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Written by: Casey Allan on Oct 25 2010, 6:38pm

Food Network Recipe Manager - Uploading Recipes

I am researching this software before making a purchase.  It says that my favorite recipes can be easily uploaded into this software.  How is this done?  What file format must it be in?  I have an overflowing notebook of recipes and word files of recipes that all need to be organized better.

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Arthur K. says:

Hello Casey,

You can upload your own favorite recipes into the software. You can add a new Cookbook or Meal and then add your recipes to them.

Food Network Recipe Manager does have the ability import recipes into the application, however it has to be in the appropriate file format. This file format uses specific fields that are required in the application. Notepad and wordpad files do not contain the proper formatting to import into the application.

However, once you have uploaded your recipe into the Food Network Recipe Manager software, you can very quickly and easily export the recipe into that appropriate file format. This will allow you to easily share those recipes with friends and family who also have Food Network Recipe Manager installed. You can also use this as a way of creating backups of your recipes and then import them back into the application if you ever decide to purchase a new computer.

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Oct 26 2010, 3:31pm | Report

Casey Allan says:

So what is the appropriate file format?

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Oct 26 2010, 4:59pm | Report

Arthur K. says:

Recipe Manager can only import recipes that are *.fnrecipes files.

If you have a recipe as a text or word-processing file,
open it in a word-processing application.
Then, create a new recipe in Recipe Manager and copy and paste (or type) the information into the recipe details in the Viewing area.

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Oct 26 2010, 6:30pm | Report

Casey Allan says:

So it only imports/uploads recipes that were already in Recipe Manager?  Hmmm that doesn't sound like it can "upload your own recipes" without copy and pasting or retyping them.

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Oct 26 2010, 6:36pm | Report

Arthur K. says:

Casey,

The initial time that you wish to bring a recipe into the software, you would have to manually upload the recipe. The software is not a simple collection of text that lists ingredients. It has several fields and handlers, each assigned for specific items. You wouldn't want your recipe title to be printed in the area which contains an ingredient, nor would you want an ingredient placed where serving capacity is stored and so forth.

Once you have initially inserted your recipe into the software, you can then export & import that recipe in a file format that the software can read. So once a recipe has been inserted once, you can take that recipe with you to all future computers that have the software involved without having to manually re-enter the ingredients. 

I think the confusion may possibly lie within how the words are taken in the software industry. You are uploading the recipe to the software, which is adding it to the list of existing recipes. Later, once it is added, you can export it in the appropriate file format, and then any user with the software can import that appropriate file format easily.

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Oct 26 2010, 6:59pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

I just installed the program and am fairly new to the program. I've used MasterCook for over a decade now, so I was curious to try something new. MasterCook lets you import/export in several formats. The Food Network Recipe software isn't like that at all. It exports/imports its own format so you can share recipes with fellow product users. Perhaps this helps explain it further.

It can create a PDF file out of a recipe. You can manually type in your own recipes. It does import recipes from food.com fairly effortlessly and straightforward including the recipe image from the website. It doesn't import them from other web sites though.

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Oct 26 2010, 10:43pm | Report

Amanda Hollin says:

I recently purchased this software and am dumbfounded to figure out that I can import recipes from food.com, but not foodnetwork.com when this is FOOD NETWORK Recipe Manager.  It just doesn't make any sense.  Yes, I can copy and paste, but that is rather time consuming and I would expect that if I were able to import anything it would be from the website of the company whose name the software bears...

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Nov 4 2010, 2:07pm | Report

Amanda Hollin says:

Oh and I also don't see an easy way to have a recipe "inside of a recipe" such as the glaze for sticky buns or a sauce that goes with the dish.

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Nov 4 2010, 2:23pm | Report

Amanda Hollin says:

And now I have created separate recipes for the glaze and royal icing for my sticky buns recipe thinking that I could make a "meal" of it and add all three so they'd be in the same place.  However, now these two recipes do not appear in my list, but only in the scrolling picture bar up top.  Although I cannot actually click on either, they remain there because I cannot delete them.  When I try it prompts me to confirm and shows that it is actually trying to delete the recipe next to it.  *Sigh* I'm considering that money back guarantee at this point.

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Nov 4 2010, 2:48pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

I don't think there's a way to embed a recipe. It seems like the recipes in this program that have a sauce or something include the ingredients in the ingredient section of the parent recipe and the instructions are within the directions for the parent recipe.

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Nov 4 2010, 3:00pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

As far as them not showing, try clicking on your cookbook in the left side of the screen. Does that help them reappear? Leave your cookbook and return to it to see if that helps.

