Recipe Managers: LCB vs Gourmet

Screenshot example of Gourmet's recipe list window.

Screenshot example of Gourmet’s recipe list window.

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.

Gourmet Recipe Manager on Gnome/Linux Mint.

Gourmet Recipe Manager on Cinnamon (Gnome) & Linux Mint.

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.


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This article has 2 comments

  1. On the gourmet website it says, you can submit a feature request since Gourmet aims to import and export as many formats as possible. You could try that so others will have an easier transition 🙂

  2. Angela

    Luckily, they were easy enough to re-enter. I think it has more to do with The Living Cookbook’s export formatting than with Gourmet’s import feature. I tried exporting with XML from LBC to Gourmet and it had issues. I used XML from another recipe program later on and it worked just fine.

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