you a whiz in the kitchen? Do you want to plan your meals and parties
down to the last possible detail, instead of just throwing something together
at the last minute? Then you'll love Pocket Recipes by Pocket Express,
a 2500+ recipe database that lets you keep all of your recipes on your
Visor or Windows PC.
I am not a cook. My idea of a good meal is a plate full of cheese
nachos, preferably served with Pace™ picante sauce and a Shiner
Bock. My wife Elexia, however, loves cooking. As of this
review she has 36 cookbooks, so when I told her about Pocket Recipes, she
couldn't wait for me to get it.
installation CD that comes with Pocket Recipes installs a Pocket Recipes
conduit onto your PC. Unfortunately, there is no Mac conduit at this
time. Installation was staightforward and creates a Pocket Recipes
application on your Windows PC.
I felt that the Windows application is nothing to write home about and
that it isn't very user friendly, referring to recipes as "records" and
prompting to save changes even when you don't make any. My wife,
however, informed me that I knew nothing about cooking and was completely
According to her, using the application to enter in the information
is a breeze, and the fields for entering in ingredients and instrucions
were obviously planned out by someone who does a lot of cooking.
There is an Import Clipboard feature that you can use when copying recipes
from the Internet; however, this was very cumbersome, and I ended up just
copying and pasting in text from external recipes.
My wife, of course, thought this was scandalous, as she has an entire
mental database of personal recipes which she simply typed in -- apparently,
for people who already know a lot of recipes and just need a repository
for them, this program is wonderful. For everyone besides my Elexia
and Julia Child, importing recipes can be time consuming. (Obviously,
the trick here is to "allow" someone who has a mental list of recipes to
put them on your database . . . )
Here are the fields you can utilize for each recipe:
Ingredients (up to 25)
Rating (1 to 5 scale)
Day of the week
Meal (Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner)
Unfortunately, for those people who are health conscious, there
aren't any fields to enter in calorie counts, fat grams, sugar and salt,
etc. This information can be entered into the "Notes" field, but
if you are extremely concerned with nutrition, this one little field will
have to hold a lot of information.
There are also built-in categories for your recipes. I'm no cook,
but it seems that all the basic categories are here:
Next to inputing recipes, printing is probably the feature you will
use most on the desktop application. You can print the entire database,
the current category, or individual recipes. There are over fifteen
different styles of printing recipes, so you could also print out your
recipes and keep them in a more traditional cookbook or a recipe box.
Of course, you can also search for recipes, add a recipe to your shopping
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