Mastercook 14 - MasterCook Support

Mastercook 14 - MasterCook Support
Welcome to Mastercook 14 (exe version 14.00.20)
You can get additional support at any time by going to www.mastercook.com or watching our getting started tutorial.
Use this navigation bar to open help topics about a MasterCook feature.
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Important Information for Mastercook 14
What's New In MasterCook 14
User Data Files
Using MasterCook
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License Agreement
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Important Information Regarding MasterCook 14
1. MasterCook will not run on a limited user account.
2. MasterCook Data Files (IE cookbooks and data files) are stored in the following directory by default (See User Data Files.)
For Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\MasterCook 14
For Windows Vista and newer
C:\Users\Public\Documents\MasterCook 14
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4. To view Tip Videos you must have QuickTime installed. You can download QuickTime from www.quicktime.com
5. To view the bonus cookbook PDF files you must have a program that opens PDF files.
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What's New In MasterCook 14
What's New in Mastercook 14
Many stability and performance improvements
Custom installation option for the MC Tools folder and cookbook folders
Change font size on recipe edit screen in MasterCook Preferences
New fraction/decimal settings in the General tab of the Preferences
MasterCook 14 introduces a new export file format called MZ2, which allows users to include images when exporting a
recipe
New authenticated SMTP E-mail support for web mail services like Gmail, Hotmail, & Yahoo Mail
When creating a new ingredient, you can base your values off of an existing ingredient by clicking "Save As" in the
Ingredient Dialog
Easily change units and get unit change suggestions on the recipe edit screen (useful after scaling a recipe)
Enhanced configuration of files to support sharing collections and tools using services like Google Drive, Microsoft Sky
Drive, and Drop Box
Updated system colors with refreshed Home screen to connect to MasterCook.com and video tutorials
Introducing MasterCook.com
Create an account on MasterCook.com
Unlock the recipes from your PC by uploading them to your account on MasterCook.com and view them on any mobile
or desktop browser on any device
Utilize the new Web Import technology that allows importing recipes from any web browser with a click of a button
New recipe detection feature extracts core recipe information from web pages automatically
Download recipes from your MasterCook.com account into MasterCook 14
View trending recipes from around the web and easily add them to your collection
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User Data Files
If you have used a previous version of MasterCook you will need to know where to find your data. Your data is stored in
various files on your computer. Their location depends on which versions of Windows and MasterCook you previously used.
Below is a list of files that contains your data. You should keep these backed up on a regular basis. Close MasterCook and use
Windows to copy them to another disk or drive or use the MasterCook Backup and Merge Utility. The program will default
install these files. Of course they will be empty of your data, so you will need to replace the files the program installs with those
that contain your data and refresh MasterCook (select Refresh File List from the Tools menu) afterward.
Your recipe/cookbook data is stored in two file types on your computer. The *.mc2 file contains the text of your cookbook. The
*.mcx contains the images of your cookbook. If your cookbook doesn't have any photos there will not be an *.mcx file. These
files belong together in a collection folder for MasterCook. You can use Windows to either place them in an existing collection
folder or create a new folder on your computer and use the Manage Collections command from the Tools menu in MasterCook
to ADD the folder as a collection to MasterCook. If you place the cookbook files into an existing collection folder on the
computer, such as the My Collection folder, you will need to start up MasterCook and select Refresh File List from the Tools
menu, so MasterCook will re-inventory its folders and show the content in the program. If you edit or add ingredients to the
Ingredient List in MasterCook those changes are stored within the MC Ingredients.ing file on your computer. When
MasterCook is not running, use Windows to locate your file and copy it and replace the one that installs with MasterCook.
Which files contain my content?
In the Collection Folders:
.pln - meal plans
.mnu - menus
.mc2 - cookbook text
.mcx - cookbook pictures
In the MC Tools Folder:
.bl - ingredient substitutions
.el - ingredient equivalents
.mcd - print designs
.mcp - paper definitions
.pl - pantry
.sl - shopping lists
.src - saved search criteria
MC Ingredients.ing - ingredient file (if you edited it)
MC Prep Methods.mtd - ingredient preparation list
MC Alt Sources.mtd - alternate source labels
MC Alt Times.mtd - alternate times labels
MC Wine List.wl - wine list
MC Favorites.mfv - favorites
MC Tips.mtf - Tips file (if you edited it)
MC Tips.mcx - Tips pictures (if you edited Tips file or added a picture)
userdic.tlx - words added to dictionary for spellchecker
Using MasterCook
MasterCook works much the same way as printed cookbooks do. Recipes are stored in files on your computer called cookbooks,
and cookbooks are stored in groups called Collections in folders on your computer. The .mc2 files contain the text of your
cookbook. The .mcx files contain the photos of your cookbook. If your cookbook doesnDt have any photos there will not be
an .mcx file. MasterCook accesses these files together while you use the program. Keep the .mc2 and .mcx files backed up on a
regular basis.
You can access recipes in MasterCook in many different ways. You can browse through the cookbooks, refer to the MasterList,
use the Recipe Browser, search for a specific recipe with the Search feature, and more.
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The Navigation Bar
The Toolbar
Opening Additional Windows
In MasterCook you can have several windows open at once. You can switch back and forth between them and even drag and
drop between them. For example, you can drag a recipe for Eggs Benedict from the Recipe Browser onto a Breakfast Menu.
To open another window, use the New Window command in the File menu.
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Moving and Resizing a Window
Moving and Resizing a Window
You can move the windows around on-screen so you can work with several at once and still be able to view things clearly in
each one.
To move a window:
1. Click the title bar at the top of the window you want to move.
2. Click and drag it to the part of the screen where you want it and release the mouse button.
To resize a window:
Move the cursor to the edge of the window until it changes to a double sided arrow.
1. Click and drag the edge of the window to the size you want.
You can also resize the columns and panes in some windows. For example, if you are making a shopping list and want the Store
Location column to be larger, move your cursor to the left or right edge of the Store Location text box. Your cursor will change
to a split-bar arrow; you can drag the column wider or narrower. The split-bar cursor is available in several areas, such as
Recipe Display where you can resize most of the window panes both horizontally and vertically.
To resize a column or pane in MasterCook:
1. Move your cursor to the edge of a pane or column.
2. If the cursor changes to a split arrow you can resize it.
3. Click and drag the pane or column to the desired size.
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Opening Additional Windows
Quick Keys
CTRL + A
CTRL + B
CTRL + C
CTRL + D
CTRL + E
CTRL + F
CTRL + G
CTRL + H
CTRL + I
CTRL + J
CTRL + K
CTRL + L
CTRL + M
CTRL + N
CTRL + O
CTRL + P
CTRL + Q
CTRL + R
CTRL + S
CTRL + T
CTRL + U
CTRL + V
CTRL + W
CTRL + X
CTRL + Y
CTRL + Z
CTRL + DEL
Left Arrow
Right Arrow
Up Arrow
TAB
Down Arrow
ALT + A
Select All
Cookbook Browser
Copy
New Window
Ingredient List
Find or Replace
Import Assistant
Search Screen
Insert Row
Nutritional Analysis
Spell Check
MasterList
Export & Mail
New Document
Open
Print Selected or Open Document
Quit
Meal Manager
Save
Tips
Favorites
Paste
Close Window
Cut
Redo
Undo
Clear
Left One Unit
Right One Unit
Up One Unit or Line
Next Field or Button
Down One Unit or Line
Add To
ALT + B
ALT + C
ALT + E
ALT + F
ALT + G
ALT + H
ALT + I
ALT + K
ALT + L
ALT + N
ALT + P
ALT + R
ALT + S
ALT + T
ALT + U
ALT + W
ALT + X
ALT + Y
ALT + Z
ALT + F4
Fl
ESC
DEL
ENTER
HOME
END
F12
Recipe Browser Screen
Contents Screen
Edit Menu
File Menu
Edit Recipe
Help Menu
Ingredients Menu
Scale
Look Up/Link To
Wine List
Print Design
Open Recipe
Substitutions
Tools Menu
Customize Book
Website
Edit Ratings
Yields and Equivalents
Analyze Cost
Quit
Help menu
Cancel
Delete
OK
To the Beginning of the Line
To the End of the Data
Save As
What Is the MasterList?
The MasterList lets you see how all your MasterCook files are organized and allows you to rearrange things instantly, drag and
drop to other parts of the program, and open any document. You can open the MasterList at any time by selecting it from the
navigation bar.
You can perform actions on items in the MasterList using the options in the menu and in the right-click menu, and by dragging
and dropping items from one pane to the other.
The MasterList lets you do nearly everything you need to do faster. ItDs helpful because itDs in its own tidy little window and it
includes all of your MasterCook files, not just your recipes. Try dragging and dropping a recipe from the MasterList to a menu.
Access common actions from the right-click menu in the MasterList D just right click an item to open the menu.
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Accessing What You Need in the MasterList
Modifying the MasterList
Opening and Using Two MasterLists at Once
Closing the MasterList
Accessing What You Need in the MasterList
The MasterList shows you the hierarchy of the many different types of items you have at your fingertips.
Basic Know-How:
If you canDt see the whole name of an item on the left-hand side, hold your cursor over it for a second. A small pop-up window
opens showing you the full name.
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Opening Items from the MasterList
Modifying the MasterList
Opening Items from the MasterList
You can open recipes (or other items) straight from the MasterList .
To open an item from the MasterList:
1. Select what it is you want to open. You can select more than one item.
2. Select Open from the MasterList File menu, or from the right-click menu. You can also double-click an item in the right
pane.
Modifying the MasterList
ItDs fun just to refer to your MasterList every now and then to see if everything is in order. What should you do when you see
something thatDs out of place? First copy it, paste it into the correct cookbook, then delete the recipe from the original
cookbook.
To copy an item:
1. Select the item you want to copy.
2. Select Copy from the Edit menu or from the right-click menu.
3. The item is sent to the Clipboard and is ready to be pasted somewhere.
To paste an item:
1. Select a folder in the left pane where you want the item to be pasted.
2. Select Paste from the Edit menu or from the right-click menu.
3. The item is pasted directly into the selected folder.
To delete one or more items:
1. Select the item(s) you want to delete.
2. Select Delete from the Edit menu or from the right-click menu.
3. The item(s) will be deleted.
Remember that deleted items are gone for good, not put in the Recycle Bin like in some other programs. YouDll probably only
want to do serious deleting if youDre running low on space or memory.
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Opening and Using Two MasterLists at Once
Dragging and Dropping Items
Dragging and Dropping Items
A quick way to rearrange the items in MasterList is to drag and drop them to where they should be. You can drag and drop
items from one pane to the other in a single MasterList, or you can open a second MasterList and drag and drop items between
the two.
CAUTION: Do not drop items into the left pane of the MasterList window. Only drag and drop items into the right pane of the
MasterList window.
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Modifying the MasterList
Opening and Using Two MasterLists at Once
Opening and Using Two MasterLists at Once
One way to organize your information quickly and easily is to open two MasterLists at once.
Basic Know-How:
You will always have only one MasterList. You can open two, but changes are made universally. For example, if you copy the
Chili recipe from BobDs Cookbook in the first MasterList and paste it into the Family Recipes Cookbook in a second
MasterList, the changes will be made to both lists. Opening two MasterLists simply helps you view things easier and mover
them around quicker.
To open another MasterList:
1. From the File menu, select Open New MasterList.
2. The second MasterList opens next to the first.
When more than one MasterList is open, you can:
?search through both lists at once
?drag and drop items from one list to another
?copy and paste items from one list to another
?look at two different parts of the MasterList at once
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Closing the MasterList
Dragging and Dropping Items
Closing the MasterList
If the MasterList doesnDt fit your style of searching for information, you can close it by clicking the X in the upper-right corner
or by selecting Close MasterList from the File menu.
Basic Search
It takes time to find a recipe in a printed cookbook, especially if you donDt have a particular recipe in mind. With MasterCook
you can find a recipe that will use what you have in the pantry by doing a search based on those items. Or you can look for
recipes using particular cuts of meat or vegetables, find meals suitable for special events and more. The search feature in
MasterCook makes finding things fast and easy... even when you donDt know what youDre looking for.
To do a basic search:
On the Search screen, type in a keyword or words, for example, rice and beans, and configure the search.
The search options:
?If you choose Include the search results will include all the recipes containing the words rice and beans.
?If you choose Exclude the search results will contain recipes without the words rice and beans.
?The All command will direct the search to look for recipes that include all of your keywords.
?The Any command will cause the search function to find references to any of the keywords. With the keywords rice and beans
the search results will include all recipes that contain the word rice, all the recipes that contain the word beans, and all the
recipes that contain both words.
Note: The search results will also include any recipes with the word and. To keep your searches accurate try not to use articles,
prepositions, etc. unless they are necessary in the search phraseDfor instance, DHearts of Palm Salad.D
?If you select the As a Phrase command the search results will include items that contain the keyword text in the order you
typed it. For example, the keyword rice and beans will result in recipes that contain that exact phrase only.
Hot Tip:
If you want to avoid finding DhamburgerD when you are searching for DhamD, use As a Phrase and put a space after the word
DhamD. As a Phrase recognizes things like spaces where Any and All do not.
Next, choose what you want to search in the Search In field. You can search cookbooksDall of them or specific onesDmenus,
meal plans or tips.
To specify which cookbooks to search:
1. Click the down arrow next to the Search In field and click the Select Cookbooks to Search option.
2. Select from the list that appears and click DONE. Use the CTRL and SHIFT key for multiple selections.
3. The list of cookbooks you specified will appear below the Search In field.
Click the SEARCH button to begin the search. A progress bar will appear indicating what is being searched and how quickly the
search is going. Depending on how many cookbooks, menus, meal plans or tips being searched it may take a moment. You can
stop the search by clicking the STOP button, but if the item you are looking for has not yet been found youDll have to the run
the search again to find it.
See Also:
Expanded Search
Fine-tuning a search
Limit Search To
Opening a Recipe from a Search Results List
Removing Items from a Search List
Saving and Deleting Search Criteria
Using Pre-defined Searches
Search for Recipes to Delete
Fine-tuning a Search
The number of recipes located in the search are displayed at the bottom of the Search Results field. If the search results for your
keywords rice and beans are too numerous you can try to reduce them to a more manageable number by using more or
different key words. For example, adding the word Mexican would narrow the search and return fewer items.
When you repeat a search you can integrate the new search results with the previous results or you can replace the previous
search results with the new list. To add to the list, click the Add to Found Items button in the Modify Search Results field. To
replace the list, click the Replace Found Items button.
Check the Found Items Only box to search only the items in the list from the previous search.
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Expanded Search
Limit Search To
Saving and Deleting Search Criteria
Opening a Recipe from a Search Results List
You can open, copy or delete recipes directly from the search results list.
To open a recipe from the search results list double-click the recipe or select it and click the Recipe Display icon, or select it and
click the Recipe Edit icon.
Computer Whiz!
To save yourself time, open two windows and drag and drop a recipe from the Search Results list to a cookbook, menu, meal
plan or shopping list. For instance, if you want to create a shopping list for a recipe found in the search:
1. Select New Window from the File menu to open a second window.
2. In the second window, click on Shopping on the navigation bar
3. Open the list you want to add the recipe to or create a new one.
4. Resize both windows so you can see each one on-screen at the same time.
5. Highlight the recipe in the search results list and then drag and drop the recipe onto the shopping list.
Removing Items from a Search List
You can remove items from the results list in order to reduce the list or to remove recipes you donDt want. Select a recipe and
click the REMOVE ITEM button or use the Remove command from the Edit menu. The item will be removed from the search
results list, but will remain intact in its original location in MasterCook. Use the Undo Remove command on the Edit menu if
you make a mistake.
Note: Do not use the Delete command on the Edit menu unless you want to permanently delete a recipe from the MasterCook
program. The Undo command will not restore a deleted file.
Search for Recipes to Delete
You can use search to find recipes you do not want to keep, and then quickly delete them from your cookbooks.
To delete recipes from cookbooks using the Search window:
1. Do a search to create a Found Items list.
2. In the Found Items list, select one or more recipes that you want to delete.
3. Open the Edit menu and select the option. The selected recipe(s) are deleted from your cookbook(s).
Note: If you want to keep the recipes in your cookbooks but remove them from your Found Items list, use the Remove Item
button.
Expanded Search
Click on the EXPANDED SEARCH button to see the Expanded Search screen for more options.
To configure an expanded search click on a condition in the Limit Search To: list and select the criteria.
For example, if you want to limit your search to a specific recipe category click on the Recipe Categories search condition. Click
the SELECT FROM LIST radio button and then choose one or more of the categories to include or exclude. Press the SHIFT key
while clicking the categories if they are contiguous or the CTRL key if they are not. Click the INCLUDE or EXCLUDE button and
then click the ADD button to finish your configuration. Now click the SEARCH button to perform the search based on the
conditions you specified.
The ADD button will add search criteria to the Search Cookbooks for Recipes That field.
The REMOVE button will remove search criteria to the Search Cookbooks for Recipes That field. Select the criteria and click
the button.
The CLEAR ALL button will remove all the search criteria to the Search Cookbooks for Recipes That field.
NOTE: The default for each search condition in the Limit Search To field is All.
In the Modify Search Results field you can choose to have the new search appended to the old search list, replace the items in the
list with those found in the new search or you can search the found items only.
The expanded search criteria are:
Keyword
Recipe Categories
Cost per Serving
Ingredients to Use
Ingredients to Avoid
Ingredients in Pantry
Nutrition
Cuisine
Ratings
More Info
Time
Title
Sub Title
You can use search conditions together by clicking the ADD button after selecting each condition in the Limit Search To field. All
the conditions you add to the search configuration will appear in the Search all Cookbooks for Recipes That: field. To remove a
condition, highlight the condition and click the REMOVE button. Click the CLEAR ALL button to remove them all.
Click the SEARCH button to perform the expanded search. A progress bar will appear indicating what is being searched and
how quickly the search is going. Depending on how many cookbooks, menus, meal plans or tips being searched it may take a
moment. You can stop the search by clicking the STOP button, but if the item you are looking for has not yet been found youDll
have to the run the search again to find it.
To return to the basic search window click the BACK TO KEYWORD button.
See Also:
Fine-tuning a search
Limit Search To
Opening a Recipe from a Search Results List
Removing Items from a Search List
Saving and Deleting Search Criteria
Using Pre-defined Searches
Search for Recipes to Delete
Limit Search To
To configure an expanded search click on a condition in the Limit Search To: list and select the criteria.
For example, if you want to limit your search to a specific recipe category click on the Recipe Categories search condition. Click
the SELECT FROM LIST radio button and then choose one or more of the categories to include or exclude. Press the SHIFT key
while clicking the categories if they are contiguous or the CTRL key if they are not. Click the INCLUDE or EXCLUDE button and
then click the ADD button to finish your configuration. Now click the SEARCH button to perform the search based on the
conditions you specified.
The expanded search criteria are:
Keyword
Recipe Categories
Cost per Serving
Ingredients to Use
Ingredients to Avoid
Ingredients in Pantry
Nutrition
Cuisine
Ratings
More Info
Time
Title
Sub Title
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Expanded Search
Fine-tuning a search
Using Pre-Defined Searches
MasterCook includes several pre-defined searches for special dietary needs. These searches provide only a small example of
how powerful the search mechanism is in MasterCook. The pre-defined searches are simply search criteria saved to a file.
When you save search criteria to a file, it will be displayed in the pre-defined list on the basic search screen.
Viewing a Predefined Search
To view an existing predefined search, simply navigate to the basic search screen and highlight a search name in the list of
predefined searches. To open the search, you can either double-click on it or press the DOpenD button. The saved search
criteria will then be displayed in the expanded search screen. At this point you can click the DSearchD button to launch the
search.
Note: You can also add your own criteria to customize the search even more.
Deleting a Pre-defined Search
To delete a pre-defined search, just highlight the search name and press the delete button.
Note: If you delete a search that you currently have open, the search will not disappear from the list until you close the search.
See Also:
Expanded Search
Fine-tuning a search
Limit Search To
Opening a Recipe from a Search Results List
Removing Items from a Search List
Saving and Deleting Search Criteria
Using Pre-defined Searches
Search for Recipes to Delete
Finding and Opening a Cookbook
Printed cookbooks are usually organized by category. In MasterCook you can choose which categories you would like to use for
your cookbooksDby the type of meal (desserts, appetizers, breads), by the time of day you eat it (breakfast, brunch, lunch,
dinner), and so forth.
However you decide to organize your recipes, MasterCook makes it easy for you to manage them. Each cookbook can hold up
to 12,000 recipes, but keep in mind that the larger the cookbook the slower the search and sort times. Your recipes are stored
within the cookbook files on your computer. They are the .mc2 and .mcx files. The .mc2 file contains the text of your cookbook.
The .mcx contains the photos. If your cookbook doesn't have any photos, there will not be an .mcx file. Keep your cookbook
files backed up on a regular basis.
To open a cookbook, click the word Cookbooks on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. The Cookbook Browser
window appears.
There are two ways to view the cookbooks: by Book or by Title. Click the Book tab to see thumbnails of the cookbooks or the
Title tab to see the list of cookbooks by title.
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
Creating a New Cookbook
Customizing a Cookbook
Deleting an Entire Cookbook
Renaming & Copying Cookbooks
Creating a New Cookbook
You can create your own cookbook and add recipes to it for use with MasterCook. You can share the cookbooks with your
friends and family too.
Note: MasterCook includes an empty cookbook called DMy CookbookD. You can use this as your personal cookbook or create
another.
To create a new cookbook:
1. Click the New button on the toolbar or choose New Cookbook from the File menu.
2. Type a name for your new cookbook.
3. Choose a collection where you want the cookbook stored.
4. Click the box to use the categories you create.
5. Click the MANAGE COLLECTIONS button if you want to make changes to the cookbook collections, such as add, remove
or rename.
Click OK when youDre finished.
Hot Tip
One way to customize the new cookbook to your own needs is to define a set of your own categories to apply to the recipes. You
need to create your own category template before you create the new cookbook.
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Closing a Cookbook
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
Customizing a Cookbook
Deleting an Entire Cookbook
Renaming & Copying Cookbooks
Customizing a Cookbook
You can modify several different things in your cookbook in the Customize Book screen.
To customize a cookbook:
1. Select the cookbook you wish to customize by clicking it once.
2. Click the arrow next to the cookbook and select the Customize command from the list or select Customize Cookbook from the
Tools menu.
3. On the Book tab you can change the name and description of the cookbook by typing in the appropriate field. You can also
make the name all capitals or title case. If you make a change and donDt like it, use the Reset button.
4. Click the Recipe tab to modify the look of the recipe titles in your cookbook. You can convert them all to title case or capitals.
5. Click the Cover tab to modify the cookbookDs cover. You can center the art, distort it or tile it to fit the cover. You can also
replace the art.
6. Click the Page Display tab to modify the on-screen display of your cookbook. You can change the layout from horizontal to
vertical as well as the recipe field properties. Select the field you want to alter and then choose the font, size, style and color you
want it to appear in. Click the OTHER button to see more colors.
None of these changes affect how your recipes appear when printed.
7. Click APPLY to see how your changes appear.
8. Click DONE when you are finished.
Hot Tip:
For best results, when inserting your own picture pick a graphic that is the same proportion as the book (same width and
height)
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Closing a Cookbook
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
Creating a New Cookbook
Deleting an Entire Cookbook
Renaming & Copying Cookbooks
Renaming & Copying Cookbooks
MasterCook cookbooks are stored as files. You can save the files so the data isn't lost when you turn off your computer. These
files are stored on your hard disk or on removable media and can be copied to different directories and disks.
