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MacGourmet is a recipe management application that allows users to create, edit, and scale new recipes or import recipes from their favorite websites, then share them via email, Facebook, and Twitter. For more core functions, try MacGourmet Deluxe.


  • Chef's view for distraction free cooking
  • Add images to your recipes and to the steps, as well as to your Beer, Wine, and Cheese notes
  • Use the Ingredient search or let MacGourmet suggest a recipe for you

What's New

Version 4.0.9:
  • Fixed crash when syncing lists with corrupt data.
  • Added more error checking to sync data
  • Miscellaneous display bug fixes.


OS X 10.7 or later

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alvindarkness Member IconReview+15

I admit to not being an advanced user of MacGourmet. But for my uses it has proven itself to be a handy little app. Options for adding receipes is quite complete, and the process very slick. Changing units and scaling (to create more/less servings) painless also. I've also used exported recipes to share with friends and that has worked as expected. Solid app for my (non-expert) uses.

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Version 4.0.3
Warwickt Member IconComment+4

Disappointing that the developer is not offering an upgrade price from MG3 to MG4 β€” choice is either to buy MG4 (again) for $24.95 or to upgrade to MG Deluxe 4 for, guess what, $24.95. I will stick with MG3.

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Version 4.0.2

Same here, I am not going to "upgrade".

Willowdemayo Member IconReview+10

The 3.2.3 update can't load the library. Just hangs there with no content.

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Version 3.2.3
Advenio, Inc. (developer)

Please download the update again, there was an issue with the posted build that has now been corrected. I'd also be appreciated if the "review" were updated to a comment as this was a support issue that has now been corrected. Thanks!


Problem solved! Thanks. I will re-rate to my usual 4 stars!

Advenio, Inc. (developer)

Thanks! Glad that fixed it. I caught the problem right away, but it took a bit to update the server and propagate the changes. Sorry about that!


FYI: http://macgourmet.com/download/MacGourmet-3.2.3.zip is not available at the moment. error 404: not found

EndoLab Member IconComment+95

I ask me why in the MAS the picture of MacGourmet Deluxe is exactly the same has MacGourmet here. Is this a hoax? The devs doesn't look the same but they are. MacGourmet Deluxe coast $20 more so WITF?

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Version 3.1.3
Advenio, Llc (developer)

Mariner Software is redistributing MacGourmet and its plug-ins as a discounted retail bundle, all in one convenient package, at one price, called MacGourmet Deluxe. The standard version of MacGourmet, which you can add optional plug-ins to, is still available as it always has been.

So, you can buy a bundle (Deluxe) with everything: Mealplan, Cookbook and Nutrition, or, if you just want a simpler product, buy MacGourmet from macgourmet.com and add a plug-in, or not, it’s up to you.



Thanks for the answer but for $ 50 I prefer to buy a database e.g. Devonthink which you can use for much more things than just recipes. As regards the plug-ins is very easy to do a meal plan, cookbook and nutrition, and classify it, for e.g. vegetarian dishes, starters on so on. You can also send it by mail within the app and much more. Then with all my respect, I find MacGourmet and MacGourmet Deluxe overpriced.

Freedman Member IconReview+22

The program no longer imports recipes from web pages. Tried it on two different Macs to no avail. I suspect that the recent MAC OS update may be the culprit, maybe a recent Safari upgrade. Worked fine until recently.

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Version 3.0.3
Advenio, Llc (developer)

This is probably a good candidate for a support ticket, you can submit one at support.macgourmet.com. You'll also find information on common solutions to any Services problems you're having there as well.

Klagreca Member IconComment+182

v3's database is still case-sensitive. For example, it thinks that "brown sugar" is a different ingredient from "Brown Sugar." That's just silly. Makes managing your lists much more tedious.

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Version 3.0.0
Cocoanut Member IconComment+209

This is a horribly meat-centric program featuring recipes from organizations like the National Beef Cook-Off and sites like Pork: The Other White Meat. Not to be disrespectful to those who think eating meat is healthy but this program should come with a discount on chemotherapy or bypass surgery to justify it's high price. How about offering the program without all the unhealthy recipes and letting people decide which is healthy and which is not. Progressive eaters, beware!

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Version 2.4.7

you know about the "delete" button, right?


Have you tried adding your own recipes? Maybe delete the meat recipes so your Mac remains as pure as the driven snow?

Emotpix Member IconReview+1

I just purchased this program after browsing others at the mac store yesterday and I'm thrilled! I wanted ONE program that would also work with my iphone. This company seems to have their act together. And, you can decide how much more of the program you want with add ons like the recipe book maker and the nutrition or meal planners. Connect to MobileMe for publishing your recipes online is great and very fast and I'm syncing my data to iphone and seems to also be very fast. WEll worth the $$!~

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Version 2.4.4
Corkroom Member IconReview+6

A decent organisational tool, but there are several flaws. Unfortunately, the developers haven't responded to emailed feedback, which always makes me wary of future development of a paid product.

