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Recipe Software?

paprkutr Nov 29, 2011 04:16 PM

It's November 2011 and I am looking for good software to write down all my recipes. I have an old copy of Matilda's Fantastic Recipe but it isn't that great. Would love to have some input, by the way I have a pc. TIA

  1. drongo Nov 29, 2011 04:20 PM

    Take a look at these two recent threads: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/812797 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813853

    Many of these applications have free trial versions. Take a look at http://cookbook-recipe-software-revie... to see what software you might want to try.

    I use Living Cookbook.

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      paprkutr Nov 29, 2011 06:24 PM


    2. hannaone Nov 30, 2011 06:17 AM

      I have tried several recipe programs and settled on Living Cookbook a few years ago. You can check out their website at


      You can also check their support forum and see what help is available and some known issues at


      1. al b. darned Dec 1, 2011 07:51 AM

        I've used Living Cookbook for years, but I've mostly gotten away from it.

        If you just want to store recipes, Word or WordPerfect will work fine. Just make appropriate folders and sub-folders in your Documents folder.

        If you want something to generate shopping lists or give suggestions for, "I have this, what can I do with it?" recipe software might be the way to go.

        If you need the latter, I suggest Living Cookbook. LC is written by a husband and wife team in North Noplace, NY. Lee is pretty good about answering your questions in a timely manner.

        1. mels Dec 1, 2011 08:01 AM

          I use the paid version of Evernote. It works fabulously and I can access it from any computer, my smartphone, etc.

          1. meadandale Dec 1, 2011 08:27 AM

            I use Gourmet. I run Ubuntu Linux but it runs on Windows as well. The thing I like about it the most is that it can import recipes from webpages--sometimes you have to give it a little 'help' but it beats manually transcribing them.


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