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YummySoup!

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For about 6 months now I have been using a great piece of software to help catalogue the recipes I use, plus it makes the shopping and prep processes easier too. In this entry I will talk about this great little piece of shareware by a Mac only shareware developer : YummySoup!

Whenever I can, I will evaluate shareware as well as commercial software. There are many great Mac shareware developers out there writing apps that take advantage of some of the special features on the Mac. Shareware developers are often very passionate about their product and very responsive to suggestions. YummySoup! has been regularly updated adding new features and improving existing ones.

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You can define categories to hold your recipes in the sidebar on the left. Clicking on a recipe group (Beef shown here) displays the recipes in that group by either their preview icon picture (top) or in a sortable list view (bottom).

YummySoup! has an interface very much like the other Apple iApps such as iPhoto or iTunes. This makes it both familiar and easy to use. There is a sidebar that organizes the recipes by user definable categories. These are stored in your local library. There are also links to an online recipe library containing recipes contributed by YummySoup! users to an online database. When you click on a recipe group, such as Beef, in the sidebar the various recipes are displayed at the top of the main part of the window. This list can be displayed two ways. By the preview picture you’ve assigned to the recipe or by a sortable list view. You can sort the list view by Recipe Name, Time to Prepare, Your Rating etc.

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The Edit mode. Descriptive items at the top, ingredient list in the middle and the recipe description at the bottom

To add a new recipe you go to the Group you wish to use and hit the “+” symbol. YummySoup! seems similar to many FileMaker Pro databases I have used. There are pop up fields for all of the various categories which use auto-complete to help speed the data entry. You can customize the various lists to add your own auto-complete items. The top portion of the Edit fields contains information about the recipe source, description, prep times, rating, difficulty, number or servings & ethnicity. Below that is the area where you list the ingredients. Last below the Ingredients field is an area where you type the directions.

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For a web import: Drag the URL from your browser to a recipe group in YummySoup! (top) and a new recipe is created (bottom). All the fields are filled in complete with a picture.

Speaking of typing the directions: You don’t necessarily have to type the recipes in manually. YummySoup! also allows you to drag and drop a url from your web browser into the recipe group in Yummy Soup. A new recipe is created with the various fields filled in for you. When I was researching quesadilla recipes I imported several recipes from the Food Network and I was pleasantly surprised that every field was filled in, and filled in properly. The sites supported at the date of this entry are: AllRecipes.com, BBCGoodFood.com, Epicurious.com, FoodandWine.com, FoodNetwork.com, KraftFoods.com, MarthaStewart.com, MyRecipes.com, RachelRayMagazine.com, VegetarianTimes.com, Williams-Sonoma.com, Yum-O.org. A new site seems to be added every few upgrades.

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Once you have some recipes in you can search by many different criteria.

Once you have some recipes entered YummySoup! makes shopping easier. You can create one or more grocery lists. You can add or remove ingredients from this grocery list. If you have multiple lists, YummySoup! can generate a consolidated list where all of the same ingredient are grouped together for you. I store many grocery lists for my own use. I edit the different lists to remove the ingredients I always have on hand.

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YummySoup! make shopping easier by creating grocery lists.

Once you have the ingredients on hand, YummySoup! makes the prep easy too. While you can display the recipe on screen in a view that looks like the traditional edit mode or print out the recipe-there is an even better way. YummySoup! can go into a full screen mode that looks like the Front Row interface found on many recent Apple laptops. Just like when you are using Front Row, the Apple remote can be used to navigate your recipe lists. This full screen mode is great because it displays the recipe in large white type on a black background. Even with my aging eyes I can read this from across the room. I can keep my laptop on the kitchen table 6 feet away form where I am working and still read the text. Better yet where laptops and food and liquids don’t mix, the laptop is 6 feet (1.75 m) away from any spills.

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Full screen mode lets you read the recipe from across the room keeping your laptop a safe distance away from your prep area.

So there you have it. If you own a Mac and like cooking, check out YummySoup! There are other features I didn’t describe here that take advantage of your Mac. There is backup and restore to your .Mac site and the recipe directions can be read to you. There is an any site importer that is supposed to import recipes from any text or PDF file. I will post the link to the developer’s web site below. Check out Yummy Soup! There is a 15 day free trial period and if you like it the cost is only $20. It has made preparing recipes easier in several ways, it can do the same for you too.
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