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Yum is a recipe collection manager for organising your own recipe collection (although it does include an example recipe collection). Features include:
  • Indexing by category - each recipe can belong to any number of user-defined categories.
  • Several printing options with customisable page layout.
  • Recipe text can be fully formatted including fonts, styles, paragraph settings.
  • Graphics can be included (copy/paste, or drag/drop) within the recipe text.
  • Recipes can be imported from MasterCook export files, or from other Yum files, and can be exported to Yum files or to text more...

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Version 4.0.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


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Jacqueg Member IconReview+1

I've used this software for years, and been very pleased. Simple, flexible, adaptable. Then I installed v 4.


1) Maybe making space for a picture of each dish is appealing to some, I dunno. But I don't want it, I want the list view of my recipes back, the picture view takes up way too much space. Also, it reminds me too much of the new idiot-proof cash registers designed for high school dropouts and non-English speakers.

2) I have customized the categories list over the years, and had an organization I was perfectly satisfied with. While my old recipes still show the categories I had marked, and the category lists displays my custom categories, the new Yum does not allow me to assign a new recipe to any of my custom categories, but only the default categories written into the software.

3) Each time I open my recipe file, my custom categories list clones itself. The third time I opened the recipe file, I saw four iterations of my custom categories list. Well sure, I can delete the three extra lists, but guess what happened the fourth time I opened my recipe file? Yup, there were now five iterations of my custom categories.

4) No response from the developer after the email I sent.

Don't bother with v 4. You could download the latest version of v 3, but why would you want to pay money for a piece of software that is de-evolving? Find another vendor, or bite the bullet and buy a database to build your own recipe file.

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Version 4.0.3
David Asch Member IconReview+0
David Asch

I used the trial version initially and found it really useful. The sync to iPhone feature was one that drew me to the app in the first place. The trial expired and I finally decided to purchase it. The new version (4) is in many ways a step backwards, however:

The interface is nicely laid out but the inability to multi-select or select all recipes for moving or deleting is a glaring error. This would not be so bad if there were keyboard shortcuts to delete the unwanted recipes, but having to click to select each one then click the minus button at the bottom is time-consuming and repetitive; my wrist was aching after deleting only a small selection!

The program also threw up 'Multiple validation errors' which caused all the changes I had made to be lost as it was unable to save them. I have no desire to want to go through the process again!

I hope they fix these terrible UI holes soon, as they ruin an otherwise excellent recipe management application.

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Version 4.0.2
Boise-Ed Member IconReview+5

After years of enjoying Yum, I made the sad mistake of "upgrading" to Yum version 4.0.2.

1. The user interface is completely new, and I'm already tired of seeing the repeated drawing of the chef's toque and red pepper, over and over again. The previous, list-style interface is more compact and makes it easier to find recipes. Under the ubiquitious toque-and-pepper icon, only a small portion of the menu title is visible, making it hard to tell which is which, even among the relatively few that I can see at one time.

2. When I try to add a new recipe, I cannot paste a list of ingredients as before.

3. When I select one category, then click on the toque-and-pepper icon for some recipe, I see "Category: Unknown".

4. When I open an existing recipe, I see that all the paragraphs are numbered, which is pretty silly for those that are not cooking steps.

5. Everything is in a harder-to-read gray font -- with serifs, no less, making it even harder to read on-screen.

I sent these objections to the developer, with examples, and his response was prompt, polite, and helpful. Then I reverted to Yum 3.2.2. If you are not already a Yum user, I do recommend buying version 3, if you can.

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Version 4.0.2

I just moved "up" to Mountain Lion (OS 10.8) and so I can no longer run Yum 3, and now I find that there is no new Yum. Does anyone here have a suggestion to replace it, and an easy way to move my Yum recipes to it?

Tony-Aguila Member IconComment+47

What is not made clear either here or on their website is that version 4, albeit still in beta, is not a free update to version 3.x. Well, it's not. I only found that out by downloading the beta version and running it and it would not recognize my previous license number. In my opinion, developers, out of courtesy, should at least warn users about paid updates.

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Version 4.0b1

Their FAQ says it's free upgrade for version 3 users. "Simply enter your Yum 3 serial number in the new version 4 when asked."

Dtwalter Member IconComment+0

I just installed this and it says it's only a 15 day trial. I thought I read it was free. Am I missing something?

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Version 3.2.1

Yes, you did miss something. The last version of the program that was free was 2.7.4. The program was sold by the developer to another company, and since version 3.0, it's been shareware.

Unfortunately, even though it says on MU that "(Older versions still available via the website)", this is NOT true.


I did some more browsing on their site, and in fact, you can download the older free version here:



thank you so much!

hkpepp Member IconComment+1

Old version of 2.5.x was great until it stopped working out of the blue. I upgraded and purchased 3.0.6 and I can't open my cookbook. I can see the cookbook file but the software doesn't seem to recognize it once I click "open recent." All I get is a blank screen (actually, nothing). Any suggestions?

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Version 3.0.6
Anonymous Member Icon

Could it be that you are still running Mac OS X Tiger? Yum 3 requires Mac OS X Leopard.

wjb3wvu Member IconComment+31

I've been using this program for a long time now. When it was purchased by the current developer, they changed it in a way that isn't necessarily better, so I've decided not to upgrade (for free) and have stuck with version 2.7.4 - the last iteration before changing hands. The new style seems cluttered to me, with all the flags under the category column, and all the check-marks under the recipe column. Why? The old version accomplished the same thing without the clutter. Less is more.

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Version 3.0.5
xanthippe Member IconReview+9

Very simple, very easy to use and perfect if you need to copy/paste recipes. Yum will take the text and parse it so that you can insert all the ingredients in one go and it will split it up for you!

Handles shopping list, displays step-by-step in huge letters. NICE!

Handling of categories could be a bit easier - takes a moment to figure out how to assign (category drawer is found under menu Recipe, but not Category) - but welcome that each recipe can be in several categories. Could be a more user-friendly way to indicate what I have in stock for the shopping list. So, not 5-stars, but a very well-earned 4-star

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Version 3.0.4
rampancy Member IconComment+127

Sparkle updating is broken - I tried to do an update via Sparkle from both 2.7 and 2.6.6 (both on separate computers) and they both reported that I was at the latest version and that no new updates were available.

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Version 2.7.3
hotChick Member IconReview+7

I like the way it works. Very simple to use

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Version 2.7.3
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Downloads 49,569
Version Downloads 1,859
License Shareware
Date 21 Jan 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $29.00