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MacGourmet for Mac

By Advenio, Inc Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Nov 26, 2013

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 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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.9


Release July 8, 2014
Date Added July 8, 2014
Version 4.0.9

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.9
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 12,205
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

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