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.
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
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.