CNET Editors' review
MacGourmet for Mac is designed to provide a central storage and organizational system for your recipes within OS X. It works seamlessly in this regard, providing dozens of useful tools that are reminiscent of iTunes in many ways, making it easy to organize recipe files, create new ones, share them with friends, or print recipes to index cards or other media from your desktop.
After installation, you will be prompted to select the layout and interface for MacGourmet when it opens. You can change any of these options later from the preferences menu but this will affect how the app looks at first. You can also create a MacGourmet.net account to sync your recipes. You'll need to create a local database, so setup and installation can take a few extra minutes but it only happens once and the app does a great job of walking you through everything. From there you can start adding recipes, creating cooking notes, making shopping lists, noting your favorite cheeses, beers, wines, and recent meals. There are options to get recipes from the Web, as well, connecting with partner sites to pull them to your database, or searching in Google and providing an interface to copy and paste everything. The interface is astounding in MacGourmet and it runs smoothly no matter what you are doing.
If you cook a lot, enjoy food, or want a better system than notecards in a box by your refrigerator, download MacGourmet. It's free to try the first 20 times you open it, after which you'll need to pay for an upgrade; but for those that use it frequently, it is well worth that cost and then some, offering a hugely robust suite of tools that any cook will appreciate.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MacGourmet for Mac 4.0.3.
From Advenio Software:
You organize your digital photos, you make playlists of your mp3s. Now bring your recipe organization into the 21st century with MacGourmet. Think of MacGourmet as "iTunes for Recipes". MacGourmet helps you create and edit recipes, wine notes and cooking notes, easily browse your entire collection, and build your own custom lists for categories like appetizers or desserts. MacGourmet also offers the following features:
- Publishing of your collections to .Mac and WebDAV accounts
- Publishing of recipes to MovableType, TypePad and Blojsom weblogs
- Many options for printing your recipes, including printing on index cards
- Easy import of recipes found on the web using clipping, drag and drop and cut and paste
- A sample recipe pack for first time users of 80 recipes
- Shopping list export to HandyShopper and SplashShopper on your PDA
- An extra large Chef's view for preparing your recipes in the kitchen
- Import of MasterCook, MasterCook Mac and Meal-Master recipes
- Flexible recipe scaling
- Metric conversion
- Many ways to search, including the recipe box search field, find, cupboard find and potluck find
- Smart lists that keep themselves updated automatically
- Chef's Reference of commonly used cooking information
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All versions:4.5 stars
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"The best out there, but lacking in some crucial ways..."
Version: MacGourmet 3.2.1
Easy to search, organize and attractive interface. Nice array of print options.
I run a small catering business and this ap is great for keeping my recipes sorted and categorized, but it runs SUPER funky on my whenever I try to do any sort of large project that involves exporting or consolidating.
-The lists un-sort and reorganize themselves willy-nilly and I have to scroll to reset them.
-Shopping lists disappear and reappear randomly
-To edit a line, you have to start at the ingredient name and TAB over to make edits in other fields
-You can't edit a recipe once you have scaled it which is crucial for any pro chef who knows that recipes don't scale up in exact proportions.
- You can't add a single entry custom line (like the info field) into the list view, only categories and keywords, which group themselves.
- You have to click to save, can't just press return when you are done entering.
"Vast improvement over previous versions."
Version: MacGourmet 3.0.3
Must have discovered usability testing. Converting text clips greatly simplified. I cook for multiple food allergies and it's important to preserve substitutions, and to downsize large recipes.
So far, so good.
Useful tool greatly improved in version 3. Now to see if it can work with my iPhone.Greatly improved over version 2.0. Much easier to browse web and import recipes now. I need to alter ingredients and portions for food intolerances in a two-person household, and this makes it easy to save my modified recipes. Directions now break into numbered steps according to paragraph breaks, which simplifies preparation. Makes me want to cook again, which is no mean achievement when one must avoid gluten, citrus, cow dairy, tomatoes, peppers, pineapple, mint, and chocolate. I look forward to exploring links to iPhone, so I can pull up a recipe if I spot some great seasonal ingredient in the market.
