Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The App That Every Mac User With A Healthy Appetite Needs For The Holiday

PaprikaWhat do the holidays mean to you? Family, friends, a few days off, football, sleeping late, and good food. Plenty of good food. Food and Macs go together, especially if you’re a certified foodie. Whether it’s eating or cooking, food makes up a big part of both the Thomas and O’Brien households during the holiday season. My Mac is home to more than a few recipe collection apps (including a few that help me track my diet). Tops on the list is the clever Paprika Recipe Manager, which would make a good gift for the loved one in your life who shares a love of Macs.

As recipe managers go, Paprika may be the most elegant and useful. It pulls down recipes from nearly 200 websites. Recipes can be scaled to match the number of diners. Nutritional information is available, too.

Paprika Library

Paprika works a bit like iPhoto or iTunes in that everything is stored in the library and you can categorize each recipe.

Add notes, manager grocery lists, plan meals, and even print out or email recipes to friends or family members.

Paprika Recipe

Paprika has a great way to backup your recipes and keep them synchronized with the iPad version (which is actually much less than the Mac versions; go figure). All the recipes stay local to your Mac or iPad or iPhone but are safely backed up online.

Recipes can be gathered online but also imported from MacGourmet, YummySoup, or MasterCook (also favorites).

As decent as Paprika is to use, here are some items I would like to see. Leftovers? We have plenty. There’s too much back and forth switching between recipes and meals.

Otherwise, reward you significant other with a treat. Paprika for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.