Some issues are quite frustrating. The shopping list is often incapable of adding ingredients of different units correctly. For example, if one recipe calls for 200 g of flour, and another for an ounce, the shopping list totals these to 201 g. Perhaps a user-defined unit equivalence list would be useful, or at least a list of what MacGourmet's pre-defined conversions are.

The chef view is useless. Many recipe instructions refer to the ingredients for quantities, but the chef view forces you to scroll up to the top. Not good when you have a handful of raw chicken. The chef view really needs a split view to allow simultaneous viewing of ingredients and instructions.

The shopping lists could be formatted more intelligently, with page breaks at logical spots, such as between shops. Alternatively, user-defined page breaks would be helpful. Also, depending on the name of ingredients listed in different recipes, the shopping list can produce separate listings for flour, plain flour, and flour (plain), etc. Some other programs I have used also allow user-defined ingredients. While this is more fiddly, this option prevents this confusion.

UI issues are abundant. For example, the default "OK" button is often highlighted, but pressing "return" on the keyboard does not click it, as expected under OS X. Also, command-~ normally switches windows, but this does not work in MacGourmet. This prevents comparison of recipes.

Finally, I'm not really sure, but I couldn't find a way to create smart recipe lists based on preparation/cooking times. Given that this is an editable field in recipes, it would be useful to search by this! Again, since the developers do not reply to emails, I'm not sure if there is a solution.

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Version 2.4.3
Advenio Support

"Unfortunately, the developers haven't responded to emailed feedback, which always makes me wary of future development of a paid product."

I'm one person, who still does all the development and email support. The volume of email doesn't always allow me to reply to every individual feature request, but every request gets logged and evaluated for future updates.

I also have to wade through the ridiculous amount of daily spam that an email address that has been around for over 5 years gets every day. If you never got a reply to your specific issues, trying to send it again and using the "Send Feedback" command in the Help menu to send the it will usually help it get through the noise.


Cheers, I'll keep that in mind for any additional comments I might have. Perhaps you should have an autoreply for your email, or let users know that you prefer that method of communication?

Emet1 Member IconComment+26

I got MacGourmet as part of a bundle (Dec 2008) and it's become one of my favorite apps. I'm boosting recipes from everywhere to add to my repertoire and creating a family recipe collection so we don't fight about what goes in Bubbie's Brisket.

This morning I downloaded and started playing with Pantry, a free app to track what's in your kitchen, create shopping lists, sync to the cloud and there's an iPhone app you can buy for 2.00 to download lists to your phone. I'm not going to keep it, but I can see some potential there, it's just missing some deal breaking features and it feels like a work in progress.

I've also found a website: supercook.com where you create an account, add in the stuff in your pantry and it will find recipes based on those ingredients. Excellently cool, but you can bog it down by adding too much stuff like too many kinds of cheese, too many spices and condiments. You have to remove items to winnow down the results. It works best with just a basic set of items. And you can get some bizarre results: based on my ingredients, I searched for a first course and dog bones appeared as #1 in the results followed by butterscotch filling. Now anyone with any common sense knows butterscotch filling is a main course and dog bones go with the after-dinner liquors. I mean, really!
Anyone see where I'm going?

I have a dream.
The absolute all-time, full-on, crazy cool cooking app in the entire known universe!

Step 1: Food: Add in the stuff you have (ooh, with a barcode scanner that uses your iSight camera and connects to an all-knowing database in the sky, I have a dream.) Expiration dates a must. (If I believe in it, the baking powder will work on the sheer force of my will! Wait, those raisins are HOW old?) I'll add dates myself, I'm not a total slacker.
Step 2: Recipes: Add your own or grab off the web. (Done. It's called MacGourmet. Dreams can come true.)
Step 3: Use Step 1 with Step 2 to find recipes you do have that use the ingredients you already have or (wait, it gets better)
Step 4: Search for recipes you don't have with the ingredients you do. (Galactically cool.)
Step 5: Shopping lists. Two kinds: What I need to restock from Step 1 because I'm running out and/or What I need to make recipes from Step 3 or Step 4. (That's it, I can die happy.)

Who's with me?

Anyway, thanks to:
Apple for the laptop and
MacGourmet Deluxe 1.2 or
MacGourmet 2.4 with
Nutrition 1.3.0
Cookbook 1.1.0
Meal Plan 1.1.0
or whatever goofy nomenclature the developers use for letting me dream.

And no, I'm not sharing Bubbie's Brisket recipe.

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Version 2.4
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Version 4.0.5
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Mark Burgess
Version 4.0.5
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Version 4.0.3
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Version 3.2.3
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Version 3.2.2
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Version 3.2.0
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Version 3.0.3
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Date 29 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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