My motto is, have food, will cook. Or, is it, have food, will eat. It’s one of those. Food is merely the common denominator.
As a veteran Mac user and Mac360’s resident foodie, it is my privilege to try out all the Mac cooking apps. First, there was Eat. Pray. Love. For Mac users, it’s Organize, Plan, Shop, Cook. Oh, and Eat. In that order. How? If you or your spouse or SO are foodies, read on.
The Professional’s Gourmet App
My Mac is loaded with apps that help me cook. Recipe management apps. Wine and spirits management apps. Even an app that shows me how to make beer in my own bathtub.
The last one is an attempt to appease my husband’s less virtuous tastes.
Me? I want something in the gourmet level.
I want something in the Organize, Plan, Shop, Cook, and Eat section of the Mac360 Mac App Store. Hello, new version of MacGourmet.
Good Yesterday, Great Today
Alright fellow foodies, get ready for a treat. MacGourmet is back. iTunes for food. Create and edit recipes. Get recipes. Manage appetizers and desserts. Make your friends envy your kitchen prowess.
I’m just hours into the latest version and update of MacGourmet and I’m in love all over again. Forget all that fruit hanging on trees in the Garden of Eden. This is the way God intended for recipes and food to be managed.
Just like iTunes for food, MacGourmet is instantly usable.
The entire Library of Recipes, Notes, Shopping Lists, and Wine is in the left column. Ditto for all your own lists, which can range from Top Rated to Salads to Sides to Soups to Appetizers, to infinity and beyond.
You can make your own cookbooks using an optional plug-in that can organize your recipes into chapters, complete with images, and printable as a personal PDF cookbook for friends.
Nutrition is all the rage in the early 21st century (and highly overrated, if you ask me, the tall woman without a bathroom scale), so MacGourmet also provide nutritional information for your recipes using a database provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (and another optional plug-in—do you see the trend?).
Do We Need To Cook With This Many Features?
MacGourmet is like a digital pantry of cooking features, all designed to help you become a gourmet, stay a gourmet if you’re already a gourmet, and help you to reduce the weight of your savings, by increasing your credit card balance.
Publish your recipes to your MobileMe account. Import and export recipes from MasterCook or Meal-Master.
Pump up the fonts to use MacGourmet in the kitchen on your MacBook, and sync your personal gourmet goodies (or, everything) with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad version of MacGourmet touch (yet another optional purchase).
Because it’s easy to say you’re a gourmet, and easy to use Mac apps that say they’re gourmet, there’s MacGourmet Deluxe (don’t you just love the constant up sell of plug-ins and options?), a hefty heavy duty version with more edible bells and whistles (I’ll dig into the Deluxe version once I’ve gained a little weight using the standard version).
MacGourmet is about the best Mac app ever for managing recipes and creating nutritional meals. The standard version isn’t even expensive, though the migration from basic to multiple plug-ins can nearly double the total price.
Is it worth it? Yeah, especially since daily usage will practically guarantee the need to shop for a new wardrobe.