MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 is the easy way to expand your meal time experience. It's tough to come up with new ideas for dinner, but with this list of recipes you're never short on ideas. Most of these dishes can be prepared in less than 20 minutes! Working in the kitchen just got a whole lot easier. Real culinary experts give advice in step-by-step instructional videos
Whether you're a cooking pro or a novice, MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 will make the time you spend in kitchen more enjoyable and efficient, and the results will definitely be more delicious. At the heart of MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 is over 8,000 recipes, including appetizers, entrees, desserts, grill recipes, and even kid-friendly foods. The program will help you find the perfect recipe for the occasion, plan and shop for ingredients, and learn new techniques in the process.
Find recipes and filter by dietary needs, cuisine type, ratings, and more.
Finding recipes is simple as you can search based on ingredients, food types, cook time, and more. And if you're short on time, there are over 400 recipes that can be prepared in under 20 minutes. You can browse through categories to get ideas for future dishes. If you have dietary restrictions, recipes can be filtered for low carbohydrate, low sodium, low fat, gluten free, Kosher, and lactose free dishes, and searches can even be customized based on your needs. The recipe scaling feature will instantly adjust recipes depending on the occasion, whether you are cooking for five or 50. Once you are ready to head to the grocery store, you can print out shopping lists for single recipes or for entire menus to take with you. And if you have a PDA, it's easy to download lists to your handheld.
Print out shopping lists or download to your handheld.
MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 allows you to import recipes from the Web to add to the database. You can use the program to manage your entire recipe collection by entering your own favorite recipes from family, friends, magazines, or other cookbooks, to have everything in one central database. Once recipes are in the program, you can add notes and photos, marking favorites or including pictures of your attempts for future reference.
MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 has your health in mind too, with several tools to ensure you're eating healthy. Nutritional analysis tools track fats, carbs, calories, cholesterol, and more. The program will show you healthier alternatives to popular ingredients, so you can see how substitutions will alter nutritional values.
Included are several helpful instructional titles to help you learn to cook like a pro. With step-by-step instructional video from culinary experts, you can eliminate guesswork by watching complicated processes before you try them. On Cooking teaches you cooking and prep techniques. Food for Fifty will help you plan for the daunting task of entertaining large groups. And On Baking offers over 400 recipes that come with instructions and tips for mastering complicated baking techniques.
Watch step-by-step instructional videos to master complicated techniques.
Meal-planning software with 8,000+ recipes and 100s of international recipes
Professional tips, cooking for a crowd, and essential cooking techniques
Enjoy 400 savory baking recipes with step-by-step instructions
Print shopping lists for single recipes or entire menus, or download to PDA
MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 I bought this as a gift and was rewarded with a great deal of enthusiasm and appreciation! The recipient was so pleased and excited to receive this and has reported that it exceeds his expectations. ...more info
Doesn't perform as promised I've been struggling with Mastercook for months and I've given up. I've had problems with most of its features, but I'm most aggravated with the Shopping List and Web Import functions. Both have worked sporadically, and for no apparent reason at any given time, will stop working at all.
The shopping list function does not combine ingredients like it says it will. it says in the tutorial it will combine things like "green peppers" and "green bell peppers" but it doesn't. so i have to go in
and change everything like that..."black pepper" to "pepper", "garlic" to
"garlic cloves", etc. i even had an instance where i had "onions" twice on the list, but they didn't combine. other things did, though. again, no rhyme or reason to why it works some of the time.
I've had problems with the web import bar as well, sometimes performing the way its supposed to and other times it wouldn't. Now it's not importing at all. I get all the way to clicking on "save to mastercook" and it just stops, without actually giving me the option to choose a cookbook and completing the import.