You can make a copy of a cookbook with the Save Cookbook As command in the File menu. But remember, when you do this all
the changes you make will be saved to the new copy of your cookbook. The old cookbook will remain unchanged unless you
open it and make the same changes.
To save a copy of a cookbook with a different name:
1. Choose Save Cookbook As from the File menu.
2. Type a new name for the cookbook.
3. You can make other changes too. Choose to place the new cookbook in a different collection, elect to use or not use your
unique categories, and more. Click the OK button when youDre finished. A copy of the cookbook will be created using the new
name.
This is a useful feature if you want to rename a cookbook, copy it for a friend or to make a back up copy of a cookbook.
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Closing a Cookbook
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
Creating a New Cookbook
Customizing a Cookbook
Deleting an Entire Cookbook
Backing Up Cookbooks and Other Files
If you make frequent changes or additions to your MasterCook cookbooks, menus, meal plans, shopping lists, and other files,
you should use the backup functionality of MasterCook Backup and Merge regularly to easily back up your data.
Your recipes are stored within the cookbook files on your computer. They are the .mc2 and .mcx files. The .mc2 file contains the
text of your cookbook. The .mcx contains the photos. If your cookbook doesn't have any photos, there will not be an .mcx file.
To start MasterCook Backup and Merge you can launch it from anywhere within the MasterCook program application by
going to File \ Backup and Merge
When the software opens, it will open with the DMergeD tab displayed. Click on the DBackupD tab to show the backup
window. The backup window should show the current version of MasterCook followed by a series of nodes that represent the
different files that can be backed up. You can click on the D+D symbol to expand child nodes for those that have them. All of
the nodes have a checkmark next to them. The checkmark is what tells the program which files should be backed up. By
default, all of these nodes are checked. If you would like to Dturn ofD backup for a node, simply clear the checkbox. Notice that
if you check or uncheck a parent node, the child nodes are affected. You should take some time to look through the items to
make sure only the desired files are backed up.
Notice you can Dturn offD backup for an entire MasterCook Cookbook Collection by unchecking the checkbox next to it. You
may want to do this to save space on your hard drive.
The backup folder can be specified using the DBackup Selected Items To:D text box. Use the DDD button to browse for a
folder to backup the files to.
When you have all of the files checked that you want to backup, click the DBackupD button. This will start the backup process.
Do not try to use the MasterCook or Backup and Merge programs when the Backup is running. Let the program work. The
process may take several minutes to complete.
When completed, the backed up files should be located in the folder you specifed.
See Also:
Backup and Merge Overview
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Closing a Cookbook
With MasterCook, you can have more than one cookbook open at the same time in separate windows. You can click the DxD in
the upper right corner to close windows youDre done with, but be careful. You donDt want to close the main window.
To close a cookbook in a separate window:
1. Click the Close Window command on the File menu.
2. You will be prompted to save any changes.
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
Creating a New Cookbook
Customizing a Cookbook
Deleting an Entire Cookbook
Renaming & Copying Cookbooks
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
With MasterCook you can copy recipes quickly and easily from one cookbook to another.
To copy recipes from one cookbook to another:
1. Click Cookbooks on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Double-click the cookbook that you want to add recipes to. The Recipe Browser will appear.
3. Click MasterList on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
4. Select the recipe you want to move from the MasterList, right-click it and choose the Copy command from the list. Now
minimize the MasterList and return to the Recipe Browser.
5. Use the Paste Recipes command from the Edit menu and the recipe(s) will be copied into the cookbook. You can also copy
recipes from the Recipe Browser to a cookbook in the MasterList.
6. If you want to remove the recipe from the original cookbook youDll have to go back and delete it.
Note: You can also drag one or more recipes from a cookbook in the MasterList to an open cookbook in Recipe Browser.
Compressing Recipe Images in Cookbook
The pictures that are included in cookbooks can sometimes get quite large. To save room on your hard drive and make your
cookbooks easier to transfer, you can now compress the images in a cookbook.
To do this, simply open the cookbook that contains the images you would like to compress, and click on the DToolsD menu
option and then the DCompress Images in CookbookD sub menu option. You will be presented with a dialog box that allows
you to choose the compression type and factor. You can choose the setting that works best for you.
Deleting an Entire Cookbook
You may have no use for a cookbook and want to remove it from your system. But before you delete a cookbook, you might
want to consider making a copy just in case you change your mind. See the previous section for instructions on how to make a
copy of a cookbook.
To delete a cookbook:
1. Select the cookbook you want to delete. You can select the cookbook from the MasterList, or the Cookbook Browser.
2. Click the arrow to the right of the cookbook and select Delete Cookbook or select Delete Cookbook from the File menu or in
MasterList select the Delete command from the Edit menu.
3. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to delete the cookbook. This is a safety feature that gives you a chance to
make sure you really want to permanently remove the data.
4. Click YES or OK to delete the cookbook. The cookbook will be deleted. It cannot be retrieved.
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Closing a Cookbook
Copying Recipes from One Cookbook to Another
Creating a New Cookbook
Customizing a Cookbook
Renaming & Copying Cookbooks
Organizing your Cookbooks Using Collections
Cookbooks in MasterCook are organized in groups called Collections. These are folders on your computer where your
cookbook files reside. You can do several things with a collection that make it easier to organize your cookbooks. You can
create new collections, rename or reorganize them, add new cookbooks to collections, and remove whole collections.
IMPORTANT: Do not have more than one cookbook by the same name in multiple collection folders. Do not rename your files
outside of the program by using Windows. Use the Customize Cookbook command from the Tools menu to rename your
cookbook.
See Also:
Adding To a Collection
Creating a New Collection
Moving a Cookbook to a Different Collection
Removing Collections
Renaming a Collection
Moving a Cookbook to a Different Collection
You may find that a cookbook is better located in a different collection. In MasterCook you can easily reorganize collections by
moving cookbooks.
To move a cookbook to a different Collection:
1. Click Cookbook on the navigation bar to open the Cookbook Browser.
2. Select the Cookbook you want to move.
3. Select the Change Collection command on the Tools menu or right-click the cookbook and select Change Collection from the
list.
4. Click the down arrow to choose the new collection.
5. Click OK.
See Also:
Adding To a Collection
Creating a New Collection
Removing Collections
Renaming a Collection
Creating a New Collection
You can create a new collection for friends, family or a particular group you belong to.
To create a new Collection:
1. Click Cookbook on the navigation bar to open the Cookbook Browser.
2. Select the Manage Collections command from the Tools menu.
3. Select the location for the new Collection folder in the All Folders field. If the folder does not already exist, type a name
for the new folder in the Collection Location field.
Note: Be sure the appropriate path appears in the Collection Location field. For example:
For Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\MasterCook 14
For Vista and Newer
C:\Users\Public\Documents\Mastercook 14
4. Click the ADD button.
NOTE: If you are creating a new folder, you will be prompted to confirm the action. If the folder already exists it will be added
to the list of existing collections.
Alternative Method
You can also use Windows to create a folder on your computer and place your cookbook files into it. Then launch MasterCook
and select Manage Collections from the Tools menu. Select this folder that contains your cookbook files and press the ADD
button.
See Also:
Adding To a Collection
Moving a Cookbook to a Different Collection
Removing Collections
Renaming a Collection
Adding to a Collection
When you create a new cookbook you can add it to a Collection.
To add a new cookbook to a Collection:
1. Click Cookbook on the navigation bar to open the Cookbook Browser.
2. Select the New Cookbook command from the File menu.
3. Type a name for the new cookbook and then select a collection to add it to.
4. Click OK.
Note: You can also create a new collection using the MANAGE COLLECTIONS button in this window.
See Also:
Creating a New Collection
Moving a Cookbook to a Different Collection
Removing Collections
Renaming a Collection
Renaming a Collection
You can easily rename Collections too.
To rename a Collection:
1. Click Cookbook on the navigation bar to open the Cookbook Browser.
2. Select the Manage Collections command from the Tools menu.
Select the Collection folder you want to rename from the Existing Collections field.
3. Click the RENAME button.
4. Type the new name and click OK.
See Also:
Adding To a Collection
Creating a New Collection
Moving a Cookbook to a Different Collection
Removing Collections
Removing Collections
You can remove whole collections too.
To remove a Collection:
1. Click Cookbook on the navigation bar to open the Cookbook Browser.
Select the Manage Collections command from the Tools menu.
2. Select the Collection folder you want to remove from the Existing Collections field.
3. Click the REMOVE button.
4. Click DONE.
The Collection will be removed from MasterCook but will remain on your hard disk.
See Also:
Adding To a Collection
Creating a New Collection
Moving a Cookbook to a Different Collection
Renaming a Collection
Menus and MealPlans
Some people find it useful to create a weekly menu prior to grocery shopping. This way they know what and how much to buy.
With the Meal Manager feature you can manage family meals, while tracking nutrition, and simplify your shopping.
You can create a single menu, or meal plans to cover weeks or months at a time. This is especially useful when you must adhere
to a restricted diet.
A menu is a list of dishes to be eaten at one meal. A typical menu consists of a main dish or entree, one or two side dishes and a
dessert. A more elaborate menu might include soup, salad and bread, in addition to another entree, and be divided into courses.
A meal plan is a list of meals for one or more days. Each day includes three mealsDbreakfast, lunch and dinnerDand snacks.
See Also:
Creating a New Menu
Creating a New MealPlan
Using MasterCook's Calendar
Creating a New Menu
1. In the Meal Manager window, click the Menu tab and then double-click New at the top of the list, or click New and then click
the DISPLAY MENU button. You can also use the New Menu command on the File menu.
2. Type a name for the new menu in the Title field.
3. Use the MasterList to drag recipes directly onto the menu, right-click an empty row and use the Insert Recipe command, or
use the Insert Recipe command on the Edit menu.
Note: It is important to add recipes with one of these methodsDrather than typing the recipe name manuallyDif you want
accurate nutritional analyses. See Chapter 10: Nutrition for more information.
4. Assign a course to your menu, such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. ItDs not necessary, but if you do you can drag a menu into
a meal plan and it will be placed in the appropriate part of the day.
5. Type notes about the menu in the Notes field.
6. To scale all the recipes to the same servings, type the number of servings in the Menu Portions field.
7. Use the Save As command on the File menu to save your menu.
See Also:
Editing a Menu
Creating a New MealPlan
Editing a Menu
You can add, remove, replace or change recipes in the menu, as well as text, ingredients and subtitles. To add a recipe, rightclick an empty row on the menu and choose Insert Recipe from the list of commands.
Choose a cookbook and then scroll through the recipes to find the one you want. Select it and then click the INSERT RECIPE
button. The recipe will appear with the other items in the menu.
To replace a recipe, right-click the recipe and click the Insert Recipe command. Find the recipe you want and click the
REPLACE RECIPE button. The new recipe will replace the old recipe on the menu.
Click the CANCEL button to close the Insert Recipe window without making any changes.
To add text, ingredients and subtitles, click an empty row in the menu and type in the ingredient name, or the subtitle or text
you want to add. If youDre entering an ingredient, when the Ingredient Amount window appears fill in the Amount and Unit
information and click OK. If youDre entering text or a subtitle click the CANCEL button to dismiss the Ingredient Amount
window.
The item you add will appear with an I in the Row Properties Column. To change this, right-click the I and select the
appropriate property.
If you want to change a menu but save the old menu information, use the Save As command on the File menu. The modified
menu will be saved under a different name.
See Also:
Recipe Scaling
Recipe Scaling in Menus and MealPlans
Recipe Scaling adjusts individual ingredients to change the total quantity produced by the recipe. For instance, you might want
to make a bigger cake to serve more people.
You can also define how many portions the final dish will be divided into. Changing Portions does not scale the ingredients, but
divides a recipeDs total quantity into different sizes. The purpose of setting the Portions is that it will affect the nutritional
values per individual serving that MasterCook calculates. If you are not interested in the nutritional analysis, then setting
Portions is not important.
This scaling is done for recipes using the Recipe Scaling dialog. This dialog lets you specify two things D how much to scale the
recipe by (Scale recipe to serve) and the number of portions it is divided into (Recipe divided into). Typically, you will adjust
both to get the total amount and the size and number of servings that you want.
When you set the number of servings in a menu, MasterCook can scale all your recipes to match the menu's servings. If you
want a recipe to reflect something different, use the Recipe Scaling feature. Some reasons you might want to Recipe Scaling
include:
?You want to make a recipe's original size, but want to change the number of people it will serve. An example of this is a pie
that might not easily scale from eight servings to six. You would, of course, want to make the original recipe size and perhaps
cut it into six portions. By changing the portions, you can get proper nutritional information for the larger pieces of pie.
?You want to make all of a recipe, but only serve a portion of it. For example, you are creating a menu for six, but two are
vegetarian. You may decide to either scale a meat dish to serve four or make the entire meat dish and only serve four portions
of the six, saving the remainder for leftovers.
Recipe Scaling gives you the opportunity to subtract the unused servings from the nutritional analysis, yet still allows you to
add the entire recipe amount to your shopping list.
Note that if the item you are altering is an Ingredient instead of a Recipe (and therefore will have an (I) next to it) the button
will be labeled Set Amount instead of Recipe Scaling.
Hot Tip:
Using Servings in a menu or MealPlan will not change the recipe in your cookbook, only the servings used in the menu or
MealPlan.
To change a recipe's servings in a Menu or MealPlan:
1. Make sure you have either a Menu or MealPlan on the Meal Manager window open in the right pane (not the calendar).
2. Select a Recipe Row for which you would like to customize the servings.
3. Click on RECIPE SCALING. This opens the Recipe Scaling window.
4. Type the new number of servings you would like the recipe to serve. All quantity information will be recalculated for the new
recipe scaling.
5. Fill in how many portions you will divide that particular recipe into.
6. Click OK to exit and save changes or click CANCEL to exit without saving. Note that the original recipe will not be changed.
Creating a New MealPlan
MealPlans make it possible for you to design many meals at once so you can plan your family's shopping and nutritional intake
weeksDeven monthsDin advance.
You can plan three main meals and several snacks for each day. This is helpful for people who need to eat many small meals
throughout the day.
You can create a full MealPlan quickly by dragging and dropping menus into the MealPlan window. You can place separate
meals wherever you like, but if you try to drop a dinner into a breakfast slot you will see a message prompting you to confirm
that you want to continue.
To create a new MealPlan:
1. Select Meals from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Click the MealPlans tab.
3. Select New MealPlan from the File Menu or double-click New on the MealPlans tab or click the New icon on the toolbar.
4. To insert recipes: drag and drop recipes from the MasterList, or select Insert Recipes from the Edit Menu or click the arrow
at the left of each row and select Insert Recipe.
Note: It is important to add recipes with one of these methodsDrather than typing the recipe name manuallyDif you want
accurate nutritional analyses.
If you try to add a recipe or menu to a MealPlan with no course assigned to it, you will be prompted to assign a course. This will
ensure correct placement of the recipe in the MealPlan.
You can add a time of day for each meal too. Type it in the column under the clock symbol to the left of the course line, for
example, Breakfast.
5. Right-click a recipe and select Set Servings to change the number of servings. You can also click on a recipe and then click the
RECIPE SCALING button to alter the portions or servings.
6. Type a title into the Title field.
7. Use the Save As command on the File menu and type the title for the meal plan into the Name field.
You can also insert menus and other MealPlans into the new MealPlan directly from the Menu or MealPlan tab. You can drag
and drop the information into the meal plan on the right side of the screen or select the menu or meal plan and click the ADD
MEALPLAN button.
A message will appear prompting you to choose which day to add the menu to. Use the arrows to find the correct day and then
click OK. If you change your mind or find youDve selected the wrong menu click CANCEL.
You can add meals to a day by right-clicking on a course and selecting Insert Meal. A submenu will appear and you can choose
from the list of courses, such as Brunch, AM Snack, Nightcap.
You can look at each recipe in your MealPlan by double-clicking it. Click the back arrow on the Navigation Bar to return to the
Meal Manager.
Note: With the drag and drop method, be sure to drop the menu on the day line if you want the meals placed in the correct
positions. For example, If you try to drop a dinner menu on the breakfast line you will see a message prompting you to change
the course assignment.
See Also:
Editing a MealPlan
Creating a New Menu
Editing a MealPlan
Modifying a MealPlan is easy. You can drag and drop menus and recipes within a MealPlan, add text or items, as well as copy,
paste, insert or delete.
To edit an existing MealPlan:
1. Locate the MealPlan and open it with the DISPLAY MEALPLAN button.
2. You can:
?Move an item by dragging it to another place anywhere in the Meal Plan.
?Delete an item by selecting it and using the Delete Row(s) command on the Edit menu.
?Insert a new item using the Insert Recipe command on the Edit menu.
?Select an item and use the Copy command on the Edit menu to place it on the Clipboard, and then paste it to another row.
3. If you make a mistake you can use the Undo command on the Edit menu.
4. Save the changes with the Save command on the File menu. All changes become permanent after saving the MealPlan.
Note: If you add to or change a MealPlan but want to keep the old information in a separate copy, use the Save As command
from the File menu to save your modified MealPlan under a different name.
Hot Tip:
If you try to add a recipe or menu to a MealPlan and the recipe or menu does not have a course assigned to it, MasterCook will
remind you to assign a course to the recipe or menu. This way, MasterCook will know where to place the meal during the day.
See Also:
MealPlan Row Properties
Row Properties
Meal Plans and Menus include many of the same screen elements found in the Recipe Edit window. For example, row
properties. These indicate what the row contains: an Item, Recipe (embedded), Text, or Subtitle. You can change these in Meal
Plans and Menus.
To change a row property:
1. Click the arrow to the left of the row.
2. Select a property from the list.
3. Depending on your choice, an I, T, R or S will be placed in the Row Property column.
4. You can change a row property before or after you have placed information in the row.
Using MasterCook's Calendar
The MasterCook Calendar is similar to most wall calendars with a monthDor weekDat a glance view. You can scroll through
the weeks by clicking the single arrows at the top of the screen, and scroll through the months by clicking the double arrows.
The two buttons to the left of the arrows allow you to switch between the
Monthly and Weekly views. The weekly view is very similar to the Meal
Plan view.
While the Monthly view gives you a broad overview, it only indicates that meals are planned, not the contents of those meals.
The Weekly view gives you a list of the meals and menus you've planned, and allows you to add notes.
The small calendar in the lower left corner is a shortcut
of sorts. The default display is the current month with
the current day in red. Each day that has a meal plan or
menu assigned to it is displayed in bold. Use the arrows
on either side of the month name to scroll through the
months of the year. You can display a different month
in the small calendar than is shown in the expanded
view.
To more closely examine a day or add a menu or meal plan to a day double-click the date for that day and the weekly view will
appear. You can add from the Menus or MealPlans tabs or from elsewhere in MasterCook. To return to the calendar view click
the DISPLAY CALENDAR button.
You can drag and drop days from the expanded calendar onto the small calendar. For example, after creating a successful week
of menus in September, you might want to copy it to the month of October. Change the small calendar to October, and then
select and drag the week from September on the expanded calendar to the small calendar.
Note: To select more than one day press the SHIFT key while clicking the days.
You can also drag and drop days within the large view of the calendar. This will accomplish a cut and paste instead of copy and
paste. To copy a day right-click it and select the Copy command, and then right-click the day where you want to paste the
information and select Paste from the list. You can also use these commands on the Edit menu.
When you create a menu or meal plan you can add it to the calendar. This can be useful, for example, if youDre planning for a
vacation and want to make sure you have all the days covered, or if youDll be out of town and want to leave a meal plan for
your family.
Hot Tip!
You can change the first the day of the week, for example, from Sunday to Monday, using the Preferences command on the Edit
menu.
See Also:
Viewing the Calendar
Viewing the Calendar
When the calendar is displayed on the right-hand side of the Meal Manager window, you can view the calendar in two different
waysDmonthly and weekly. You can change between the views using the buttons above the calendar.
You will note that the Weekly view looks extremely similar to a saved MealPlan. Here are a few differences to help you avoid
confusion:
?At the top of the right pane, the Weekly view of the calendar will have a date, whereas a MealPlan selected from the
MealFinder will have something similar to DWeek 1 of 2D instead of a date.
?If you are in the Weekly view of the calendar, you will be able to click the Monthly view button. This is not available when
viewing a saved MealPlan.
?Saved MealPlans can have titles that are saved in your MealFinder list, whereas a Weekly view of the calendar has no title.
You can get a good grasp on your meal planning in either the Weekly view or the Monthly view of the calendar. Both ways of
viewing have their own benefits. The calendar is a familiar way of viewing things, but it only indicates meals that are filled in,
not the contents of those meals. The Weekly view gives you a list of what foods you've planned, allowing more room for the
recipe titles as well as notes.
Hot Tip:
You can change which day is the first day of the week by selecting Preferences in the Edit menu. Use the Meals tab on the
Preference window to select the day of the week you want to use.
See Also:
Using MasterCook's Calendar
Using the Menus and MealPlans Included in MasterCook
Several menus and meal plans are provided with MasterCook. Click the Menus tab to see the sample menus and click the
MealPlans tab to see the sample meal plans.
Select a menu or meal plan and then click the DISPLAY MENU or DISPLAY MEALPLAN button. You can also double-click
your selection or use the Open Selected Menu or Meal Plan command from the File menu.
The recipes in the menu or meal plan will be displayed on the right side of the screen.
You can open each recipe to examine its ingredients, preparation instructions or cooking directions by double-clicking the R in
the Row Properties column. You can also select a recipe and click the Recipe Display icon on the toolbar.
You can open a meal plan and examine each of the recipes included in the same way.
To return to the Meal Manager from the Recipe Display window click the back arrow on the Navigation Bar.
At the top of the Meal Manager screen is the title of the menu. Below that is the number of portions the menu will provide. You
can customize recipes by adjusting the scaling and portions sizes. You can change portion size by typing a number in the
portions field.
The button next to the Menu Portions field will change depending on where the cursor is. When you add a single itemDe.g. an
appleDto the menu it will appear as an ingredient and the Ingredient Amount window will appear. Indicate the amount of apple
by filling in the Amount and Unit fieldsDe.g. 1 cupDand specifying whether the amount is per serving or per menu. Click OK to
save the information and exit.
To make changes, select the ingredient in the menu, click the SET AMOUNT button, make the changes and click OK.
Click on a recipe and the button changes to RECIPE SCALING. Select a recipe and click the button to adjust the scale or
portions. For example, if you want six servings and the recipe will only make four change the number in the Scale recipe to serve
field to 6 and click the OK button. The ingredient measurements will change to increase the recipe servings by two.
You can also divide portions. This is different from scaling the ingredients since it doesnDt change anything except to divide the
total quantity of a recipe into different sizes. For example, a recipe which produces 4 servings can be divided into 2 for larger
portions or 6 for smaller portions.
Note: These changes affect only the recipe in the menu. They do not alter the original recipe.
The MATCH RECIPE TO MENU button changes both the scale and portion sizes to match whatDs been entered in the Menu
Portions field.
At the bottom of the screen you can use the Course field to assign a recipe to a meal. And you can include notes for each menu.
You can add or remove pictures too. Click the arrow and choose the appropriate command.
