To Jeffrey, food is opened, not prepared. If it’s not edible coming out of the refrigerator then he doesn’t want any part of it, although, I’ve trained him to use the microwave and the toaster oven, but even that effort took half a generation. No, the kitchen is my domain, even as little Minceys became bigger Minceys and found fast food.
There’s no such thing as slaving over a hot stove here in Hotlanta. My Mac is loaded with half a dozen very good recipe manager apps and one of my favorites might be the hottest ever. It’s called Paprika Recipe Manager.
Think of Paprika as an iTunes for recipes.
Categories are displayed in the left Sidebar, iTunes and iPhoto style. Click on a category and Paprika displays all the recipes available.
Paprika’s claim to fame is a set of options which allow it to download recipes from almost 200 websites. The smart copy and paste feature also grabs just the recipe information from a site.
Ingredients in a recipe can be scaled to match the number of servings, and there are more than enough nutritional details to let you know the relative health of a recipe.
Paprika can print out recipes, grocery store lists, and weekly meal plans. Of course, recipes can be shared in OS X, too, and adding recipes and ingredients is easy.
Here’s what sold me on Paprika. There’s a Mac, iPhone, and iPad version with an option to sync up the recipe database between devices, but all data is stored locally so you don’t have to be online to use Paprika.
There are more expensive, more comprehensive recipe managers, including MacGourmet (also a favorite), but Paprika is easier to use and costs less.