I am sure that many of you have had this question asked before. And for that, I am sorry if this is just a repeat for many of you. It is just that I need some help and I don't want to spend money on something that is not what I want. My plan is to make a family recipe book and then provide it to my children and siblings. The recipe book won't be a fancy cookbook that one looks at but never uses it to make a meal. Most likely, each recipe will be in a plastic sleeve and then placed in a 3-ring binder. What I am asking from this forum are suggestion on what software should I purchase that will provide the following for each recipe:
Recipe Title, a short introduction as to the history of the recipe or where it came from, a photo of the end result or maybe a picture of the relative who cooked it, a list of the ingredients / amounts, step-by-step instructions and 4 or 5 notes on the cooking process / substitutions / etc.
At present, I have a desktop Mac and my recipes are stored in MacGourmet. It would be great if I could import MacGourmet data directly into this new software. I would use MacGourmet but I don't like how they place the picture into the recipe and MacGourmet is no longer supported.
Anyway, please accept my thankfulness for any suggestions you might have. I have looked at several recipe softwares but none seem to want to provide an example of their output.
What an interesting subject! And WELCOME to Great Food!!!!
In the various Mastercook software recipe groups I've belonged to over the years folks have chatted about using MC's cookbook making options to make cookbooks to share with family. However, Mastercook is a PC program only. Also, I've met up with some Mac owners who use some kind of MAC TO WINDOWS software that lets them use Windows programs, but I've no clue about that. (It was a few years back...I think they could use MC that way. Not sure. Person to talk to would be Pam...at Mastercook Support.
About how many recipes are you thinking in one book?
I can ask around...get opinions from techie folks I know. One friend of mine made a software that can convert what YOU might have done u in your current software and churn it around and import it into Mastercook (or other formats)...and we could send it back to you. You'd then, I guess, copy each page and make a hardcopy book (like you mentioned...in sleeves).
CopyMeThat online program USED to let folks make books. They recently stopped doing that. But, if your recipes are somewhere online, you can use that program to copy the recipes and it puts them in text form that you would then download and print. (I use that program to grab recipes I find online, then I download, and place in my Mastercook software... but I can also just save them to my computer only to plain text format.)
I've zero experience with those services that you can send your recipes to and they, in turn, convert to a pretty cookbook w/cover. (For a price.) Perhaps somebody else here has and can tell you about their experience. (My niece hired publishing service like that to put together 'books' of photos and text about her grandmother's life. Niece gave a copy to each family that came to the funeral service get-together. That was several years back.)
If you can get your hands on a PC, Mastercook has been giving away (FOR FREE) an older model of their software. And their newest version, v22, is currently (I think) on sale at big discount.
I'm trying to think... what other way??? If I think of anything or friends tell me about anything, I'll let you know soon as I do. GOOD LUCK. (Folks, can you help our new friend find a great way to make her recipe legacy (with photos) to her loved ones?) I can only think: Print one page for recipe, print one page for photo...and compile (put into sleeves inside binders...perhaps ones that have cover sleeve so they would have beauteous covers.
Just to let you all know (I am sure you were concerned), I finally figured out how to included a picture on MacGourmet and have it printout correctly. With that epiphany, I will be able to use MacGourmet for my cookbook. I plan on having about 50 recipes or so. Some from family favorites and some that just seem to turn out extremely well every time I make them. Again, thanks to all that considered my question and special thanks to Catbatty for the reply.