Living Cookbook 2011
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- Manage your recipe collection: Living Cookbook makes it easy to enter new recipes, copy them from the Internet, or even scan them from cookbooks and magazines. Want to share your recipes with others? You can export or e-mail your recipes in a variety of formats, including FDXZ, FDX, HTML, Meal-Master, MasterCook and more.
- Plan meals: Just drag and drop recipes, ingredients and menus onto your meal plan. Plan a single meal, a day, a week, a month or more. Ready to shop for your meals? Just add your meal plan (or any part of it) to a grocery list.
- Calculate nutrition for any recipe, menu or meal: Living Cookbook's nutrition display is completely customizable. Want to see nutrition facts just like you are used to seeing them on product packaging? We can do that. Want to see more than 150 different nutrients, including Weight Watchers Points, trans fat, net carbs, vitamins, minerals, lycopene, beta carotene, caffeine and more? We can do that, too.
- Create grocery lists: Living Cookbook makes it easy to create a shopping list from scratch or from recipes, ingredients, menus and meal plans. The software will combine like items, organize them by your store's grocery aisles, and calculate the cost of each item and the cost of the entire grocery list.
- Publish and print cookbooks: Want to create your own cookbook as a Christmas gift, for retail sale, or for a church or school fundraiser? Living Cookbook can help you do it. You can print a cookbook with a cover page, table of contents, recipes and index directly from the software with just three clicks. Or you can export your cookbook to Microsoft Word and customize it to your heart's content.
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Living Cookbook 2011 is the latest version of the award-winning recipe software from Radium Technologies. Use Living Cookbook to organize recipes, plan meals, create menus, calculate nutrition information, create shopping lists, publish cookbooks, export, e-mail and much more. The software is extraordinarily flexible and easy to use and Living Cookbook's comprehensive help file, tutorials, demo videos and customer support will ensure that you can find and learn to use the features you need. The software comes with more than 1,000 recipes, and thousands more are available online. Find out why Smart Computing Magazine, Choice Magazine and Which? Magazine all chose Living Cookbook as the best cooking and recipe management software.
Living Cookbook 2011 is the eighth major release of the award-winning recipe management software from Radium Technologies. Designed to work seamlessly with every version of Windows from Windows 98 to Windows 7, the new version includes over 50 major enhancements including:
- Scan images directly from your flatbed scanner, digital camera or iPhone.
- Interative image, video and attachment views.
- User-defined recipe, ingredient and menu data.
- File attachments for recipes, ingredients, menus, glossary items and techniques.
- Support for multiple recipe, ingredient, menu and glossary item images.
- USDA SR-23 nutrition data.
- Import Cook'n DVO files.
- Compressed export file format (FDXZ) resulting in 50% smaller export files.
- Customizable recipe capture and import units.
- Scale menus to any number of servings.
- New image preview window.
- Automated support system (in addition to e-mail, support ticket system and user forum).
Use Living Cookbook to organize recipes, plan meals, create menus, calculate nutrition information, create shopping lists, publish cookbooks, export, e-mail and much more. The software is extraordinarily flexible and easy-to-use and Living Cookbook's comprehensive help file, tutorials, demo videos and customer support will ensure that you can find and learn to use the features you need. The software comes with more than 1,000 recipes, and thousands more are available online. Find out why Smart Computing Magazine, Choice Magazine and Which? Magazine all chose Living Cookbook as the best cooking and recipe management software.
Living Cookbook makes it easy to enter your recipes. You can type them in, scan them (using the OCR software that came with your scanner) or copy them from the Internet. The software also makes it easy to transfer your recipe collection from other recipe management programs such as MasterCook, Cook'n, Meal-Master and BigOven.
You can publish your own cookbook complete with table of contents, pagination and index. You can preview and print your cookbook directly from Living Cookbook or export it as a Microsoft Word (DOCX) document for additional editing.
