Whether you're a professional chef or a total beginner in the kitchen, recipe software can save you time, space, and money in the kitchen.
In addition to storing and organizing your recipes, many recipe software programs offer extra features such as meal planning features and automatic grocery list creation. Other common "extra" features include the ability to automatically add recipes from websites such as Epicurious.com, the ability to print out attractive recipe cards (or even entire cookbooks!), and the ability to add a pantry list of ingredients you have on hand to receive recipe suggestions using those ingredients.
When choosing the best recipe software for your needs, be sure to consider the following points:
- Operating system. Make sure that the recipe software is compatible with your operating system.
- Price. There are both free and paid recipe software programs available. Paid software tends to offer more features and other benefits, but be sure to read and compare feature lists carefully. It doesn't make sense to pay for extra features you won't use if you can find a program that meets your needs for free.
- Support and documentation. Different software programs offer very different levels of support. If you're not very experienced with computers, it's important to make sure the program you're considering offers the level of support that you need.
- Aesthetics and user-friendly design. Though not the most important factor by any means, an attractive and easy to navigate user interface will make your recipe software more pleasant to use than an ugly or poorly designed one.
List of Recipe Software
Here is a list of more than 30 recipe software programs and tools:
AccuChef is a commercial recipe organizer for Windows.
AnyMeal is a free recipe organizer for Linux.
BakeSpace is a free recipe sharing social network.
BigOven is a popular web-based recipe management program that allows you to easily search a database of more than 170,000 user-added recipes, add recipes from popular recipe sites, create grocery lists, view nutrition info, and more. It offers both free and paid versions.
ChickenPing! is a commercial Windows-based recipe organizer with lots of neat features, including the ability to set alerts to remind yourself of certain kitchen tasks, wine cellar management tools, and a high contrast mode that makes it easy to read recipes on your computer from a distance.
Computer Cuisine Deluxe is a commercial recipe organizer for Windows and Mac.
Cooklet is a web-based recipe organizing tool with extra features including a culinary "academy."
Cook'n is a commercial recipe organizer for Windows and Mac.
Cookware Deluxe is a commercial recipe manager for Windows and Mac.
eChef is a commercial recipe manager for Windows.
Foodily is a free online recipe sharing community.
Gourmet Recipe Manager is a free, open source recipe manager for Windows and Linux.
KeepRecipes is a free online recipe manager with many professional chef and food blogger members to browse for inspiration.
Kitchen Monki is a web-based recipe organizer with an automatic grocery list creator and lots of social features.
Krecipes is an open source recipe organizer.
LivingCookbook is a paid recipe organizer for Windows that allows you to easily create and print your own cookbook!
MacGourmet is a commercial Mac-based recipe manager that allows you to easily print your own cookbook.
MasterCook is a popular commercial recipe organizer for Windows.
MealBank is a simple, free web-based recipe organizer.
Mealfire is a simple, free web-based recipe organizer.
One tsp. is a free online recipe organizer with a recipe clipper bookmarklet and shopping list maker.
Paprika is a paid recipe organizer for Mac, iPhone, and iPad with nutritional information, cloud syncing, and more.
Pepperplate is a recipe management app for web and iPad.
PhpReecipeBook is an open source recipe organizer.
Plan To Eat is a paid, web-based recipe organizer with a drag-and-drop weekly meal planner, easy recipe import from more than 100 sites, a grocery list creator, and more.
Plummelo is a free online recipe organizer and grocery list creator.
Recipe Center is a free recipe organizer for Windows.
Recipefy is a free, web-based recipe organizer that makes it easy to share recipes with friends and family.
RecipeThing is a free, online recipe organizer.
Say Mmm is a web-based recipe organizer with free and paid options.
Shop'n'Cook is a commercial recipe organizer for Windows and Mac with premium options for food service professionals.
SousChef is a paid recipe manager for Mac, iPhone, and iPad with some cool features, including "Ten Foot Mode," which allows you to read a recipe on your computer screen from a distance so you don't risk spills or other messes on your keyboard or screen.
