PROS / Cook'n Recipe Organizer has an easy-to-use menu planner that can help you schedule meals weeks in advance.
CONS / This program does not offer a free trial period.
VERDICT / Cook'n Recipe Organizer is an excellent cooking companion with an unusually helpful feature set.
Cook'n Recipe Organizer is excellent cookbook and recipe software. Because it offers some of the best features we have seen in a recipe program, such as quick search options, the ability to import cookbooks and compatibility with recipes from almost any source, it earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
Recipe management is the core of any cookbook and recipe software, and Cook'n Recipe Organizer does an excellent job. This recipe program comes with over 550 recipes to get you started. However, you can also download and import different cookbooks. DVO, the program’s manufacturer, gives you one of these cookbooks when you register your software, and you can purchase others as well. If you have your own cookbooks, you can create files to hold your personal recipes as well.
Many of the recipes that come with this cookbook and recipe software include attractive and clear images of the prepared menu item. This feature also gives excellent presentation ideas. With this recipe manager, you can also enter in items that you currently have on hand and this application will provide a list of recipes that you can make without having to take a trip to the grocery store.
If you have a dinner party coming up and you just cannot seem to think of the perfect recipe to try out, Cook'n Recipe can help you there too. This recipe organizer offers a browser feature that allows you to look through pages of photos of completed recipes. This will not only give you ideas for meals but ways to present them as well. Additionally, this software has new recipes on its website that you can download each week.
With this recipe program, you can download and capture recipes from almost any source. Once you find a recipe that you think your family will enjoy, just click the Capture button and the recipe will be added into your recipe library. This gives you flexibility when searching for the perfect recipes for you and your family.
Cook'n has the ability to adjust the serving sizes to the number of mouths you’re feeding. When you change the serving size of a recipe, the ingredients will automatically adjust. This tool is very helpful if you cook for a small group of people on a daily basis but also enjoy cooking for larger crowds.
With Cook'n Recipe Organizer, you also have the option to share your recipes with others in several different ways. First, you can email your recipes to friends and family members. If you want to share hard copies, you can print 3 x 5 recipe cards, 4 x 6 recipe cards or even full-page recipes.
You can make the best use of this program with its link to Pinterest, a free website that lets you upload, manage and share images of all kinds. Cook’n Recipe Organize allows you to capture and sync recipes to Pinterest, copy recipes from Word, then scan and import hard copies of recipes. Working in sync with a social website of this type is a convenient way to streamline the process of sharing recipes with friends.
If you’re like most people, nutrition is an important aspect of your menu planning. This program has 10,000 food labels with nutritional information, and you will be able to access that information for many of the meals you prepare. You can also use this feature if you have someone in your family with special dietary needs. You can search through recipes and use the ones with – or without – certain ingredients.
Additionally, the menu planner is easy to use, and you can access recipes by book, chapter and category. All you have to do to create a menu plan is drag and drop the recipe onto the appropriate day. Once you have completed your menu, you can name it and save it for future use. This allows you to create full menu plans for each day as well as planning meals for parties and family gatherings.
When it is time to do your grocery shopping, the meal planner will compile a grocery list and group the foods according to where you will find them in the grocery store. However, it will take you a bit of time in the beginning to set up your favorite store with this recipe program. Having a grocery list organized by aisle will save you time and energy from wandering down each aisle in the grocery store. It will also help you save money since you can skip those aisles that encourage impulse buying.
Help & Support
DVO has great customer support options if you run into any issues with the program. You can also check out the website's FAQs page. In addition to getting answers to commonly asked questions, there are online tutorials to walk you through each process step by step. There is a toll-free number you can call if you need immediate answers to your questions. Finally, Cook'n Recipe Organizer is available on all Windows configurations including XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10. Unfortunately, this program does not offer a trial period before you make a purchase.
This program offers a host of features that make it an excellent kitchen companion, from weekend cook to the seasoned gourmet chef. The ability to import recipes from almost any source and add them to your personal cookbook is a welcome feature that makes building a large recipe collection easy. As one of the best recipe software packages out there, Cook'n Recipe Organizer is an excellent choice for those who want to keep all of their recipe tools in one place.