Organize your recipes with some help

By Debra Samuels
Globe Correspondent / May 18, 2011

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Here are two software programs, one for a fee, one free; an iPad app;and a website to help you turn your cards and scraps into a book.

Cook’n Recipe Organizer (about $79.99),

Originally created for management of a food storage system used by Mormons, this software now serves a larger market. Gives nutritional analyses, generates shopping lists, adjusts for yields, looks up and imports recipes, allows you to create and share your own cookbook, embeds personal photos or videos, and has an online forum for support and for others to chat with you. Cons: Some dated design templates. You have to resize some photos to upload. Time-consuming to input recipes. Mobile app not ready. Pricey.

Recipe Center (free),

Comprehensive, without the bells and whistles of the Cook’n Recipe software. Cons: Ads, no nutritional analyses in latest version.

The Recipe Box iPad app ($3.99)

Carry your collection with you. Word recognition makes adding recipes easier. You can e-mail recipes, create shopping lists, add photos from your iPad files, which are automatically resized. Cons: Time-consuming.

Cookbook People (prices start at $15.99),

Decorative albums, recipe cards, and sheet protectors.