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Cookbook Wizard Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

Those who are not looking for a recipe planner will enjoy this application.

For

  • Cookbook Wizard offers a simple-to-use interface and allows you to create webpages where you can display your recipes.

Against

  • This application does not offer menu planning options.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the opening screen of the program.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the opening screen of the program.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows an example of a printed recipe.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows an example of a printed recipe.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can export your recipes to Microsoft Word to create a hard copy cookbook.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can export your recipes to Microsoft Word to create a hard copy cookbook.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows a recipe from this software.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows a recipe from this software.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the spice rack.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the spice rack.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows you can select recipes by cuisine.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows you can select recipes by cuisine.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can drill into the details of the recipe.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can drill into the details of the recipe.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can search for recipes by different criteria.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can search for recipes by different criteria.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the glossary of this recipe and cookbook software.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the glossary of this recipe and cookbook software.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the help options that are offered with this software.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows the help options that are offered with this software.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can add your own recipes to your cookbook.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can add your own recipes to your cookbook.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can view the nutritional information of recipes.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can view the nutritional information of recipes.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can create a shopping list from recipes.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can create a shopping list from recipes.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can import recipes into the application.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can import recipes into the application.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can flag recipes to add to lists such as favorites.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can flag recipes to add to lists such as favorites.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows this application will search for and delete duplicate recipes.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows this application will search for and delete duplicate recipes.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can search the database for recipes that include ingredients that you already have.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can search the database for recipes that include ingredients that you already have.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can view a recipe as a full webpage.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can view a recipe as a full webpage.
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This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can add your favorite stores to the database.

This image of Cookbook Wizard shows that you can add your favorite stores to the database.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Cookbook Wizard is cookbook and recipe software that will allow you to create shopping lists and webpages of your recipes, and organize them so they’re easy to search and sort. It is simple and straightforward to use. However, it does not offer some of the more advanced features that other recipe programs offer.

Although Cookbook Wizard is user-friendly, many of the processes are manual cutting and pasting, which gives the program a lower score. However, it's fairly straightforward to navigate through Cookbook Wizard's different work areas using the tabs at the top of the screen.

Earning points for search flexibility, Cookbook Wizard allows you to sort and search recipes in a variety of ways, including cuisines and occasions, ingredients on hand, main ingredient and preparation method. You can also rank and search by level of difficulty. However, this program does not have auto-complete or spell check for the typing fields.

One feature we did like in this recipe program is that it will automatically generate HTML coding so you can share your recipes on the web. Additionally, you can create a recipe database that you can back up, allowing you to keep your recipes safe. You can also use this recipe program to create your own cookbook to share with others.

Unfortunately, we found that this recipe program does not offer much in the way of a meal planner. It does allow you to create shopping lists for your trip to the grocery store. However, this is more of a manual process than an automated one.

Cookbook Wizard cookbook and recipe software comes with more than 700 easy recipes, from shrimp and artichoke pizza to Grand Marnier Soufflé, but there are no photographs. The software includes many search categories – but surprisingly no dessert category. Be sure to add one under Manage Categories.

One of the added features that we do like in this recipe program is called Spice Rack. This feature will recommend just the right seasonings for any meal. For example, it recommends tarragon with white fish and tuna. It suggests marjoram as an excellent choice for carrots, corn, tomatoes, squash and chicken. And it recommends oregano for Italian dishes and with vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and zucchini.

Cookbook Wizard is an adequate program for those who want to store recipes in a searchable database. Because it comes with the ability to create your own cookbook and to publish webpages of your recipes, you can share your ingredients and preparation instructions with others. However, we would like to see Cookbook Wizard add a menu planner in the future.