Mac Recipe Software Review

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Why Do I Want Mac Recipe Software?

Anyone who has ever clipped recipes from magazines, wasted ink and paper printing them from the internet or dog-eared pages of overpriced cookbooks will know how frustrating — and expensive — it can be to save a catalogue of favorite recipes. And organizing all those recipes from all those different sources is almost impossible. Not to mention, even the best cooks have difficulties finding the time to properly plan a menu of recipes, quickly and accurately create a shopping list for needed items and calculate the nutritional information of all the food involved. Now, Mac users have a solution to these issues. With Mac recipe software review, you’ll find side-by-side comparisons and detailed reviews of the best Mac recipe software, along with articles related to cooking and tips to help you out in the kitchen. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

Mac Recipe Software: What to Look For 

Although many people cite cooking as a favorite pastime, it can be a hassle to attend to the minute details in the kitchen, both prior to and while cooking. As we used and evaluated the software featured in this review site, we found some criteria that were vital in choosing the best Mac recipe software programs.

Recipe Manager
Recipe software is useless without a plethora of options when it comes to documenting and editing items in the recipe database. For example, programs should include pre-installed recipes. Each recipe should have numerous fields for various informational input, such as recipe source, cooking notes or variations, food and beverage pairings, substitutions, serving size adjustments, preference ratings and/or difficulty ratings. Recipes should also be able to be shared via email or by printing a hard copy.

Menu Planner
Not all programs we reviewed included menu planning, shopping lists and/or nutritional information. To get the most bang for their buck, users should seek out programs that include these features. After all, what good is having a handy digital catalogue of recipes if the software cannot help plan when to make these meals, or shop for the necessary ingredients?

Ease of Use
Buying recipe software is a waste of money if it cannot be navigated easily when a cook is watching multiple timers, has flour all over his or her hands or is planning menus for many meals in one sitting. This section of our review addresses whether the software is intuitive to use and offers advanced features to make cooking easier.

Help and Support
Having a resource to answer your questions is a vital part of any software package. Here, we evaluate the number of resources available to users. Most programs provide access to resources such as communicating with other users via online forums, contacting experts or program developers via email and/or user guides, manuals, how-to instructions and tutorials included with the software or available for download online.

When all of these features can be found in one piece of Mac recipe software, it is sure to be a keeper. Check out our side-by-side comparison of Mac recipe software to find a top-notch program like MacGourmet, Cookware Deluxe or Computer Cuisine Deluxe.

 
 
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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
MacGourmet Deluxe Cook'n Recipe Organizer Computer Cuisine Deluxe Recipe Box YummySoup! iCuistot SousChef Shop'n'Cook Menu
MacGourmet Deluxe Cook'n Recipe Organizer Computer Cuisine Deluxe Recipe Box YummySoup! iCuistot SousChef Shop'n'Cook Menu
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Lowest Price
Visit MacGourmet Deluxe 3
$39.95
Visit Cook'n Recipe Organizer 11
$69.95
Visit Computer Cuisine Deluxe 5
$29.95
Visit Recipe Box 1.5
$24.00
Visit YummySoup! 1.9.4
$19.99
Visit iCuistot 1.1
$29.00
Visit SousChef 1.2.4
$19.99
Visit Shop'n'Cook Menu 3.4.3
$57.95
Ratings
9.88
9.53
8.13
6.90
6.85
5.43
5.23
4.97
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
10.00
10.00
10.00
8.75
9.38
10.00
8.75
10.00
8.00
9.00
7.70
6.25
7.63
6.00
6.93
7.50
9.00
4.00
7.70
7.50
8.25
0.00
10.00
5.25
7.00
4.00
3.08
7.50
5.88
5.75
2.00
5.13
 
Recipe Manager
Recipes Included 80 550+ 1,001   238 45 124  
Add New Recipes
Delete Recipes
Edit Recipes
Import Recipes
Back Up/Export Recipes
Email Recipes
Print Recipe Cards
Categorize Recipes
Recipe Photographs
Recipe Ratings
 
Specify Source
Add Comments/Notes
 
 
Spell Checker
 
  
Duplicate Recipe Finder
 
   
Print Cookbooks
      
Tag Favorite Recipes
   
Adjustable Serving Sizes
 
Difficulty Rating
   
  
Full Screen/Cooking View
  
 
Menu Planner
Shopping List
 
Edit Shopping List
 
Print Shopping List
 
Daily Menu Planner
   
Print Meal Plan
   
Weekly Menu Planner
    
Monthly Menu Planner
     
Categorize Shopping List
     
Multiple Shopping List
 
 
Ingredient Nutritional Analysis
  
  
Recipe Nutritional Analysis
   
Recipe Recommender  
      
Ease of Use
Search by Keyword
Search by Ingredient
Drag and Drop
 
Reference Materials
 
  
iPod/iPhone Compatibility
 
  
Search by Category/Style
 
Search by Preparation Time
 
  
Search by Rating
  
  
Search by Serving Size
 
 
  
Search by Source
  
Search by Cooking Method/Directions
 
  
Search by Difficulty
    
  
Smart Groups
  
  
Help & Support
Download Updates
 
Email
Online Help
FAQs
  
User Forum
    
Blog
 
User Manual
 
How-To Videos or Tutorials