My Review of Shop N Cook Menu Planning Software

recipe software for macIf you spend time in your kitchen. And you spend time on the internet. Chances are the two have collided for you. You are probably also discovering the wealth of recipes and recipe sources available and wondering how to collect all of this into a usable format for your cooking needs. And if you’re working from a Mac computer you’re finding that recipe software for mac is a little harder to come by.



shopncook-recipe-viewI like to cook. Sometimes it’s well involved recipes. Sometimes it’s quick and easy. Sometimes it’s healthy, light, and refreshing. Sometimes it’s the most calorie laden thing I can find.

But the issue is organizing these recipes in a quick to access format on my mac computer. I have recipes dating back to my childhood. Papers ripped from magazines, photocopied from coworkers and jotted down over the phone.

The Past

When I first started getting busy on the computer Mastercook software for Mac was the way to go. I loved that recipe software. Not only would it organize my recipes into books, categories, meal plans and what not. I could also print them out into cute books.

But alas as does all good software originally made for the PC, Mastercook stopped updating for the Mac and then new 10 or X series system software came out and I was out of luck unless I booted in system 9 (Mac people will understand this jargon).

The issue is WHAT DO I USE NOW??!?!!! So I began the hunt for a new recipe management software for mac with all of the bells and whistles I had become accustomed to.

Frustration Era…

I downloaded many demos. From Yum Yum to Organized Gourmet (which is now out of business). I ended up with the later and was okay with it but it was still missing some of the stuff I needed. There were a few others out there but I couldn’t see paying the price for them when they didn’ t have the features that were important to me.

I’m a mom and wife who really likes to cook. In addition to organizing my recipes for easy access I needed a grocery planning module,  meal planning, and a feature to make the recipes big on the computer while I cooked (so I could read them from far away y’now). While the nutritional data is nice it’s not a super important feature in my recipe management software.


Every few months I would search again but alas nothing. Then one day I landed uponShop’NCook Menu. It seemed to have all I needed and it was touted as recipe software for mac! As well as the PC! But I downloaded a demo just to be sure. I tried it for a teeny bit, found I couldn’t do without it and then went on and bought it. Don’t let good things pass by!


Created by a mom also looking to manage her meals the Shop’NCook Menu Recipe Software is created to work on both the Mac and PC. (YIPPEEEE!!)


Besides being easy to use Shop’NCook Menu also has the features that are important to me.


  • It is super ultra easy to import recipes. To import recipes on the fly all I do is select the recipe I see on my screen, copy and paste into the parser. Click import and there it is! I can copy the image and paste into the little box too! No download upload mess. You can do some batch import thing from your various other recipe management software programs. Or you can import from the clipboard. Or you can paste all your recipes into text, separate them by a few lines and batch import that way. I didn’t realize how easy it was to import when I first bought it but now I’m on a roll! I’ve been importing all my old MasterCook files with no problems.


  • The shopping list is also a great feature. It’s ordered by aisle and you can adjust it according to the layout of your store. There’s some maneuver you do too to make it remember what you keep in your pantry. Mathilde has instructions for that on her blog.


  • It has lots of extras too such as combining recipes (ex. put a link to your salad dressing recipe in you salad recipe), adjusting your preferences so shopping lists include exact needs for items instead of ‘ketchup’, or ‘noodles’ and freebie cookbooks.


  • You can also make sublists of ingredients to add to your grocery shopping list. Such as salad ingredients. This makes it quick and easy to add to your list instead of searching the whole database.
  • Oh did I forget the menu planning part? I have the Shop’NCook Menu version which features the menu planning section. I drag and drop recipes to make my weekly meal plan. Mostly I work with dinner but you can put whole menus on there click a cute little basket to add the items to your grocery list or send to email and you’re done! I admit there is more to the menu section that I have yet to explore. I’ve been spending a lot of time fine tuning my recipes and adding them to the menu so that when I’m ready I (cross my fingers) will have a full menu plan for a month and then I’ll try monthly menu planning.



  • There are three levels of Shop’NCook based upon your needs. The does not have the menu planning feature and that was very important to me so I went up a level to Shop’NCook MenuShop’NCook Pro is geared towards those who may have a food service operation such as catering, a diet professional.
  • For me I have found that ShopNCook is the best recipe software for mac

Here are some screen shots of my ShopN’Cook Menu program on my Mac.


ShopnCook recipe software for mac imported recipe screen shot












The one Con… For me I miss being able to print a complete cookbook with a table of contents. While it does print out a beautiful page for your individual recipes that cookbook layout is not there. Oh Mathilde…..

Well don’t take my word for it. Go try a generous 45 day free trial version of Shop’NCook Menu to see if it meets your needs. I liked it so much I became an affiliate!

You do the cooking - Shop'NCook software does the rest

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