A Cook's Books
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Recipe management software.   Demo ($39.95)
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A Cook's Books is an elegant and powerful recipe manager and nutritional reference tool. The elegant interface makes adding recipes, editing existing recipes, and scaling recipes by amount or by serving simple and intuitive. Features include complete nutritional breakdown of individual recipes, importing recipes from MasterCooks, Meal Master, Cookware Deluxe and other recipe program formats, recipe printing, weekly planning, shopping list generation, and a reference section that includes the USDA SR16 Nutrition database.
What's New
Version 1.2.8: Updated the MacGourmet import process to improve its accuracy.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later



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Iamdorian reviewed on 07 Jul 2008
Although this may not be the fastest program out there, the Pantry feature makes this a professional application. That said, this feature could be expanded and made more friendly for those interested in preparedness. In these days of uncertainty and rapidly escalating food prices, food purchased in bulk, and stored, not only saves a LOT of money, but is there when you need it. Something to consider for those who do not think that the thin veneer of our modern civilization incorruptible.

The nutrition information in this program is also well implemented. There are may reasons to support this developer. Speed and interface beauty are desirable Mac features, but it is a little less important than expanded functionality. I'll give this 5 stars (it deserves 4-4.5) to offset these dumb low ratings.

Developer, keep up the good work.
[Version 1.2.6]


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Walt Basil reviewed on 11 Nov 2007
First off, I've used this program for many years, since it was offered as a low beta number, and have a lifetime license. The author is very helpful and responsive with email communication. You couldn't ask for more there. It is very stable. I never experience any crashes. It has many features included with it that others require you to purchase separately. Think Nutritional Information, planning menus for weeks out at a time. Creating shopping lists based on your upcoming menus. Features I don't use, but will weigh in on other peoples' decision.

At the time of purchase, it was very promising, and still is, as long as you don't mind the interface. Many people do like it, and claim it sheds the "cutsey" goodness that is Aqua and eyecandy and all that. That's where it loses me now. The main window seems like nothing but a regular program's preference pane turned on its side. Check it out. Go to Mail, open preferences, click on Accounts. There's your A Cooks Book interface minus the toolbar along the top and the list along the left side. And of course it's right side up instead of on the side. I always put up with it because I was a lifetime licensee, and it is a solid program.

Since Leopard, the annoying tabbing issue caused me to look at other options out there. I just finished up trying out many listed here and MacGourmet has stole my heart. I used it for about 5 minutes and I immediately fell in love with it. It is very Mac like, in that it is visually just like using Mail, iTunes, iCal iLife and iWork (all programs which I enjoy using).

Is adding a toolbar eyecandy? I don't know. But it sure would be useful in A Cook's Book to enter a new recipe instead of having to choose it from the menu or keyboard shortcut. When I compose a new message in Mail, I don't use the keyboard shortcut to initiate it.

So, farewell A Cook's Book for now. You have served me well in the past, and I will continue to look in on you time to time. But I have found something I like better right now, and you know what I am looking for should you ever want to bring in other users like me.
[Version 1.2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Apr 2005
I've been using this programme for about a year now and loved it until this version.

Quite frankly, it's bloated & tediously slow. A real shame.
[Version 0.9.8]

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Anonymous commented on 26 Jun 2005
I've fixed the sluggishness of A Cook's Books. Two area's in particular are launch time and scroll speed when browsing recipes.
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Donkeyotay replied on 10 Oct 2006
I continued to use the programme after I posted the negative comment. However, the improvements are good & I now highly recommend it.
Best wishes
Don
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Ron West reviewed on 11 Apr 2005
I've bought Yum, and all the other recipe applications for OSX. As a professional chef, I find this application to be far superior to the rest! The development of this application cannot be surpassed. The support by the developer is not surpassed either! Get it. Pay for it. Support the developer! It's great!

Ron
[Version 0.9.7]

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Anonymous commented on 14 May 2005
yep. no yum importing. the app says it'll do this, but it will not.
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Anonymous commented on 26 Jun 2005
Just to be sure I just imported a file with 3 Yum! recipes. New users mistakenly try to import a recipe programs native format. A Cook's Books imports recipes that have been exported in text format. In this case, the user would export one or more recipes from Yum in text format, then import that file into A Cook's Books.

Tony
3 Cats And A Mac
http://www.3caam.com
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Scott_R replied on 19 Feb 2006
You bought a copy of a free program?
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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Mar 2005
can't import from Yum anymore? not good.
[Version 0.9.6a]

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Anonymous commented on 26 Jun 2005
See comment number 2 in Ron West's review from April. The test was done on version 0.9.10 and the import worked fine. If a user has a specific problem, please contact me a the email address below.

Tony
3 Cats And A Mac
http://www.3caam.com
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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Mar 2005
We tried all the recipe programs out there and my wife likes this one best.

Suggest author change the screenshot to main program screen though.
[Version 0.9.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Feb 2005
www.thelittleappfactory.com offers yet another alternative.
[Version 0.9.4]


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Josart commented on 24 Oct 2004
On comparison of various features still find Yum! superior
[Version 9.1]


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Terre Spencer reviewed on 12 Jul 2004
Even greater! Shopping list works perfectly on v0.8.8 on my system.

Immediate response from the developer. (Quite a pleasant surprise for this long-time Quark user…)

Keep up the great work, Tony!
[Version 8.8]


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Terre Spencer commented on 09 Jul 2004
Great program! I like the menu planning feature, although it crashes when I try to make a shopping list.

The instant links from the menu bar to various online recipe sites are a very nice feature.

Two suggestions:
First—Each recipe pane needs a field to enter the oven preheat temp in the uppermost part of the pane, not just entered as text into the instructions.

Secondly—it would be WONDERFUL if the ingredients would create real typographical fractions (i.e., ½—not the big honking 1/2) by entering the decimal amount, (in this case .5).
[Version 8.7]


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Version Downloads:2,109
Type:Home Personal : Cooking
License:Demo
Date:03 Apr 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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A Cook's Books is an elegant and powerful recipe manager and nutritional reference tool. The elegant interface makes adding recipes, editing existing recipes, and scaling recipes by amount or by serving simple and intuitive. Features include complete nutritional breakdown of individual recipes, importing recipes from MasterCooks, Meal Master, Cookware Deluxe and other recipe program formats, recipe printing, weekly planning, shopping list generation, and a reference section that includes the USDA SR16 Nutrition database.


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