In 2020 we released new mobile apps and a new Windows app. You can use them independently or in conjunction with each other. You get to choose which products to purchase.
The Windows product is stand-alone and does not require a subscription or internet connection. It can work with a MasterCook.com subscription that is purchased separately though.
THE MASTERCOOK WINDOWS PRODUCT IS NON-RETURNABLE AND NON-REFUNDABLE
Those who need the most functionality purchase the MasterCook Windows product that has been a popular program for many years. Those who need to use it with their mobile devices purchase a MasterCook.com subscription and access their online content with their mobile devices directly from the website and/or with the free mobile apps.
NEW FEATURES IN THE WINDOWS PRODUCT
Version 2020 looks identical version 15. Nothing was changed with the user interface that many customers are familiar with, so there is no learning curve there.
Most of our resources were consumed by adding a key feature that has been requested by an overwhelming majority of our customers (new and old) -- a new nutrient and ingredient database. We built out new nutrition screens to hold all of the new nutrient data fields we added. Version 15 and older are using the 1997 standard release of the USDA ingredient/nutrient database. MasterCook 2020 has more than 3.5 times the number of nutrients including sugar and phosphorus for those who need to watch those levels of nutrients because they have diabetes or kidney disease. MasterCook 2020 also contains many more ingredients than version 15. It took a great deal of time to rewrite several parts of the program to work with all of those new nutrients.
We received the most feedback from customers requesting we create a new database with expanded nutrients and ingredients, so that is our primary feature. Many people have diabetes. None of the previous versions allow them to track sugar. Several people have kidney disease. None of the previous versions allow you to track phosphorus.
We are happy to provide this key component that hasn't been changed in 23 years!
We are not done adding user-requested features though. We will continue to add new features as this year progresses. Below is a list of new features to come including our estimate on the quarter when that feature is likely to be released. Once we finish optimizing the current new features, we will add the others. We plan to have updates to MasterCook 2020 available every couple of weeks.
- Latest USDA nutrient and ingredient database
- Nearly 100 nutrients will be available for your recipes and meal plans
- Over 16,000 ingredients from the latest USDA Nutrient Database available for your recipes and meal plans
- New nutrients populate in the Search screen, Nutrition Summary, Nutrition Facts, and Nutritional Analysis
- Updated printing of the Nutrition Facts Label and Nutritional Analysis
- New preference setting for retaining the sort order of cookbooks & recipes (Summer 2020)
- Improved performance including syncing between computer and online account and mobile apps (Summer 2020)
- Improved error handling including corrupt cookbook prevention (end of Spring 2020)
- New automatic syncing with an online account which will no longer require a manual process (Summer 2020)
- New MasterCook Points Calculator including being able to exclude certain ingredients that are worth zero points (Fall 2020)
- New recipe date field to track when a recipe was added to a cookbook (Fall 2020)
NEW FEATURES IN THE MOBILE APPS & ONLINE APP
- Store up to 100,000 recipes in your private online account
- New user interface
- Recipe sharing from the mobile apps
- Recipe printing from the mobile apps
- TouchID and FaceID for the iOS app
- Performance improvements
- Multiple bug fixes in mobile apps
- Web importer improvements (Spring 2020)
- New offline feature for the mobile apps (Summer 2020)
- Web importer improvements (Spring 2020)
MasterCook has been a favorite and trusted tool for professional chefs, home cooks, culinary instructors and students for nearly 30 years! It not only stores their recipes privately, but it provides many important tools to analyze their recipes and menus.
We have several MasterCook products.
- MasterCook for Windows which is just like all previous versions of MasterCook. It does not use a subscription, but it can work with a MasterCook.com subscription if you wish.
- MasterCook.com subscription which works from any computer or device and has the popular one-click recipe importer. Many customers rely on it to keep a backup copy of their recipes and other files in their private online account.
- A free mobile app in the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads. It works with a MasterCook.com subscription.
- A free mobile app in the Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets. It works with a MasterCook.com subscription.
This article explains the different MasterCook products and how they can work with each other:
There is a comparison chart on this web page that shows the differences in functionality between our products: