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TIP: Double-click on Overview on the left to open it in a separate window and refer to it while learning your way with Shop'NCook.
Click on the recipes on the left to view the recipes. The ingredients that are underlined are linked recipes. To view the linked recipe, just click on the link. Click on the picture to see it full size. Click on the Ingredients tab to see the list of the ingredients. Double-click on a recipe name to open it in the scaling window and change the number of servings or the serving size/yield. A few recipes are included here for illustration purpose. You can also select another cookbook in the Cookbooks menu. See "Importing cookbooks" below for adding more cookbooks.
FINDING A RECIPE
Click on the Get Recipes button of the toolbar to open a page in your browser and search for a recipe on the Internet. Once you found a recipe you like, select it with the mouse. Drag and drop it on the panel of the recipe manager to import it into Shop'NCook. You can add a picture also with drag and drop.
ADDING A RECIPE
Beside drag & drop (see "Finding a recipe" above), you can add a recipe in the following ways:
- Click on New to add a new recipe, paste or type the recipe in the wizard and click OK. The recipe is interpreted and displayed in the editor.
- Use the "Import From Clipboard" function from the File menu.
Create a cookbook in the Cookbooks menu to organize your recipes and classify them in as many categories as you want.
Many cookbooks and recipe collections can be directly imported into the program as free download. Go to the Browser tab and follow the link to the collection of free cookbooks. To import your own collection of recipes, write all your recipes in a text file, separate each recipe by a line of seven hyphens or more (-------). Import the file with the Import function of the File menu.
MENUS (Menu and Pro editions only)
Drag your recipes to the calendar and organize them in menu to plan your meals. Set the number of servings of each menu to adjust automatically your recipes. In the Menus tab, select the number of days for which you want to display your menus. Click on the lib button below the Menu table to save menus to the library or import from the library.
MAKING SHOPPING LISTS
Use the Add button of the toolbar to add the ingredients of a recipe, of a menu or of your whole meal planning period to the shopping list. The quantities are automatically converted to your preferred shopping units. Click on the Shopping List tab to display the shopping list manager. You can browse the ingredients of the database by clicking on the category names on the left. A selection of the main articles is displayed at start. Select "Extended list" in the Tools menu to see all the articles. Check or uncheck articles to include them or remove them from the current shopping list. Click on Edit to add new ingredients, change the preferred shopping units, or sort the ingredients by aisles. Go to the Sublist tab to prepare lists of articles to add conveniently to the shopping list.
Your recipe nutritional analysis is automatically calculated and displayed at the bottom of the recipes and at the bottom of menus in single menu mode. You can disable it in the preferences. To see which ingredients are included in the analysis, click on the Ingredients tab of the recipe: only the ingredients in black are included. The meaning of the colors is as follows:
- red: the ingredients is not in the database or has not been recognized;
- blue: the quantity of the ingredient is not specified or unknow of the program for the given ingredient;
- green: the nutritional data is not defined for the given ingredient.
See the help for more information.
In the Shopping List tab, click on the question mark next to an ingredient to visualize its nutritional data. You can also edit the nutrition and unit conversion data of each ingredient there.
COSTING (Pro edition only)
Click on the Costing button of the Recipe and Menu managers to display the break down of the cost per ingredient. A color code is used, similar to the one for nutritional analysis above. See the help for more information. Food cost data is entered by editing the database in the shopping list tab. You can also import a default cost database by the selecting Import Cost Data in the Costing menu of the Shopping List manager.
Recipes, menus and shopping lists can be sent by e-mail with the Send button. You can also export them in plain text or HTML format. The Share button of the Recipe manager allows you to upload a recipe to the online recipe database to share with other Shop'NCook users through the Direct Access tab and on internet at http://www.therecipedatabase.com/ . You can share your cookbooks with friends and family with the free software Shop'NCook Reader.
See the help for more information. You can click on the Help button of the Toolbar to open a context-dependant help in your main browser. Also, do not miss the numerous options in the Preferences that afford many ways to customize the shopping lists, recipes and nutritional analysis. You open the preferences in the Shop'NCook menu on Mac OS X and in the Edit menu on Windows.
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