See Also:
Creating a New Menu
Creating a New MealPlan
Editing a Menu
Using MasterCook's Calendar
Putting All Your Favorites in One Place
Organizing your favorite recipes, menus, meal plans, shopping lists, tips and search information is easy in MasterCook.
The Favorites window is a place where you can group items from different areas of MasterCook. For example, if you really like
a recipe, add it to your Favorites list so you can find it easily and quickly the next time you want to use it.
The favorites window has six tabsDRecipes, Menus, MealPlans, Shopping, Tips and Search. Click a tab to see those itemsDfor
example, click the Tips tab to see the tips you have added to the favorites list. If you have several tips use the scroll bar to move
through the list.
You can access all the items in the Favorites list by double-clicking them. This action will open the corresponding window and
display the item you clicked.
For example, double-click About Pasta on the Tips tab and the About Pasta tip will appear in the Tip window. You can also type
the name of the tip in the Go To field and click the GO button. Use the back arrow on the navigation bar to return to the
Favorites window.
Once you have your favorite recipes, meal plans, menus, shopping lists, tips or searches added to the Favorites window you can
open or remove them from the Favorites list.
These changes are stored within the MC Favorites.mfv file inside the MC Tools folder on your computer. You may want to keep
this file backed up on a regular basis.
See Also:
Adding to Your Favorites
Opening a Favorite
Removing a Favorite
Adding to Your Favorites
Adding to the Favorites list is quick and easy using the Add To icon on the tool bar or the Add menu commands. You can add
recipes, menus, meal plans, shopping lists, tips and search information.
To add to Favorites:
1. You can click the arrow next to the Add To icon on the toolbar or the Add To icon itself or in some cases you can use the Add
command on the Tools menu.
?If you click the arrow, select Favorites from the options listed
?If you click the icon, select the Favorites tab and click OK
2. The recipe, menu, meal plan, shopping list, tip or search will be added to Favorites and you will see a confirmation message.
Click OK.
Opening a Favorite
A convenient feature of Favorites is the ability to open any item directly from the Favorites list.
To open a Favorite:
1. Click Favorites on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Click the tab where the item can be found.
3. Find the item; use the scroll bar if necessary.
4. Double-click the item name or select it and use the Open Selected command on the File menu. You can also type the title of
the item in the Go To field and click the GO button.
5. The item will be displayed in the appropriate window.
Removing a Favorite
When you donDt want an item in the Favorites list any longer you can remove it. Note: This will only remove the item from the
Favorites list. It will not remove the item from MasterCook.
To remove a Favorite:
1. Click Favorites on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Click the tab where the item can be found.
3. Find the item and select it.
4. Click the REMOVE button or right-click the item and select Remove from Favorites. A confirmation message will appear.
5. Click OK.
6. The item will be removed from Favorites, but will remain in its original location in MasterCook.
Note: If you make a mistake you can use the Undo command. Right-click on the screen and select Undo Delete from the list.
A Basic Shopping List
Shopping lists can make grocery shopping, whether itDs in person or online, quicker and more efficient. The Shopping List
feature in MasterCook is designed to do just that. The Pantry feature goes a step further and makes creating the shopping list
easier by tracking what you have on hand already.
You can make a shopping list for a single recipe, a group of recipes, a menu, an entire meal plan, or just for the basic items you
purchase regularly. You can merge your Shopping List with your Pantry, so if you already have an ingredient you wonDt end
up buying more of it. You can edit the list to take advantage of advertised sale items, coupons you need to use, or to add extra
items you want to pick up. You can also organize the list several different ways to make finding things easier.
MasterCook includes a sample shopping list. You can use it as is or change it to meet your needs.
To open the sample shopping list:
1. Click Shopping on the navigation bar.
2. The Sample Shopping List should appear. If it doesnDt appear select it from the text box in the upper left corner. Click the
down arrow and select Sample Shopping List. Use the scroll bar to look through the list.
You can edit the list until you have a shopping list that works for you. The rows work similarly to the other parts of
MasterCook. Click the row number to select the row. Right-click to see the list of commands available for useDcut, copy, paste,
insert and delete. You can also drag and drop items from row to row.
To cut items from a shopping list:
1. Click the row number of the item you want to cut from the shopping list. To select more than one item use the SHIFT or
CTRL keys.
2. Choose Cut Row(s) from the Edit menu. These rows will be stored on the Clipboard until you paste them elsewhere.
To copy shopping list items to the Clipboard:
1. Click the row number of the item you want to copy. To select a whole group of items click the row number of the first item,
hold the SHIFT key and click the row number of the last item.
2. Click the Copy Rows command on the Edit menu. The selected items remain where they are as well as being copied to the
Clipboard.
Note: When you cut, copy, or delete an item, make sure you select the entire row, not just part of it. Click on the row number to
select the whole row.
To paste items into the shopping list:
1. Click the row number in the shopping list where you want to paste the copied information.
2. Click the Paste command on the Edit menu. The item will be inserted.
To move an item in the shopping list:
1. Click the row number of the item you want to move.
2. Drag and drop it to where you want it.
If you need to move an item to a different shopping list, open a separate window by selecting New Window from the File menu
then drag the row to the other shopping list.
See Also:
Editing your Shopping List
Merging Your Pantry and Shopping List
Printing Your Shopping List
Creating a New Shopping List
You may find it easier to create your own shopping list, using some or none of the items from the Sample Shopping List, or to
create a shopping list for a specific menu.
To create a new shopping list:
1. Click Shopping on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Select New Shopping List from the File menu or click the New icon on the toolbar.
3. Begin typing your first item in the Items column. YouDll notice that this field will FastFillD (words with the same letters
youDve typed will appear). Scroll through the list until you see the item you want and click it or press ENTER.
4. Use the TAB key to move from column to column.
5. The Amount and Unit columns are the amount of the item the recipe calls for. For example, 2 Tablespoons would be entered
as 2 in the Amount column and Tablespoons in the Unit column. The Unit column will FastFillD too.
6. The Store Location column fills automatically with the section of the store where you can find the item. For example, if you
type milk it will fill with Ddairy products.D
7. The Recipe column will also fill automatically with the name of the recipe when you add a recipe to the list.
8. The Cost column will only display something if cost information has been entered. This is something that must be done
through the Ingredient List. See Chapter 10: Nutrition for more information.
9. The Coupon column is for you to note whether you have a coupon for that item, how much itDs for or if thereDs a sale on
that item. This is helpful when you have several coupons but donDt remember what theyDre all for. It saves you the time of
rummaging through them all. You can even use this column for the name of the store where you need to purchase a specialty
item.
10. Save your shopping list with the Save Shopping List command on the File menu.
11. You can print a copy of the shopping list using the Print/Publish Shopping List command on the File menu or the
Print/Publish icon on the toolbar.
New or Improved Feature:
From the Publish window, you will be able to change the font size if you find the text is too small.
See Also:
Adding a Recipe to a Shopping List
Basic Editing of Shopping Lists
Adding a Recipe to a Shopping List
You can also fill a shopping list using the Add To icon on the tool bar while creating menus and meal plans or while working
with recipes in the Recipe Browser, Recipe Display and Recipe Edit windows.
To add to a shopping list:
1. From the Recipe Browser, Recipe Display or Recipe Edit windows or the Menus and Meal Plan window, click the Add To
icon on the toolbar.
2. Select Shopping List.
3. On the Shopping List tab click the down arrow and select from the list.
4. Click OK.
5. The recipe, menu, or meal plan will automatically be added to the shopping list and you will see a message confirming this.
NOTE: You can start a new shopping list by selecting New from the list. Give the new list a name and click OK. The selected
recipe will be added to the new shopping list.
See Also:
Combining Ingredients
Combining Shopping Lists
Merging Your Pantry and Shopping List
Combining Ingredients
You may notice some duplication of items. For example, you may have started a list with celery for snacking and find that when
you added a recipe for celery soup the item celery was added again. Use the COMBINE INGREDIENTS button to consolidate
those items. The volume or weight units may be converted to something larger to match how you are likely to purchase it at the
store when you combine ingredients.
If you click on the arrow next to the icon the recipe is added to the last viewed shopping list.
Note: Ingredients must have the same name to be combined. For example, 1 cup of milk will be combined with 1 gallon of milk
but not one gallon of 1% milk. Only similar units will be combined. A volume measure will not be combined with a weight
measure.
See Also:
Combining Shopping Lists
Basic Editing of Shopping Lists
Basic Editing of Shopping Lists
There are many types of editing youDll probably want to do to your shopping list, such as add a miscellaneous food or delete
items that you donDt need.
Computer Whiz:
Remember that nearly all editing task can be accomplished quickly by right-clicking on an ingredient row. A menu appears to
help you do what you need to do: cut row, copy row, insert row, paste row, and delete row.
Adding a New Item to Shopping List
Checking Boxes
Copying Items to the Clipboard
Cutting Items from a Shopping List
Deleting Shopping Lists
Editing an Item in a Shopping List
Excluding an Item from a Shopping List
Hiding a Column in a Shopping List
Inserting a Row in a Shopping List
Moving an Item from a Shopping List
Pasting Items into a Shopping List
Printing a Shopping List
Removing an Item from a Shopping List
Unhiding a Column in a Shopping List
Hot Tip:
When you cut, copy, or delete an ingredient, youDll want to select the whole row, not just part of it. Click on the ingredientDs
row number button to select the whole row.
Sorting a Shopping List
Unless you choose to sort your list it will reflect the order in which items were entered. You can sort in several different ways by
clicking the column headers. Right-click to choose ascending or descending sort or to hide the column.
?If you have checked items, click the Need header to sort the list so the items you need to buy are listed first. Click it again to
reverse the list.
?Sorting by Item will arrange the items alphabetically.
?You can sort by Recipe to see all the ingredients for each recipe grouped together.
?You may want to sort your shopping list by Cost to see which items are least expensive.
?You may want to sort by Coupon to see which items you already have a coupon for and which items donDt.
You can sort your list by clicking the Need button in the upper-left corner. The first time you click this button the shopping list
will be sorted with the needed items at the top (those with a checkmark) and the unneeded items at the bottom of the list. Click
again to DflipD the list so the unneeded items are listed at the top.
Combining Shopping Lists
You can combine separate shopping lists into one. Click the down arrow to the right of the Combine Shopping Lists field, select
a shopping list and it will be added to the shopping list on the screen. For example, if you have a shopping list with the
ingredients for a dinner and a separate list for a dessert you can combine the two prior to printing and heading off to the store.
Make sure you have one of the two lists you want to combine open on-screen prior to choosing from the Combine Shopping Lists
field.
Hot Tip:
The list you added will remain intact. For example, you can make a separate list for special meals and then combine it with your
basic list prior to printing, always maintaining the basic list. Or, you can use the Save Shopping List As command from the File
menu to save your combined list leaving the originals intact.
Creating and Editing Your Pantry
The purpose of the MasterCook Pantry is to help you keep track of the food items you have in your home; whether thatDs in a
drawer, closet, cupboard, refrigerator or freezer.
A MasterCook Pantry can help you avoid throwing away food because it is old or spoiled. ItDs also a great way to track staple
foods, and make sure you keep them in stock, and can help prevent last-minute shopping trips for anything except fresh foods.
The Pantry you create needs to be as accurate as possible in order to become a useful tool. Include all the food items in your
house, even if they arenDt in a formal pantry room or closet.
To create a pantry list:
1. Click Shopping on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Click the Pantry tab.
3. Select New Pantry or an existing pantry from the Current Pantry field or click the New icon on the toolbar.
4. Begin typing your first item in the Item column. YouDll notice that this field will FastFillD (words with the same letters
youDve typed will appear). Scroll through the list until you see the item you want, click it or press ENTER.
5. Use the TAB key to move from column to column.
6. The Purchase Date column is the date you actually purchased the item. You may not know this date, and depending on the
food item it may not matter, but itDs best to have an estimated date rather than nothing. ItDs important in tracking perishable
food.
7. The Use By Date is found on most perishable food containers.
8. The Amount and Unit columns are the amount of the item you have on hand. For example, 2 cups of flourD2 is the amount
and cups is the unit.
9. The Store Location column fills automatically with the section of the store where you can find the item. For example, if you
type milk it will fill with Ddairy products.D
10. Save the Pantry with the Save Pantry command on the File menu.
You can edit pantry items, hide and sort columns in the Pantry. Click the row number to select the row. Right-click to see the
list of commands available for useDcut, copy, paste, insert and delete. You can also drag and drop items from row to row. If
you reach the 100th row you can insert more by right clicking and using the Insert Row(s) command.
To cut items from a pantry list:
1. Click the row number of the item that you want to cut from the shopping list. To select more than one use the SHIFT or
CTRL keys.
2. Choose Cut Row(s) from the Edit menu. These rows will be stored on the Clipboard until you paste them elsewhere.
To copy pantry items to the Clipboard:
1. Click the row number of the item you want to copy. To select a whole group of items click the row number for the first item,
hold the SHIFT key and click the row number of the last item.
2. Click the Copy Rows command on the Edit menu. The selected items remain where they are and are copied to the Clipboard.
Note: When you cut, copy, or delete an item, make sure you select the entire row, not just part of it. Click on the row number
button to select the whole row.
To paste items into the pantry list:
1. Click the row in the shopping list where you want to paste the copied row.
2. Click the Paste command on the Edit menu. The item will be inserted.
To move an item in the pantry list:
1. Click the row number of the item you want to move.
2. Drag and drop it to where you want it.
If you need to move an item to a different pantry list, open a separate window by selecting New Window from the File menu
then drag the row to the other pantry list.
See Also:
Hiding Information in your Pantry List
Merging Your Pantry and Shopping List
Hiding Information in your Pantry List
You can hide particular columns in your pantry. For example, you may not want to see the Location column. You can either
right-click the Location button and select Hide or you can select Hide from the Edit menu and choose which column you want
to hide. The Location column (or any other column you choose) will not appear when you print your pantry. More space will be
given to the other columns instead. You can also sort the columns just like in the Shopping List.
You can unhide columns that you have hidden by selecting Hide from the edit menu. This will present you with a list of columns
D make sure a check is next to the columns you want to hide. To unhide a column, click that column title to remove the check
and unhide it.
See Also:
Merging Your Pantry and Shopping List
Sorting a Shopping List
Merging Your Pantry and Shopping List
The MERGE button will merge your shopping list and pantry. If you keep an accurate pantry list this can be very useful. When
the lists are merged, items you already have in the pantry will be removed from the shopping list so you donDt buy them. For
example, if you have 25 pounds of flour you donDt need to buy moreDunless youDre going to be baking a lot.
The Merge command is available in either Pantry or Shopping view; both buttons complete the same action. They either add or
subtract needed items from your shopping list based on what is in your pantry. If you already have a particular item in your
pantry, it will remove the checkmark in the Need column for that particular item from your shopping list. If there is an item in
your pantry marked as needed (it has a checkmark by its row number) that item will be added to your shopping list.
Note: The Merge command does not keep track of amounts. It only keeps track if you need an item or not.
What Can I Make?
The "What Can I Make" feature of the Pantry (under Shopping) and "Search for Ingredients in Pantry" (under Expanded
Search) match ingredients in the Pantry with ingredients in recipes. Only the recipes in which all ingredients are found in the
pantry will be returned by the search. Only pantry entries that are found in the MasterCook ingredient list are considered for
the search. If an ingredient in a recipe is nutritionally linked to an ingredient in the MasterCook Ingredient list, the pantry
must contain the name of the MasterCook Ingredient list item, NOT the ingredient named in the recipe.
Tip: To maximize the number of recipes returned when you use What Can I Make, enter Pantry items using the "Indexed As"
name of an ingredient. See the More Info tab within the Ingredient List. For example, if you enter "corn" in your Pantry, you
will get back recipes using "corn," "frozen corn," and "frozen corn kernels."
Figuring Costs
One way to help keep your budget under control is to use the Cost column in the shopping list screen. You can figure the
approximate cost of your shopping trip before setting foot in the store.
You might wonder why we didnDt include the costs for you. WellD costs can vary drastically depending on the growing season,
regional cost differences, store sales, and how many coupons you have stuffed in your pocket. Since there is such a large
variation prices, we didnDt even attempt to include cost values.
So, take a minute to enter the approximate prices of the food items. If you are interested in calculating costs, this can be a small
time investment that may help you be more aware of how much money youDre going to be spending on groceries.
See Also:
Cost Analysis
Adding Cost Information
Shopping List Cost Column
If you want to add the cost of an ingredient to the Shopping List so it will always be available in recipes, menus, MealPlans and
Ingredient Lists, follow these steps:
To add or edit an ingredientDs cost while in a Shopping List:
1. While in a shopping list, click in the cost cell of the item you want to either give a cost value or edit its existing cost value.
2. Type in the approximate cost.
You can also add cost information to the Ingredients List.
To edit an ingredientDs cost while in the Ingredients List:
1. Select Ingredient List from the Tools menu.
2. Select the ingredient from the Ingredient list in the left pane (or click the New button to create a new ingredient).
3. In the Ingredient List window, select the More Info tab.
4. Enter the cost, amount, and unit. For example, $1.49 per 12 tortillas.
See Also:
Figuring Costs
Coupon Column
The Coupon column is a place to note the savings youDd like to make on your shopping trip. Feel free to include any other
notes you would like! Note that the numbers (or other information) listed in the Coupon column wonDt be subtracted from the
Total Cost.
New Feature:
If you want more room in the Coupon column (or any other column), you can resize the column by placing your cursor on
either the left or right side of the Coupon button. When the cursor changes to a split bar, hold down the mouse button and drag
the column to the size you want.
See Also:
Figuring Costs
Saving Your Shopping List
When you create a new shopping list or make changes to an existing list you should save it if you want to use it again.
To save a shopping list:
1. Choose Save Shopping List from the File menu.
2. If you havenDt saved the list yet, you will be prompted to name the list.
3. Type a name and click OK.
You can save a shopping list under a different name and leave the original list intact by using the Save Shopping List As
command on the File menu.
See Also:
Basic Editing of Shopping Lists
Deleting Shopping Lists
Deleting Shopping Lists
If you decide you have too many shopping lists or donDt need some of them you can delete them.
To delete a shopping list:
1. Make sure the shopping list you want to delete is on-screen.
2. Select Delete Shopping List from the File menu
3. You will be prompted to confirm the action. Click OK to continue.
Hot Tip:
If you need to save the shopping list to a different area or under a different name and still leave the old shopping list intact,
select Save As and select the new location and/or type in the new name.
See Also:
Basic Editing of Shopping Lists
Saving Your Shopping List
Emailing Shopping Lists
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Emailing Shopping Lists
You may want your partner to pick up a few things at the store on the way home from work, or send it to yourself as a
reminder. To e-mail a shopping list:
1) Use MasterCook to open or create your desired shopping list
2) Make sure the items you need from the store are checkmarked
3) From the Edit Menu, select DCopy List as TextD this copies the shopping list to the clipboard.
4) Paste it into the e-mail of your choice as text.
ItDs just that simple!
See Also:
Basic Editing of Shopping Lists
Saving Your Shopping List
Tips & Terms
MasterCook includes cooking tips, terms, and video clips demonstrating cooking methods.
The Tips feature helps you find all sorts of information that will enhance both your knowledge and your cooking skills.
The information is organized according to specific categories. Some of the categories are:
?Cooking Terms
?Equipment
?Safety
?Ingredients
?Nutrition
and there is an All category so you can look through all the categories at once.
You can find out about cooking terms such as bain marieDlook it up and youDll find that itDs a French word for a doubleboiler, see exactly what BDche de NoDl molds look like and much more.
To use the Tips feature:
1. Click Tips on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Click the down arrow to the right of the Select a Category field and select a category.
3. You can type the word you are searching for or browse through the list of items in the list.
4. If youDd like to sort the items in the list, click the down arrow to the right of the Sort By field and choose a method of sorting.
5. When you select an item you will see the information to the right.
Some information includes pictures or video.
See Also:
Finding Terms
Finding Terms
The Tips feature also provides you with immediate access to definitions of the most commonly used cooking and food terms.
To find a term:
1. Click Tips on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Click the down arrow to the right of the Select a Category field and select a category.
3. You can type the word you are searching for or browse through the list of items in the list.
4. If youDd like to sort the items in the list, click the down arrow to the right of the Sort By field and choose a method of sorting.
5. When you select an item you will see the information to the right.
Video Tips
Some of the tips are demonstrated in video clips by
professional chefs in step by step methods so itDs easy to
learn new techniques.
Recipe Browser
You can access the Recipe Browser one of several ways. Double-clicking a cookbook in the Cookbook Browser or clicking the
Recipe Browser icon on the toolbar after selecting a cookbook are just two. The Recipe Browser displays the title of each recipe
in the cookbook. Scroll through the list until you see the recipe you want.
You can choose two different ways to look at the list of recipes.
?Click the Pictures tab to see a picture of the finished product.
Note: Not all recipes have pictures.
?Click the Title tab to see a list of recipe titles. More recipes fit on the screen at one time on the Title tab. If you want to see a
picture for a specific recipe just click the Pictures tab.
There are several ways to open recipes from within the Recipe Browser, depending on what you want to do:
?Double-click the recipe
?Select the recipe you want, click the Recipe Display icon or the Recipe Edit icon on the tool bar
?Select the recipe you want, choose Open Selected Recipe from the File menu
?Select the recipe you want, choose Open Recipe in New Window from the File menu
?Select the recipe you want, click the GO button
The Cuisine, Ratings, and Category fields change based on the cookbook youDre working in. For example, if youDre looking at
Betty CrockerDs Cookie Book there wonDt be anything under Cuisine or Ratings. But there are categories. Click the down
arrow and use the scroll bar to see the list of categories. Select a category and the list of recipes in the Recipe Browser will
change.
Cuisine includes specific types of cuisine like Thai, Mexican or Italian. Ratings are based on different information. For example,
Kid Appeal, GrandpaDs Diet, and so forth. Recipes are not pre-rated since ratings are often personal.
The Sort By field sorts the list of recipes by title, alphabet, author, category, cuisine, source, ratings, preparation time and time
from start to finish.
The Cookbook field indicates which cookbook these recipes are located in.
See Also:
Copying and Pasting Entire Recipes
Dragging and Dropping Entire Recipes
Finding Recipes
Recipe Display
Recipe Edit
Sorting the Recipes
Finding Recipes
With MasterCook you can organize your recipes for maximum speed of use and convenience. There are many cookbooks in the
MasterCook collection. You can add your own recipesDand recipes you obtain from mailing lists, and other places on the
WebDas well as from friends and family.
There are several different ways to access the recipes in MasterCook. The Search feature in MasterCook makes it easy to find
anything. You can browse through the Cookbook and Recipe Browsers, or the MasterList for recipes. You can edit the recipes,
scale the recipesDto make more or less, analyze the nutritional content and more.
There are three important areas where you can see and work with your recipes: the Recipe Browser, Recipe Display, and Recipe
Edit windows.
See Also:
Copying and Pasting Entire Recipes
Dragging and Dropping Entire Recipes
Working with Recipes
Filtering Recipes by Pre-defined Search
This feature allows you to select a search name from the list to show only the recipes you would like to see in the recipe list.
