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Become a better chef with MacGourmet Deluxe

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MacGourmet Deluxe is your Mac’s answer to an overstuffed cookbook shelf or a file of sauce-stained notecards. This innovative recipe manager is built from the ground up to keep all your food knowledge in one safe and convenient place.

Once you’ve entered your favorite recipes, you can sort and organize them into custom cookbooks, export them as shareable PDFs, and record your notes and impressions for future attempts. The app also helps you eat more mindfully by automatically downloading USDA nutritional information for your recipes, so you can keep an eye on sodium, calories, or trans fats while still enjoying your family favorites.

Whether you’re planning a small get-together or a button-bursting Thanksgiving feast, MacGourmet Deluxe can help by multiplying recipes, creating step-by-step cooking plans, and generating custom grocery lists. And don’t worry about dragging your laptop into the kitchen with you: the app is fully accessible on all your iOS devices too. Here’s how to take your cooking to the next level.

Build your recipe collection

The recipe software’s power comes from its flexibility — it’s built to handle whatever you throw at it. You can enter recipes from your analog sources, sure, but you can also use it as a repository for those you find online. To add a recipe manually, click the + icon and copy in the recipe. The more detail you can use, the more useful the app will be.

Click the Get Recipe From Web button to add meals you find online. Use the Google search bar or paste a URL to pull up the recipe, then click Import to add it to the recipe organizer. You may still need to make adjustments manually before clicking Save.

Add new recipes

Always refer to your library

Once you’ve got a well stocked recipe library, MacGourmet Deluxe can help you make better use of what you have on hand. Click the Ingredient Search button and use the + button to create fields for each of the ingredients you have on hand (or can’t get a hold of). When ready, click Search to scour your recipe library for a dish that fits your needs exactly.

Scour your recipe library

Meal planning your week with ease

The app makes it easy to come up with a realistic plan for your week’s meals. Click the Mealplan tab and select Weekly Planner to open the planner tab. Click and drag recipes you’d like to make for each meal into the planner window to assign them to different dates and meals. Drage the meal headings from the right-hand panel to schedule your meals for each day.

Plan a meal

Create shopping lists for the future

To generate a shopping list, start by highlighting the recipes you’re planning to make. Click and drag them to the Shopping tab and the app will automatically generate a printable checklist of all their ingredients.

MacGourmet Deluxe helps keep all your cooking knowledge in one place so you can focus on what matters: watching the stove! Check it out on Setapp.

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