Since I have switched to using Linux as my primary OS on my laptop, I have switched from using The Living Cookbook (LCB) on Windows 7 to using Gourmet Recipe Manager. I was unable to recover my old database of recipes in its entirety from the Windows application and exportation to XML/HTML/TXT is sketchy at best when trying to import it with Gourmet, but I have copies of all my recipes on file. I’m not very pleased with Gourmet’s import tool, exactly, so I do not mind plugging in the recipes for a new program. It is important to note that LCB does have an export tool for recipes in a formation that can be read by Gourmet, but I did not like how they translated.
Despite my love for The Living Cookbook software, I found entering recipe information to be 100x times easier and faster with Gourmet. It smart senses the format of the entered ingredient box and assigns it the appropriate value. If I write “1 cup sugar” in the new ingredient box, Gourmet assigns the values accordingly. As for The Living Cookbook, I had to enter the information in a cell by cell format. I felt like I was using Excel after a while. It became daunting.
There are several other features that I like about Gourmet Recipe Manager that are worth mentioning:
- Automatically generated shopping lists.
- Web URL import for recipes. Import your favorite recipes from sites online.
- Export to PDF format, XML and HTML. The standard RTF format is available.
- USDA Nutritional Database or add nutritional information by hand.
I’ve heard some so-so reviews on KRecipe, but I am running a Gnome variant for my graphical environment. Not KDE, which I loath. In my search for a free program, Gourmet seemed to be a top choice. Other suggestions offered using a web interface. *puke* I want to run an application on the native OS, not one that is thrown up on some web platform. I could always run Apache locally, but I’m running a desktop, not a server.
And don’t judge me. I’m running Cinnamon GUI (fork of Gnome) on Linux Mint with Docky for my bottom dock. Why yes, Virginia, it does look like a Mac OS desktop! How sweet of you to notice.