Importing from Living Cookbook

How do I import my recipes from Living Cookbook?

You can either do this yourself as explained below or you can have us help you.

If you want us to help, please submit a ticket to MasterCook Support and send us your Living Cookbook file (*.fdx or *.fdxz or *.lcb) as an attachment. We will convert it for you and send it right back. If it's too large to attach (larger than 7 MB), please upload it to somewhere online such as or Google Drive or One Drive, etc. and share a download link with us.

Or, you can use CB2CB to convert your file yourself. See USING CB2CB below.

If you are unable to export from Living Cookbook but can backup, we can help you with that too. Backup your data in Living Cookbook to an .lcb file. Upload that .lcb file to somewhere online. Then submit a ticket to MasterCook Support and give us the download link, so we can convert your file into MasterCook.


To create an FDX file start up Living Cookbook. Right click on a cookbook and select Other Actions. Then select Export Entire Cookbook. Select the FDX setting. Press NEXT. At the top next to the Export file press the gear icon along the right. Select the folder on your computer where you want it to create the FDX file so you can find it later. When exporting from Living Cookbook remove the checkmark from Nutrition. Remove the checkmark from Autoarchive Rules. Press the NEXT button to create the FDX file.



CB2CB is a free program that can convert files between several recipe management programs, including Living Cookbook and MasterCook.

Download this free program called CB2CB at this website:


It can convert your .fdx or .fdxz file format into the .mz2 MasterCook 15 format.

Download and Install CB2CB:

  1. Download the latest version of the CB2CB program.
  2. Create a new folder on your computer. Extract the files from CB2CB into this new folder.
  3. Run the .exe file to use CB2CB.

Run CB2CB:

  1. Set FDX or FDXZ as the Input Format and browse to your .fdx or .fdxz file.
  2. Set MZ2 as the Output format.
  3. Press the Finish button.

It will create an .mz2 file at the same location as your .fdx or .fdxz file. Use Windows to double click on the .mz2 file. It will import the recipes into MasterCook.

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