I've sent several e-mails to Valu Soft and they've always responded with suggestions (which I've taken), but nothing has worked. I'm sending them another e-mail today to tell them I can't spend any more time trying to fix the problems (how many times should i have to uninstall/reinstall?) and will ask for a refund....more info
More difficult navigation than MC2 This was to be an upgrade from Master Cook II, because I got a new computer with Vista. The basic program contains more recipes, but the navigation is not at all intuitive. I'm having trouble transferring MC2 files to the personal recipes cookbook as well. I guess this is to be expected with the upgrade??? to Vista....more info
Does what I want I've had several versions of MasterCook. It may not be the fanciest software around, but it has always done the job for me. Things I like:
1) It's easy to "size" ingredients by increasing or decreasing the servings.
2) Creating cookbooks is simple. In addition to my own food recipes, I also have a cookbook for ceramic glazes, and another set up for cleaning & gardening recipes.
3) It's simple to share cookbooks with friends who also have the software.
4) It's reasonably priced, and dependable.
Awsome! I am a personal Chef and this product has made costing and menu planning a breeze. Thank you!...more info
Cooking 101 Love this product. this was an upgrade from the previous version. Great for saving those recipes you tear out of magazines or favorites from cookbooks. You can establish your own cookbook within this program and alphabetizes everything for easy recovery....more info
MasterCook 9 MasterCook 9 was purchased to replace Mastercook 6 (Betty Crocker Edition) which refused to install using Windows Vista. I found that the newer version works great with Vista and I was able to import all of my personal recipes, as well as the Betty Crocker ones. This has always been wonderful software, in my opinion, and I look forward to adding even more of my personal recipes to it. It is has a small learning curve and once you have mastered that (about three recipes worth of entries will do it) you have something that will greatly aid you in keeping your paper recipes to a minimum....more info
Doesn't support Vista I love Mastercook and have had 2 earlier versions, but when we had problems installing the new version on a new computer and transporting on files over, we were told they don't support Vista. We eventually got the files converted but would have appreciated support doing it. ...more info
Mastercook is Half-Baked It seems like a great idea, and with abundant recipes it contains a wealth of culinary genius, like an Incan temple buried under layers of hastle.
Mastercook nine is a sloppy interface without the rudimentary connectivity that modern users expect from the iPhone or the Xbox live. The idea of a truely comprehensive and convenient recipe database is brilliant, and Mastercook is hands above the best product so far. But it needs a sharp jolt, and a wake-up call to get with the times.
This product could reign supreme, but could easily be left behind if it continues to lolly-gag for another 9 editions....more info
Master cook deluxe My goal purchasing the Mastercook Deluxe was to transfer my existing recipes to the program. I find I don't use the cookbooks given, but I mostly put in the recipes that I have. The down side is I have to manually enter the recipes rather than just transfer files. The positive side is that now my recipes are entered and I can include pictures and descriptions. There is an auto complete button that makes entering items easier. I would recommend anyone trying to organize recipes to use a computer program. ...more info
Great Product! This was an excellent product, and a very reasonable price. It had everything I was looking for (i.e. ability to enter my own recipes, as well as it automatically calculated nutritional values for my recipes I entered; I was able to download pictures for each recipe; spell check; categorizing, etc)....more info
Mastercook works just as well as the 4.0 version but found some of the directions incomplete and confusing (ie. printing out a cookbook). And I'm unable to find out how to print more than one recipe on one page. ...more info
Hard to navigate Needs more pictures, hard to enter your own recipes, frustating to use. Does not work well with Vista. Excellent variety and number of recipes. ...more info
MasterCook Deluxe I am very pleased with the 9th edition of MasterCook. It is nice to know it is being updated from time to time after Sierra stopped publishing it. I am also glad it can be installed using Vista. I have had MasterCook for years and have added my own cookbook of nearly 650 recipes through time. It is very easy to use. I highly recommend it. ...more info
Outstanding Recipe Software - Best Value - Easy to Learn I have been collecting recipes online since the early to mid 80's, and have purchased every single recipe management program I could find.
Some have complex features that I find difficult to use, and don't really need.