To filter recipes in the recipe list:
1. Navigate to the recipe browser (go to cookbooks and double-click on a cookbook)
2. Choose a search from the DPredefined SearchD list box
3. Your recipes should now be filtered.
4. You can proceed to select a new cookbook to apply the same filter to the new cookbook
Note: You can also further qualify the recipe filter by specifying a cuisine, rating or category.
See Also:
Using Pre-defined Searches
Sorting the Recipes
The Sort By field in the Recipe Browser window sorts the list of recipes by title, alphabet, author, category, cuisine, source,
ratings, preparation time and time from start to finish.
For example, if youDre looking for quick desserts, select the Dessert category, and then select Preparation Time from the Sort
By field. The list will now include desserts sorted by preparation time.
Copying and Pasting Entire Recipes
You can copy entire recipes from cookbook to cookbook. This is useful when you want to copy specific recipes for friends or
family from several different cookbooks, or just for the purpose of organizing your favorite recipes so you can find them more
quickly.
You can use the copy and paste commands or use the drag and drop function.
To copy recipes from one cookbook to another:
1. Click Cookbooks on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
2. Double-click the cookbook that you want to add recipes to. The Recipe Browser will appear.
3. Click MasterList on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
4. Select the recipe you want to move from the MasterList, right-click it and choose the Copy command from the list. Now
minimize the MasterList and return to the Recipe Browser.
5. Use the Paste Recipes command from the Edit menu and the recipe(s) will be copied into the cookbook. You can also copy
recipes from the Recipe Browser to a cookbook in the MasterList.
6. If you want to remove the recipe from the original cookbook youDll have to go back and delete it.
To drag and drop entire recipes:
1. Select a recipe from the Recipe Browser window or the MasterList.
2. Drag the recipe to a second window displaying the:
?Favorites list
?MasterList
?Recipe Browser of another cookbook
Note: You can also drag one or more recipes from a cookbook in the MasterList to an open cookbook in Recipe Browser.
Hot Tip:
If you copy and paste a recipe to the same cookbook so you have the same recipe twice, MasterCook will automatically open a
File Save As window where you provide a new name for the recipe being copied. This is a safety feature that prevents the new
recipe from copying over the original recipe.
See Also:
Dragging and Dropping Entire Recipes
Dragging and Dropping Entire Recipes
If you need to move ingredients to change the order they are listed you can drag and drop them into place. For example, after
entering all the ingredients for a recipe you realize the salt should be the last ingredient instead of the fifth ingredient. You can
move the salt to the last ingredient row.
To drag and drop a row:
1. Click the row number of the row you want to move and hold the mouse button down while dragging the row to the new
position.
2. Release the mouse button to drop the row in its new location.
You can drag and drop several ingredient rows at once. Click the first row you need to move and then hold down the SHIFT
key while you click the last. Continue holding the mouse button down while you drag the rows to their new place. If the
ingredients you need to move are not in continuous rows use the CTRL key to select them instead of the SHIFT key.
You can also drag and drop items from one window to another. For example, you can drag a recipe from the MasterList to a
shopping list and all the items in the recipe will be listed automatically in the shopping list. Another example is dragging a
recipe from one cookbook to another cookbook. All the information attached to that recipe, including its categories and
nutritional information, is copied with the recipe so no data is lost.
To drag and drop an item from one area of MasterCook to another:
1. Find the item you want to copy.
2. Open another window and find the section you want to copy the item toDto open a second window select New Window from
the File menu.
3. Click the item you want to move in the first window and drag it to the second window.
4. Release the mouse button and the item will appear in the second window.
If youDre moving a recipe from the MasterList to the shopping list it will appear as a list of items to be purchased and the
preparation instructions and other information will not be copied.
See Also:
Copying and Pasting Entire Recipes
Recipe Display
To see a full recipe you can double-click it in the list or use the Recipe Display icon on the tool bar. Select the recipe, click the
icon and the recipe will appear in the Recipe Display window.
Some recipes have a picture showing the final result and display serving and yield information, as well as notes, source
information, serving ideas and more on the left side of the window.
At the bottom of the window is the name of the cookbook where this recipe can be found.
On the right side of the window are the ingredient list and cooking directions. Use the scroll bars to scroll up and down each
column of information.
Near the lower right corner of the Recipe Display is an icon of a person with a speech bubble. Double click on this icon to
activate the talking directions. The recipe's directions will be read to you. It will also allow you to pause the reading of the
directions when it comes to text that discusses doing something in a recipe for a specific amount of time, such as cool for about 5
minutes. Follow the instructions in the dialog box that appears.
See Also:
Adding a Picture to a Recipe
Adding a Video to a Recipe
Copying and Pasting Entire Recipes
Dragging and Dropping Entire Recipes
Finding Recipes
Recipe Browser
Recipe Edit
Sorting the Recipes
Auto-Numbering Recipe Direction Steps
You can display recipe directions as numbered steps instead of paragraphs for existing recipes and you can set the preferences
to apply this to every new recipe in new and existing cookbooks.
To automatically number directions for all new recipes added to a new cookbook:
1. Select the Preferences command from the Edit menu.
2. Click the Cookbook/Recipe tab.
3. Click the Auto-number Directions in New Recipes box to mark it.
4. Click DONE to close the Preferences window.
To automatically number directions for individual recipes in existing cookbooks:
1. Open a recipe in the Recipe Edit window.
2. Select the Auto-Number Directions command from the Edit menu.
?The recipe will display numbered direction steps if the command has a checkmark beside it
?If there is not a checkmark beside this option click it to enable the command.
Note: You will only notice the difference in the Recipe Display window. If you have selected the Auto-number Directions
command but the directions do not appear numbered in the Recipe Display window, you may have to edit the directions in the
Recipe Edit window. They may have been added as a single paragraph.
To auto-number the directions for recipes in the cookbooks included with MasterCook, you will need to follow the procedure
for individual recipes rather than using the Preferences setting procedure.
Adding a Picture to a Recipe
You can add your own digitized photos to a recipe. This is particularly helpful for foods that require specific or elaborate
arrangement. For example, a layered salad, a cake with a specific design, or any recipe with ingredients that are arranged
rather than combined.
To insert a picture into a recipe, youDll need to have your picture converted into a digital format (for instance, by scanning it
into your computer). Once youDre ready:
1. Open the recipe in the Recipe Edit window and click the arrow next to the picture area.
2. Select the Insert Picture or Video command.
3. The Insert dialog box will appear with a list of files that are compatible.
NOTE: Most standard graphical formats will workDfor example, files with these extensions: .bmp, .jpg, .png, .psd, and more.
4. Select the picture file you want to insert.
5. Click the OPEN button.
You will only see a thumbnail of the picture in the Recipe Edit window. Switch to the Recipe Display window or double-click
the thumbnail to see how the picture appears in larger size. An icon next to the recipe title in the Recipe Browser will indicate
that a picture is attached to that particular recipe.
Displaying large pictures may take up a significant amount of memory. Having several recipes with large pictures open at the
same time may slow down your computer. If you notice this, close one or more of the windows with pictures in them.
MasterCook can now read many different format such as .bmp, .jpg, .png, .pict, and others. MasterCook cannot read .gif files,
which are typically used for pictures transferred from the web. These pictures will need to be converted into an acceptable
format before you can insert them into MasterCook recipes.
See Also:
Removing a Picture from a Recipe
Removing a Picture from a Recipe
To remove a picture from a recipe:
1. Click on the arrow in the picture area of the Recipe Edit window.
2. Select the Remove command from the list.
Hot Tip:
Displaying large pictures may take up a significant amount of memory. Having several recipes with large pictures open at the
same time may slow down your computer. If MasterCook seems to be bogged down, try closing a few windows that have recipes
with pictures in them.
Adding a Video to a Recipe
You can add videos to your recipes too. After completing your videotape, youDll need to convert it to the .mov (Quicktime), avi
or .gif format. If you donDt have the capability to do this yourself you can find a video copy shop that will do it for you.
Adding videos to your recipes is similar to adding a picture:
1. Open the recipe you want to add the video to in the Recipe Edit window and click the arrow next to the picture area.
2. Select the Insert Picture or Video command from the list.
3. The Insert dialog box will appear.
4. Click the down arrow next to the Files of Type field and choose Common Movie Files to see a list of files that are compatible.
Note: This will not display animated *.gif files. Select All Files to see those files.
5. Find the video file you want to insert and select it.
6. Click the OPEN button.
A thumbnail of the first frame of the video will appear in the picture area of the Recipe Edit window. Switch to the Recipe
Display window to see how it appears in larger size.
For the Ambitious Chef
Videos add flare to your recipes and may be appropriate when transferring a cookbook electronically as a gift to a friend or
family member. You'll need a flash drive or other way of transferring large files. Videos will increase the size of your cookbook.
See Also:
Viewing your Video
Removing Video from a Recipe
Viewing your Video
To play the video, click the video icon in the lower corner of the picture. If the icon is not there, double-click the picture and the
video will play automatically.
Click the pause button to stop the video and the play button (right pointing arrow next to the speaker button) to resume. Click
the little DxD in the upper right corner of the video screen to close the video.
You can rewind or move forward through the video with the left and right pointing arrows and adjust the volume of the
accompanying instructions by clicking the speaker button and sliding the button up or down.
To play the video again, click the play button right next to the speaker button.
See Also:
Removing Video from a Recipe
Recipe Edit
When you need to change information in a recipe click the Recipe Edit icon. You can edit ingredients, directions, the source,
title, and more in the Recipe Edit window.
For example, if you want to change something in the Key Lime Cookies recipe double-click the recipe from the list in the Recipe
Browser or open the recipe in the Display Recipe window, and then click the Recipe Edit icon on the toolbar.
You can change the title, description and serving information by typing in those fields.
You can cut, copy, remove or replace the picture and/or video linked with the recipe as well. Click the arrow to the left of the
picture area in the Edit Recipe window and choose from the commands in the list.
You can also adjust the amount or unit of an ingredient or change the ingredient itself, and alter preparation information for an
ingredient in the columns in the middle of the window.
Click the tabs on the lower portion of the screen to edit the directions, notes, categories, serving ideas, time to prepare and cook
or to add more information.
NOTE: Do not remove or alter any copyright information included with recipes.
See Also:
Deleting Recipes
Editing Basic Recipe Information
Embedded Recipes
Entering a New Recipe
Renaming a Recipe
Recipe Browser
Recipe Display
Sorting the Recipes
Recipe Ingredient Columns
When entering new recipes be sure to include the following information:
Amount and Unit: List the number of units here. For example, if your recipe calls for 2 cups of beans, the number 2 goes in the
Amount column and the word cups goes in Unit column. YouDll notice that this field will FastFillD (words with the same letters
youDve typed will appear) when common abbreviations are used. For example, a the letter t will appear as tablespoon
automatically. Select the word you need from the list and press TAB to move to the next field or press the RETURN key to
continue.
Ingredient: Enter the actual name of the ingredient. This field will FastFillD too. If the ingredient is in the list, all the
nutritional information exists in MasterCook. If you enter a new ingredient then you must also enter the nutritional
information for that ingredient to get an accurate nutritional analysis of the recipe. You can also create a nutritional linkDsee
Chapter 10: Nutrition Information.
Preparation: The Preparation column also includes a FastFillD list with preparation methods.
New Feature:
In MasterCook 14 a column has been added between the Amount and Unit. The icon in the new column allows you to double
click on it to change the ingredient's unit of measure. This is useful when you scale a recipe and want to convert 16 tablespoons
to 1 cup, for example. It works just like the Change Recipe Units window.
Entering a New Recipe
With MasterCook you can take all those recipes youDve cut from food packages, copied from friends and family or scribbled
onto scraps of paper while watching a cooking show and add them to your own cookbook. You can organize them into
categories, rate them, analyze them for nutrition information and more.
To create a new recipe:
1. Open the cookbook to which youDd like to add a recipe.
2. Click the New icon on the toolbar, or select New Recipe from the File menu.
3. Begin with a title. ItDs a good idea to make the title descriptive. For example, DPearlDs Spicy Hot ChiliD is better than
DChili.D This is especially helpful when performing a search. If you donDt enter a title, the default title will be DNew Recipe.D
4. Add a description of the recipe. For PearlDs Spicy Hot Chili you might enter DA hearty stew of meat, beans, vegetables and
hot peppers.D This description will appear when the recipe is selected in the Recipe Browser.
5. Enter the number of servings the recipe will make. The Servings field must have a number in it if you want to perform an
accurate nutritional analysis of the recipe. If the Servings field is blank, the analysis will be based on the assumption that the
recipe serves one.
6. Enter the unit and amount that result from the recipeDthis is the yield. The yield is different from the serving information.
For example, if you are making salad dressing that produces 2 cups you would enter D2D into the Amount field and DcupsD
into the Unit field. These are not servings but are what the recipe actually yields. This information is important if you plan to
embed the salad dressing recipe into another recipe and that recipe will call for 1 cup of it.
7. Enter the ingredients for the recipe. Use the TAB key to move from field to field. The column between Amount and Unit
allows you to double click on it to change the ingredient's unit of measure. This is useful when you scale a recipe and want to
convert 16 tablespoons to 1 cup, for example. It works just like the Change Recipe Units window. There are symbols on each
ingredient line to the left of the Amount column indicating indicating what type of item it is. To change this, right-click the
symbol and choose from the list.
8. Now you can enter the cooking information, like directions, notes, and so forth. ItDs a good idea to fill in as much
information as you can. You may not remember an idea or suggestion later and itDs handy to have the information stored with
the recipes for other cooks as well.
9. You can add a photo of the recipe now or later or not at all.
10. Use the Save command on the File menu when you have finished entering information about the recipe.
See Also:
Changing a Recipe's Measurement Units
Deleting Recipes
Editing Basic Recipe Information
Editing Entire Rows
Embedded Recipes
Ingredient Row Symbols
Recipe Ingredient Columns
Recipe Tabs
Renaming a Recipe
Sorting the Recipes
Editing Basic Recipe Information
The Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Select All commands work just as they do in a standard text editor in different areas in
MasterCook.
See Also:
Cutting Text from a Recipe
Copying and Pasting Text to a Recipe
Pasting a List of Ingredients
Editing Entire Rows
Cutting Text from a Recipe
To cut text:
1. Select the text to be cut (click and drag the text cursor over it).
2. Choose Cut from the Edit menuDor right-click the selected text and choose Cut from the list.
3. The text is cut from the recipe and stored in the Clipboard. You can now insert the text elsewhere in this recipe or another
recipe with the Paste command.
Copying and Pasting Text to a Recipe
To copy text:
1. Select the text to be copied.
2. Choose Copy from the Edit menuDor right-click the text and select Copy.
3. The text is copied to the Clipboard. The text can now be placed somewhere else in this recipe or another recipe with the Paste
command.
To paste text:
1. Place the text cursor where you want the text to be pasted. Move the mouse
pointer to the right spot and click.
2. Choose Paste from the Edit menuDor right-click the appropriate spot and select Paste.
3. The text will be inserted there.
You can also move whole ingredient lists between recipes. If you want to create a similar recipe using the list of ingredients
from another recipe, you can copy the portion of the list you need from the original recipe and then paste it into the new recipe.
Hot Tip
You can copy and paste an entire list of ingredients from an outside text editing program into a new recipe with the Paste Text
into Ingredient command. This may save you time if you need to copy all the ingredients in a recipe from an outside source.
Pasting a List of Ingredients
To copy and paste a list of ingredients:
1. Select a list of ingredients by clicking the row number button of the first ingredient, and then hold down the SHIFT key while
you click the row number button of the last ingredient you need. If you need all the ingredients you can use the Select All
command from the Edit menu once youDve selected one row.
2. Select Copy Row(s) from the Edit menuDor right-click on the selected text and choose Copy Row(s) from the list.
3. Place the text cursor where you want to paste the ingredientsDyou can arrange the windows so you can see both at the same
time to do this.
4. Select Paste Row(s) from the Edit menu, or right-click and select Paste Row(s).
The list of ingredients and all the accompanying information will be pasted to the area you specified.
Editing Entire Rows
MasterCook makes it easy for you to select entire ingredient rows at once and use Cut, Copy, and Paste to move things around.
You can even move ingredient rows between recipes.
See Also:
Deleting Rows
Dragging and Dropping Rows
Inserting Blank Rows
Dragging and Dropping Rows
If you need to move ingredients to change the order they are listed you can drag and drop them into place. For example, after
entering all the ingredients for a recipe you realize the salt should be the last ingredient instead of the fifth ingredient. You can
move the salt to the last ingredient row.
To drag and drop a row:
1. Click the row number of the row you want to move and hold the mouse button down while dragging the row to the new
position.
2. Release the mouse button to drop the row in its new location.
You can drag and drop several ingredient rows at once. Click the first row you need to move and then hold down the SHIFT
key while you click the last. Continue holding the mouse button down while you drag the rows to their new place. If the
ingredients you need to move are not in continuous rows use the CTRL key to select them instead of the SHIFT key.
You can also drag and drop items from one window to another. For example, you can drag a recipe from the MasterList to a
shopping list and all the items in the recipe will be listed automatically in the shopping list. Another example is dragging a
recipe from one cookbook to another cookbook. All the information attached to that recipe, including its categories and
nutritional information, is copied with the recipe so no data is lost.
To drag and drop an item from one area of MasterCook to another:
1. Find the item you want to copy.
2. Open another window and find the section you want to copy the item toDto open a second window select New Window from
the File menu.
3. Click the item you want to move in the first window and drag it to the second window.
4. Release the mouse button and the item will appear in the second window.
If youDre moving a recipe from the MasterList to the shopping list it will appear as a list of items to be purchased and the
preparation instructions and other information will not be copied.
Renaming a Recipe
To rename a recipe:
1. Open the recipe in the Recipe Edit window. This is the only area where you can rename a recipe.
2. Type a new name for the recipe in the Title field. Note: Follow the same steps to change the description and/or serving
information.
3. Select Save from the File menu. The recipe will be saved with its new name in the current cookbook.
If you want to retain the original recipe as well, you can use the Save As command from the File menu and give the recipe a new
name too. This will leave the original recipe untouched, and will create a second copy of the recipe with a new name.
Changing a Recipe's Measurement Units
You can display ingredients in the U.S. standard of measurement or with the Metric system and there are other units of
measurement as well. When you are entering unit information a list will appear for you to choose from. You can choose the unit
of measurement you find easiest to follow or type in your own.
To change a recipeDs measurement units:
1. Open the recipe in the Recipe Edit window.
2. Select the Change Recipe Units command from the Ingredient menu.
3. To change a single ingredient measurement, click the ingredient in the list on the left to select it. A list of alternative measures
will appear in the field on the right.
4. Click the new measurement unit you want to use. The change will be reflected in the list on the left immediately.
5. To change all ingredients in the recipe to one measurement systemDMetric or U.S.Dclick the Change All to U.S. box or
Change All to Metric box. The amounts and measurement units for all the ingredients in the recipe will be converted to their
nearest equivalent in the corresponding system.
6. Click OK to save the changes when you are finished.
New Feature:
You can also change the units of measure per ingredient row from the Recipe Edit window. The column between Amount and
Unit allows you to double click on it to change the ingredient's unit of measure. This is useful when you scale a recipe and want
to convert 16 tablespoons to 1 cup, for example. It works just like the Change Recipe Units window.
Note: The changes made will apply only to the recipe you are working on. This is not a global change.
Auto-Numbering Directions for Individual Recipes
You can display recipe directions as numbered steps instead of paragraphs for existing recipes and you can set the preferences
to apply this to every new recipe in new and existing cookbooks.
To automatically number directions for all new recipes added to a new cookbook:
1. Select the Preferences command from the Edit menu.
2. Click the Cookbook/Recipe tab.
3. Click the Auto-number Directions in New Recipes box to mark it.
4. Click DONE to close the Preferences window.
To automatically number directions for individual recipes in existing cookbooks:
1. Open a recipe in the Recipe Edit window.
2. Select the Auto-Number Directions command from the Edit menu.
?The recipe will display numbered direction steps if the command has a checkmark beside it
?If there is not a checkmark beside this option click it to enable the command.
Note: You will only notice the difference in the Recipe Display window. If you have selected the Auto-number Directions
command but the directions do not appear numbered in the Recipe Display window, you may have to edit the directions in the
Recipe Edit window. They may have been added as a single paragraph.
To auto-number the directions for recipes in the cookbooks included with MasterCook, you will need to follow the procedure
for individual recipes rather than using the Preferences setting procedure.
See Also:
Auto-Numbering Recipe Direction Steps for a Cookbook.
Embedded Recipes
Some recipes have recipes within them. These are called embedded recipes. For example, your GrandmotherDs Chicken Noodle
Soup recipe has a few ingredients that are actually whole recipesDsuch as her Seasoned Chicken Stock and her Homemade Egg
Noodles. To include these items as their own recipes within the chicken soup recipe you embed them into the chicken soup
recipe.They are inserted as a line in the Ingredients section while in the Edit Recipe window.
You can tell that a recipe includes an embedded recipe if you see an
See Also:
Embedding a Recipe in an Ingredient Row
Nutritional Analysis and Embedded Recipes
Opening an Embedded Recipe
Opening an Embedded Recipe
indicator in the Row Properties column.
You can tell when an embedded recipe is included by the indicator. When you see this symbol in the Edit Recipe window
you can double-click it to open the embedded recipe. The embedded recipe will appear in the Recipe Display window. If you
made changes to the original recipe you will be prompted to save those changes.
Or you can open the embedded recipe in a new window:
1. Use the Open Embedded Recipe command on the File menu.
2. Select the recipe.
3. Click the Open in New Window command.
Embedding a Recipe in an Ingredient Row
Hot Tip
One quick way to embed a recipe is to drag and drop the recipe from the MasterList or other window to an empty row in a
recipeDs ingredients.
To embed a recipe:
1. Open the main recipe in the Recipe Edit window.
2. Click the row number of the ingredient row where you would like to embed the recipe.
3. Select the Embed Recipe command from the Edit menu, or right-click an ingredient row and select Embed Recipe from the
list. The Embed Recipe window will appear with a list of cookbooks on the left and recipes on the right.
4. Select the correct cookbook, select the recipe you need and click the INSERT RECIPE button.
5. The recipe you selected will appear in the ingredient list of the main recipe.
When exporting a recipe that has an embedded recipe both are exported. However, when you import the recipes you will be
prompted to link them back together.
Nutritional Analysis and Embedded Recipes
Accuracy is important for nutritional analyses. You must enter the amount of the embedded recipe to be included in the
Ingredients section of the main recipe. For example, if you are embedding a recipe for white sauce and the main recipe calls for
one cup of white sauce, make sure you include "1 cup" in the Amount and Unit columns of the embedded recipe ingredient row
in the main recipe. If you don't it or if you only put a "1" in the amount column - and don't specify the unit - the analysis will
be based on the entire embedded recipe even if you don't use all of it. It is important that the embedded recipe has its yield field
properly populated and those units are similar to those used in the main recipe. For example, make sure the amount and unit of
the yield field of the white sauce recipe has a similar unit of measure (weight vs. volume) as those being called for in the main
recipe. Since the white sauce recipe yields a volume measure (cups) you will want to use a volume measure in the main recipe
Unit column.
Deleting Recipes
You can delete any of the recipes included with MasterCook. For instance, if your family cannot have sweets you may want to
delete all the dessert recipes that are off-limits. This is one way to keep your cookbooks organized and free of data you donDt
use.
Hot Tip
Deleting recipes is final. The information cannot be retrieved once it is deleted.
