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Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software 4 (Windows 7/Vista/XP)

by The Cookbook People
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews) 6 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Make a family cookbook. Write a cookbook, organize a cookbook and print a cookbook with this easy-to-use Windows 7/Windows XP software.
  • Extremely easy to use. Designed for grandma or guru. Great for family reunions.
  • Layout is automatic. Just type in recipes, select a design, and hit print.
  • 27 design layouts. Large & small type sizes.
  • Bonus: Print an address book, birthday calendar, family tree

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Item model number: MTJMLJDM31
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 18, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,354 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software gets your recipe book printed quickly, so you spend less time in front of your computer and more time in your kitchen.

It features 27 different print templates, including a variety of religious, cultural and design themes.
Your printed cookbook will feature: Front cover, Table of Contents, Recipes, Address Book, Biography/Family Tree, Birthday Calendar, Back Cover. All sections will reflect any of the 27 layouts you choose. 100+ free recipes included. Samples of templates and a video demo are at the Cookbook People website.

This cookbook software also features a measurement converter, a recipe card printer, and the ability to easily make custom cookbooks with your own front cover and custom pages.

The software is designed to be incredibly easy, making it an ideal product for somebody looking to learn how to use a computer. Yet it has so many features that even advanced users will enjoy its versatility.

System Requirements:Windows 7 Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP-Service Pack 2, . Requires internet connection for initial activation, but will run without internet access after it has been activated.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creating a Family Heirloom Cookbook November 23, 2007
All of you that know me know that I am committed to preserving recipes and cookbooks of the past. This includes personal collections of recipes, family heirloom recipes, older cookbooks from previous centuries, and recipes from our current times. That is why I want to tell all of you about a totally new and wonderful software that I have discovered recently that will help you to put a cookbook together to share or keep within your own family. These are the reasons I am telling you about this product, and I am not affiliated in any other way with them except to be a consumer. This is a relatively new company, and you may not have heard about it yet.


Have you ever had anyone suggest to you that you should write a cookbook? I have, usually whenever I bring a recipe to a covered dish luncheon, entertained at home, or whenever I share a recipe. All of us that cook have learned through the years what works with what, and how to take shortcuts with what we use in our culinary expertise.

There may be many reasons why you want to put together a group of your personal recipes. You might want to gather up a loved ones favorite recipes to save them for future generations, or you might want to put together a special collection of your own recipes to share them with various other members of your family and a select group of friends, or you might just want to keep a "special" batch of recipes handy in one place for the holiday cooking we all do. Whatever the reason, push comes to shove, it is difficult to actually make a cookbook actually happen.

After compiling a pile of recipes, then what do you do?
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very few features October 21, 2008
My decision to purchase Matilda's recipe software was based primarily on the excellent reviews that the software received on Amazon and the fact that it is compatible with Vista. However, upon installing it I realized that it does NOT have any of the basic features that I need, such as the ability to generate a list of my recipes, the ability to filter the list, and the ability to search by ingredients, recipe title, etc. Fortunately, the company has a 120% satisfaction guaranteed refund and so I was able to return it without even losing the cost of postage.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money!!! January 7, 2009
I purchased this software thinking that it would be a quick and easy way to organize recipes we had collected from newspapers and magazines over the years. I WISH I HAD NEVER PURCHASED IT. After typing over 300 recipes, I discovered the following problems:

* If you decide to change the name of a recipe from uppercase to something else, the software will not let you.

* The only layout design is two columns on one page which can be confusing for following a recipe.

* You cannot decide on page breaks which leads to some recipes starting at the very bottom of a page.

* Photos appear at the bottom of a recipe followed by a line which make it look like its the photo for the next recipe.

* You can only print on one side a of page.

* The software does not do page numbers.

* Printing problems are frequent. The website shows little concern with answering customer problems other than offering to print the cookbook for you at more cost.

I ended up copying all of my recipes into Microsoft Word. It let me pick the page set-up, page breaks, fonts, insert photos, and make a great table of contents with page numbers! There are a number of templates you can download from the Microsoft website.

Don't waste your time with this software!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Recipe Software EVER! October 21, 2007
I have been using Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software for several months now. I absolutely love it! It is the easiest software I have ever used and I have used a couple trying to find the right one. The only thing I do not like about this software is that many of the pages are in color and do not transfer to black and white very well when copied. I have found the help at customer service to be more than adequate. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this. Very easy to maintain and fun to use.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ease of use? - TERRIFIC January 5, 2008
By Sandie
First of all, I love this product! My hubby gave it to me for Christmas, and I am having a great time playing with it.

My usual method of keeping up with my recipes was keying into a word processing program, printing them out and placing in a three-ring binder in sheet protectors (to keep them clean!). I was looking for something to key into, and maybe compile them into a cookbook for others to use, and this seems to fit the bill! With this software, I can print individual recipes for my binder as I go, and still have the recipes together for use later. Nifty, huh?

And it's so simple to use, no complicated ingredient lists, etc. I am using "cut and paste" to move my recipes from the word processing program to this program; very simple, and quick too! I can also pick up new recipes from the internet using the same method. Once I paste, then I can clean up the formatting to suit myself. Easy, easy, EASY!

I like the section for "authors" of the recipes. A short biography of each person is entered, then you can "give credit where credit is due" for those wonderful recipes that have passed down through the generations. Also, the "types" (i.e., dessert, main dish, etc.) of recipes can be selected anyway I want them, then changed later if I need to expand or delete.

They have a message board, for general chit-chat as well as where problems are addressed. Also, suggestions are accepted from users to help upgrade future editions to better meet the needs of the end-users. Great suggestions are being offered, and it really makes me feel like they are trying their best to make a good product better!

If you are looking for an easy "electronic" recipe box, this may be just the product for you. I know it's working for me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars YES
love it
Published 1 month ago by happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like this program.
Published 2 months ago by Pat Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars cookbook software
i love this software and will use to make my cookbook
Published 4 months ago by gladys
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not meet my needs
I bought is as a replacement for the one I borrowed from friend and broke when removing the thin disc from it's case. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Darlene Cornman
5.0 out of 5 stars So Easy to use!
Very easy to enter recipes! Lots of choices in the themes available! Delighted to put my cookbook together!!
Thank you, Matilda!
Published 8 months ago by lynn s hooker
5.0 out of 5 stars great software for recipe building
easy to use, easy to enter your own recipe. easy to enter info. could use some refinement on the format
Published 13 months ago by Heidi Minckler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent layout
My wife used this to create a family cook book. She did a wonderful job and our kids and grandkids will use it for years to come.
Published 13 months ago by Fast Fred
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty outdated software
although a good base for cookbook, the software isn't very user friendly or updated. Anything with more graphic options or ease between screens would be preferable.
Published 14 months ago by kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook book software
This is the second time I bought this....gave first one away and bought this one to make a cookbook for an organization I'm with and for a Christmas gift for my grandkids and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Love to Learn
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed !
This software has really helped me organize my recipes. I've been able to copy recipes and put them in a three hole notebook.
Published 18 months ago by Shirley Chadwick
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