Some are only databases which you use to simply store and retrieve your recipes.
I always return to MasterCook. In my opinion it is the very best software for those of us who are home cooks.
It is very easy to use, and comes complete with thousands of recipes already entered in the program. In addition, you can enter your own recipes by typing them in.
There are hundreds of thousands of recipes available on the internet which you can import. It is able to import recipes which are formatted for other recipe management programs as well as those already formatted for MasterCook.
It is unique in that it is able to import recipes directly from any web page using a special web tool. You will not have to type them into the program, For example, if you find a coconut cake recipe on the Betty Crocker site, just import it into your program and it is yours, picture and all!
You can enter the number of servings you wish to prepare and the recipe is scaled to the correct amount of each ingredient. You can scale it down to a single serving or up to very many.
The feature I use most is nutrition calculation. Every recipe displays the amount of calories, Protein, fat, carbs, vitamins, and minerals in each serving. It also displays the %of daily nutrition provided, according to the daily calorie limit you set, (for example, you can chose 2000 calories per day, or 1800 cal etc)
Great for people on special diets such as low sodium, diabetic, low carb, or low calorie.
You can add pictures to each recipe if you choose.
Another great feature is the ability to publish your own cookbook, and print recipe cards. You can also print any recipe on a single sheet of paper or several recipes over many sheets.
I always print my recipe and take it to the kitchen with me.
There are dozens of different formats and designs which you can select to print your recipes. They really look great!
You can e-mail a recipe or group of recipes directly from within the program.
You can create a shopping list using your chosen recipes. It is arranged in order of the departments of your favorite store. (I do not use this feature, most recipe programs have it, and this is as good as the others but still too much trouble to use.)
There is a menu planner, and you can save menus for future reference.
It has a simple backup function so you will never loose your valuable recipe collection.
Using a "cookbook" format you can arrange your recipes into any collection. You can have as many "Cookbooks" as you wish. (I have several hundred - Some of my cookbooks: Chinese, Rachael Ray's Recipes, Bread Machine Recipes, Barbecue, Asparagus, Pork, My Family Recipes)
Each cookbook can hold 12,000 recipes.
It has a search function that can search a single "cookbook" file or every cookbook in your collection. You can search for recipes by title, or ingredient, or category, or source, or just about anything. It will immediately scan all your recipes and display a list of the recipes you chose.
You can save the source and author of your recipes Such as Rachael Ray March 2007, My Mother, Aunt Grace, Lady's Home Journal etc)
You can indicate categories for each recipe, and by selecting the category in a cookbook, only display those in that category. Favorite recipes from any group can be added to a list so you can access them frequently without scanning the entire cookbook collection.
It is a tremendous value and provides the most in features and ease of use.
If you are looking to organize your recipes or begin a collection I highly recommend MasterCook. You will love it!
I recommend that you buy version 9. Most earlier versions do not have the web tool, and you will find that most useful.
I love this Enter your recipes, ingredients, select your meals, print grocery lists and you have your meals organized. ...more info
Organize your cooking I've used various versions of this product for years, and it's great for storing and using your favorite recipes, creating shopping lists, etc. And now I've joined a Yahoo group of MC users who are extremely helpful in answering any questions you may have....more info
What a great Program! I love this program! I have always heard of Mastercook, but never thought I would use it. I do alot of internet searching for recipies, and now I don't have to print them out. I can simply save them to Mastercook. I really like how I can plan my meals and get a shopping list. An added bonus, I didn't know about, is that I can easily transfer the recipies & shopping list to my Palm PDA! I am very impressed with this program....more info
Master Cook Deluxe 9 Frankly I was quite disappointed in this product. I had to ask on line to even find out where to download the Tutorials! I'm very disappointed that I cannot easily scan written recipes into the program. I'm not a computer novice and I did not find it user friendly. The cookbooks included are great as is the nutritional anaysis....more info
Better Than Expected I bought this software a couple of weeks ago with two main goals in mind: I wanted to keep all of my recipes in one place and I wanted an easy way to see the nutritional analysis of my own cooking.