To delete a recipe:
1. Select the recipe in the Recipe Browser window, the MasterList, or from a Search results list.
2. Depending on the window youDre working in, use the Delete Recipe(s) command from the File menu, the Delete command
from the Edit menu or use the DELETE key.
3. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to permanently delete the recipe.
4. Click YES or OK to delete the recipe.
To delete a group of recipes:
1. In the MasterList, Recipe Browser or Search Results list, select the names of the recipes you want to delete. Hold SHIFT or
CTRL to select multiple recipes.
2. Depending on the window youDre working in, select the Delete Recipe(s) command from the File menu or the Delete
command from the Edit menu or use the DELETE key.
3. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to permanently delete the recipes.
4. Click YES or OK to delete the recipes.
What Is a Nutritional Analysis?
A nutritional analysis is a breakdown of a foodDs chemistry. The different components of the food are analyzed and quantified.
Nutrients such as sodium and fat are calculated and represented as grams per serving or some other notation, as well as the
percent of the daily value.
The nutritional analyses generated in MasterCook are created from a list of over 6,000 ingredients. Most of the information for
the Ingredient List comes from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research publications. The USDA tries to use
common household measurement units of the most commonly eaten foods prepared in the most typical way.
Some of the information in the Ingredient List comes from nutrition labels on food products, called Nutrition Facts. This
information often helps in defining the nutritional value of name brand foods or foods that are new on the market. If a recipe
you add uses different nutritional data, the results may vary slightly.
See Also:
Ingredient List
Accessing a Nutritional Analysis
Entering Recipes for Accurate Nutritional Analysis
Final Word of Advice
Exchanges
In addition to providing extensive information for many nutrients, MasterCook has a unique and powerful feature for
providing food exchange calculations.
Food exchanges were developed in order to make meal planning easier for people interested in using the Exchange program.
MasterCook uses seven Food Exchange Lists: Grain (Starch), Lean Meat, Vegetable, Fruit, Non-Fat Milk, Fat and Other
carbohydrates. Foods are grouped together into food exchanges because of their likeness to each other. For example, bananas,
apples, and oranges would all fall under the Fruit Exchange List while beef, fish, and chicken would all fall under the Lean
Meat Exchange List. Each food within a particular food exchange list contains similar amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and
fat in comparable serving sizes. Foods on an exchange list can be exchanged for any other item on the same list.
Although many foods, including meats and dairy products, vary in fat content, MasterCook uses DLean MeatD and DNon-Fat
MilkD as the standard for calculations. Meats and dairy products with higher fat content show additional fat exchanges in the
food exchange calculations.
DOther CarbohydratesD include dessert-type foods such as cookies, cakes and puddings that do not fit in the Grain (Starch)
Exchange List. DOther CarbohydratesD foods generally contain more sugar and fat than foods in the Grain (Starch) List and
contain fewer vitamins and minerals. Simple sugars such as syrups, honey, jelly and sugar are also included in the DOther
CarbohydratesD list.
Food exchange information is available throughout MasterCook. You can view food exchange information for individual
ingredients in the Ingredient List, for recipes contained in MasterCook, or for menus and MealPlans. MasterCook contains
food exchange information for all 6,000 plus ingredients in the ingredient list.
An exceptional feature of MasterCook is its ability to calculate food exchanges for new recipes that you wish to add. As you
enter ingredients and their amounts in a new recipe, MasterCook tallies individual food exchange information for all
ingredients and then presents you with food exchange values per serving. This useful food exchange information can be
provided for any new recipe you enter in the program, including your favorite recipes from magazines, other cookbooks, or
from friends.
Remember that if you add ingredients to the ingredient list, you must enter food exchange list values if you want MasterCook to
calculate food exchanges in recipes using the new ingredient. Also, be aware that if you forget to put a D0D in any fields that
have no exchanges, MasterCook will assume that no information is available and, when doing a nutritional analysis, will tell you
that there are one or more unknowns. You may find it hard to find food exchange information although many food
manufacturers are beginning to include food exchanges on their labels.
Healthy Food for a Healthy Body:
The food exchange information provided in MasterCook has been calculated by a Registered Dietician. This information is not
intended for use as medical nutrition therapy; it is a reference tool that has been designed to provide general nutrition
guidelines for healthy people who are interested in using the exchange program. People with medical/dietary problems or
persons on therapeutic diets should contact their physician and registered dietician before using this product and should remain
under the appropriate medical supervision while in use.
NOTE: The program is only as accurate as the information you enter.
See Also:
Exchanges Information
Word of Advice about Nutrition
MasterCook's Nutrition Facts and Exchanges features can be helpful to people with health conditions such as diabetes, high
cholesterol, or other health conditions. Remember to use the nutritional analysis only as a guide and always consult your
physician or registered dietitian whenever you have a question or concern.
Ingredient List
When you select Ingredient List from the Tools menu youDll see the Ingredient List window.
If you have an ingredient selected, or your cursor was in an ingredient row in a recipe, shopping list, menu, or MealPlan when
you opened the Ingredient List, that ingredient will appear selected in the list. This is helpful since the ingredient list is so large
it saves you time to go straight to the desired ingredient.
There are three different tabs you can select: Nutrition Facts, Exchanges, or More Info.
Basic Know-How:
The Ingredients List is a list of all the ingredients in MasterCook. These ingredients are used to do nutritional analysis and are
also used throughout MasterCook, for FastFill D, cost analysis, searching, and sorting.
See Also:
Nutrition Facts tab
Exchanges tab
More Info Tab
Ingredient Description
Existing Ingredient
MasterCook comes with more than 6,000 ingredients and all their available nutritional information. You can select a particular
ingredient by looking in the Ingredient List box, using the scroll bar or your arrow keys to go up and down in the list. All
ingredients currently in MasterCook will be shown in this list.
To select an ingredient from this list, click on it and it will appear in the text box above the list. A description of the ingredient
(if the ingredient has one) will be shown in the Description box. The detailed information for the selected ingredient will be
shown on the right side of the screen.
See Also:
New Ingredient
Unknown Ingredients
While entering new recipes, you may type in an ingredient that is not included in MasterCookDs ingredient database. When
you try to analyze a recipe containing that ingredient, MasterCook will warn you that the ingredient is not in the Ingredient
List.
If this is the case, MasterCook will not have the necessary information to complete an accurate nutritional or cost analysis.
MasterCook will tell you which ingredients have incomplete information. You can skip the analysis, enter the information, or
ignore the warning and continue on with the analysis.
See Also:
Nutritional Links
Adding a New Ingredient
New Ingredient
You can add a new ingredient to the ingredient list along with all its nutritional information. Most commercial food items have
this information printed on the packaging so all you need to do is copy it into the Ingredient List fields.
To add a new ingredient:
1. Select Ingredient List from the Tools menu.
2. Verify that the ingredient isnDt already listed.
3. Click the NEW button.
4. Enter the ingredient name and click OK.
5. Fill in the nutritional information for the new ingredient.
6. Click the SAVE button.
Note: When you edit the Ingredient List, those changes are stored within the MC Ingredients.ing file within the MC Tools
folder on your computer. You will want to keep this file backed up on a regular basis.
See Also:
Adding a New Ingredient and Percent Daily Value
Ingredient's Description
Removing Ingredients
Adding a New Ingredient and Percent Daily Value
Nutrition Facts labels on consumer products show values in two ways: as the actual amount the ingredient contains and as a
Percent Daily Value, which are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
You donDt need to enter both the amount and the Percent Daily Value. Enter one and the program will calculate the other. For
example, if you enter 5 grams of fat in the amount field, the Percent Daily Value will be calculated automatically.
Hot Tip:
Make sure you add as much information as you can, especially the serving size and volume equivalents. The more information
MasterCook has, the more accurate the nutritional analysis will be. Without this information MasterCook often has to make
assumptions, such as whether or not an ingredient has the weight or volume of water.
See Also:
Ingredient Description
Wording the Ingredient
Removing Ingredients
You can remove ingredients from the list too. For example, you may add two nearly identical ingredients and find that one has
incorrect information. You can delete the inaccurate ingredient.
To remove an ingredient:
1. Select Ingredient List from the Tools menu.
2. Select the ingredient you want to delete.
3. Click the REMOVE button.
4. You will see a message prompting you to confirm the action.
5. Remove the ingredient by clicking YES or cancel the action by clicking NO.
Note: ItDs easier to change information for an ingredient than it is to delete the ingredient and create a new one. When you do
remove an ingredient, you will affect the nutritional analysis of any recipe that includes the ingredient.
When you remove an ingredient the nutritional information is deleted but the name of the ingredient wonDt be deleted from
any recipes. For example, if you remove the ingredient rhubarb from the Ingredients List but a recipe calls for rhubarb two
things will happen:
?All the other information that was a part of that ingredientDcost, exchanges, etc.Dwill not be available
?The nutritional analysis for any recipe containing the ingredient rhubarb will not be accurate since it will not include the
nutritional information for rhubarb
Additional Note: Use caution when removing ingredients. Some ingredients listed are DIndexed AsD ingredients (see the More
Info tab within the Ingredient List) and need to remain in order for other functions of the program to work correctly such as
Ingredients to Avoid within the Expanded Search. You wouldn't want to remove Dairy for example.
Accessing a Nutritional Analysis
There are many ways you can access a nutritional analysis: through the Recipe Browser, Recipe Edit, Recipe Display, and
many other areas. To access MasterCookDs Nutritional Analysis feature click the Nutrition icon on the side toolbar, or select
Nutritional Analysis from the Tools menu. The Nutritional Analysis feature is available whenever this icon is Dactive.D Here
are just some of the places you can get a nutritional analysis:
?Anywhere you can select one or more recipes
?Anywhere you can select a menu or MealPlan
?You can even select one or more days in a calendar!
On the Nutritional Analysis screen you can select to view either the nutritional analysis for a recipe, MealPlan, menu or for
each ingredient.
Nutritional Analysis Per Recipe Serving: This gives you information about how much of each nutrient you will consume when
you eat one serving of the recipe.
Nutritional Analysis Per Ingredient: This gives you the nutritional information for a single ingredientDwhichever ingredient row
in a recipe, menu or MealPlan that you selected or had the cursor in before going to the Nutritional Analysis screen. When you
select Ingredient Analysis from the Tools menu, you will be analyzing a single ingredient as opposed to analyzing the entire
recipe.
To view a Nutritional Analysis:
1. Access the Nutritional Analysis window by clicking the Nutrition icon in the toolbar.
2. You are now viewing the Nutritional Analysis window. There are many different aspects of this screen.
3. You can change the number of calories you consume per day to be higher or lower to fit your needs.
All other pertinent information is listed in the bottom half of the window. Note that the information is displayed in both analysis
form and Percent Daily Values.
Creating a Nutritional Link
To create a nutritional link:
1. In the Recipe Edit window, select the ingredient you want to link and use the Create Nutritional Link command from the
Ingredient menu or right-click the ingredient and select Create Nutritional Link from the list.
2. Choose the ingredient you want to link to from the list. Use the scroll bar to move through the list.
3. Verify itDs the correct ingredient. Check the description for pertinent information. For example, is it whole, cooked, canned,
raw, etc.
4. If necessary click the INGREDIENT LIST button to see the nutrition information. Click DONE to return to the Link
window.
5. Click the Create Synonym box to make the new ingredient name a synonym for the original ingredient.
6. Click OK to complete the link.
The Ingredient Row Symbol changes to a letter DID in a red circle when it is nutritionally linked to another ingredient.
You can remove nutritional links too, but you donDt have to remove a link before creating a new link for a specific ingredient.
If you begin adding a second link a message will appear reporting that the first link will be removed when you add the second
link.
See Also:
Removing a Nutritional Link
Removing a Nutritional Link
To remove a nutritional link:
1. In the Recipe Edit window, select the ingredient you want to unlink and use the Remove Ingredient Nutrition command from
the Ingredient menu or right-click the ingredient and select Remove Ingredient Nutrition from the list.
2. The ingredient is now unlinked. Note that this will leave the ingredient with no nutrition information in this particular recipe.
The Ingredient Row Symbol changes to a letter DID in a brown circle when it is unlinked from another ingredient. You can
reset the ingredient with the Reset Ingredient Nutrition command on the Ingredient menu.
Nutritional Links
You can create nutritional links between unknown ingredients and the nutritional information for a food item in the Ingredient
List. For example, if youDre using a specific brand of chocolate chips in a recipe, and that brand is not in the Ingredient List,
you can create a link between the brand name chips and the chocolate chips item in the list.
A nutritional link associates an unknown ingredient with a known ingredient from the ingredient list and prevents having to
enter each item with different names but identical nutritional information. Once linked, an ingredient will have the exact
nutritional information as the ingredient it is linked to.
See Also:
Creating Nutritional Link
Removing a Nutritional Link
Nutritional Analysis
Nutritional analyses are useful when you want to substitute ingredients to make a recipe more appropriate for dietary needs or
just want the information. You can perform a nutritional analysis of:
?An ingredient
?One or more recipes
?One or more menus
?A meal plan
The Nutritional Analysis feature is available whenever the Nutritional Analysis icon on the toolbar is active. You can run a
nutritional analysis from:
?The Recipe Browser
?The Recipe Display window
?The Recipe Edit window
?The Menu or MealPlan window
?The Favorites
To run a Nutritional Analysis:
1. Click the Nutritional Analysis icon
2. The analysis will appear in a moment.
NOTE: You may see a message reporting that some information is missing or insufficient. For example, if the recipe calls for
one medium onion but doesnDt state an amount (e.g. one cup) MasterCook will assume an average whole size for the purposes
of the analysis. Or, if there is no information for an ingredient the analysis will finish but may not be accurate depending on
what was missing.
You can continue by clicking OK or CANCEL the analysis. You can also turn off the Nutritional Warnings by clicking the box.
The nutritional analysis includes:
? The recipe name or ingredient and the number of servings the analysis is based on
?The number of calories per serving
?The percent of calories from fat, carbohydrates and protein
?The total fat and the breakdown of the types of fat
?cholesterol
?total carbohydrates
?dietary fiber
?protein
?sodium
?vitamins and minerals
?caffeine
?alcohol
?refuse D portion that is discarded in preparation
?food exchanges
This information is shown in both the amount per serving, e.g. 13 grams of fat per serving, and the percent of daily values per
serving, e.g. 13 grams equals 38% of the daily value for fat.
NOTE: MasterCook rounds numbers up on-screen but when you print a nutritional analysis you will see the decimals.
See Also:
Accessing a Nutritional Analysis
Unknown Ingredients
Nutritional Links
Entering Recipes for Accurate Nutritional Analysis
MasterCook calculates the nutrition of a food based on the information you give it and the nutrition information already in
MasterCook. If you notice the nutritional analysis listed for a recipe is different from MasterCookDs analysis it may be the
recipe uses different nutritional data. This can cause results to vary slightly.
If a nutritional analysis looks incorrect to you: 1) review the ingredientDs facts in the ingredient list and 2) check out our words
of advice.
See Also:
Some Basic Assumptions
Weights and Volumes
Containers
Complex Units
Some Basic Assumptions
When there isnDt enough information available in a recipe for a certain ingredient, MasterCook has to make assumptions.
?If there is no volume measure or weight (such as cup or pound) in the Unit column, MasterCook will assume that an average
whole size of the ingredient.
?If all the blanks in the Ingredient List have not been filled in, you will see a message reporting that some nutritional
information is not available (N/A). When information is not available MasterCook assumes the value is 0. Your recipe may still
be accurate, but you will be alerted when this happens.
?If you donDt include the weight of an item, MasterCook will use the fluid weight to scale the item and the nutritional
calculation will be off to the degree that it differs from the density of water. You will be notified when this happens.
?Unless an ingredient name or description in the Ingredient List specifically says small or large, the program will assume a
medium or average ingredient size. Whenever possible, use weight rather than small, medium, or large.
Hot Tip:
Make sure when you enter your own Ingredient List that you enter D0D in the fields that really have a value of zero.
?If you donDt include the weight of an item, MasterCook will use the fluid weight to scale the item and the nutritional
calculation will be off to the degree that it differs from the density of water. You will be notified when this happens.
?Unless an ingredient name or description in the Ingredient List specifically says DsmallD or Dlarge,D MasterCook will assume
a medium or average ingredient size. Whenever possible, use weight rather than small, medium, or large.
See Also:
Weights and Volumes
Weights and Volumes
In the MasterCook database, every ingredient has a weight, and a majority of them also list a weight/volume equivalence.
MasterCook uses these weights and volumes to calculate the nutrition of ingredients you enter into a recipe. These weights and
volumes are based on average sizes and volumes: an average apple, an average fillet or steak, etc.
See Also:
Basic Assumptions
Containers
Whole Units versus Standard Measurement Units
Containers
Typically, recipes will call for ingredients in terms of cans, jars, packages, cartons, etc. Nutritional analysis results may be
inaccurate if the program must make assumptions about the size of a container.
Entering D1 8-ounce can crushed tomatoesD will provide more accurate results than typing D1 can crushed tomatoesD. Make
sure you enter the D1D in the Amount column and D8-oz. canD in the Unit column with the D8D listed first.
Hot Tip:
Enter as much information about an ingredient as possible. Using weights will always provide you with the most accurate
results.
See Also:
Basic Assumptions
Whole Units versus Standard Measurement Units
Complex Units
To help you enter the most correct ingredient information, MasterCook lets you enter complex units. As in MasterCook 4.0, you
can still type the number you need in the Amount column such as D2D for two 6-oz. cans of tuna. What is new is the ability to
add complex units such as D6-oz. cans.D MasterCook will figure out for you what the volume and weight of the two D6-oz.
CansD are to provide you with an accurate nutritional analysis.
Entering the correct amounts in the unit column of the Recipe Edit window helps immensely in creating an accurate nutritional
analysis. MasterCook doesn't have to make so many assumptions and knows what you are using.
See Also:
Whole Units versus Standard Measurement Units
New Ingredients
MasterCook may not have nutritional information on all of the ingredients that you are entering, especially if you are entering a
recipe with unique, cultural ingredients. The homemade Jamaican Shark Sauce specially made by your cousin won't be in
there. If you tried to perform a nutritional analysis of a new ingredient, recipe, menu, or meal plan you have put in
MasterCook, and there is vital information missing in an ingredient's information, MasterCook will warn you that information
is missing.
See Also:
Adding a New Ingredient
Wording the Ingredient
Be careful how you word an ingredient. It can make a big difference! When you do a nutritional analysis MasterCook will tell
you which ingredients are not included in the ingredient list. Without this information the nutritional analysis of a recipe will be
incomplete. Sometimes rephrasing an ingredient will cause it to be recognized by MasterCook. For example, the ingredients
"boneless skinless chicken" may be listed as an Unknown Ingredient but there is information for "skinless, boneless chicken".
Try typing in different variations and see if FastFillD will find the ingredient for you.
If you want to keep the specific wording of an ingredient but still want an accurate nutritional analysis there are a few things
you can do. One option is to add the variations of the ingredient name in the Synonyms field in the More Info tab of the
Ingredient List screen or create a nutritional link.
Hot Tip:
If you want to verify what is being analyzed, select the row, then select Ingredient Analysis from the Tools menu. You'll get a
full description and analysis of the ingredient.
Raw versus Cooked Ingredients
Some foods undergo a significant change in nutritional value when cooked. This is especially true for ingredients such as rice,
pasta, beans, and meats. For example, 3 cups of raw rice has 2025 calories while 3 cups of cooked rice has 735.
For example, a hamburger casserole may call for Dcooked, drained hamburgerDDwhich will have far fewer calories than raw
hamburgerDto be combined with other ingredients. Raw hamburger would add extra fat calories since the fat hasnDt been
drained.
See Also:
R-T-C (Ready to Cook)
R-T-C
Choosing an R-T-C (Ready to Cook) ingredient can make a nutritional analysis even more accurate. R-T-C allows for cooking
losses such as evaporation, drippings, trimming, de-boning, as well as cooking gains such as water absorption.
For example, ground beef contains mostly protein and fat. After cooking, much of the liquid (containing water, fat, and trace
nutrients) is drained and discarded. An R-T-C ingredient subtracts this loss of weight and nutrients. When using R-T-C
ingredients, you would enter the raw weight, but nutrient values reflect the cooked weight.
See Also:
Raw versus Cooked Ingredients
Whole Units vs Standard Measurement Units
Some recipes call for whole items such as an egg, a banana, or a pork chop. The Ingredient List includes some items that were
designed to be used as wholes. If your recipe calls for a whole apple, use the correct item from the Ingredient List.
Enter 1 appleDwith 1 in the Amount column, nothing in the Unit column, and apple in the Ingredient columnDto convey the
recipes calls for 1 whole apple and the nutritional analysis will be based on this.
You can confirm an ingredient has the information to be used as a whole item in the Ingredient List. Each item in the list that
can be used as a whole item will be bolded.
Removing Uneaten Ingredients from a Nutritional Analysis
MasterCook calculates nutrition based on every ingredient entered in a recipe as long as it has an amount listed. However, some
of these ingredients are not actually consumed. Examples of these include oil for frying, marinade ingredients that are
discarded after they have been used, and ingredients that are used in making soup stocks that are discarded when the stock is
complete. For these types of ingredients you can remove the nutritional information of the food item or include only the portion
consumed.
To remove an ingredient from the nutrition calculation, you can unlink it. This removes the nutrition information from the
ingredient, but leaves the ingredientDs name in the recipe. The nutrition information for that ingredient will remain intact for
all other recipes where the ingredient appears.
See Also:
Removing a Nutritional Link
Turning Off the Nutritional Warnings
If you donDt use the nutrition feature and you donDt want to be bothered with the warnings then you can easily turn this
warning off.
To turn off the nutritional analysis warnings:
?Click the Turn Off Nutritional Warning box when you see a message during an analysis
Or,
1. Select the Preferences command from the Edit menu.
2. Click the Nutrition tab.
3. Click the Show Nutrition Calculation Notes box to remove the check mark and turn off the messages.
Tools Menus and Preferences
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Wine List
MasterCook includes a sample wines list to give you an idea of how wines can be listed. Click one of the wines to see the
information we have included.
See Also:
How to Use the Wine List
Deleting a Wine from the List
Modifying the Wine List
Wine List Window
To open this window, select Wine List from the Tools menu. Then select the MC Wine List from the list at the top right.
Wine List
Whether you have a wine cellar the size of a living room or a small stash in a cool cupboard, MasterCook can help you keep
track of it all.
The list includes sample wines as examples. Click one of the wines to see its information which includes vineyard, type, region,
the year it was produced and pertinent notes.
You can specify in the Category to Show field what wine category to display, but you must create categories and assign them
first. You can also sort the list by:
?Alphabet
?Availability
?Category
?Quality
?Region
?Winery
?Varietal
If you have wine lists from previous versions of MasterCook they will appear in the Select a Wine List field. Click the down
arrow and choose a list to examine or print. You can only add new wines to the sample list included with MasterCook.
The Type to Find Wines in the Wine List field is a quick way to find a wine. Type the name of the wine with the winery, or
vineyard, name first.
The Wine Tips field will indicate any tips linked to a particular wine. For example, if you want to link the tip defining dry white
wine to a white wine in the list, select the wine in the list, click the Link to Tip icon, select the appropriate tip and click OK. The
name of the tip will appear in the Wine Tips box. You can unlink a tip by unselecting the tip this way too.
