A year and a half ago, I decided that I needed a recipe database tool to maintain my recipes.  Because I had worked with database software throughout my professional life, I believed it would give me the flexibility I needed to manage recipes for multiple cookbooks.  There are a few on the market.  I bought one that worked on my operating system and was rated well by software rating services.  It was easy to install and load with recipes. I fell in love with the import function because I constantly hit Escape rather than Undo and would have to start typing my recipes all over again.

Once I had all of my recipes loaded, I did the unimaginable – I broke the database.  I discovered an undocumented ‘feature’, also known as a defect.  The vendor said the software wasn’t supposed to do what I made it do.  Oh, well.  No fix was ever offered for the software.  I never heard back from him.

After a six month hiatus I started working with the software again.  Fortunately, I had made a backup and lost very little work.  (I am thankful that my professional training paid off!)  I will take a slight detour here and remind you that making regular backups is the most important thing you can do for yourself because something will go wrong.  All in all, it is a great tool and provides the flexibility I need to manage multiple cookbooks.  Just make sure that you make backups often.  Overall, the tool was $35 well spent.

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