ShopNCook Menu is a quirky program that promises to help you
organize your recipes, analyze nutritional content, and manage your
household shopping lists. How far it succeeds in those goals
depends on how much time you’re willing to spend learning how to
use and customize the program.
The ShopNCook Menu interface is packed with tabs, calendars,
buttons, icons, and menus–and each one has an important function.
Especially important is the Overview page, which walks you through
the program’s features. ShopNCook Menu lets you browse recipes and
analyze nutritional content (though I couldn’t figure out how to
access this feature); import whole cookbooks from the Web (though
some of the recipes provided were well over 30 years old); easily
add ingredients to provided shopping lists, and customize these
lists to meet your needs; and quickly import recipes from your
favorite Web sites. You can also enter your recipes manually, or
import text files.
You can try ShopNCook Menu for 45 days to see if it will meet
your needs–and if you can live with its quirks, such as the fact
that odd bits of the interface and a few recipes are written in
Italian. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use recipe organizer, you
may also want to try BigOven,
which costs $20 less.