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Need software program to begin cataloging and creating my own recipes. I have 2 DDs and a neice who would like family recipes, an elderly mother I want to capture her recipes for posterity. Any suggestions? I am notoriously cheap and pretty much not computer friendly, so something inexpensive and incredibly easy to use would be helpful. My goal is to print a family recipe cook book. Thanks!

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  1. There's a few threads on this topic. Here's one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6778... If you do a CH search I'm sure more will pop up.

    I just use MSWord for typing or cut and paste, and my scanner and Adobe Acrobat for books/magazines. I have a file called "cookbook" and files for different categories within that. It's very handy and I back it up on one of those little portable drives every so often so I can take my personal "cookbook" anywhere.

    1. Agree with morwen - if you don't want to spend money on a program, just use what's on your hard drive already from Microsoft. A table in Word is easy to set up - that way, you could have the ingredients in several rows in two columns, and then instructions immediate below in text format.

      I'd at least get the info INTO a document first (perhaps splitting them out into separate documents by category - Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Beef, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetables, Desserts, Cookies, Cakes, etc.) and then do the formatting later.

      1. We made a tastebook ( http://www.tastebook.com ) for my sister's wedding that was full of favorite family recipes with stories and pictures, they do cost money to have printed, but I now have all the recipes online and can share them with family members who haven't purchased the printed book.

        1. A simple way to make a family cookbook is to type each recipe on a separate page using your ordinary word processing setup, number the pages, make a table of contents, and get all of it printed and bound on a spiral, with plastic covers, at your local printer eg Kinko's, for a few dollars apiece.

          1. This week I stumbled upon a free software program from Evernote and continue to marvel at the various ways I can capture viral information to refer and capture within a small Evernote file. Capturing online recipes in their original form is one of the most obvious and easiest ways to utilize the software. Sharing those recipes quickly via email or print super simple. Mobile device friendly. www.evernote.com

            1. If you're looking to have something that's got photos and some design elements, I'd also reccomend Blurb/Booksmart. I've used them mostly for photo albums, but you download the free software, and once you get the hang of it, can copy and paste your word docs into it, and add pictures and get very creative with layout. Pricing is pretty good, and it bind in hardcover or softcover.