The meal planning calendar lets you drag and drop your recipes onto the calendar. You can view your meal plans by day, week or month. Creating a shopping list for a meal plan is as simple as clicking on the appropriate days and selecting "Add to Grocery List" from the Action menu.
Living Cookbook lets you calculate nutrition for any recipe, ingredient, menu or meal plan. You can customize your display to show over 150 different nutrients including calories, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and more. You can even calculate Weight Watchers Points.
Working with recipes
- Enter recipes with as much or as little detail as you like.
- Add images to recipes. In fact you can add multiple recipe images, a source image and an image for every recipe procedure step, if you want to.
- Copy recipes from the Internet.
- Calculate recipe nutrition from the recipe ingredients or enter the nutrition data manually.
- Calculate recipe costs.
- Share recipes with others, even if they don't own Living Cookbook. You can export or e-mail recipes in all of the major recipe file formats.
- Import Living Cookbook, MasterCook, Meal-Master, BigOven and Cook'n export files.
- Add ratings and reviews to recipes.
- Add audio or video files to recipes.
- Add file attachments to recipes.
- Assign recipe types and categories.
- Enter the recipe's oven temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.
- Choose from five degrees of difficulty.
- Use a recipe as an ingredient in another recipe.
- Enter preparation time, cooking time, inactive time and total time.
- Organize recipes into cookbooks, chapters, sub-chapters, etc. according to your needs.
- Customize recipe displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Add any number of tips to a recipe to record recipe variations, serving suggestions, wine pairings, etc.
- Enter author, source, web page, copyright and author notes for any recipe.
- Print your recipes on any paper format: US letter, legal, A4, 4x6 index card, 3x5 index card and more.
- Scale recipes to any number of servings.
- Convert recipe units to and from Imperial or metric units.
- Eliminate duplicate recipes automatically.
- Compare any two recipes side-by-side.
- Add up to 15 user-defined data columns to recipes.
- Publish your cookbooks with tables of contents and indexes.
- Print your publication from within Living Cookbook or export it as a Microsoft Word document.
- Format your publication using your choice of fonts, colors, spacing and layouts.
Working with ingredients
- Choose from over 7000 ingredients with nutrition data provided by the USDA.
- Enter your own custom ingredients or copy them from the Internet.
- Import new USDA nutrition as it is made available by the USDA.
- Add multiple images and one source image to each ingredient.
- Add file attachments to ingredients.
- Add any number of custom measures (units) for each ingredient.
- Assign costs, grocery aisles and preferred stores to ingredients.
- Enter ingredient nodes to describe the ingredient, record uses and preparation information, etc.
- Share ingredients with other Living Cookbook users.
- Organize ingredients into folders and sub-folders.
- Customize ingredient displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Eliminate duplicate ingredients automatically.
- Compare any two ingredients side-by-side.
- Copy ingredients from the Internet.
- Add up to 15 user-defined columns to ingredients.
Working with menus
- Create your own menus using any combination of recipes, ingredient, headings and text.
- Add multiple images and one source image to each menu.
- Calculate menu nutrition from the menu items or enter the nutrition data manually.
- Calculate menu costs.
- Share menus with other Living Cookbook users.
- Add audio or video files to menus.
- Add file attachments to menus.
- Assign menu types and categories.
- Organize menus into folders and sub-folders.
- Customize menu displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Add any number of tips to a menu to record menu variations, serving suggestions, wine pairings, etc.
- Enter author, source, web page, copyright and author notes for any menu.
- Scale menus to any number of servings.
- Eliminate duplicate menus automatically.
- Compare any two menus side-by-side.
- Add up to 15 user-defined data columns to menus.
Working with meals
- Add recipes, ingredients, menus, headings and text to meals.
- Choose from nine different meals each day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, snacks, nightcap, etc.)
- Add meal headings to organize meals into courses (e.g. Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert, etc.)
- Use drag and drop or copy and paste to add ingredient, recipes or menus to a meal.
- Use drag and drop or copy and paste to move or copy a range of days, a single day, a meal or individual meal items.