Both of those goals were met by this product. But there is so much more to praise. I've been a software developer for over 20 years, and I am impressed with this product. Far from being like a shareware product that might ask a $2 donation as one reviewer wrote, MasterCook is a feature-packed, sophisticated program that does just about everything. I have now used it to import thousands of recipes, input my own, including photos, do various kinds of searches, add ingredients to the ingredient list with their nutritional info, edit recipes on the fly with the resulting nutritional analysis recalculation (very cool), and create new cookbooks and organize recipes the way I want. I've used the IE web tool to capture recipes online (ultra-cool), and have used the backup utility. Everything has worked without a hitch.
Here's a tip: My existing recipes were in a Word document. I decided to try saving it as an HTML document so I could use the web capture tool to import my own stuff into MasterCook. That worked just fine except that it wouldn't copy in the photos. I suspect that has something to do with the way Word does the conversion to HTML. If your recipes are already in HTML format, you should be able to use this tool to import, thereby avoiding a whole lot of manual entry.
Okay, now for the negative aspects. There are a few that I've found so far.
1. I have not found a way to import more than one file at a time. This is annoying. I have imported a lot of old meal master recipes in multiple text files. I had to import each file separately until I found another workaround. I used the DOS Copy command to copy multiple files into one file. Then I imported that one file into MasterCook. That worked most of the time.
2. The Toolbar with the Forward and Back arrows is at the bottom of the screen and I was not able to find a way to move it up top. I expect the back arrow to be at the top left of the screen as in a browser, so this is confusing.
3. Each cookbook has a limit of 12,000 recipes. I believe that if you try to import a file that puts it over that limit, the program closes itself without warning. At least, this is what happened to me a few times when I was trying to import large numbers of recipes to a cookbook that was full. Seems like it would be easy enough to check that as the import was working to prevent a crash.
4. The import process doesn't seem to allow you to manage duplicate recipes. Instead, it just gives them a unique title and imports them. I would have liked the option of skipping duplicates or somehow intervening to make a decision about them.
All in all, this product does everything I need and much more. I think I will be very happy with it for a long time. I would pay twice as much as the asking price for this one....more info
MasterCook Deluxe This is a good program for the professional and the non pro. It offers many fun and interesting recipies as well as tips...more info
Great Tool Aside from the vast library of recipes, shopping and nutrition tools that this product offers, this software is great for people who have family recipes, who like to invent their own dishes or re-invent them. You can produce a cookbook with all of those beloved recipes and it can include the nutritional value as well (Watch out, you will find out just how loaded with fat and calories mom's home cooking really was). I also like that you can recalculate the portion size of the recipes and it will recalculate your shopping list.
The only reason that I give it a 4 and not a 5 is because it's not a beautifully designed interface. You are getting a lot of utility and flexibility here in exchange though.
If you are kind of a techie, you should consider this software a 5. It's very flexible in terms of it's architecture and database set up. ...more info
Master Cook Best of All! For many years MasterCook has been the e cook book in our home! I have updated each time a new version comes out. The first experience I had with e cook books was a good one but the program I used was very time consuming and didn't have the features of MasterCook!
