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MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 [Old Version]

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.7 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews

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  • Meal-planning software with 8,000+ recipes and 100s of international recipes
  • Thorough search capabilities; expert nutritional analysis
  • 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
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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!

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.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000B7TBNE
  • Item model number: 10470
  • Date first available at February 13, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,893 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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For those that have MC 8, this new version only adds a few recipes and a some bug fixes...there are no new features from MC 8. I upgraded anyway and am happy with it.

BUT, if you have MC 7 or before, this version is for you!

I've been using Mastercook since version 4 and with the change of ownership it had from Sierra to ValuSoft. I figured Version 6.2 would be the end of the line....but thankfully's up to Version 9 now!

Each version release of MC continues to evolves it and keep it the best possible cooking/planning software on the planet. MC just keeps getting better.

The basics-it comes with a standard set of cookbooks and an increased ingredient list of 7000 items, a place to create a meal plan and shopping list manually or automatically while giving you options on how to import(webImport/email/copy,paste) as well as export(email, printing, copy,paste recipes. It interacts with both Palm/PocketPC to download recipes and grocery lists for swapping or easy list check-off at the grocery store.

The WebImport bar makes it easy to import recipes you find on websites by a highlight and click process that works only in Internet Explorer...but it drastically reduces input time versus typing is all in.

While MC 9 comes with a few cookbooks, the web awaits you. There are literally thousands of websites that not only have recipes to download, but whole cookbooks full of recipes...all for FREE. The forums and newsgroups abound in Q&A help and how-to's in better understanding how to use MC.

The interface is clean and sharp...doesn't look like a Win 3.1 interface but not quite XP.
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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.
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I've had previous versions of Mastercook (versions 7 and under). What I really like is the Web Import Bar that is added to Internet Explorer. This feature (new in version 8) is really a time saver for snagging recipes off the internet. I've entered most of our "old" family recipes from my mom and grandmas. Once I've discovered the calorie content of some of the recipes, I've then researched via the internet on how to change the "bad" for "better" substitutes. I use another program to track my food intake, but it seems like I am always looking to Mastercook to determine nutritional values for homecooked items. It's easy to alter the ingredients, etc., based on what was added to a specific recipe. For example, I seem to rarely make chili the same way twice in a row. Since I want to make sure the nutrition information I'm logging is correct, I just open the recipe, make the adjustments and I've got the info. I'd definitely say this software is well worth the price. (I'd pay double for it actually.) While Sierra doesn't have a users forum anymore, there IS a Yahoo Group available for free. LOTS of great help is available. As others have noted, version 9 really isn't much different from virtually ANY of the previous versions and a user's guide is not available. Because of the Yahoo Group, I was able to download the version 6 manual. The instructions are all still good. The Help is version 9 is up-to-date, but I like to look at the manual as I go through the software.
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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.
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