Features

  • 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.
  • Scan images directly from your flatbed scanner or digital camera.
  • 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 recipes from MasterCook, Big Oven, Cook'n, Meal-Master and other recipe management programs.
  • Add ratings and reviews to recipes.
  • Add audio or video files to recipes.
  • Add file attachments (any file type) 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.
  • Enter custom recipe data (i.e. user-defined recipe attributes). Living Cookbook 2015 lets you customize 5 text columns, 5 numeric columns and 5 link (URL or e-mail) columns.
  • Use a Facebook-like news feed to share recipes, images, links and images with your friends.
  • Share entire cookbooks with friends for viewing or editing.
  • Control permissions (create, read, update, delete, move, copy, print and export) or each shared cookbook.
  • Synchronize data across mutliple instances of Living Cookbook.
  • 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.
  • Choose from over 8000 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. Living Cookbook 2015 ship with version SR-22 (the most current version of the nutrient database).
  • Add ingredient images and source images.
  • Add file attachments (any file type) 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.
  • Enter custom ingredient data (i.e. user-defined recipe attributes). Living Cookbook 2015 lets you customize 5 text columns, 5 numeric columns and 5 link (URL or e-mail) columns.
  • Create your own menus using any combination of recipes, ingredient, headings and text.
  • Add menu images and source images.
  • 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 (any file type) 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.
  • Enter custom menu data (i.e. user-defined recipe attributes). Living Cookbook 2015 lets you customize 5 text columns, 5 numeric columns and 5 link (URL or e-mail) columns.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add file attachments (any file type) to grocery lists.
  • 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.
  • Enter your own glossary items or copy them from the Internet.
  • Add glossary item images and source images.
  • Add file attachments (any file type) to glossary items.
  • 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.
  • Enter your own techniques or copy them from the Internet.
  • Add an image to each technique step.
  • Add audio or video files to techniques.
  • Add file attachments (any file type) to techniques.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 480 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.