If you want a cooking program this one is highly recommended! It is far more than a data base for recipes. This program allows one to copy recipes from the Internet easily, and to input them to the program with ease, complete with picture of the finished dish! There are so many great features in this program it would take a lot of time to list them all. Try it! You'll love it!...more info
Excellent Recipe Storage and Meal Planning Instrument Highly recommend it. Recipes are easily recorded. The Search feature is fast and efficient...more info
Master Cook 9 on Vista I have used Master Cook software for years and I love it. However, I recently purchased a new computer with Vista operating system. I have spent a great deal of time trying to get Master Cook 9 to work as designed with Vista. Although there are problems, the basic function of Master Cook is still good. The help function does not work without a patch and I have not been able to get the web import function to work. If you have an earlier version of Master Cook and have or plan to get Vista, don't bother. That said, I don't think I could cook or plan meals without Master Cook. My favorite recipes are in Master Cook and I am constantly finding new recipes online to import. Master Cook makes cooking more fun. Alas, if it was only more compatable with Vista. ...more info
Is this the best anyone can do???? I find that this program looks like something from the early 90's. It is not user friendly. I bought it in order to type in my own recipes to see how they count as diabetic exchanges. It doesn't even have fat free cool whip listed as an ingredient, nor does it list reduced fat graham cracker crust. I am sure there are many more ingredients that aren't in this cooking program. It is hard to figure the exchanges of a recipe when the ingredients aren't in the program.
It seems like with technology as advanced and with programs like we have today, this program is very cheaply made and could be improved by at least 80%. In my opinion, it should be sold in dollar stores for no more than $5. I bet the company is making a killing on this one. I never write bad reviews, but I am sorry, I just can't think of anything good to say. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I guess if you aren't wanting diabetic exchanges, it would be fine for keeping up with recipes (although it still isn't user friendly or fun to use).
Master Cook I had one of the original versions of Master Cook (3 1/2 floppy and no spell check). I found out that there were later versions and obtained the latest copy. I was able to upload the recipes to the newer version. A lengthy spell check process was started.
As I have time I have entered my recipes into Master Cook. There were several folders and boxes of recipes I had collected. Usually by the time I found the recipe I was looking for, the event had passed. With Master Cook, can do a quick search online and find the recipe.
Worth The Price I found this updated version of the old "cooking light" program worth the price. It quickly analyzed any new recipe that was entered, however it took some time to figure out how to put a new recipe in. Would have been a great help to come with a pamphlet with quick start instructions. Once figured out, it is a great tool...more info
Difficult to Use I consider myself pretty techie but this software is hard to use. I see a recipe I'd like to add to my menu plan and I have to go out of the cookbook and back into the menu plan and add it. I'm not expecting drag and drop (although how cool would that be?) but tedious to build a plan. Then menu plan vs. meal plan and confusing term swaps. It also wants to add ingredients in it's own way--making me tab through to add things the way I want (cheese in ounces vs. slices). Maybe I didn't study it enough but I've just been very challenged in using it so far. I'm sticking with my pencil and paper and xerox copies of recipes I like!...more info
Great tool Fantastic product did all it claimed. I really like the fact that I can track the nutritional value of all the recipes as well as scale out the recipe. The only downfall of this product is the learning curve to using it. Most of it is intuitive, but several important features (like your personal Cookbook) was not clear to me and rather complicated.. I eventually "got it" by playing around, and reading online helps....more info
Great program.... I love this program. have some issues since putting it on my new VISTA OS, but those issues are Microsoft Vista related, not MasterCook. Easy to use and versatile....more info
Of little use This was difficult to install and wanted to install old versions of Adobe Reader and Quicktime Player.
Most of the receipts did mot have photos of the dish. I would not use this product if was free.
MasterCook Rip Off 9.0 MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 could barely pass for a shareware program that asks for a $2 donation to some PO Box in Las Vegas. This is an example of software rip off. It is like those late night get rich quick cons where they send you books of 100 pages with 5 words on each page. Full of features that do not work, non cohesive. Recipes they have compiled from free sources. No insight. I am just plain mad and disappointed. I hate being taken. Of all the items I have purchased from Amazon, I have never be before felt ripped off. Amazon should not carry bs programs like this. I WANT MY MONEY BACK AND NOT BY RIPPING OFF THE NEXT SUCCER BY RESELLING MY COPY TO SOME SAP.
