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SousChef is a dynamic recipe resource for home cooks and aspiring chefs alike.

Most cooking software stops at organizing recipes. SousChef helps you cook, start to finish. Find a recipe, cook it, modify it and share it with friends & family -- all in one application.

Unlike other cooking software, SousChef accesses an online cloud database made up of all other users' recipes allowing users to quickly find new and delicious recipes. No more trips to the store to get that one missing ingredient either -- SousChef ranks recipe results based on what's in your pantry, or offers suggestions for substitutes.


What's New

Version 1.5.5:
  • Sandboxing support
  • 64-bit support
  • Uses OAuth for Dropbox -- you will have to relink SousChef via Preferences -> Sharing
  • Modernized cloud interaction
  • Bug fixes in rating and image uploading.


  • OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • 1024x768 resolution screen or larger

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Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3659

I'm really not a dabbler in Recipes but once in a while i like to try some of my culinary skills.This app really does the trick in style Hats off to the developers for a great app.

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Version 1.5.5
Isilver Member IconComment+8

Yep, sure looks abandoned to me too, I didn't get a response to a support question either. Unfortunately the export function of v1.5.5 doesn't appear to be working on Mountain Lion so it looks like I've lost all my recipes anyway ...

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Version 1.5.4
Phlibbo Member IconReview+0

Extremely unstable, tested on multiple systems and OS X versions

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Version 1.5.4
Mhoutman Member IconReview+188

Downloaded a demo and bought the iOS app. First looks were very nice indeed !

Contacted the developer on a problem related to not syncing recipe photo's between devices. He seems in a deep sleep as I got no response after 4 days so I ditched the trial version.

Really sorry, nut I strongly believe that good developer support increases the overall joy of using Mac OS and iOS app.

btw the latest version is 1.5.1

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Version 1.5
Irishrg Member IconComment+6

Really liked this application when it was first released, however i'm now seriously considering switching to a different recipe management solution at the rate of development on SousChef is almost non existent!!
The program is full of bugs which have never been addressed by the developers, almost no new features have been added in the last 2 years, and it now crashes over 50% of the time when used in Lion.. It is very disappointing, as it originally showed a lot of promise and could have been developed into a first class application if given some or any support! :o(

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Version 1.2.4
kdahl@haela.com Member IconReview+4

This is the cooking app of my dreams. There's a service so you can import recipes from your browser or email, then just select the ingredients/directions areas (or other headings if they are there) and voila, your recipe is in souschef! I also love that you can click the dropdowns in each heading to search for more recipes by a certain author, or click to substitute ingredients. It's also nice to be able to select that you always have a particular ingredient so that it doesn't always wind up on the grocery list. And then there's the blogging features, and the full screen cooking feature.. which looks really awesome, but I haven't been able to try it out yet. Maybe one day when I have a computer in the kitchen! I think this would be really awesome paired with an iPad companion app that syncs your recipe library.

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Version 1.2.4
Vallwardt Member IconReview+3

SousChef works good for me. In comparing it with another Mac recipe program, this one was easier and had better features. It took a bit for me to figure it out but that is standard for most programs. The photo is great, and I use it a lot, but wish it was removable as well. When you want to print the recipe, you don't want that black box if there is no photo. When I contacted the developer about this I got a quick response, but found I'd have to copy and paste to TextEdit if I don't want the box. It's a bit ugly and hey, uses more black ink, right?

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Version 1.2.4
Scottg_ Member IconReview+0

I also got this program as part of the MacHeist bundle. I use it on a fairly old G4 powerbook, and it is not as fast as it could be, but is certainly usable. There was a problem in an earlier version with a crash during search on old hardware- I emailed the developer, and in reply they sent me a beta to try to see if it fixed the problem, which it did. I have no problems with the search with the newest update.

At first, I found that the recipe import (mostly from plain text or html files) was slow and unintuitive, after importing a few recipes I found it much easier.

For me, the big selling points are that SousChef is an attractive way to organize my recipes, attach notes and photos to remind myself about the recipe, and the big screen view for when I am actually cooking.

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Version 1.2.4
Pdotnet Member IconComment+7

Great idea, and well executed - but as soon as you try and enter your own recipes is when the bugs start to appear. Adding ingredients and directions goes very smoothly if you do it in order without making any mistakes. But as soon as you want to insert directions or ingredients, reorder them or delete them is where this app suffers. I have too often lost steps entirely when deleting or re-ordering a direction. Sometimes 2 items disappear, sometimes the wrong item gets deleted. The same issues are with the Ingredients but I've found the best way to work around this is to just add ones you forgot to the end instead of messing with the order and risk losing any. You can get away with this with the Ingredients but unfortunately not with the directions because you NEED them to be in the right order.

When you're working on entering a recipe with over 10 ingredients and steps, it's very easy not to notice when one goes missing. For this alone I have to rate this application a 3/5. Another issue I found when creating a grocery list, I typed up the whole thing and clicked Print. The pinwheel spun for about 30 minutes before I force quit the application. When I re-launched, none of the items in my grocery list had been saved and ended up re-typing up the whole list in Text Edit.

The online portion works pretty well, and it's a great way to find new recipes and share some of your favourites, just as long as you manage to enter them in correctly.

To be honest, because this database is largely (if not all) community driven, with the amount of problems I've experienced entering in my own recipes, I can only imagine that other people may have run in to the same thing and maybe didn't notice, and therefore there could be recipes published in the online database with ingredients and steps missing.

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Version 1.2.4
N. Silva Member IconReview+12
N. Silva

I got this program with MacHeist.

While it has a clever recipe import feature, it makes a lot of mistakes when identifying ingredients. "Kosher" is not an ingredient, darnit (it's "Kosher salt"). When a recipe calls for garlic cloves, I don't want to see "cloves" added to my shopping list. No matter how many times I corrected it, it never learned. I got tired of correcting every ingredient and so was never able to use the shopping list feature.

I have around 150 recipes in Yojimbo, but the process of importing them and correcting the ingredients took so long that I gave up.

The program also caused me to lose data in another program, TextMate, because of its Services shortcut key (Shift-Cmd-R). I accidentally pressed that key combination while TextMate had a file dialog open. SousChef appeared unexpectedly and TextMate locked up.

If I was starting a new recipe library from scratch, I would probably give SousChef another try. I liked the large-print display that I could easily read when my computer was sitting on the other side of the kitchen. The recipe search function was intriguing. It was fun to see what recipes other people have in their libraries (of course you can turn off sharing if you want to). I could not get the speech recognition to work, but I think that is a problem with my Mac, not with SousChef. It's a great idea if it works as advertised.

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Version 1.1
TarArndir (Developer)

SousChef implements service as per Apple's documentation. As far as I know there is no way that launching a service can crash another app. I think this is probably an unrelated issue with TextMate.

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Downloads 13,683
Version Downloads 1,109
License Demo
Date 20 Jan 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.99
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