PROS / Now You're Cooking has extensive meal-planning capabilities, allowing you to plan meals weeks ahead of time.
CONS / The program's user interface is clunky and looks as though it hasn't been updated since the early 2000s.
VERDICT / Now You're Cooking is a decent program that offers several useful features, such as shopping list functions, cost analysis tools and easy access to thousands of recipes, though the interface is dated.
Now You're Cooking is cookbook and recipe software that allows you to organize your recipes, and it will give you several new recipes to try out on the family. This application is great for those who are multilingual because it allows you to upload recipes in 14 different languages. It also helps you to plan meals and create shopping lists. However, the program is unattractive and looks like it’s stuck in the early 2000s, which doesn't affect the program's functionality but can be distracting.
It's easy to add recipes into Now You're Cooking with as much detail as you'd like. The cookbook and recipe software provides fields to input items such as ingredients, directions, images, and time and yield. The program comes with a nutrition database where you can see the nutritional values of each recipe, based on USDA regulations, which is a rather helpful feature. The online cookbook grants you instant access to thousands of healthy recipes from its website. The recipes are divided into cookbooks that allow you to pick and choose the ones you want. You can download recipes to your software from the website, which is fast, easy and convenient. Unfortunately, the program lacks a smartphone app, which could help you in several ways, such as by allowing you to share shopping lists or follow directions on your phone rather than a laptop or desktop.
With this recipe organizer, you can create meal plans by simply adding recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The cost analysis feature gives you an estimate for your grocery bill, which is a convenient feature. You can also adjust recipes for the number of servings you need. Unfortunately, this recipe program lacks verbal cooking instructions, which would have allowed you to use the program in the kitchen hands-free.
The Now You're Cooking website provides a number of helpful resources. In addition to downloadable recipes, you can find links to support groups for special diets, including for people with diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as groups to help you start a diet to lose weight. The website also provides tips for getting the most out of the software. Now You're Cooking comes with a manual that includes how-tos, FAQs and tips. If you need further help, you can contact customer support by email or phone.
Now You're Cooking is great cookbook and recipe software for those who plan to import recipes from different languages. It is also a good application for creating shopping lists from recipes. While it does not offer you a smartphone application or verbal cooking instructions like the best recipe software, and its interface is quite dated, Now You're Cooking is a decent program that can help you stay organized in the kitchen.