- Calculate nutrition for meals, days or a user-defined range of days.
- Calculate meal and day costs.
- Share meal data with other Living Cookbook users.
- Customize calendar displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- View nutrition and cost summary information for a day or a range of dates.
- View meal calendar in month, week or day mode.
Working with grocery lists
- Add recipe, ingredients, menus or meals grocery lists or enter the grocery list items manually.
- Create a grocery list for multiple stores.
- Calculate grocery list costs and subtotal by store.
- Automatically organize the grocery list by aisles.
- Customize grocery aisles by store, including grocery aisle order.
- Customize grocery list displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Share grocery lists with other Living Cookbook users.
- Create a grocery list to restock inventory.
- Create a grocery list for a range of meal plan dates.
- Automatically combine like grocery list items (e.g. "1 cup milk" and "1 pint milk" will be combined automatically to read "1 1/2 pints milk".
- Compare any two grocery lists side-by-side.
Working with inventory
- Manage your kitchen inventory.
- Control the ordering properties of any inventory item (minimum order quantity, order at level, order up to level, etc.).
- Share inventory data with other Living Cookbook users.
- Customize inventory displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Create a printable inventory worksheet to help you take stock of your kitchen.
- Compare any two inventory items side-by-side.
Working with glossary items
- Enter your own glossary items or copy them from the Internet.
- Add multiple images and one source image to each glossary item.
- Share glossary data with other Living Cookbook users.
- Customize glossary displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Eliminate duplicate glossary items automatically.
- Compare any two glossary items side-by-side.
Working with techniques
- Enter your own techniques or copy them from the Internet.
- Add an image to each technique step.
- Share techniques with other Living Cookbook users.
- Customize technique displays using your choice of fonts, background colors, headings and more.
- Eliminate duplicate techniques automatically.
- Compare any two techniques side-by-side.
Working with the Internet
- Browse the Internet with Living Cookbook's built-in web browser.
- Save references to web pages you like in Living Cookbook's database.
- Share saved web pages with other Living Cookbook users.
Working with RSS feeds
- View RSS feeds with Living Cookbook's built-in RSS feed aggregator.
- Save RSS feeds in Living Cookbook's database.
- Share RSS feeds with other Living Cookbook users.
- Backup your Living Cookbook database.
- Configure Living Cookbook to backup your database every time you close the application or Living Cookbook can prompt you to backup periodically (you choose how often).
- Verify the integrity of a backup file before restoring it.
- Restore Living Cookbook backup files from any version of Living Cookbook.
- Compact the Living Cookbook database to shrink it to its smallest possible size.
- Search, filter and saved searches.
- Choose from basic or advanced search modes to find the recipes, ingredients, meals and other data you need.
- Save advanced searches in your database for future use.
- Drag one or more saved searches onto Living Cookbook's filter bar to filter all search results.
- Use Living Cookbook's search and replace feature to replace text anywhere in the database.
- Use copy and paste to duplicate recipes, ingredients, meals, and more.
- Use drag and drop to move or copy recipe, ingredients, meals, etc.
- Use Living Cookbook's undo and redo to undo almost any action.
- Browse Living Cookbook's comprehensive help file with more than 500 indexed and searchable help topics.
- Use Living Cookbook's unique Kitchen Calculator tool to convert between units.
- Flag recipes, ingredient, etc. using one of six color flags.
- New users can use Living Cookbook's Launchpad feature to help them see all of the actions that can be performed on the selected item.
- Check the spelling of recipes, ingredient, meals, glossary items and techniques. Choose either standard or as-you-type (wavy red line under misspelled words) spell-checking.
- Use the Back and Forward toolbar buttons to back and forth to recently viewed items.
- Use Living Cookbook's built-in database repair tools to fix any potential database problems.
- Copy and paste or drag and drop recipes to other applications that accept plain text from the Windows clipboard (e.g. drag a a recipe to an e-mail).
