Importing from Now You're Cooking

How do I import my recipes from Now You're Cooking?

You can either follow these instructions below or use CB2CB to convert your recipes.

To import recipes from Now You're Cooking you need to use the Export Recipes command from the File menu in Now You're Cooking. That command is not activated until you close the recipes. Use the Generic Text File setting. It will create a text file on your computer.

You then will need to edit that text file so the recipes are in a format that MasterCook can import. Open and edit that text file with Windows NOTEPAD. Do NOT use Word.

MasterCook can import several recipes within one text file as long as they are in a basic format such as this example:


Glazed Spiced Pecans

2 1/2 cups pecans
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon rum flavoring or vanilla

Heat nuts at 250 F for 15 min. Blend and cook sugar, water, salt and spices to soft ball stage. Do not stir. Add flavoring. Stir in nuts until creamy and coated. Turn onto wax paper, separating as they cool.

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Use the above example, you start out with 5 @ symbols on one line. Then have a blank line. Then a line with the recipe title. Followed by another blank line. Then lines of ingredients. Followed by another blank line. Then paragraphs of directions. Then another five @ symbols to let MasterCook know another recipe follows.

Set up all the recipes like this in the text file. Then use the Import command from the File menu in MasterCook. Direct it to this text file that you created using the instructions above.

  • It's important that the blank lines are completely blanks (no spaces even) since it tells MasterCook the breaks between recipe parts.
  • The five @ symbols are important because they tell MasterCook when a new recipe begins.
  • No other text should be on the line with the @ symbols.
  • All text needs to be aligned to the left with no indentations.
  • Do NOT use fraction symbols. They must be three characters instead, such as 1/2.
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