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Cooking Aficionado

CNET Editors' review

This database-oriented application allows cooks to store, manage, print, and e-mail recipes, but the inability to import them won't suit some palates. Cooking Aficionado's straightforward interface lets you easily view and manage recipes. Unlike similar applications in the market, this freeware only provides one preloaded sample, and its inability to import recipe files from different formats is a big turnoff for some users. Additionally, you'll only be able to export the recipe files in one format: CA XML. Cooking Aficionado can be registered for free, though a "How to buy" statement in the help file might confuse some users. Sharing options like the ability to print and e-mail recipes is well appreciated. In testing, e-mailed recipes were quickly and accurately sent. This freeware application can be displayed both in English and Spanish. Cooking enthusiasts looking for an organizational utility can try Cooking Aficionado, but we'd guess they'd also want to sample more flexible applications.

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  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 17 votes

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    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outdated but still USABLE and IMPRESSIVE"

    October 26, 2011  |   By notorazr

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    Adding ingredients is just a simple cut and paste, no need to enter one ingredient at a time -- unit then quantity then ingredient like what other programs do.

    The ability to add pictures is very handy plus it doesn't seem to have any size limit. Would have been nicer if you could add more than one pic. then have a left right/arrow for easy switching.

    Cons

    There should have been shortcut keys.
    Speaking of keys you can actually find one on the internet. The company is already defunct so maybe it's not too illegal to do that, i guess :).

    Summary

    i love this app.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Every Recipe in Just One Book"

    September 28, 2011  |   By JoPaMi_WordPress

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    Pop-out photos for better details
    Fully customizable recipe categories
    Search function checks titles, ingredients, and more
    Customizable color themes

    Cons

    Program occasionally (rarely) freezes
    Cannot create sub-categories

    Summary

    You'll find full details of our review here:
    http://jopami.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/one-book-for-every-recipe/

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Do not download you can no longer register"

    February 26, 2011  |   By colo39

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    Good program but no longer able to be registered

    Cons

    Can no longer register Dont download!!!

    Summary

    Great software but no longer usable. I am looking for a guru to provide a registry patch to make it usable again,not just a 30 use trial. What a pain !!! Hours of work down the drain without a registry patch.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not download."

    October 4, 2010  |   By kathrynlind

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    Good but unusable

    Cons

    They are gone, do not download can only use for 25 times without a key number which you cannot get.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Looks like they have gone out of business"

    October 2, 2010  |   By reddevil5

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    I liked the software but as I said...it looks like they have gone out of business. You are supposed to send for a key and I always get back an error....like that site is no longer up.

    Cons

    Good software if one could get it registered and working for more than 30 days

    Summary

    Think I am going to have to spend about $35 to get some software that manages recipes because the writers of Cooking Aficionado do not respond

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Is 1 star the least you can give?"

    May 10, 2010  |   By branwren

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    It's free to try

    Cons

    There was nothing to like about this program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderful program... but obsolete now??"

    April 24, 2010  |   By hummingbirdsweetie

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    I have been using this program for several years now and I love how I can send my recipes by email, print them off, do a plain text view for copying & Pasting. I love that it is just a nice simple program that is easy to enter information into.

    Cons

    However, my husband went to put it on his new laptop so we can take it on the road for our road trip, and it keeps prompting us for the serial code. Mine won't work and neither will his... and of course their website is not for CA.

    Summary

    I wish they had removed the "registration code" part so that it can be used. Perhaps CNet should remove it from the download list since it is no longer supported.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great program, easy to use. Internet required."

    December 16, 2009  |   By hwogs

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    Very easy to cut and paste recipe info to create new recipes.

    Cons

    Could not get it registered on my old kitchen computer without an internet connection. Tried two times with new license keys from software provider and still got error message and could only use as a trial for 30 times.

    Summary

    If I did not have to register this program on a computer without internet service, then I would still be using it. It was easiest of all the free versions I tried.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "WON'T PRINT IF YOU HAVE IE8"

    September 4, 2009  |   By scuba199

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    I love this simple program. You can just copy and paste from any recipe found anywhere.
    No having to type in details like size, quantity etc.

    Cons

    Company has no support!
    Emails comeback as a bad address.
    Help menu of limiited value.
    Will not print if IE8 is installed!!!!!!! I reverted back to IE7

    Summary

    I really like it and its really easy to use. BUT if you want fancy this is not the program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "havent been able to register for over 1 year"

    November 17, 2008  |   By utopia7697

    Version: Cooking Aficionado 3.1

    Pros

    I have used this software for several years now, and LOVE IT! I want to still use it, but I upgraded my computer, saved my recipes, installed CA on new computer, and could never register it- their inbox is full! & you can only try it for 25 times!

    Cons

    I had to print out all my recipes to save them... =(

    Summary

    WAS great software, but I fear it is obsolete.... =(

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