- Open multiple recipe workspaces at the same time.
- Create links to your favorite or most-viewed recipes, ingredients and other data.
- Customize and print any list (e.g. recipe lists, ingredient lists, etc.).
- Print multiple recipes, ingredient, etc. at once.
- Export to any list to Excel.
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Pros: It is very easy to import recipes, including pictures/images, from the web into LC. Color coding the text you have moved is a nice feature. The recipe organizer is also easy to use; you can sort by recipe, category, source, etc. by clicking the heading of the column. Entry of recipe information is pretty straight forward, except "Procedure" (directions) information disappears after you have entered more that one line of text. You need to hit enter before it reappears.
Cons: If you are interested in the nutrition information of your recipes, this may not be the software for you. You will need to check every ingredient in your recipe to review the ingredient LC chose for your entry and the unit used (cup, tsp., etc.), especially the first time you enter the ingredient. For example, LC chose baby food for my baby spinach entry and cheddar cheese soup for grated cheddar cheese. It does not recognize sea scallops--you have to know that they are mollusks to search for scallops in the ingredient list. A packaged commercial product is usually selected by LC rather than a raw or whole product. It appears that LC developers simply imported nutrition info. and didn't bother to put it into ingredient names and units used in most cookbooks and by most cooks. Units are based on 100 grams.
Also, it is a twelve step process to print a recipe on an Avery 3x5 index card (per instructions received from LC customer service). Speaking of customer service, it took almost two weeks to get an answer to my question about printing on 3x5 cards, and another question has never been answered.
If you hope to import your MasterCook recipes and cookbooks into Living Cookbook, you should know that you can not import MasterCook recipes created in a version earlier that MasterCook7.
My conclusion is that you need both programs. MasterCook has more recipes and better techniques (even short videos). But if you're going to compile your own recipes or modify others, Living Cookbook 2011 is far more powerful and much more coherent and useful a program. In MasterCook, everything is centered around the recipe and things like ingredients, the pantry, and the shopping list seem tacked on, kinda shoehorned into the program. In Living Cookbook, ingredients and inventory items are full-fledged citizens in the program that you can easily search on, update, and work with. The MasterCook interface in spite of its limitations is a bit more attractive to work with. With Living Cookbook, it sometimes feels like you're working with a spreadsheet but you soon get used to the compactness and utility of the interface. With MasterCook, I often found myself searching the Internet for workarounds to overcome limitations of the program that haven't been addressed in years. For me, a particularly annoying thing in MasterCook is that categorization of recipes can only be done on a cookbook-by-cookbook basis, and the categories available in the numerous cookbooks that come with the program aren't even the same from cookbook to cookbook. If you use a category in one cookbook, you'll have to remember what it is and tediously reapply it individually in every other cookbook that you want to use it in. In Living Cookbook, categories are program-wide and once created can be reused anywhere.
Both MasterCook and Living Cookbook can be used with the FireFox browser recipe capture utility RecipeFox. But the capture utility built into Living Cookbook works very well just with copy and paste from the web. I have had no trouble exporting recipes out of MasterCook and into Living Cookbook. Some care has to be taken with the automatic ingredient linking in Living Cookbook and if you change any ingredient, you may need to deliberately reset and recalculate nutritional information for a recipe.
So my recommendation is get both Mastercook and Living Cookbook. You'll want Mastercook for the recipes if you're not relying solely on the Internet. And you'll want Living Cookbook for the greater facility it provides to work with, modify recipes, ingredients, shopping lists, and manage all the information that you accumulate as a cook. Mastercook v9 can be had for $6 and Living Cookbook 2011 is about $35. You get what you pay for, at least in this case! Give the 30-day free trial a spin, available on the Radium Technologies web site.
P.S. The ability to calendar your diet both in terms of off-the-shelf stuff you eat and recipes you cook is quite good in Living Cookbook. IMHO, it's worth the price alone for monitoring your nutrition and diet.
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