See Also:
Adding New Wines
Categorizing Wines
Modifying the Wine List
Printing from the Wine List
Modifying the Wine List
You can modify the list at any time. Add new wines, change information, remove wines too.
To edit the wine list:
1. Click the Wine List command in the Tools menu.
2. Depending on what you want to do:
?Select the name of the wine you want to edit.
?Click the New Wine button to add a wine.
3. Make the changes or additions.
4. Click the SAVE button for each wine you edit or add.
5. Click the DONE button to exit the Wine List window.
To delete a wine from the list:
1. Click the Wine List command in the Tools menu.
2. Select the name of the wine you want to delete.
3. Click REMOVE. The wine will be permanently removed.
You can use the REMOVE button to clear the list included with MasterCook in order to start with a clean list.
Deleting a Wine from the List
You may want to delete the wines we included in the Wine List, or ones you may have lost interest in.
To delete a wine from the Wine List:
1. Click Wine List in the Tools menu to open the Wine List window
2. Select the name of the wine you want to delete.
3. Click REMOVE. The wine will be permanently removed.
You can use the REMOVE button to clear the list included with MasterCook in order to start with a clean list.
Substitutions
MasterCook includes a list of substitutions for a variety of common recipe ingredients. If you have a recipe that calls for sour
milk and you donDt have any, you can find a substitution. Look up sour milk and youDll find the proportions of milk and
vinegar you can use as a substitute
Note: Substitutions may not always create the result intended by the author.
Hot Tip:
The substitutions provided by MasterCook are only general substitutions to be used in the preparation of your recipes.
Whenever you modify a recipe, you will need to be aware that it may not taste the same or look the same as the original.
See Also:
Finding a Substitution
Editing Substitution Information
Adding Substitutions
Finding a Substitution
To find a substitute for an ingredient:
1. Select the Substitutions command from the Tools menu.
2. Type the name of the ingredient you need to substitute or find the ingredient in the list.
3. Enter the amount the recipe calls for.
4. One or more suggested substitutions will appear in the Substitutions field. Use the scroll bar to find a substitute that will
work for you.
5. If there are notes for a substitution, they will appear in the box below the Substitutions field.
6. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
See Also:
Editing Substitution Information
Adding Substitutions
Editing Substitution Information
You can adjust substitution information.
To edit a substitution:
1. Select the Substitution command from the Tools menu.
2. Select the substitution that you want to edit and double-click it or click the EDIT button.
3. Edit the information and/or notes. Press TAB to move between fields.
4. Click ADD to save the changes and DONE to exit this screen.
See Also:
Finding a Substitution
Adding Substitutions
Adding Substitutions
You can add substitution information.
To add a substitution:
1. Select the Substitution command from the Tools menu.
2. Click the NEW button.
3. Type the name, amount, and unit of the ingredient for which you would like to create a substitution. Press TAB to move
between fields.
4. Add any pertinent notes. For example, if your substitution is vinegar and milk for sour milk, you might type DLet it sit for
five minutesD in the Note field.
5. Click the ADD button.
6. You can continue adding substitutions or click the DONE button to exit this screen.
See Also:
Finding a Substitution
Editing Substitution Information
Yields and Equivalents
The Yields and Equivalents command will translate things like how many cups there are in a pound of nuts. You can edit and
add yield and equivalent information too.
Basic Know-How:
An equivalent is the same physical amount of an ingredient expressed in different measurement units.
A yield is the amount of a raw item remaining after it has been processed in some fashion. For example, three and one-half
pounds of almonds in the shell yields one pound of shelled almonds.
See Also:
Adding Yield Information
Editing Yield Information
Finding a Yield or Equivalent for an Ingredient
Removing Yield Information
Finding a Yield or Equivalent for an Ingredient
To find the yield or equivalent for an ingredient:
1. Select the Yields and Equivalents command from the Tools menu.
2. Type the name of the ingredient or select it from the list.
3. Enter the amount and the unit.
4. The information will appear in the Yield or Equivalent field.
5. Click the DONE button to exit.
See Also:
Adding Yield Information
Editing Yield Information
Removing Yield Information
Editing Yield Information
To edit a yield or equivalent:
1. Select the Yields and Equivalents command from the Tools menu.
2. Find the yield or equivalent you want to edit and double-click it or click the EDIT button.
3. Make the changes and click the ADD button to save the information.
4. Click the DONE button to exit.
See Also:
Adding Yield Information
Finding a Yield or Equivalent for an Ingredient
Removing Yield Information
Adding Yield Information
To add a new yield or equivalent:
1. Select the Yields and Equivalents command from the Tools menu.
2. Find item you want to add a new yield or equivalent to and double-click it or click the EDIT button.
3. Add the information and click the ADD button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit.
To add a new item with its yield or equivalent:
1. Select the Yields and Equivalents command from the Tools menu.
2. Click the NEW button.
3. Type in the item you want to add and its yield and/or equivalent.
4. Click the ADD button to save the information.
5. Click the DONE button to exit.
See Also:
Editing Yield Information
Finding a Yield or Equivalent for an Ingredient
Removing Yield Information
Check Spelling a Recipe
MasterCook includes a feature that checks the spelling in recipes.
To check spelling select the Check Recipe Spelling command from the Tools menu or click the Check Spelling icon on the
toolbar.
The spelling in the recipe on-screen will be examined and the Check Spelling window will appear.
If there are any words that MasterCook does not recognize, that are misspelled or are repeated, they will be displayed in the
Not In Dictionary/Repeated Word field. The Replace With field may have a suggestion and there might be a list of suggestions
below that. The recipe name will appear along with the area in which the error was found and the instance of the actual use of
the word. You can:
?Accept the suggested word in the Replace With field by clicking the REPLACE button
?Skip the word by clicking the IGNORE button
?Replace all instances of the word by clicking the REPLACE ALL button
?Ignore all instances of the word by clicking the IGNORE ALL button
?Add the word to the dictionary by clicking the ADD button
?Click the SUGGEST button to see a list of suggested spellings
?Click the OPTIONS button to see more options
?Check the spelling in another recipe by clicking the NEXT RECIPE button
?Run the check spelling function again by clicking the START OVER button
?Look through the words you have added by clicking the USER DICTIONARY button
?Click DONE to exit the Check Spelling window
See Also:
Check Spelling an Entire Cookbook
Spell Check Options
User Dictionary
Check Spelling an Entire Cookbook
To check spell a cookbook:
1. Select a cookbook in the MasterList or Cookbook Browser.
2. Click the Spell Check icon on the toolbar, or select Check Cookbook Spelling in the Tools menu.
3. The spell checker will offer a correct spelling and you can choose to Ignore, Ignore All, Replace, Replace All, or Add. If it
does not recognize the word at all, it will say DNo Suggestions.D
4. If you need to change the words in your dictionary, click the USER DICTIONARY button. You can also edit the User
Dictionary from the Tools menu.
5. If you want to move to the next recipe in a list of selected recipes you are currently checking, click the NEXT RECIPE
button.
6. If you want to specify which areas to spell check, click the OPTIONS button to open the Options window.
7. When youDve completed the spell check click the DONE button.
See Also:
Spell Checking a Recipe
Spell Check Options
User Dictionary
Spell Check Options
With the options you can configure the function to check the spelling in specific fields:
?Title
?Description
?Ingredients
?Directions
?Author
?Source
?Copyright
?Alternative Source
?Notes
?Serving Ideas
?Suggested Wines
You can also specify what should be ignored or looked for:
?Ignore capitalized words (e.g. Canada)
?Ignore all-cap words (e.g. ASAP)
?Ignore words with numbers (e.g. Win98)
?Ignore words with mixed case
?Case sensitive
1. Click the box next to the item you want included to mark it and click again to unmark it.
2. Click DONE to exit.
Hot Tip:
If you notice misspelled words in parts of your recipes and you have already spell checked them, it may be that you have asked
your spell checker not to check that particular section of your recipes. Look in Spell Check Options to see which sections of
your recipes you have marked to be spell checked.
Find and Replace
The Find and Replace command is a search function. You can use it to find a specific word, name or phrase and then replace it
if necessary.
To perform a Find and Replace:
1. Select the Find and Replace command from the Tools menu.
2. Select an item to searchDeither a cookbook or selected recipe(s)Dby clicking the appropriate button.
3. In the Find What field, type the word you want to find.
4. Choose a search option:
?As a Whole Word
?As a Partial Word
?Case Sensitive
5. In the Replace with field, type the replacement.
6. Click the FIND button.
If the word you are looking for is found you will see it in the field at the bottom of the screen. Above that the recipe name and
the field where the word was located will be listed as well as the number of recipes searched.
You can choose to:
?Replace that instance of the word
?Replace all instances of the word
?Go on to the next recipe
?Start over
Options
With the options you can configure the function to search in specific fields:
?Title
?Description
?Ingredients
?Directions
?Author
?Source
?Copyright
?Alternate Source
?Notes
?Serving Ideas
?Suggested Wines
7. Click the box next to the item you want included to mark it and click again to unmark it.
8. Click DONE to exit.
Hot Tip:
When you import recipes from the Web, you might end up with a lot of extra spaces in your recipes. Try doing a Find and
Replace of extra spaces by replacing all instances of two spaces with one space.
User Dictionary
You can add words to the User Dictionary in MasterCook. For example, if your recipes use proper names, like Patti:s
Pancakes, you can add the word Patti:s to the user dictionary so you donDt have to click the Ignore or Ignore All buttons every
time you run across the word Patti:s.
You can also edit the User Dictionary.
To edit the User Dictionary:
1. Select the Edit User Dictionary command from the Tools menu. A list of words in the User Dictionary appears on the left.
?To add a new word, type the word in the Words field and click ADD WORD.
?To delete a word, select it from the list and then click DELETE WORD.
?To edit a word already in the Dictionary, find it in the list and click it. When the word appears in the Words field you can
change it and then click ADD WORD.
Note: The edited word and the original word will both remain in the dictionary until you delete one of them.
2. Click the CLOSE button when you are finished.
Hot Tip:
You can also add a word to your dictionary on the Check Spelling window. To do this, start the spell checker, and when it finds
a word you want to add to the dictionary, click the Add button.
See Also:
Importing Word Lists
Exporting Word Lists
Importing Word Lists
You can import word lists to expand the dictionary too. You can find word lists in several different places--the Internet, a
software dictionary, etc. However, the list must be in text file format for it to work.
To import a word list:
1. Select the Edit User Dictionary command from the Tools menu.
2. Click the IMPORT button.
3. Locate the file you need.
4. Click OPEN.
Each word in the selected file is added to the User Dictionary in MasterCook.
See Also:
Exporting Word Lists
Exporting Word Lists
You can export a word list as well.
To export a word list:
1. Select the Edit User Dictionary command from the Tools menu.
2. Click the EXPORT button.
3. Locate the destination for the file.
4. Type a name for the list and click SAVE.
Your User Dictionary will be copied to the destination you selected.
See Also:
Importing Word Lists
Categories, Cuisine and Ratings
You can use categories, cuisine type and ratings to group recipes. For example, you can set up categories for breakfast, lunch
and dinner as well as for desserts, holiday and celebration dishes, baked goods, meats and vegetarian dishes. You can set up
cuisine for Mexican foods, Thai, Chinese, Italian and you can set up ratings based on family favorites or what the kids will eat.
All of these are helpful in organizing recipes and can be useful when performing searches. You can change the categories,
cuisine types and ratings throughout MasterCook with the Manage My Categories or Modify commands on the Tools menu.
See Also:
Modify Command
Applying a Category to a Recipe
When you want to be able to find groups of recipes based on their categories, you need to be able to apply the correct categories
to a recipe.
To apply a category to a recipe:
1. Open the Recipe Browser window and select a recipe (or multiple recipes).
2. Click the CATEGORIZE button. The Categorize window appears.
3. Select the categories for the recipe(s). When you are done, click OK to save the changes.
4. Continue to the next recipe (or group of recipes).
See Also:
Adding a Category
Applying Your Category Template to a New Cookbook
Renaming or Removing a Category
Modifying Categories
Modify Command
The Modify feature allows you to change the categories, cuisine types and ratings you use throughout MasterCook.
See Also:
Modifying Categories
Modify Cuisines
Modifying Ratings
Adding a Category
If you have an idea for grouping your recipes in a new way, a new category is an ideal way to accomplish this. For instance, if
you develop a new interest in gluten-free recipes, you could create a new category and apply it to all recipes that are gluten-free.
The new category is added to the template and can be applied to any new cookbook that you create.
To add a category:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Categories from the Tools menu.
2. On the Category tab, type the name of the category you wish to add.
3. Click the ADD button, or press ENTER.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
See Also:
Applying Your Category Template to a New Cookbook
Applying a Category to a Recipe
Renaming or Removing a Category
Modifying Categories
Renaming or Removing a Category
When you import new recipes, sometimes the categories that come with the recipes are not the same as the categories that you
typically use. Also, your list of categories may have a few misspelled categories. When you remove a category it will not show up
in the FastFillD list and will not be available to select from the list of categories. The recipes and other items in MasterCook
already using this category wonDt be affected.
To rename a category:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Categories from the Tools menu.
2. On the Category tab, find the name of the category you wish to rename and click it.
3. Highlight the category name, retype it and press ENTER or click the RENAME button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
To remove a category:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Categories from the Tools menu.
2. On the Category tab, find the name of the category you wish to remove and click it.
3. Click the REMOVE button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
See Also:
Applying a Category to a Recipe
Adding a Category
Modifying Your Categories Template
Modify Cuisines
The Modify Cuisine feature allows you to modify the cuisine references that are used throughout MasterCook. Cuisine types
are important because you can sort and search for recipes according to the cuisine to which they are assigned. For example, all
your recipes that list the DMexicanD cuisine will be found and shown when you perform a search for all recipes that list
DMexicanD cuisine.
To add a cuisine:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Cuisine from the Tools menu.
2. On the Cuisine tab, type the name of the cuisine you wish to add.
3. Click the ADD button, or press ENTER.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
To rename a cuisine:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Cuisine from the Tools menu.
2. On the Cuisine tab, find the name of the cuisine you wish to rename and click it.
3. Highlight the category name, retype it and press ENTER or click the RENAME button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
To remove a cuisine:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Cuisine from the Tools menu.
2. On the Cuisine tab, find the name of the cuisine you wish to remove and click it.
3. Click the REMOVE button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
Modify Ratings
The Modify Ratings feature allows you to add or remove the ratings you use for your recipes in MasterCook. Ratings can help
you rate your recipes on a scale of one to ten by whatever criteria fits you and your cooking style best. For example, if you have
finicky kids in the family, you can rate each recipeDs DKid AppealD on a scale of one to ten with ten being the recipes that have
the greatest kid appeal.
To add a rating:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Ratings from the Tools menu.
2. On the Ratings tab, type the name of the rating you wish to add.
3. Click the ADD button, or press ENTER.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
To rename a rating:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Ratings from the Tools menu.
2. On the Ratings tab, find the name of the rating you wish to rename and click it.
3. Highlight the category name, retype it and press ENTER or click the RENAME button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
To remove a rating:
1. Select Manage My Categories or Modify... Ratings from the Tools menu.
2. On the Ratings tab, find the name of the rating you wish to remove and click it.
3. Click the REMOVE button.
4. Click the DONE button to exit this screen.
Modifying Categories
The Modify Categories feature allows you to modify the categories that are used throughout MasterCook. Categories are
important because you can sort and search for recipes according to the category to which they are assigned. For example, all
your recipes that list the a meal, like lunch, will be found and shown when you perform a search for all recipes categorized as
Dlunch.D.
See Also:
Applying Your Category Template to a New Cookbook
Applying a Category to a Recipe
Adding a Category
Renaming or Removing a Category
Applying Your Category Template to a New Cookbook
You can apply your custom category template to a new cookbook when you create it.
To apply the categories template to a new cookbook:
1. On the File menu, select the option New Cookbook. The Create New Cookbook window appears.
2. Type in the name for your new cookbook.
3. Select the option Use My Categories.
4. If you want to change the Categories, Cuisines, or Ratings used in the template, click the Manage My Categories button to
open the Modify MasterCook Categories window. Make the changes you want, and then click Done to return to the Create New
Cookbook window.
5. Indicate the Collection in which to place the new cookbook. You can also create a new Collection from this window using the
Manage Collections button, and then assign the new cookbook to the new Collection.
6. Click OK to create your new cookbook.
Edit Preparation List
MasterCook Recipe Editor allows you to add preparation information for ingredients in a recipe. You can add or edit
preparation information by placing the cursor in the Preparation field, and then starting to type the words. MasterCook
FastFillD will guess the words you want and fill in the field. Alternatively, you can pick the words from a preparation list.
If you want to edit this preparation list to add or remove phrases, you can select Edit Preparation List from the Tools menu.
This opens a window where you can see all the FastFillD preparation phrases. Using this option allows you to customize
MasterCook for your cooking style.
Import Assistant Overview
MasterCookDs Import Assistant helps you import recipes from other sources like text files or Web pages into MasterCook.
DonDt forget, MasterCook 14 includes updated Web Import Technology
The Import Assistant screen* has several parts:
Text Box: The main pane where the text appears. Copy or drag the text of the recipe you want to import into this area. You can
edit the text, type in new text, cut, copy, and paste in this window.
Right click in the Text box and select Clean Up Paragraph from the menu to remove extra carriage returns.
Auto-Fill Button: The Auto-Fill feature fills in the Text Box window with the information contained in the import. To use it,
select a recipe and click AUTO-FILL. You can edit and add to the text in this area.
Previous and Next Selection Buttons: Clicking the PREVIOUS SELECTION and NEXT SELECTION buttons will select a
block of text, separated by blank lines. If two items are not separated by a blank line, they will be treated as one selection. When
this happens, you may want to select an individual item manually, or add blank lines by hand.
Select a Recipe Field: When you have selected a section of the recipe, for instance the Title, make sure the correct recipe section
is indicated in this list. Then, when you click the MOVE TO RECIPE button, the Import Assistant will put it in the right place
in the new recipe.
Move to Recipe Button: After you have selected a section of the recipe, specified which Recipe field it is, you can press the Move
to Recipe button to add the text to the new recipe.
Save Recipe Button: When you have finished importing the text into the new recipe, save it with the SAVE RECIPE button.
New Recipe Button: To start a new recipe, click the NEW RECIPE button. This will open a new recipe in the Recipe Editor
window.
Done Button: To close the Import Assistant, click the DONE button.
Use Import Assistant to drag and drop recipes from your Web browser. This allows you to import recipes from the Web
without having to use a text editor to clean them up.
See Also:
Import Assistant Features
Teaching Auto-Fill which Format to Use.
Importing Recipes in Import Assistant Using Auto-Fill
Importing Recipes using Import Assistant
Importing a Recipe with Drag and Drop
MasterCook Web Import Bar
Importing MasterCook Recipes Overview
The Import feature allows you to import text documents, exported cookbooks and recipes, e-mail, and other items into
MasterCook.
DonDt forget MasterCook 14 includes updated Web Import Technology
There are several parts to the Import window:
Directory List: The upper-left pane of the Import window is the directory list. Use this to locate the folders containing the files
you are importing.
Basic Know-How
A plus sign (+) indicates that a folder can be opened. A minus sign (-) indicates a folder is completely open. Click the plus or
minus signs to expand or collapse folders.
File List: The right pane of the Import window is the file listDthe contents of the selected folder in the directory structure.
When you click on a folder in the directory list, all the files in that folder will be displayed in the file list. Find the file that
contains the recipes you want to import, and select it. When you do this, MasterCook will scan that file for recipes and list any
that it finds in the Results list.
Use Simple MAPI: You can use Simple MAPI by checking the box. This is useful if you want to read recipes from e-mail
messages. When this box is checked, your email Inbox will appear in the directory list. There is also a drop-down menu that
allows you to select how much time's worth of messages to read. Click it and all the messages and attachments in your Inbox
will be displayed in the file list. Click a message and MasterCook will scan it for recipes.MasterCook can only read and import
from one e-mail at a time
Attachments: If any of the items you are importing have attachments, they will be displayed in a list for you to select from.
When you select an attachment from the list, the items in the attachment will be displayed in the Results window. Click the
arrow on the right side of the Attachment(s) box to select the attachments you want to include. This is only for e-mail
attachments, and is available only when using Simple MAPI.
Include Categories: If you check the Include Categories box the recipes will be imported along with their categories. You might
want the categories assigned by the recipes author or you may not.
Recipe List: This is the list of recipes found in the file MasterCook scanned. You select which recipes you want to import from
this list.
Select All: If you want to import all the recipes in the recipe list, use this button to select them all.
Clear Button: You can clear all the selections in the recipe list with this button. It doesnDt delete the recipes in the list, it
deselects them all.
Import Button: When you have selected the recipes you want to import, click this button to start the import.
Import Results: You can see any errors that occurred while importing files with the Import Result window. The Import Results
window will open automatically if an error occurs.
Import Assistant: If the recipes you are importing are not found, it may be because they are not in a format recognized by
MasterCook. In this case, you should try reading the recipes using the Import Assistant.
Destination: Select the cookbook you want the recipe(s) to be imported into from the this list. Click the down arrow to see the
list and use the scroll bars to move through it.
Create New Cookbook: If you want to create a new cookbook rather than add the imported recipe(s) to an existing one, click
this button. You will see a dialog box where you can name the cookbook and select where the cookbook will be stored.
Recipes Titles: You can select what style of capitalization you want for the imported recipes by choosing one of the Titles
buttons. Click a button to select whether you want the titles in normal case, in upper case, or in title case. This only affects the
titles of the recipes.
Importing non-MasterCook Recipes:
Use the Import Assistant window to import non-MasterCook recipes, typically in a text file or on a Web page.
See Also:
Import Window Features
MasterCook Web Import Bar
Importing MasterCook Recipes
Using Import Assistant to Import Recipes from Other Sources
Importing a Recipe with Drag and Drop
To import a recipe with drag and drop:
1. Start by either selecting a line of text or clicking the NEXT SELECTION button.
2. Drag the text to the appropriate location in the Recipe window.
3. Continue dragging and dropping until all the elements of the recipe are placed appropriately.
Note: Drag and drop is not the best way to move ingredients to the Recipe Edit window. A better method is to select all of the
ingredients, and use the Move to Recipe command.
Note:
When importing a list of ingredients, the fastest method is to select all of the ingredients at once, and use the Move to Cookbook
command. This will add all the items in the list, correctly split into separate items.
Cost Analysis
MasterCook includes a Cost Analysis feature. You can figure the cost of:
?Recipes
?Menus
?One or more days in a MealPlan
?One or more days in the calendar
Cost analysis is calculated based on the individual cost of each ingredient. Food costs can vary widely depending on a number of
factorsDseasons, regional costs, weather, in-store sales, etc. For this reason, MasterCook does not include costs. You can add
the appropriate costs for your area.
See Also:
Performing a Cost Analysis
Adding Cost Information
Performing a Cost Analysis
To perform a cost analysis:
1. Select a recipe, menu, meal plan, or day in the calendar.
2. Use the Cost Analysis or Analyze Cost Per Menu command on the Tools menu.
3. A report with the name of the recipe, the number it serves, the cost per serving and the total cost will appear.
4. Click the DONE button when you have finished.
See Also:
Adding Cost Information
Adding Cost Information
You will need to give each ingredient a price if you want your cost analysis to be accurate. Estimates usually work fine. Keep in
mind that there may be in-store sales or other factors that may change the costs of the ingredients slightly.
