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Cook’n Review

If you are like me, you are obsessed with pinning recipes on Pinterest and all over the internet. It has never been easier to find great recipes. It has also never been harder to keep track of all of those recipes. I hate to have to go searching for a recipe that I pinned or bookmarked. Cook’n is an awesome program that takes care of that for you.

Cook’n comes with over 500 recipes and a cookbook already inside. You also get a free download of another cookbook with the purchase of the software. You can manually add recipes that you have at home in your family album. You can also search the entire internet through the Cook’n software for any recipe your heart desires. You can then use one of their recipe templates to “capture” a recipe from anywhere on the internet. Check out the pictures to see how I got the recipe of Black Bean Burgers into my family cookbook.

Here is the toolbar for the Cook’n program and this is the homepage. As you can see on the toolbar, you can add a new recipe, look through your current recipes, look through any menus you’ve made, see all the categories you’ve set up, check your shopping list, check some nutritional facts, print recipes and shopping lists, search for new recipes, capture new recipes, and save all your work. On the homepage, you can find links to your recipes, your favorites, your menus, search, the daily newsletter that contains a new recipe everyday, any updates to your software, the new cookbooks as they come out, video demonstrations, and FAQ’s. Everything you need is right there either in the toolbar or the homepage. You don’t have to go looking through the software to get it to do what you need it to do.

I saw a recipe somewhere on the interwebs for black bean burgers, but couldn’t for the life of me remember where. I opened up the software and did a search for black bean burgers. Here are some of the results it found for me. As you can see, it gets every result from personal pages and larger websites like and even the Food Network website.

I didn’t know which one was right, so I opened up a couple of them to see their synopses. From this, I found the one I was looking for.

I then clicked capture, and Cook’n grabbed all the information I needed. It put it in the typical recipe format. I can then go in and edit anything I want, such as change the wording of the recipe, fix the units, or whatever you need.

Then I saved the recipe into my cookbook. You can always edit it afterwards, to increase the portions or change the wording. Again, you can personalize anything to what you are looking for. This is what the recipe looks like after it has been captured, saved, and re-opened.

I loved that I was able to transfer all the recipes I’d saved on pinterest and various other bookmarks all in one recipe book. The cookbooks that they offer are also great. They have a ton of choices. I’m in love with Gooseberry Patch, I think they are adorable and have the best recipes. I was really happy when I saw that those are available through Cook’n. They also have cookbooks for any type of diet. They have diabetic, gluten-free, low-carb, etc. Whatever type of cookbook you are looking for, Cook’n has it. For more information on how Cook’n works, watch this instructional video.

Cook’n is available for $79.95. They are offering a 50% off coupon for Simply Stacie readers. Just use the code mb-simplystacie. The coupon code expires 7/15/12.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Lindsey Aylward

Lindsey currently lives on the MA/NH border with her husband, son, and dog. She enjoys crafting, reading, and way too much television for her own good. She blogs at

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