Updated on Mar 26, 2011
"Great recipe manager!"
Version: MacGourmet 3.0.2
Easy to use-- set-up like itunes. Great capabillities that help you organize recipes, whether originals or imported.
It's a bit tedious entering in information manually, but the layout is ideal in the end.
"a fantastic update"
Version: MacGourmet 3.0.2
to repeat it is a fantastic update, runs well, & wow, improves the overall appearance of recipes, and chef's view.
you can no longer easily clip & copy recipes from websites that are not supported by MacGourmet. Tthere are really very few websites that are supported in comparison to the vast numbers available. The "Featured button"is only a tease for the future..
I've use MacGourmet for several years, appreciated the "free to try" format.. sold me within days! I'll stick with the program!
"The good, the bad, and the ugly."
Version: MacGourmet 3.0.2
I like version 2 better than version 3. I love recipe import & clipping function in Safari, Categories and recipe groups are a great way to organize my recipes. Notes is my most used function - I use it to track recipe evolution/changes.
Version 3 is a terrible upgrade. Clipping isn't working for me. I don't like the way the folders work now.User support is not what it used to be. Chef view in version 3 takes over the entire screen and you cannot minimize it to see anything else.
I have been using MacGourmet for years now and have recommended it to every cook I know using Mac. I have praised it as a godsend to everyone I know and have enjoyed the ability it has given me to organize and track my recipes and how I have changed them over time. UNTIL NOW. The new version has many issues in my opinion and customer service is not what it used to be. I am currently looking into other options, and will give up on MacGourmet if they don't address the problems in version 3. I only upgraded from version 2 because my recipe imports from web pages started having html code appear in the ingredient and directions list and were a real pain to remove from the recipes. I do not recommend MacGourmet Version 3.While I'm still disappointed in the customer service, frantically trying to figure out why the program wasn't working and clicking randomly all over the screen, I finally found out why the clipping importer wasn't working -- the clipping text area was hidden to the left side of the import assistant window and mousing-over the area did not indicate there was anything there. I just happened to click all over the place at the left of the window and my cursor changed to a bar with an arrow and allowed me to drag to the right so that the clipping text was revealed. I also noticed there is a new view - item view - that opens a recipe in its own window. This will allow me to have several recipes open at once, which resolved my complaint about chef view.
Updated on Nov 6, 2010
However, I am still experiencing bugs where sometimes I'll open a clipping to import it to the recipe fields and though I see the text area in the window, it will be empty. Restarting the program fixes the issue temporarily.
"great program use it all the time"
Version: MacGourmet 2.4.7
organizes my recipes, easy to access
hard to get recipes off the web
my favorite recipe program for mac
"I enjoy MacGourmet everyday!"
Version: MacGourmet 2.4.4
Easy to use, intuitive and transportable (I have the Iphone version!). Now if I could sync my computer and the phone, that would be great!
Up to now, it does work fine.
"Very easy to use. Lots of great features."
Version: MacGourmet 2.4.3
Best support I've ever experienced.
Would like to see direct import from more web pages.
Highly recommend MacGourmet!
"Easy-to-use, comprehensive risk a program for the Mac."
Version: MacGourmet 2.4.2
No cons in my experience.
Easy-to-use. Comprehensive features. Imports web recipes. Frequent updates. Great program. Love it. Use it all the time.
"The best of all, but...."
Version: MacGourmet 2.4.1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I agree with the other users that the developer is shockingly responsive and helpful. I have tried all the recipe software there is and MG's the best. I wish it did a few things like:
*closing the revision window when I press return. I use the program so often that little things like that add up.
*creating shopping lists with more info next to the ingredient, like keywords or categories that it is associated with.
The one thing is that it has tiny little glitches that keep me from trusting it completely. I'll create a shopping list for a multi-day, multi-meal event and all the math will be perfect except for ONE or TWO items. I can't afford to send my shopping lists away incorrect, so I go over them after they are generated.... I always go back and be sure it's not a data entry issue, too.
For example 3T plus 4T plus 3 cups of vinegar does not equal 563 gallons...
Besides that, amazing program.
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