To give an ingredient a cost:
1. Select Ingredient List in the Tools menu to open the Ingredients List window.
2. Locate the ingredient that is missing a cost by typing its name or scrolling through the list of ingredients.
3. When you have found the ingredient, select it and its information will be shown on the right side of the screen.
4. Click the More Info Tab.
5. Type the cost.
6. Click the DONE button when you have finished.
Import Results
The Import Results window indicates two types of problems: duplicates and errorsDcorrupted recipes, recipes not in the
correct format, etc.
The Import Results window will appear immediately after an import if a problem occurred. You can also open it at any time by
clicking the IMPORT RESULTS button.
You can open a recipe from the list by double-clicking it, or selecting it and clicking the OPEN RECIPE button. If the problem
was a duplicate title, you may want to open the imported recipe in one window and the existing recipe in another so you can
compare them. To do this, open one and then open the other by selecting it and clicking the OPEN RECIPE IN NEW
WINDOW button. You can then compare each recipe side by side, and even edit them.
You can remove a problem recipe from the list by selecting it and clicking the REMOVE button. The original recipe will remain
intact.
The results of each import are added to the Import Results screen so that all import results are shown for the current session
with MasterCook. They wonDt be cleared until you exit the program.
See Also:
Dealing with Duplicates
Refresh File List
You can add Menus, MealPlans, Cookbooks, Shopping Lists, Pantries or Print Designs to MasterCook by using Windows to
copy those files into the correct folder on the computer. If you donDt see the new addition you may need to refresh the file list.
To do this, select Refresh File List from the Tools Menu, or you can use the Quick Key F5.
Setting MasterCook Preferences
Preferences refer to the configuration of MasterCook. When you change things in the Preference window you are making
changes that affect the entire program, not just the current window.
There are four tabs in the Preferences window:
?General
?Cookbooks and Recipes
?Meals
?Nutrition
You can customize portions of the MasterCook environment with each tab.
See Also:
General Tab
Cookbooks and RecipesTab
Meals
Nutrition Tab
General
The General tab lists the most common global items.
You can select which fast-fill measurement system to use throughout MasterCook. You can use US measurements (cups,
teaspoons, etc.), Metric measurements (liters, kilos, etc.), or a combination of both. Select Combined if you want both
measurements to be available. Changing the measurement system affects only the new recipes you enter.
?You can also decide how to display amounts less than one. You can choose to have them displayed as Rounded to Nearest
Common Fraction, Combined Fraction/Decimal, or Decimal with the number of places to show. You can select for it to show 1/6
as a fraction or not (decimal instead).
?You can turn FastFillD on or off. FastFillD is a shortcut feature. It offers words based on the letters typed. For example, if you
type the letters app you will see the word apples FastFill in the text field.
?The Use Abbreviations command will cause common words to be abbreviated in the ingredients. For example, teaspoon will
become tsp.
?You can turn Tool Tips on or off. Tool Tips are the explanations you see when you pass the mouse pointer over an icon.
?The Restore Previous View upon Start-up option will cause the program to open the last window you were working in when you
exited the program.
?The last two options have to do with saving changes prior to exiting a window or the program. You can choose Prompt to Save
Files for a reminder or Close Windows Without Prompting.
Cookbooks and Recipes
You can customize several aspects on the Cookbooks and Recipes tab.
?The Use Last Saved Source in New Recipe option can save you time. If this option is checked, the name of the last saved source
will be automatically entered in the new recipe you are entering.
?The Show Recipe Names, Titles and Ingredients as Title Case in Recipe Display option will cause all items mentioned to appear
in title case in the Recipe Display window.
?The Automatically Title Recipe Names, Categories and Ingredients when Typing option will cause all items mentioned to be
converted to title case as theyDre entered.
?You can Auto-number Directions in New Recipes.
?The Open Recipes in options gives you two choices: Display View and Edit View. For example, if Edit View is selected, recipes
will be opened in the Recipe Edit window.
?The Import Assistant option allows you to select a format to use when auto-filling recipes. Click the down arrow to choose a
format and then toggle the Show Auto-Fill Message box on or off.
?The Recipe Edit Font Size allows you to select the font size of the Recipe Edit screen.
Meals
The Meals tab contains options for the calendar.
?You can choose to start your calendar week on a day other than Sunday. Click the arrow in the text box to select another day.
?You can empty items in your calendar that are older than 60 days or choose a different number of days.
?You can also set the row property default. When you type an ingredient into a recipe the assumption is itDs an ingredient. But
menus use both recipes and ingredients. You can select which row property to use as a default. Click the down arrow and select
a row property.
Nutrition
On the Nutrition tab you can:
?Change the number of calories used to calculate the percent of daily values in nutrition analyses.
For instance, if you want to know what percent of the daily values you are getting with a certain recipe and your target caloric
intake for one day is 1500 calories you would choose that number in this field.
?You can also specify whether calculation notes should be included on the nutrition analysis report.
Toolbar Icons
The tool bar is positioned vertically on the right side of the screen. Each of the icons represents a feature or function in
MasterCook. Some of the functions can also be found in the menus at the top of the screen.
To see the title of an icon, place the mouse pointer over it. After a moment the title will appear. This is useful when you canDt
remember what an icon stands for. Click once to activate the feature.
For more information about the icon, click on its name in the list below:
New
Look Up/Link To
Recipe Browser
Recipe Display
Recipe Edit
Add to
Scale Recipe
Check Spelling
Nutritional Analysis
Import/Export
Print/Publish
Open MasterCook Web
Site
Looking up an item
You can link items to recipes to help you understand recipes more clearly. Once the links are created, you can follow this
method to look up the link again later.
Note that if there is nothing linked to the recipe, no linked items will be available in the pop-up menu for you to choose.
To look up an item:
1. Open a recipe in Recipe Editor.
2. Click the arrow next to the Look Up/Link To icon on the toolbar.
3. A menu appears with the items from which you can choose.
4. Select an item from the list by clicking it.
If you donDt want to see the list of linked items, simply click the LOOK UP button and the view will change to the first item on
the list.
See Also:
Linking a recipe to an item
Linking a recipe to an item
There are already links included with some recipes in MasterCook, but youDll probably find that you want to add your own
links as you add recipes and try new recipes included in MasterCook.
To link a recipe to an item in Tips:
1. Open the recipe in Recipe Editor.
2. Click the little arrow to the side of the Look Up/Link To icon on the toolbar.
3. Select Link This Recipe to Tips from the menu.
4. From the list that appears, select the item(s) you want to link to. When you select an item it will be highlighted.
5. Click the OK button.
See Also:
Unlinking an item from another item
Unlinking an item from another item
To unlink an item from another item in MasterCook:
1. Open the recipe that you want to unlink in Recipe Editor.
2. Click the little arrow to the side of the Look Up/Link To icon on the toolbar.
3. Select Link This Recipe to Tips. From the list that appears, click a previously selected item to unlink it.
4. Click the OK button.
See Also:
Linking a recipe to an item
Recipe Views
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Adding an Item to an Area of MasterCook
The Add To feature can help you add items quickly and conveniently to your Favorites, a Shopping List and so forth .
You can click the Add To icon but if you want to speed things up, click the arrow to the left of the Add To icon. You will see a
menu with: Shopping List, Favorites, and Menu. Select one of these and the item on-screen will be added to it.
To add an item to an area of MasterCook:
1. Select or open the item that you want to add to Favorites, Shopping List or Menu. You can select the item from the
MasterList, Recipe Browser, Favorites, or Search.
2. Click the Add To icon on the toolbar. You can also select the Add To command from the Tools menu.
3. From the Add To window, choose where you would like to add the item: Shopping List, Favorites, or Menu.
4. Select the specific shopping list, favorite, or menu you want to add to. You can also add it to a New Shopping List, or New
Menu.
5. Click ADD.
Scaling Recipes
Recipe Scaling scales individual ingredients to change the total quantity produced by the recipe.
MasterCook lets you input your own number of servings and your computer will adjust the ingredient amounts appropriately.
This will often come in handy, but note that for a variety of reasons related to food chemistry, some recipes simply will not turn
out the way the recipe author intended when you scale them. SoufflDs and other delicate foods are nearly impossible to scale.
Some culinary experts warn against scaling complex recipes by more than a factor of two and against scaling recipes for baked
goods at all. But for those recipes that can be scaled:
To scale a recipe:
1. There are many areas and situations where the Scale feature is activated. The screen where youDll probably use the Scale
feature most often is the Recipe Edit screen.
2. Click the Scale Recipe icon on the toolbar.
3. A box appears prompting you to enter a new number of servings.
4. Type in a new serving size and click OK.
The ingredient amounts are adjusted to accommodate the new number of servings. In addition, the measurement units are also
changed where appropriate. The cooking time and pan size are not adjusted.
Hot Tip:
Scaling affects only items in the Amount column. Be sure to check values such as pan sizes and cooking times which will need to
be adjusted manually.
See Also:
Recipe Scaling in Menus and MealPlans
Import/Export
With the import/export feature you can import and export recipes from disk or email
Click here to exchange information from MasterCook with others via Export or E-mail. This icon will also allow you to access
the Import and Import Assistant features of MasterCook.
See Also:
Import/Export Feature
Exporting Recipes Overview
The Export and Mail feature makes it easy to e-mail recipes, and export information to a folder.
You will have to configure MasterCook before you can export or mail any recipes.
Click the Setup button to configure MasterCook to use your email system.
See Also:
Sending recipes via e-mail using the Mail tab.
Saving recipes to a file using the Folder tab.
Export and Mail Window Features
To open this window, click the Import/Export icon
on the toolbar.
To learn more about how to use this window, click on the feature in the image below.
See Also:
Sending recipes via e-mail using the Mail tab.
Saving recipes to a file using the Folder tab.
Sending Recipes using E-mail
The Mail tab is the set up for e-mailing recipes.
To mail items:
The Mail tab is the set up for e-mailing recipes.
To mail items:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the arrow on the Import/Export icon on the toolbar.
Select Export and Mail from the list.
Click the Mail tab.
Enter an e-mail address in the To: line or select from a list of addresses by clicking the To: button. When you click the TO
button, the Pick a Recipient window appears. You can add e-mail addresses by typing the address and clicking the ADD
button. You can also delete an address by selecting the address and clicking the DELETE button. Scroll through the list to
find the e-mail address you want, select it and then click OK.
Hot Tip!
You can send the e-mail to multiple addresses by putting a comma between each of the addresses.
5. Type the subject line. This could have something to do with the recipe you're sending - for example, Fig Recipes or Warm
Desserts.
You can create a list of saved subject lines by clicking the SUBJECT button. Type a subject line and click the ADD
button. To remove lines, select a line and click the DELETE button.
Click the SUBJECT button to select from a list of subject lines. Scroll through the list to find the subject line you want,
select it and then click OK.
6. You can type a message too and save messages to reuse by clicking the MESSAGE button.
Type a message and click the ADD button. To remove a message, select the message and click the DELETE button.
Select a message from the list and click OK to use a saved message.
7. Now choose a text option.
The MC 14 Format With Images (*.MZ2) is for sharing the recipe with another MasterCook 14 user. It creates an
*.mz2 file that contains both text and images of the recipe. The person receiving it can import it into a cookbook in
their MasterCook program. When exporting in this format large photos will be resized. The main photo will resize
to 500 pixels on the longest side. The direction photos will resize to 300 pixels on the longest side.
The MC 5+ Format (*.MX2) creates a file that can be imported by MasterCook versions 5 and greater. It includes
only the text of a recipe. The person receiving it can import it into a cookbook in their MasterCook program.
The Evernote format sends the recipe to the Evernote program installed on the computer. See the Export to
Evernote topic.
The MC 5+ and Text Formats (*.MX2) creates a file that can be imported by any version of MasterCook. It
contains the XML version that MasterCook 5 and greater can import and contains the text format that can be
imported in older versions of MasterCook. The text version is also easy to view.
The Text Only (*.TXT) format creates a text file that can be read by any program that can open text files. This is
useful for sharing a recipe with someone who does not have MasterCook. When using the text format you can check
the box to Break Up Lines When Exporting Text to make sure that the file is readable.
8. If you selected a recipe before clicking the Import/Export icon on the toolbar you will see it in the list.To select new
recipes to e-mail, click the MASTERLIST button. Locate the recipe you want to email and drag it from the MasterList
window to the Export window. If you change your mind or make a mistake select the recipe and click the REMOVE
button.
9. Click the SEND button to send the e-mail.
NOTE: You need to be logged onto the internet to send e-mail.
You can open the MasterList and then drag and drop recipes straight from the MasterList to the Export and Mail window.
This can make your work go faster.
See Also:
Saving recipes to a file using the Folder tab.
Saving Recipes to a File
The second tab on the Export and Mail screen is the Folder tab. You can export recipes to your hard drive, flash drive, or other
storage medium. You will also use this option for uploading recipes to MasterCook.com.
To export recipes to storage medium:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the arrow on the Import/Export icon on the toolbar.
Select Export and Mail from the list.
Click the Folder tab.
Select the location where you would like to export the recipe(s).
Select a text option.
The MC 14 Format With Images (*.MZ2) is for sharing the recipe with another MasterCook 14 user. It creates an
*.mz2 file that contains both text and images of the recipe. The person receiving it can import it into a cookbook in
their MasterCook program. When exporting in this format large photos will be resized. The main photo will resize
to 500 pixels on the longest side. The direction photos will resize to 300 pixels on the longest side.
The MC 5+ Format (*.MX2) creates a file that can be imported by MasterCook versions 5 and greater. It includes
the text only of a recipe. The person receiving it can import it into a cookbook in their MasterCook program.
The Evernote format sends the recipe to the Evernote program installed on the computer. See the Export to
Evernote topic.
The MC 5+ and Text Formats (*.MX2) creates a file that can be imported by any version of MasterCook. It
contains the XML version that MasterCook 5 and greater can import and contains the text format that can be
imported in older versions of MasterCook. The text version is also easy to view.
The Text Only (*.TXT) format creates a text file that can be read by any program that can open text files. This is
useful for sharing a recipe with someone who does not have MasterCook.
When using the text format you can check the box to Break Up Lines When Exporting Text to make sure that the file is
readable. This word wraps longer ingredient rows of text.
6. Confirm you have the correct recipes listed in the Recipe pane.
7. If you're exporting more than one recipe as a single file, click the Single File radio button and enter a name for the file or
click the Multiple Files radio button to export them separately.
8. Click the EXPORT button.
Export to Evernote
MasterCook supports the Evernote application. This allows you to export files to Evernote which in turn allows you to view
MasterCook files on many devices that support the Evernote application (IE Iphone, Ipad etc)
1) Select a recipe you wish to export
2) Select Folder Tab at the top of the new window
3) Click Evernote Format
4) Give the title a name.
5) Click Export.
Your file will be exported to the Evernote program installed on your computer to sync with your devices.
You may also export your files to your personal Evernote email address if you wish.
your personal Evernote email address.
Just select the the Mail tab and enter
If you need to download Evernote for your PC and devices please visit their website at www.evernote.com
* MasterCook does not offer support on the usage of Evernote.
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Import Window Features
To open this window, choose Import from the File menu or click the Import/Export icon.
To learn more about how to use this window, click on the feature in the image below.
See Also:
Importing Recipes Overview
MasterCook Web Import Bar
Using Import Assistant to Import Recipes from Other Sources
Importing MasterCook Recipes
To Import Recipes:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Right-click the Import/Export icon on the toolbar and select Import.
Using the directory list, find the file(s) that contain the recipes you want to import.
Select the appropriate options as described above.
Click the IMPORT button. If there are problems with or duplicates within the import, the Import Results window will
appear with information about what went wrong and suggestions on how to correct it.
Alternative Method
An alternative method for MasterCook versions 5 and greater cookbooks is to use Windows to copy/paste or drag/drop *.mcx,
*.mc2, and *.mnu files to your My Collections Directory in one of the follow paths:
For Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\MasterCook 14\My Collections
For Windows Vista and greater
C:\Users\Public\Documents\MasterCook 14\My Collections
Then launch MasterCook and go to the Cookbooks screen. If your cookbooks do not appear press the F5 key at the top of your
keyboard to refresh the cookbook list or select Refresh File List from the Tools menu in MasterCook.
See Also:
Importing non-MasterCook Recipes
MasterCook Web Import Bar
Working with E-mail
Important Information about Versions 4.0 and 6.x
Import Results
You can see any errors that occurred while importing files with the Import Result window. The Import Results window will
open automatically if an error occurs.
Duplicates
The most common problem is that an imported recipe had the same title as a recipe already in the cookbook. In that case, you
can rename one of them. MasterCook will give the new duplicate recipe a new name by appending a number to the original. For
example, Chicken Kiev 1. You can change that.
To remove a duplicate recipe, you must locate it in the cookbook you imported it to and remove it from there.
See Also:
Removing a Recipe from a Cookbook
Import Assistant Features
Use this window to import recipes from other sources like text files or Web pages into MasterCook. To open this window, select
Import Assistant from the Tools menu.
See Also:
Import Assistant Overview
Teaching Auto-Fill which Format to Use.
Importing Recipes in Import Assistant Using Auto-Fill
Importing Recipes using Import Assistant
MasterCook Web Import Bar
Teaching Auto-Fill which Format to Use.
Before you can use the Auto-Fill feature, you may need to indicate to Import Assistant which cooking software was used to
export the recipes. The default format is generic, which is the best selection when importing a variety of recipe formats. If you
know the exact format, you may want to teach Import Assistant the correct format before you attempt to import the recipe.
To teach Auto-Fill the recipe format:
1. Open a recipe you want to import using a text editor or e-mail program (depending on how you received the recipe).
2. In MasterCook, select the Preferences command from the Edit menu. The Preferences window opens.
3. Select the Cookbook/Recipe tab.
4. In the Import Assistant field, you can select the correct format for the recipe you are importing. Look at the recipe in the text
editor and read the first line. If it says:
[email protected]@@@@ Generic D select Generic
?{Exported from MasterCook Mac} D select Mac Format
?D------- Recipe via Meal-Master (TM) v8.01 D select Meal Master
?Exported from MasterCook * - select MXP
5. Once you have selected the correct format, click DONE to close the Preference window.
6. Now use the Auto-Fill feature in Import Assistant to import the recipe.
If your recipe is not in one of those formats, you may still be able to use the GENERIC option to AutoFill your recipe. The
recipe should be in this format in the Import Assistant to use the Auto-Fill on the Generic setting:
Recipe Title
<blank line>
List of Ingredients
<blank line>
Directions
Here is another option which will work with Generic Auto-Fill:
Recipe Title
<blank line>
Recipe Notes (These will auto-fill to the notes section)
<blank line>
List of ingredients
<blank line>
Directions
Make sure there are no hidden characters or spaces between the recipe sections. If there are, the recipe may not Auto-Fill
correctly.
MasterCook Web Import
MasterCook 14 has a new and improved web importer. Easily save recipes with one click of a button from almost any website*
to MasterCook.com. Then download your recipes into MasterCook. To get started just drag the Add to MasterCook button on
the MasterCook.com website to your Bookmarks Toolbar in your web browser. It works with multiple web browsers and
handheld devices. For more information please see MasterCook.com
*NOTE: Recipes on the web can contain information under copyright, make sure you have permission from the copyright
holder to make your own copy of the information for private use. See the terms and conditions at MasterCook.com for more
information.
Importing Recipes using Import Assistant
To import MasterCook files:
1. Open the recipe you want to import using an editor like Word or Notepad.
2. Check the header text in the to confirm that it is exported by MasterCook.
3. Select the entire recipe and click the AUTO-FILL button.
4. Auto-Fill will attempt to fill the text box with the new recipe automatically placing all the information into the proper fields.
5. Click the SAVE RECIPE button to save your recipe if you are satisfied with the results. If Auto-Fill did not work correctly,
you can undo the Auto-Fill using the right-click menu in Import Assistant. Then you can try a different procedure to import the
recipe.
6. Click the NEW RECIPE button if there are more recipes to import. The Import Assistant text box can hold several recipes.
7. When you are finished using the Import Assistant, click the DONE button.
NOTE: Check to make sure the appropriate format is selected under Assumed Format on the Cookbook/Recipe tab in
Preferences. It should be *.mxp if it is in MasterCook format.
To import non-MasterCook files:
1. Start by either selecting a line of text or clicking the NEXT SELECTION button.
2. Choose a field from the Select a Recipe Field for the selection. Since the first line is usually a recipe title, the first item in the
box is already listed as Title. Click the down arrow and choose another field if you want the selected text to go somewhere else.
3. Click the MOVE TO RECIPE button.
4. You may want to check to see if the text appeared where you wanted it to appear. If a field is on a tab, such as Notes or
Serving Ideas select that tab in the Recipe Edit window.
5. Continue until the entire recipe is in the Recipe Editor.
6. Save the recipe when you have finished.
?When importing ingredients from the Import Assistant, selecting the entire group of ingredients and clicking the COPY TO
COOKBOOK button will copy all of the ingredients at once.
See Also:
Import Assistant Features
Importing a Recipe with Drag and Drop
MasterCook Web Import Bar
Setting up e-mail to send recipes
When setting up email there are two options to choose from: Use Simple MAPI Client and Use Internet Mail Server. Simple
MAPI passes the recipe(s) off to your email program which sends it from there. The Internet Mail Server bypasses email
programs allowing MasterCook to directly send the recipe(s) through your email service provider's server. This is especially
useful for web e-mail services like Google's Gmail, Yahoo mail, etc.
MAPI
An acronym for Messaging Application Programming Interface, MAPI is a language that different e-mail programs use to
communicate with each other. MasterCook can use this language to send and receive recipes via e-mail if your e-mail program
supports MAPI.
Any email program that supports simple MAPI can be used with MasterCook. To confirm that your email program supports
simple MAPI:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click on START, point to Settings and then click on Control Panel.
Double-click on the Internet or Internet Options icon.
Click the Programs tab.
Click on the down arrow next to E-MAIL and select your email program.
If your program is not listed, contact your ISP, consult the manual for your email program or contact the manufacturer
of the email program to determine if it is MAPI compliant.
Some examples of e-mail programs that support Simple MAPI include:
Outlook
Outlook Express.
Thunderbird
To use MAPI you may need to configure your e-mail program to support it. Check with your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
provider and/or the developers of your email program.
If your e-mail program supports MAPI select the Use Simple MAPI Client option. You can use the Inbox and Outbox of your email program to send and receive messages.
Check the Disable MAPI Client Interface in Mail Setup to send the email without viewing it first.
SMTP (Internet Mail Server)
If your e-mail program does not support MAPI, or you use a web based service (like Gmail), select the "Use Internet Mail
Server" option. Type your name, e-mail address and Email Server's Name (SMTP). This is the name of the server which your email program sends outgoing messages to. This is called an SMTP server. You can get the name of this server from your e-mail
service provider, or even find it with a simple Google search. It will be something like smtp.gmail.com, smtp.mail.yahoo.com,
etc. Many services will require you to "authenticate" in order to send e-mail over SMTP. This means that you need to provide
your e-mail password along with your e-mail address. To do this, you need the "SSL" option checked. Checking the "SSL"
option will enable the password text box.
NOTE: Be careful not to use the server your e-mail program uses for outgoing mail. These are usually POP servers with names
that include POP.