THIS EXPERIENCE MAKES ME THINK TWICE ABOUT USING AMAZON ANYMORE....more info
Dissapointment I bought this because it offered a great deal of features. I installed it and only get an error that an image failed to load, this error comes back about 15 times before I get a full sized brown screen.
Went to get my money back, but getting assistance with that is like trying to prove that the yeti exists... futile.
Go with a different product as this one has no support, doesn't work, offers no trial, and is a waste. There are other applications which allow for a trial (you can know if it is crap before shelling out $$ for it) and still provide service....more info
WARNING....... DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT if you run Vista I bought this product and loaded it on a brand new state of the arts laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium and It CRASHED. When I then tried to open the Help File in Master Cook Deluxe 9 the message said "sorry there is no help file available under Vista" then It promptly crashed again. I sent a e-mail to Valuesoft tech support hoping they had a patch I could download and their reply was "Sorry can't help you....no support available if you are running Vista....Vista is not a supported operating system for this program" ...more info
MasterCook Deluxe 9 If I could be 1/4 of the cook my daughter-in-law is I would be awsome! She uses this to it's full ability. Making menu's out in advance, using the software to generate a shopping list, typing her own recipe's in and printing recipes from the software for her counter as she cooks, as well as meal planning for a whole week.
I personally have used two older versions of this software and this version brings all the recipe's from many other software versions. I love it, she does too and I would highly recommend it to a beginner or a gourmet! I can't praise it enough. It was a great purchase and a wonderful price. ...more info
Great program, simple to use I have been using MasterCook for years (back from when Sierra still owned the title).
It is easy to use with a simple user interface. Recipes are easy to enter, organize, and find.
One of the best features is the integration with Internet Explorer. This features lets you highlight a recipie on a web page and have it imported into MasterCook. I find a lot of recipes on [...]. When I there is one I like it is easy to added it to MasterCook.
Another nice feature is the ability to email a recipe directly from MasterCook. I have people asking for a recipe all the time, this makes it easy to share.
So if you are looking for a program to organize your recipes or one to save recipes you find on the internet MasterCook is a great choice.
(PS Don't forget to backup your recipes on to another storage device! MasterCook makes that simple too.)
GLAD I BOUGHT IT I have used a computer cookbook to compile shopping lists and plan menus for the past 10 years. My old DOS based program worked great, but it had limitations! I tried another cookbook (Cook'N') and just found it cumbersome and difficult to use. This one is much better. It is easy to add ingredients, and to organize shopping lists the same way the store is organized. It is easy to plan menus and add them to the shopping list. The screen for entering recipes is user friendly. ...more info
Best Recipe Software Ever! I absolutely love this software. It is very easy to use and gives complete information about each recipe. It has so many features. One of my favorites is the recipe import assistant. It makes getting recipes from emails and web pages so easy -- no typing required!! Plus you can take pictures and add them to each recipe as well as pictures of the step by step preparations. I highly recommend this product. I have used a previous version for years and this new version is even better.
It is not designed for Windows Vista but I am using it on my HP laptop with Windows Vista....more info
MasterCook delux This is the first software cookbook I have purchased since the Micro cookbooks of the '90's. Not dissapointed but also not overly impressed. Much easier to use with lots of short cuts. Not impressed with the imbedded cookbook and their recipes but I did not buy it for that. I bought it to record and store my collected recipes and it seems fine for doing that. ...more info
Don't get download version! I got the download version 3 months ago, and have only just found out through an online discussion forum that all the problems I'm having using it are due to inherent defects in the download version. Apparently those who buy the CD will not experience these same issues (I don't know for certain though). Basically, the downloadable version functions more like a demo version; some features like export and import are limited or don't work at all (you can get recipes in one at a time, but can't select multiple recipes like the instructions tell you you can). A friend of mine and I have both had the same problems (we both bought it at the same time to swap recipes). Tech support is completely useless for these problems and customer service just keeps telling me to re-download it rather than deal with the problem of defective software (I would like them to just send the CD version that works).
