Pros / Now You're Cooking has tools that allow you to plan meals weeks ahead of time.
Cons / The program's user interface is clunky and looks outdated.
Verdict / Now You're Cooking is a decent program that has several useful features, including shopping list functions and cost analysis tools, and it makes it easy to access thousands of recipes. However, the interface looks quite outdated.
We found that Now You're Cooking’s greatest strengths are that it helps you organize your recipes and plan healthy meals far in advance. It's also easy to add recipes to the software, and you can include as much detail as you like. This cookbook software has fields where you can input information such as ingredients, directions, images, and time and yield. The program also comes with a nutrition database, so you can see the nutritional value of each recipe, based on USDA regulations, which is quite helpful.
This online cookbook gives you instant access to thousands of healthy recipes from its website. The recipes are divided into cookbooks, and you can pick and choose the ones you want. You can download recipes to the software from the website, which is fast, easy and convenient, as well as create shopping lists. In addition, Now You’re Cooking has a cost-analysis feature that estimates your grocery bill, which can help you budget.
However, the program is unattractive and looks like it’s stuck in the early 2000s. This doesn't affect its functionality, but it is rather distracting. Another more practical drawback is the fact that the software doesn’t have a compatible smartphone app like MasterCook 15 or Shop'NCook Menu 3.4.3. An app 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 organizer, you can create meal plans by simply adding recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You can also adjust recipes for the number of servings you need. Unfortunately, this recipe program doesn’t have verbal cooking instructions, which would allow you to use it hands-free. Fiddling with the program while your hands are covered in whatever ingredients you've been using isn't ideal.
As a bonus, this cookbook software allows you to upload recipes in 14 different language. This makes it a great choice if you are multilingual.
The Now You're Cooking website has a number of resources. In addition to downloadable recipes, you can find links to support groups for special diets, including those for people with diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as groups to help you start a diet to lose weight. This is really useful if you have a picky eater in your household as well. 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.
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Now You're Cooking is great cookbook software for importing and organizing recipes as well as for creating shopping lists from recipes. However, it doesn’t have a smartphone application or verbal cooking instructions like the best recipe software, and its interface is quite dated. All in all, Now You're Cooking is a decent program that can help you stay organized in the kitchen.