Sweetfry is a free online recipe sharing community.
TasteBook is an online recipe organizer that allows you to create professionally printed personal cookbooks from your recipe collection.
TastyPlanner is a web-based recipe organizer.
The Recipe Diva is a free online recipe sharing community.
Web Recipe Manager is a web-based recipe organizer with free and paid options.
We Eatt is a free online recipe organizer.
Wegottaeat is a free, web-based recipe organizer.
YummySoup! is a paid, Mac-based recipe management program with an easy drag-and-drop meal planner, a scaling assistant, handsome recipe cards, and more.
ZipList is a free, web-based recipe organizer and shopping list maker that allows you to organize your grocery list by store (and even by aisle), suggests coupons for items on your list, and more.
More Ways To Manage Your Recipes
An oldie but a goodie, recipe boxes remain a great way to store and organize your recipes and can even be passed down as family heirlooms.
Another low tech way to manage your recipes is by storing them in a three ring binder with plastic sheet protectors.
Evernote is a popular note-taking web application that many people use to clip and store recipes from the web. It has both free and paid options. Microsoft OneNote, a commercial note-taking software for Windows, is also a popular tool for recipe management.
SpringPad is an online personal organizer with some great recipe management and meal planning features.
Delicious is a popular social bookmarking website that allows you to bookmark and tag links to your favorite recipes online. For more useful social bookmarking tools, check out The Best Delicious Alternatives.
Many people use Google Docs to store and organize recipes.
A recipe blog is an easy way to share your favorite recipes with friends, family, and web searchers. By adding advertising and/or affiliate links, you might even be able to make a little money!
Did I miss your favorite recipe management software or tool? Please comment below and let me know!
Jo on April 12, 2014:
I've been trying to use Evernote.com for my recipes because I can take photos of them and see the original recipe (for the memories). However, I can't make notes to the recipe and they are stored in a cloud which I'd really rather have on my computer/tablet and not have to be online to work. Any suggestions? I know there is a 'paid' level of Evernote.com but don't know if it actually allows me to download all my recipes on my computer.....might you know? Thx for any advice. Your list is very impressive and I'll be researching them.
markmaddson on December 03, 2013:
If you are on a Mac, and I've tried them all, the clear cut solution is macgourmet deluxe
I think they have a iOS app too for syncing
peg johnson on October 23, 2013:
You might want to try foodforge -- its a lot different from all the others. Totally simple and fast. www.foodforge.com.
Sarah on August 01, 2013:
I find and store many recipes on Pinterest. When I find a recipe I love and know I will want to make again, or try with changes, I will store it using PepperPlate.
Miles on September 08, 2012:
I personally use CookDiary for Windows (also Windows Phone) (http://www.yourcookdiary.com) which isn't on the list yet.
Mark White on July 18, 2012:
Try www.foodforge.com - it's ad free, very simple and powerful - fast too.
ScottF on April 17, 2012:
I'm a bit biased because it's my site, but I like http://www.myonlinecookbook.com/ :)
You can organize recipes from the site, add your own and make personal notes on any or all of them if you like.
Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on December 02, 2011:
Abundant in information. Did not know they even existed. Nice Hub.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 07, 2011:
Great help and information. Thank you.
Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2011:
Wow...the choice is so extensive there has to be a software for just about anyone!
adamjarwanto on October 05, 2011:
Andrew from Rep Boston MA on October 05, 2011:
Very nice list of recipe software, thanks for sharing!
Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on October 04, 2011:
That is an impressive list of recipe software, I didn't realize there were so many different ones. I'm curious to know if you use any of these programs and maybe you have a favorite one?
I love cooking and collecting recipes. I have written a lob of hubs on recipes and am currently working on a recipe website. I know I could use some recipe software to help me get organized. I am definitely going to look at some of the free software you listed here. Excellent hub!