I'm really disappointed, as it seems this could be nice software IF IT WORKED RIGHT.
So, if you're going to purchase this and are deciding between the download and CD version, get the CD. You'll have to wait a few extra days for delivery, but will avoid all the aggravation of the download version's bugs. They shouldn't even offer the download version, because it doesn't work right at all.
It's also worth noting that this software is not really very user-friendly for the beginner. Once you play with it a while, it has some nice features (buggy ones notwithstanding), such as being able to embed recipes (i.e., want to write a pie recipe? You can insert an ingredient as "Pie crust" and link to your pie crust recipe without typing it all out twice) but there is a steep learning curve. If you're adventurous and willing to randomly click ambiguous icons, you'll figure it out, but if you're someone who needs blatant, step-by-step instructions with really obvious menu options in software, you might struggle with this one.
However, even if you get nothing else out of it, the included recipes are worth the price of the software; you'd spend far more than that buying recipe books to get that many recipes. So at least I don't feel like I completely threw my money away getting defective software if I can't get it replaced with a functional version....more info
your product would not load on any computer it does not work it will not load the cd is corrupt...more info
Helpful Software for Special Diets! This is a very good piece of software to help people with special dietary needs keep track of the ingredients in their food. Not only does it track the ingredients, but it also prints a grocery list for each dish. I am still learning all the things this program will do. ...more info
Good.... BUT This is a wonderful program in general. However, it does not work perfectly with VISTA. I cannot figure out how to change the format of the cookbook the way I did on a previous version of both Mastercook and Microsoft. I cannot use their help menu. Other than that there are some things that are better than the very early version I had.
Couldn't ask for more! I absolutely love this software program! I have many old family recipes that I can enter into the "My Cookbook" option to update and make them healthy without changing the desired flavor or texture. You can also import recipes from your favorite internet sites....more info
Love it! I LOVE this product. I should use it more for meal planning, but it's great no matter how you use it....more info
Disappointed I am a MasterCook user for about the last 5 or 6 years. Was excited to see the new version had compatibility with my palm pilot. Was sooo disappointed when I got an error message the first time I tried to use that feature. I can't see any improvements over the version I was using previously, which was about four years old. So disappointed....more info
Love the shopping list feature I mainly purchased this to input my own recipes and create shopping lists. Now I have cut my shopping time in HALF. Yes, what used to take an hour, now only takes 30 minutes. I shop every 2 weeks for my staples, and shop every 1 or 2 days to pick up what I need for dinner. So I got very organized with MasterCook. I have one big list for my staples, one big list for the every day stuff like milk, bread, snacks. Then I make little lists for my dinner recipes. Before I go shopping I just merge the lists together for one master print out. Also, (and this is kind of geeky) I was able to edit the ingredients database and change the store location to match the grocery store layout where I shop. Now my lists print out in the exact order that the store is laid out, with the aisle numbers printed. Did you ever go shopping and get to aisle 12 and realize you forgot an item on aisle 3? I used to do that several times each trip. I also wasted time searching down wrong aisles for things. Now my list is so organized I never forget things, and that's why I've cut my shopping time in half. Since I have to drag a toddler with me to the store, I'm grateful to be able to zip through the aisles so quickly. In conclusion I would have rated this a 5 on usefulness of the shopping feature, but it was a little complicated to learn the features so I give it 4. Aside: I am familiar with working with databases so I just played around with the features until I got it. (I didn't read the manual, which might have helped.) It might be hard to learn for someone unfamilar with a database-type program. I can't comment on the usefulness of the manual since I never opened it....more info
so far so good I upgraded from Mastercook 4. This version is considerably better. Converting my old files was easy. I really like the ease of copying web recipes. Makes surfing for recipes more fun and you can paste in pictures....more info
Longtime Solid Performer Mastercook continues to be my favorite software for ease of use, organization, and recipe search capabilities. It has been a stable product for years and continues to be improved with each version update....more info