Cook’N Recipe Organizer Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Thanks to DVO enterprises I received the Cook’N Recipe Organizer software for review.

If you love to cook and are always looking for recipes you probably have a collection of folders, papers, notebooks, cookbooks and myriads of favorites saved.  Problems is they aren’t usually in any particular order.  They probably look like this -

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There are certain recipes I use over and over again because I know exactly where they are, but then when I want to change things up it takes digging thought pages and papers and web favorites to find what I need.  The frustrating part of it all is that I rarely have everything I need to make the new stuff and just resort to the old standards.  That can be very boring.

For instance, last night I made chilli which I usually serve with corn chips, quesadillas or corn bread or the Townhouse cornbread crackers.  I was out of everything and knew I had to figure out  how to make some corn bread with what I had that was going to be tasty and gluten free.  At first I got online and started searching gluten free cornbread until I remembered I have Cook’N Recipe Organizer that has integrated web search.  Oh yes ladies (and gentleman) if you are on the internet and searching for a recipe you can do it from within the program.  You can even capture – save for posterity – your found recipe for later use.  This can be done from any website – whether it’s your favorite foodie blog or sites like Food Network or Food.com.

When I found a recipe I thought would work I immediately set it to Capture.  At this point it told me the recipe was not formatted properly and that I’d have to copy and paste from the original to get it done.  Talk about easy-peasy-lemon squeezy! When I went back to the recipe tab I did not lose the “Add Recipe” tab; it opened next to it so I could see both at the same time!  It took but a few short minutes to transcribe the original to the database form and save.  I was even able to create a new Cookbook for my database called Gluten Free so I can keep track of all my specifically gluten free, typically wheat containing recipes.

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This part is going to blow your mind.  At first I thought the Cook’N program was just a pretty face but not going to be useful overall because I don’t take my laptop into the kitchen.  I THOUGHT I’d have to still print out paper to take with me to the kitchen.  BOY WAS I WRONG!!!  There is a companion app on Android that I was able to install on my smartphone (also available for iOS and Kindle Fire).  Not only that IT SYNCS ALL MY CHANGES TO THE CLOUD.  So, I went to the kitchen, launched the app, and voila – there was my Fluffy Gluten Free Corn Bread recipe.  The screen stays awake when I have the app open to a recipe so I don’t have to worry about touching my phone too much while I’m cooking.  I might have to get a kitchen phone stand like the ones for the car to keep my phone at eye level while cooking and to keep it off the counter.

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Cook’N Recipe Organizer 11 from DVO Enterprises allows you to -

  • Purchase full length, affordable cookbooks to download directly to the software
  • Add and edit your own recipes and organize them to your liking
  • Capture recipes from anywhere on the internet and organize them to your liking (attribution is always included so you don’t forget where you found your favorites)
  • Create shopping lists based on specific recipes
  • Menu planning feature helps you get a hold on your whole week or month!
  • Mobile app which has full access to your Cook’N recipe library
  • Sync to the cloud with your Cook’n cloud account
  • Automatically backs up your recipe database on your PC

I did find one little small area that could use improvement.  On the mobile app if you do not already have a shopping list started you cannot create one from the add a recipe to the shopping list dialogue.  You have to go back out to the Home screen, select Shopping Lists from the menu and create one before you can add recipes.  It does add every line item ingredient along with the name of the recipe.  You can remove items to reflect just the things you need to get to complete your meal.  One concern I have is about the cloud account.  I appreciate very much that this feature comes included with the software, but is this for life?  Personally I’d feel more comfortable if the database were something that could be synced via Dropbox or Google Drive.

For an electronic recipe organizer I highly recommend Cook’N Recipe Organizer 11.  It’s available on DVO Enterprises website for $79.95 on CD or direct download (includes free gifts).  This may seem like a bit much for recipe software but if you look at this comparison chart for other available softwares you’ll see that it’s worth every penny.  Not to mention who of us hasn’t paid $30 for ONE cookbook.  If you want to be even more organized with our recipes and meal planning but need the extra help you can also join their Cook’n Club.  For $89.95 per year, or $9.99 per month, they send you free recipes and meal plans every week!

You can win a FREE copy for yourself!  There is a giveaway going on right now on this site until 3/21.  Go here to enter :).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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50 comments for “Cook’N Recipe Organizer Review

  1. Irene Newstead
    March 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This is definitely something I would use. I have numerous bits & pieces of paper with recipes on them, as well as numerous cookbooks. Would be nice to have them organized in one place.

  2. Rae Nelson
    March 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    This would be a tremendous help for me as I collect recipes from any and everywhere but they are quickly jotted down on pieces of paper! Great organizing tool. It also helps me tremendously to be able to plan menus at least one week in advance and that is a great feature too!

