Recommendations for PC Recipe software
I need to obtain software to organize a medium-sized recipe collection. I would like excellent searching capabilities, and the ability to analyze the nutrition composition of any recipe I add. It would also be great if I could size servings up or down. I need plenty of space in each entry for notes, ingredients and instructions. I like to cite the source of each recipe. I'm not sure if I would like to store recipes on the web, like webmail, or if I would want them on my laptop. But I have plenty of space on my hard drive, and I have a newer laptop which is running Vista. What's best? Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
My standard response - MasterCook does all of that and more. http://www.valusoft.com - click on the Home and Office link, and then MasterCook Deluxe 9.0. Gives you 8000 recipes to start with, and you can create your own cookbook(s).
You can easily import with their Import Assistant by copying/pasting into appropriate fields. It sizes recipes up/down, limitless lines for ingredients and directions, nutritionally analyzes recipes, gives you yields and equivalents, attach a picture (your own or web pictures from recipes you import), has spellcheck, limitless categories, allows you to create your own cookbooks.
A super-easy search format allows you to search by title (individual word, all words, or as a set phrase), ingredients, directions, notes, serving ideas. You can create your own shopping list if you're using several recipes, you can save often-used recipes to a "Favorites" section for each finds, allows you to create a pantry with what you currently have in your cabinets/fridge.
My personal preference is to have all my recipes locally on my laptop. It means I am in more control. I bought EzyEating Pro about a month ago and for the money it is great.
You mention that you have a medium-sized recipe collection? How do you find what you want to eat out of it? My collection is pretty big too, and the thing I liked about this software was that it would randomly pick meals for me! It was great - i was eating stuff I hadn't eaten in years!
Check out http://www.ezyeating.com I liked it :-)
I've been playing around with Living Cookbook by Radium Technologies. It seems like a good program and you can download a time limited trial version. It has all the features you listed, and you can import recipes within certain formats, as well as a "copy and paste" import. Supports pics, nutrition, comments, notes, email out, as well as being able to add your ingredients to the data base.
The trial version limits you to twenty or thirty uses, but you can load multiple recipes in during each "use". One "use" is counted each time you open the program.