See Also:
Using Simple MAPI to let MasterCook Read your Inbox
Sending Recipes with E-mail
Importing Recipes
Publishing/Printing Overview
With MasterCook you can DpublishD individual recipes, entire cookbooks, and other MasterCook items. You can choose from
a variety of options as well as design your own print layouts for recipes and cookbooks.
With MasterCookDs advanced publishing features you can control almost every aspect of the printed document from content
and layout, to fonts, colors and borders. The final result will be your own unique cookbook.
You can print:
?Cookbooks
?Recipes
?Menus
?MealPlans
?Shopping lists
?Pantry inventory
?Wine list
?Tips
?Nutritional analysis
?MasterCook Help
There are several options you can configure in the Print/Publish window.
Printer: Select a printer from the list in this field. The list contains printers that are installed on your system. If the printer you
want is not in the list, you must add it using the Windows Add Printer dialog in the Printers Folder. See your Windows User
manual for more information.
Design: Select a design from this list. Designs are layouts that MasterCook uses when printing recipes, cookbooks, menus and so
on. The layouts specify how the printed version will look, such as fonts, colors, and borders. MasterCook comes with many
designs that you can use right away or you can edit them to create your own unique design. You can save your designs in the
same folder as MasterCookDs designs and theyDll be included in this list.
Paper: Select the paper size to use from this list. If the size you want is not in the list, click the CUSTOM button to configure it.
You can create a custom paper size, save it in the Custom Paper dialog and it will appear in this list.
Hot Tip!
You can select the same design for many of the recipes, cookbooks, and menus, and print out matching design sets. This adds a
professional touch to your printouts, especially if you are printing them for gift sets or for other purposes.
Number Pages Beginning With: If you are printing a large number of recipes or a cookbook, you might want to number the
pages. Click this box to toggle the feature on. When pages are numbered, MasterCook can create a table of contents and an
index that refers to page numbers.
You can also specify the starting page number. This is useful when you want to work on one chapter of a cookbook at a time,
and will print it out at different times. Make sure the starting number for each chapter follows the last number of the previous
chapter, and the final result will be a contiguously numbered cookbook.
Reverse Print Order: If your printer outputs pages face up, whatever youDre printing will be backward. Page one will be at the
bottom of the stack underneath page two. This option will reverse the order of the printout so the output will be in orderDpage
1, 2, 3 and so forth. Click this box to toggle the feature on.
Number of Copies: Enter the number for how many copies you want to print.
Include: There are several items you can include in your print out:
Title Page: You can add a title page to whatever you print out. The title page includes a title and a description; the same title
and description for the cookbook youDre printing from. Click the EDIT TITLE PAGE button to change the title, description or
both.
This option is most useful when you are printing a cookbook. The title page will be printed with the same design as the rest of
the book.
Table of Contents: You can print a table of contents too. If you selected page numbering, the table of contents will include the
correct page number for each recipe.
Recipes: Uncheck this box if you want to print something other than a recipeDa shopping list, category index, table of contents,
recipe index, and so forth.
Embedded Recipes: When this box is checked, any embedded recipes will be printed too.
Recipe Index: If you select this option, MasterCook will automatically generate an index for your cookbook and print it at the
end of the cookbook. The index lists the titles of each recipe in alphabetical order with the page numbers listed after each
recipe.
Category Index: You can print a category indexDa list of categories and the page numbers where they occur will print at the
end of your print job. The category index will help you search your cookbook (or other grouping of recipes) for all the recipes
that relate to a certain category.
Shopping List: Check this option to print a shopping list at the end of the print job.
Print Range: Select Current Recipes to print the recipe currently on-screen or the list of recipes selected, or Entire Cookbook to
print the entire cookbook.
Print on:
One Side: One-sided printing is the normal way a printer prints. If you want to bind the pages together to make a book, you
might consider one of the other options.
Long Side: The Long Side option is for a print job in which you intend to bind the pages together on the side, similar to most
books. You can choose to print on both sides of the paper with this option.
Short Side: The Short Side option is for a print job in which you intend to bind the pages together at the top, similar to a
notepad. You can choose to print on both sides of the paper with this option.
Flip Manually: You can print on both sides of the paper, even if your printer does not normally have this ability. If this option
is checked, the printing will pause at the right moment, and a message will prompt you to flip the pages and reinsert them. The
back-sides of the pages will then be printed. Unmark this option to print on only one side of the paper.
Orientation: Select the orientation you prefer. Portrait is the normal mode: from top to bottom on the page. Landscape prints
from side to side.
Print to File: You can save the print job to a file instead of sending it to the printer. A file will be created and saved with the
name and destination you specify. This is helpful if you want to send a cookbook ready for printing to a friend who doesnDt
have MasterCook. The friend must have the same kind of printer you specified in the Printer field to be able to print the file.
This feature is also useful if you are using a print service bureau.
Print button: Click this to start the print job.
Cancel button: Click this to cancel the print job and close the dialog box.
Printer Properties: Click this button to view the properties for your printer. You can set print parameters like economy mode,
or color saturation in this dialog box. Refer to your printer manual for more information on what you can set.
Edit Design: This button opens the Edit Print Design window where you can edit the design to match you own style and taste.
You can select fonts, colors, borders, the layout of the recipes on the page, and many more design options.
Custom: You can specify custom paper dimensions with this option.
See Also:
Basic Publishing
Advanced Publishing
How to use the Publish Window
Selecting Items to Publish
Setting up the Printer
Selecting Items to Publish
When you want to print a MasterCook item, like a recipe or menu, you need to select it before you open the Print/Publish
window. How you do this depends on what it is you want to publish. Once you have selected it in the correct manner, click the
Publish icon on the side toolbar or select Publish from the File menu.
A fast way to select one or more items is from the MasterList. Any of the items that can be published can be selected here. Just
select what you want and press the Publish icon.
Additional methods for selecting items to publish:
1. To select a single recipe you can open the recipe in the Recipe Display or Recipe Edit windows.
2. To select a whole cookbook, go to the CookBook Browser window to look at all the cookbooks in MasterCook. Select the one
you are interested in publishing. Just click once D a double click will open the cookbook.
3. To select a menu or meal plan, use the MealManager to open the MealPlan or menu you are interested in publishing.
When you have selected the item you want to publish, just click the Publish icon to open the Publish window.
Hot Tip:
If you are selecting a large number of recipes to print, you may find it easier to create a new cookbook and the recipes to it.
That way you can take your time and are less likely to forget some. When you are ready, print the whole cookbook using the
Print/Publish window.
See Also:
Basic Publishing
Advanced Publishing
Setting up the Printer
Basic Publishing
Click the Print/Publish icon on the toolbar or use the Print/Publish command on the File menu to get started. The recipe, or
other item, currently on-screen or selected will print.
You can also print many recipes at once. Select several recipes from a cookbook and click the Print/Publish icon.
To print an item in MasterCook:
1. Make sure the item you want to print is either selected from a list or appears on-screen.
2. Click the Print/Publish icon on the toolbar.
3. Confirm that the correct printer is selected in the Printer field.
4. Click the PRINT button.
See Also:
How to use the Publish Window
Advanced Publishing Techniques
Advanced Publishing
Using MasterCookDs advanced publishing features you can publish (print) your own customized cookbooks, menus, nutritional
labels, and so on. One of the things that will help make your publications truly unique, is the way they look. This will include
the way the recipes are laid out on the printed page, the fonts used D even the colors and borders. MasterCookDs Edit Design
window lets you change all of these. You can make your finished documents as simple or as complex as you want.
MasterCook lets you control many of the characteristics of the printed document by creating something called a DdesignD. By
editing the design in the Edit Design window, you can control what is or is not included, where each item is placed, the fonts
used, borders, colors and more! MasterCook comes with several designs that you can use, or you can create your own.
Whenever you publish something, you need to decide two things: what to include and how it should look.
First, using MasterCook, you select the things you want to publish in the main part of the program.
Then, using the design tools built into MasterCook, you give your publications their own look and feel. Using a consistent design
for everything you print, from MealPlans to Menus, to Cookbooks, can give your documents a more professional look.
See Also:
Edit Print Design Overview
Setting up the Printer
Basic Publishing
Publishing Your Own Cookbook
MasterCookDs advanced publishing features let you control almost every aspect of the printed document from content and
layout, to fonts, colors and borders. The final result will be your own unique cookbook.
To create your own design:
1. Open the recipe or other item you want to print and click the Print/Publish icon on the toolbar, or use the Print/Publish
command on the File menu.
2. Click the EDIT DESIGN button on the Print/Publish window.
3. Move or resize objects in the layout portion of the screen.
4. Click the PALETTE button to make changes or add things.
5. Use the Save Design As command on the File menu, if you want to save it as a new design with a different name, otherwise use
the Save command on the File menu.
6. Click the PRINT SAMPLE button to print a sample recipe.
7. Click the Print Original Selection icon to start the print job.
See Also:
Advanced Publishing
Selecting Items to Publish
Edit Print Design Overview
Edit Print Design
Publishing are printing refer to the ability to Print and Publish your own recipes for personal use. It is intended to give
you the ability to share hard copies of your recipes with freinds and family. This feature gives you options to modify the
layouts some. If you wish to publish your recipes in book form or other professional format you would need to export
your recipes (as text) to a professional page layout program.
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Edit Print Design Overview
The tools in the Edit Design window can help you produce a cookbook as uniquely individual as your own kitchen. You can
preview how your recipes will look when they are printed and also make your own printed designs.
The Edit Design screen is divided into two parts: the Print Layout in the left pane and Page Preview in the right pane.
Print Layout: This is the workspace where you can make changes to the design. The recipe in the workspace is a template for
the entire cookbook and may not include every field available.
Page Preview: This displays how the recipes will look when it is printed. It is a resizable pane. Place your cursor on the splitter
bar between the left and right panes. Click and drag to resize pane.
Zoom: Click the down arrow to select a magnification: from 25% to 400%.
Palette: Click the PALETTE button to see a palette with options to customize your print layout.
Print Preview: Click the PRINT PREVIEW button to see how your recipes will look when they are printed. Since the Page
Preview pane only shows a sample recipe, itDs a good idea to preview a couple recipes before printing.
Print Sample: Click the PRINT SAMPLE button to print a sample page.
Print Original Selection Icon: Start the print job by clicking this icon.
Change Recipe: Click the CHANGE RECIPE button to select a different recipe for layout.
See Also:
Working with Objects
Using the Print Palette
Using the Design Menu
Working with Objects
You must know how to work with design objects before you can make changes to your design.
Objects are selectable components. They consist of graphics or text. Graphics are pictures. Text objects consist of each of the
items in the recipe such as title, ingredients, servings, directions, and so forth. Each object is labeled. You canDt place one
object on top of another object.
To change an object you must first select it. When an object is selected, it has little black boxes on the sides, corners, and top.
These are called Dresizing handles.D Objects can be resized, moved around, grouped with one or more other objects, be added
to or changed, and more.
To move an object click and drag it where you want it.
To resize an object:
1. Select the object
2. Click a resizing handle and drag.
3. The object resizes as you drag.
See Also:
Using the Print Palette
Using the Design Menu
Using the Design Menu
Grid Spacing: To change the spacing of the grid lines click this command and select one of the point options.
Snap to Grid: To force objects to line up to the grid, select Snap to Grid. When this is checked objects will automatically align
to the grid lines. Remove the checkmark to turn Snap to Grid off.
Show Rulers: To see the rulers along the top and side of the layout pane select this command. The Rulers can help you gauge
distance to space objects evenly.
Show Page Preview: Select this command to view the preview pane. Remove the checkmark and the preview pane will be
hidden.
Insert Graphic: Select this command to insert a graphic into the layout.
Insert Text: Select this command to insert text into the layout.
See Also:
Working with Objects
Using the Print Palette
Publish Palette Overview
You can make adjustments to your print design, such as font size, color, and style, and you can create and save your own
original designs through this screen.
The Palette is where you can make changes to the layout design, add borders, change fonts, colors and more. It appears on top
of the layout pane. If you find that it takes up too much room on your screen, you can change the screen resolution.
To change your screen resolution:
1. Either minimize or exit MasterCook so you can see the Windows desktop.
2. Right-click the Windows desktop
3. Select Properties from the menu.
4. Select the Settings tab on the Display Properties window.
5. Change the Desktop Area to 800x600 or larger.
6. Depending on your video card, you may have to restart Windows.
7. Click the OK button.
The Components
There are two main components to the Publish Palette window:
Design: Select from a list of different designs. When you change designs, the layout pane will change to match the new design.
Layout: Select the portion of the design you want to change in this field.
There are four tabs on the Publish Palette window: Object, Text, Page, and Hide. Each of these tabs offers different options.
See Also:
Object Tab
Text Tab
Page Tab
Hide Tab
Object Tab
The Object tab allows you to make changes to the objects in your design.
Inside Margin: The text in an object usually fills the entire object without any space between the edge and the text. This may
cause borders to touch or even overlap the text. To prevent this, use the Inside Margin option to add a gap between the text and
borders. The larger the number, the larger the space between the text and border.
Background Button: You can change the background color of text objects with this button. The color on the button indicates
the current background. An X on the BACKGROUND button indicates that there is no color attached to the selected
background.
Hot Tip!
When using a background color, it looks better if you increase the inside margins of your object, even if you aren't using
borders.
Border Lines: The Border Lines option gives your design visual impact by outlining and separating items. Click to add a
border, click again to remove it. You can choose to have the border surround the item or be shown only on the top, bottom, or
side. You can combine borders, too. To remove all border lines, click the box in the upper-left that looks like a dotted line all the
way around.
Line Color: Select the Line Color that you want for your border. Colorful borders can often give your recipe some extra visual
appeal. If the color you want is not visible, click MoreD to see additional colors. Of course, you need a color printer to print it
out.
Line Style: When you have a border selected, click the Line Style button to see the different line styles you can select for your
borders.
Line Size: In the Line Size box, you can choose how thick or thin you want the lines of the border to be. The larger the number,
the thicker the lines.
Insert Text Button: The INSERT TEXT button allows you to insert a text object into your design. Click the button and type
text in the box below.
Once you have inserted a text object, it becomes part of the layout and appears on every recipe. Inserting text objects helps you
when you want to add a label. For example, you may want to add the text, DFrom MikeDs KitchenD to every recipe.
To make changes to an existing text object, select the inserted text object, and then make changes to the existing text in the text
box.
Insert Graphic Button: The INSERT GRAPHIC button allows you to insert a graphical object into your design. Once you have
inserted a graphical object, it becomes part of the design layout and appears on every recipe. You can use this to add decorative
borders or clip-art to a design.
Group Button: To group objects, select them and click the GROUP button. This button will change to Ungroup after youDve
grouped objects. To remove a grouping, select the group and then click the UNGROUP button.
Hot Tip!
When adding borders to a group, make sure you also apply a margin to the entire group so there is spacing between the border
and the objects in the group.
See Also:
Text Tab
Page Tab
Hide Tab
Text Tab
The Text tab has several options to change the look of the text. Before you can use the options in the Text tab, you must first
have one or more objects in your design selected.
Font List: Click the down arrow in the Font field to see a list of all the fonts you can choose from.
Size List: Select the font size you want. Font sizes are listed in points.
Style: Choose P for plain, B for bold, I for italic, or U for underline. You can use a combination of bold, italic, and/or underline.
Color: Click the COLOR button to change the color of the font. If you canDt find the exact color you want in this palette, click
the MORE button and choose from even more colors.
Justify: Choose this option to line up the text of an object to the left margin, right margin, or center it.
Indent: Choose no indent, a first line indent, or a hanging indent.
Size: This option allows you to choose the size, measured in spaces, of the indent you specified.
Show Field Label: The Show Field Label command turns labels on and off. All objects have labels. An example of a label is
Servings. The content of this label is the number 6. In this case, you would probably want to include the label or the 6 would be
isolated on your printout and you wouldnDt know what it referred to. A check in the box toggles the command on.
A label will always be displayed in the format of DLabel: object textD and print using the same font and style as the object text.
See Also:
Object Tab
Page Tab
Hide Tab
Page Tab
Click the Page tab to access options that determine how items on your page will be arranged for printing.
Paper List: Click the down arrow in the Paper field to select the type of paper you will be using.
Custom Button: Click this button for more paper size options. See the Custom Paper section in this chapter for more
information on this option.
Columns: Select the number of columns you want on each page. The quick preview pane will not show multiple recipes so, to
see what the columns will look like, use the PRINT PREVIEW button on the Edit Design window.
Orientation: You can choose to print your recipes vertically (portrait) or horizontally (landscape).
Start Options: You can choose to start new recipes on the next column, one after another, or on the next page. These options
allow you to: (1) conserve paper by having the recipes follow each other as closely as possible or (2) provide more space between
the recipes.
Folded Booklet: If this box is checked, your recipe information is printed as a folded booklet.
Numbered Pages: To number the recipe pages, check this box. Once youDve done this, you can select the beginning page
number for the printout. Type a number in the Beginning With box or use the down arrow to choose a page number.
See Also:
Object Tab
Text Tab
Hide Tab
Hide Tab
The Hide tab allows you to hide certain objects in your print design. This is a great option when you know there are certain
things you donDt want printed. For example, you may not want to include the nutrition information in your printout.
Hide Element Options: Select the fields to hide in the Hide Element when Printing list. A check in the box indicates the item will
be hidden in your design. An empty check box indicates that the item will be printed.
Show All Button: Click the SHOW ALL button to make sure all the fields are included in a printout. All the check marks will
be removed in the Hide Elements when Printing list.
Hide All Button: Click the HIDE ALL button to hide all the items. Check marks will appear in all the boxes in the Hide
Elements when Printing list.
NOTE: If you create a design with hidden objects, then decide that you want to include one of the hidden items, your design
may be significantly altered. For example, in the layout you created the Notes object was hidden. Now you want to use this
design to print out a recipe with notes you want to include.
Because the item was hidden when the layout was originally created, there is no guarantee as to where the notes will end up
when you remove the check mark. Make sure to use the Print Preview to see where the notes appear. Adjust the layout if
necessary.
To learn more about how to use this window, click on the feature in the image below.
Hot Tip:
If you create a design layout based on the hidden objects, then decide later that you want to show one of the previously hidden
items, your design may be significantly altered. For example, the layout you are using may have the Notes object hidden.
However, you may want to use this design to print out a recipe that has notes that you want to include. Because the item was
hidden when the layout was originally created, there is no guarantee as to where the notes will end up when you remove the
check mark and choose to have it show in the design again. Make sure to check the Print Preview part of the screen to see if you
like where notes are showing up. If things are not to your liking, adjust the layout.
See Also:
Object Tab
Text Tab
Page Tab
Backup and Merge Overview
The MasterCook Backup and Merge software provides an easy way to migrate your important MasterCook data files. This
software has 2 distinct functions represented by 2 tabs on the main screen: Merge and Backup.
1. Merge: If you have a previous version of MasterCook (version 4.0 and later) on your computer and would like an easy
way to migrate your data to the new version, use the merge functionality of this software.
2. Backup: If you make frequent changes or additions to your MasterCook cookbooks, menus, meal plans, shopping lists,
and other files, you should use the backup functionality regularly to easily back up your data.
To start this software you can launch it from anywhere in the application by going to File \ Backup and Merge
See Also:
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
Backing Up Cookbooks and Other Files
Merging Data from Previous Versions of MasterCook
If you have a previous version of MasterCook (version 4.0 or later) installed on your computer and would like an easy way to
migrate your data to the new version, use the merge functionality of MasterCook Backup and Merge. In order to use this merge
functionality, your previous MasterCook installation(s) must be on the same computer as the current version of MasterCook.
To start MasterCook Backup and Merge you can launch it from anywhere within the MasterCook program application by
going to File \ Backup and Merge
When the software opens, it will open with the DMergeD tab displayed. This tab should show a listing of all previous versions of
MasterCook that you currently have installed on your computer. Under each version of MasterCook listed, there are a series of
nodes that represent the different files that can be merged from the previous version listed. You can click on the D+D symbol to
expand child nodes for those that have them. All of the nodes have a checkmark next to them. The checkmark is what tells the
program which files should be merged to the current version. By default, all of these nodes are checked. If you would like to
Dturn ofD merging for a node, simply clear the checkbox. Notice that if you check or uncheck a parent node, the child nodes
are affected. You should take some time to look through the items to make sure only the desired files are merged.
You can Dturn offD merging for an entire MasterCook installation by unchecking the checkbox next to it.
Notice that for versions 5.0 and later, each active collection registered within the program is listed. You can Dturn offD
merging for the entire collection by unchecking the checkbox next to it.
When you have all of the files checked that you want to merge, make sure the MasterCook program is closed and then click the
DMergeD button. This will start the merging process. Do not try to use the MasterCook or Backup and Merge programs when
the merge is running. Let the program work. The process may take several minutes to complete.
Note: When merging the ingredients file, MasterCook will prompt you to overwrite or keep duplicate ingredients. Press the
DNo to allD button. MasterCook may also inform you that it couldnDt merge an ingredient. This is normal for a few
ingredients but it shouldnDt happen for a lot of ingredients.
If the Merge is successful, a message stating the DMerge Completed SuccessfullyD will appear with an OK button. Click on OK
to complete the process.
When the Merge is complete, you can open up the MasterCook application check your data to make sure it was migrated
successfully. If your cookbooks do not show up, you may have to press the <F5> key within the cookbook browser to refresh the
cookbook list.
See Also:
Backing Up Cookbooks and Other Files
Backup and Merge Overview
Exporting Recipe using Evernote.
To Export a Recipe using Evernote:
1) Select the recipe you wish to export
2) Select Export and Mail from File menu, the Envelope icon in lower right hand side of the screen, or hit Ctrl-M.
3) Click the Folder tab
4) Click the Evernote Format button
5) CLick the Single File button
6) Give the file a name
7) Click Export
You should get a message from MasterCook stating it is exporting the recipe. Then you should get another message
stating it exported the recipes. At this point Evernote should automatically start up on your computer. Click on the
Mastercook notebook within Evernote to find the recipe that exported. Follow Evernote's instructions for synching to
your other devices.
Evernote only synchronizes notebooks that have the synchronized notebook setting. If the notebook is set as local it cannot
synch to your devices. You will need to drag and drop your recipes into a Evernote notebook that is synchronized.
If you need assistance using the Evernote program please visit their help site.
http://www.evernote.com/about/support/
Exporting Recipes via Evernote e-mail
Exporting Recipes using Evernote (via Evernote email address)
1) Select the recipe you wish to export
2) Select Export and Mail from File menu, the Envelope icon in lower right hand side of the screen or hit Ctrl-M.
3) Select the Mail tab
4) Enter your Evernote email address in the TO section.(See Evernote's documentation to learn what your Evernote email
address is.)
5) Click Send
Once done launch Evernote on your PC and sync. This will sync all your devices with the latest recipe.
If you need assistance using the Evernote program please visit their help site.
http://www.evernote.com/about/support/
Exporting Shopping List
Exporting Shopping List
1) Click the shopping button to pull up the Shopping list interface
2) Choose the shopping list you wish to export
3) Click the Check all button or select just the items you wish to export.
4) Select Export Shopping List from the file menu.
Once done launch Evernote on your PC and sync. This will sync all your devices with the latest recipe.
If you need assistance using the Evernote program please visit their help site.
http://www.evernote.com/about/support/
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