaporware, but I guess good software takes longer to design than crappy, overproduced albums take to produce. So, hopefully it'll be worth the wait.

            Doesn't look like nutritional analysis is part of the mix, but when something is this darn pretty, do you really care what's going on upstairs?

            1. HPLsauce Feb 22, 2007 03:41 PM

              Get FileMakerPro and build your own. Yes, it's overkill.

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                cecilia Feb 22, 2007 03:23 PM

                There is another thread asking the exact same question down below. Basically the answer is there isn't one.


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                1. re: cecilia
                  Greyhoundgrrl Feb 22, 2007 03:49 PM

                  Sorry for cluttering up the board.

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