  3. March 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    That looks like such a great product! I am SO unorganized with my coupons so I need all the help that I can get.
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  4. March 17, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Very nice that it syncs to your phone like that. Plus it’s super nice that the app stays open when in the kitchen working on the recipe!
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  5. March 17, 2014 at 12:40 am

    This is a great way to keep your recipes organized and to have them right at your fingertips.
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  6. March 17, 2014 at 12:55 am

    This is a neat idea! I would love one of these for the patterns I seem to collect all over the internet.
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  7. March 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

    How awesome that the app doesn’t shut down the phone while you are in the middle of cooking. I think I need something like this in my life.

  8. March 17, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I use this software and love it. I actually put all of my recipes in it and cleared up a lot of space by being able to donate my magazines and books that I originally had. I love that I can easily share my recipes with who I want to share them with.
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  9. Maria
    March 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I have this and love it!! I have so many great recipes at my fingertips that it’s hard to not find something that I’m looking for.

  10. March 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This seems like something I’d use! I’ve recently gotten into cooking and would benefit from something like this!

  11. March 17, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is such an awesome idea to store in the recipe’s all in one go!
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  12. March 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I need this. I am so unorganized and love the idea of having everything together and easily accessible!
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  13. D.Petch
    March 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    This is really cool because right now my recipes are scattered everywhere in books, paper and websites. I can never remember where they are!

  14. March 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    what a great way to get organized in the kitchen and to have your favorite recipes handy.
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  15. March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Cook’N Recipe organizer is such a great tool for any cook. I use my organizer all the time.
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  16. March 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    This looks like a great recipe solution. I have recipes stashed everywhere.
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  17. March 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    This is a great app for someone like me. I don’t do very well with cooking and following recipes, but this could work for me
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  18. Pam
    March 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    This looks like a great resource. I am awful at organizing my recipes and I think this would be a big help to me.
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  19. March 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Most of the recipes I use these days are online, but we also have a lot that have been on both my side and hubs’ side of the family for quite some time and are written down for us. I could certainly use a method to keep all of them together!
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  20. March 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This is so cool! We always lose the recipes that have been handed down over the year. I need to organize mine and maybe get my mom into the digital age too (Kim)
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  21. March 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    This would be really practical! I have a box of old recipes and I’m always printing out new ones. This organizer software would be a time saver for sure!!
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  22. March 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    What a neat idea I have to admit I don’t really have many recipes but can see this being fantastic for my Mum. x
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  23. March 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I finally tossed the clipped recipes I had around. They kept getting moved and more dog eared. I actually started my blog partially to record the recipes I come up with, because people would ask me to make things again… and I wouldn’t be quite sure what I put in it.
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  24. March 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Wow! This is such a fantastic resource! Thanks for the introduction to it!
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  25. March 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    That does seem like a lot, but it does offer a lot too

  26. Pam
    March 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I love organizing things on the internet. It is really helpful down the road whether it is recipes, coupons or bills. This seems like it would be a big help.
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  27. March 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    This sounds so neat! I would love it!
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  28. March 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I like anything that will keep me organized!
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  29. March 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I could definitely use that app in the kitchen while cooking!
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  30. March 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    This looks great I have all my favourite recipes on little pieces of paper. It would be so much better if I could be organised like this.

  31. March 18, 2014 at 3:49 am

    With technology nowadays, I’m not surprised. Everything seems too easy nowadays!
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  32. March 18, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I have this on my iMac and haven’t really used it much. I really need to because it would be much better than my current system LOL
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    • March 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      I kinda forgot about it for a few days and saw some recipes online that I wanted to keep. It dawned on me DUH, why don’t I just clip them into Cook’n. Way easier than printing out a paper that’s going to end up on the floor, colored on or in a forgotten folder :).

  33. March 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is nice. I really like that you can automatically back up your items to your PC!

  34. March 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

    My husband would love this. And it would de-clutter our counters!
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  35. March 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Every recipe in its place! I really need to start organizing all my recipes, haha.
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  36. March 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    That sounds like a very useful tool for saving and organizing recipes. Much neater then collecting them on paper.
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  37. March 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I love how they are bringing recipe organization digital that is my kind of organizer.

  38. March 20, 2014 at 12:44 am

    What a great way to keep them organized. I need to get this for my recipes.

  39. March 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I like that it stays open on your phone. That would be a bummer to have to keep touching the phone with icky fingers.
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  40. Lesley F
    March 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I love that you can search the internet through the cooking program! Great feature

  41. March 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    What a smart tool! I have recipes all over the place, too- I need to dig them out & get them organized!
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    • March 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I’m a total recipe hoarder. If it looks good I’ve got to print it or cut it out.

  42. March 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

    What a fantastic idea! I know my mom would love this, she has recipes everywhere.
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    • March 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      I was going through my files and found ANOTHER stash of recipes! I really have my work cut out for me but it’d be nice to have them out of the file cabinet.

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