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Subject: organizing recipes
Date Posted: 8/15/2007 2:34 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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I love cookbooks but don't get around to actually making most of the ones I'd like to try and when I do find one I really like and think I'd make again I have to hunt for it. I was thinking of doing a 'book' with the ones I like(just for me of course not for re-selling!). I think kinko's can bind them with the spiral stuff but I'm wondering what would be easy/fun...buying something like mastercook that i've heard mentioned before or just putting them online and printing them...or just writing them down in a blank recipe book(surely they have these with organizers).  problem is I love to copy them by hand but get tired by the 3rd or 4th and then can't read it!

also a nyone who has  mastercook or similar software - what all does it do that makes it so good? I'm wondering if a program like that would let me copy online recipes and paste them on a 'page' there..currently i have all these loose sheets of paper where I highlight what i want then paste onto a wordpad file then print..very m essy and  unorganized...

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 3:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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I have mastercook - it's easy to organize and gives you lots of choices for printing out.  You could make lots of different books - by type or ethnicity of food for example.  Another nice feature of mastercook is the shopping list that you can print out for each recipe.   I haven't tried copying/pasting an online recipe so I don't know how that would work.  I would think you could certainly copy/paste the body of the recipe - you may have to type in the ingredient list, but mastercook has all the shortcuts for that which make it easy to do.

Another thing I have done is just tape the recipe into a spiral book/scrapbook type of thing - this works for both printed out internet recipes and stuff you may cut out of a magazine or wherever.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 4:43 PM ET
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thanks Elizabeth! I'm thinking i'll order mastercook from amazon..just need $6 more for free shipping(and no, gettin gto $25 isn't the hard part..keeping the order under $100 IS!!)

Date Posted: 8/17/2007 8:09 PM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2007
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I've got a 3" binder stuffed full of recipes that I've cut out from various sources -- magazines, newspapers, copied from cookbooks, etc.

I organize them (chicken, beef, pork, seafood, vegetarian, pasta, desserts), arrange them, and then glue them to both sides of a sheet of paper. Then I slide the sheets into really cheap/flimsy sheet protectors (100 for about $7), which are already made to fit in a three-ring binder. I'm not preparing the recipes for a presentation, but I don't want spilled food to ruin them, either!

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 9:10 PM ET
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When I moved out of my parents house and into my own appartment, my mother made me a cookbook.  It is a small three ring binder (made for recipies) with protected sleaves and recipe cards.  She typed out and printed all of my favorite recipes.  Over the years I have added other faavorites to it.  I have used most of teh protected sleaves already, so now I will type the out on the computer (formated for the odd size) and print them on card stock paper. 

For recipes that I like in cookbooks, I take sticky tabs and put them on the page, so it is somewhat easier to find a certain recipe.

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 2:29 AM ET
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Mastercook 9 is newest version and it's best to order the CD and NOT do the new download version.  (That version is missing a major feature, so I hear:  the ability to quickly grab recipes while surfing the net...and place them right over into Mastercook.  Even the pictures!)  So you DO want to buy the program from a retailer like Amazon or a real store that sells computer related things.

  I've been using Mastercook for 11 years. Pretty much all the people I know online (fellow recipe nuts) use it, too.  Myself and longtime user friends have tried everything else out there and we all feel that MC is the Rolls Royce of recipe management software.  Never expensive, either - $20 for hottest version always.  Way less for older versions.  Version 9 is awesome because all the bugs have been worked out over the years and it has all the newest features plus additional speed and abilities that the older versions don't have.

You can do all kinds of neato things with Mastercook.  (Any 'cookbook' can hold thousands of recipes and you can have unlimited number of these books.  Hint: for easiest management, keep books at no more than about 4,000 recipes.)  Share your own cookbooks with friends (just go to the folder where you keep the cookbooks and email them the book. It's SO easy to share books.  I do it all the time with friends!)  You can collect from the thousands of recipes people post to websites and to trading groups. (Select recipe, then click on Edit/Copy Recipe[s] and start an email and paste into it.  There are other ways, but most folks I know prefer to just copy and then into email.)  You can easily share recipes you type yourself or edit ones you download or receive.  There are many recipe sharing groups on the net that are ONLY Mastercook formatted.  There are lots of groups that share doing up recipes cooking magazines and cookbooks.  There is a MasterCook user HELP group, too... with very experienced volunteers who have been helping MC users for many years.  I highly recommend the program - for the fun of it and even for practical reasons.


Last Edited on: 8/21/07 2:31 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 3:12 AM ET
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thanks..I think I'm gonna go ahead and order mastercook from amazon.com but need something else to make the order $25 for free shipping..not that that's a problem but the problem is narrowing down what else to order with it LOL!