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Computer program for storing recipes The Great Hall: Computer program for storing recipes
By pam on Saturday, January 29, 2000 - 11:59 pm: Edit

w.debord, it sure is a small world.
does amyon out there use some computer program to keep their recipes? i've seen some bu have no way to judge which would be best. my notebook from school is trashed & i've lost some recipes from it already. i'm always trying to remember where i saw a recipe because i have books, & books, & hand written,newspaper clippings,torn pages from mags etc.,i know i need some kind of system that i can type them in so i can use some of these & make it easier to find my favorites?i guess i'm getting old, my memory is fading fast.i'm not a computer expert so it also can't be too confusing. on the subject here with computer info it, i didn't see anything that i could use. thanks

By Doucefrance (Doucefrance) on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 07:48 am: Edit

I bought the Mastercook de luxe suite a few years ago, not meaning to use it for work, but it is now my only tool for recipes, I carry my laptop to work and I put all my recipes in it. This program scales the recipes, gives you cost and nutritional analysis. It's exactly what I was looking for, and it is cheap too compared to some "professional" programs.
Good luck
PS: it is easy to use because it is meant for the housewife

By W.DeBord on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 09:45 am: Edit

You have to have a scanner, right? You don't take the time to type each one?

I use a portable rubbermade file box. Don't you feel the importance of keeping a visual record if there is a photo with the recipe? When I'm in a hurry I rely alot on the photo to make judgements.

By gumbo's child on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 10:13 am: Edit

At school they had a program on all the lab computers, I believe it was called " Sous Chef", and it seemed to be pretty straight forward and easy to deal with...once you added ingredients at a certain price they were there for good, and each successsive recipe was easier to scale and cost the more ingredients you got in there...just a push of a button and BOOM...costed, broken down/ scaled to whatever size you need...and as i recall it wasn't terribly expensive either

By Charles on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 01:58 pm: Edit

You have to have a scanner, right? You don't take the time to type each one?

The above sentence sure does describe me.

The club has approved for me to get a scanner but I do not know any thing about them. Sure I will be competent enough to use one but can you scan recipes into some type of a database that will sort the way you want it to? Will I need special software?


Charles Rivers

By pam on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 11:39 pm: Edit

oh yeah, i forgot that i would have to scan the pictures & i don't have one.i could probably make a note of which book or mag it came from for reference.i would type everything in.i just wanted a program that would keep them sorted, i don't need a fancy program.i'm going to check out & see what they say about mastercook de luxe, hopefully something.thanks

By Doucefrance (Doucefrance) on Monday, January 31, 2000 - 06:53 pm: Edit

You can't put your recipes in mastercook with a scanner, you need to type them in, but you can import recipes from their website.

By Panini (Panini) on Tuesday, February 01, 2000 - 05:20 pm: Edit

I use word, you can import and export. I use a scanner. The software you receive with the scanner is enough to accomplish all you need.
When we sit with a bride or customer they acually go through our portfolio on the computer.
I do consultations,orderforms,estimates,in word.
The customer actually goes home with a color picture of the cake they ordered. We have beefed up our capabilities and can create a individual cake for each bride.
I scan all my recipes into this program.I use Food Processor for nutritional and labeling needs and Quickbooks for invoicing.
Does Mastercook interface with any other de3sk pub?

By pam on Tuesday, February 01, 2000 - 11:48 pm: Edit

panini, you are way more advanced with a computer than me.

By momoreg on Wednesday, February 02, 2000 - 08:57 am: Edit

There is a company that makes a kitchen computer for home use, just for storing recipes? I recall seeing it advertised in gourmet food magazines. I think that's all you need. Unfortunately, I don't know the name, but I'll try to get it for you. I know someone who has one.

By momoreg on Wednesday, February 02, 2000 - 09:08 am: Edit

As soon as I logged off, I remembered who makes that computer, and I found the website:

I know it's not a program, but it does do what you need it to do.

By Panini (Panini) on Thursday, February 03, 2000 - 06:05 pm: Edit

not as advanced as you think! almost any program with data base capabilities will he3lp.If you are using windows it probably has word.
That mastercooks program sounds good, especially if it does the nutritional break down. The compUSA here has many programs. I would suggest you purchase one that has alot of room for your own recipes and has the capabilities of deleting the one you don't like of theirs.Good luck

By Scooter on Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 06:53 am: Edit

Does anyone know of (or have experience) with any recipe or database program suitable for the Palm Pilot III? If would be really great if there was one specifically for recipes and could scale them and create shopping/pick lists.

By Mikeh (Mikeh) on Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 12:04 pm: Edit

Check out for a fair selection of shareware recipe programs. You can download them, check them out, and only buy them if you like them. I haven't personally tried any of them.

By ClarkSCEC on Wednesday, August 23, 2000 - 02:58 am: Edit

I would suggest Cheftek,..its advertised in the ACF mag, the back,... it's pricy but if this is a carrer move then its an investment, comunicates with a lot of grocery software, allaint and sysco foods
it also does nutritional, inventory food and liqour, can even comunicate with POS systems
Wheres the spell check on this thing LOL,...good luck

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