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Nov 4 2010, 3:09pm | Report

Amanda Hollin says:

Nope, tried that.  Since I only had three recipes (the two that weren't working), the actual sticky bun recipe and a soup recipe, I just saved the two that were working (the soup and the sticky buns) by exporting them into a folder.  Then I deleted the whole cookbook.  And then when I went to import them back in, only the soup came back.  I got an error message on the sticky buns that the file had been corrupted (already?) or wasn't the right file type (exported *from* the program).  So, yeah, I just started over.  But if that ever happens again and I have more recipes in here it won't be such an easy fix.

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Nov 4 2010, 3:19pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

Hmm, that is certainly odd! I haven't had that happen to me yet. I'll keep an eye out though.

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Nov 4 2010, 3:23pm | Report

Myron Kosarczyn says:

I also purchased this software and so far I am not overly pleased with it. I was hoping that I could import all of my recipes from MasterCook v9 but without doing the copy and paste method I will never get all of my recipes into one recipe manager. The MasterCook recipe import function for the Food Network Recipe Manager should not be a difficult task to add since Mastercook will export recipes in a XML format which is a standard file format. Also, I have found that the only way to import recipes from the food.com website is one at a time. If there are a few recipes in a specific cookbook on food.com I would really like the capability to import the entire cookbook in a simple and quick way.

So far consideriding the limitations of the product I am considering sticking to MasterCook and returning the Foo Network Recipe Manager for a full refund unless someone can tell me how I can get all of my recipes in one place without too much difficulty.

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Jan 16 2011, 2:56pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

I don't know of any program that will import MasterCook's XML export format. (I've used MasterCook since 1995.) However, there are several other recipe management programs that will import the TXT format. Perhaps in a future version they can add functionality to import MasterCook recipes like other programs offer. This is the first version of this program, so I suspect they are willing to consider suggestions they receive. It would also be nice to have the ability to import from the Food Network website itself.

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Jan 16 2011, 4:35pm | Report

Myron Kosarczyn says:

There are products that do claim to import MasterCook MX2 (XML) format recipes but their claims were not true. I never managed to get it to work and was constantly bombarded by errors. The product that I a referring to is the Demy Recipe Reader. I purchased it based on it's claims that I could get my recipes onto this device but after many tries I could not get my recipes on to the device no matter what I did. The product also comes with some so-called pre-loaded recipes but you have to get lucky to get that part to work without help from their support group. The next thing that I am going to look into is purchasing an iPad or other tablet pc with a recipe app that will allow me to import my MasterCook recipes. Hpefully I will have some luck in that research. The biggest problem with that route is the cost.

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Jan 17 2011, 12:43pm | Report

Lisette Franklin says:

The Living Cookbook claims to be able to import from MasterCook.  It has 11 different formats you can import.  I haven't used it, I just downloaded the trial to see if FoodNetwork formats were compatible with Anything!  They Aren't!

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Feb 20 2011, 2:36pm | Report

Scott says:

Has anyone had trouble recently importing recipes from Food.com?  I have imported files in the past but for some reason I now get an error message that the recipes I'm trying to import from Food.com are not the correct format.

 

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Aug 12 2011, 2:32pm | Report

Kim Frodine says:

I can't import from food.com either.  Specific URL I was trying is:

http://www.food.com/recipe/parmesan-crusted-pork-chops-181566

but none will work.

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Aug 14 2011, 5:18pm | Report

donna jenkins says:

This program blows, sorry I wasting my time and money on this.

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Dec 18 2011, 11:44am | Report

Pam Erickson says:

Donna, is there something in particular you are having trouble with? It should do the things advertised. If not, you should let the company know so they can address them. I've installed hundreds of software titles over the past several years. I've yet to install a program that is 100% bug free, and frequently the users are the ones who find a majority of them.

Otherwise, there is a satisfaction guarantee with this product, so you can get your money back if that's what you desire.

I'm just a fellow product user. I realize this is the first version of this product, so there's much room for improvement. I hope others share with the company what they want in future versions. That's the only way it's going to improve and do the things we wish. Hopefully you are able to be specific in the problems you are having.

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Dec 18 2011, 1:04pm | Report

Dot Sileo says:

I have been entering recipes in Food Network Recipe Manager, with reasonable success.  My issue is in the computer "knowing" what I want to type in the ingredient list.  When I first started using the software, I typed an error -- CupA.  Now, each time I want to add Cup to the ingredient list, I must delete the A after I type Cup.  If I just type Cup and then Tab to the ingredient, the program types CupA anyway.  Any way to erase this so called "help" from the program.

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Feb 6 2012, 5:45pm | Report

Mike Finfrock says:

I can't get the any URL to import into my Food Network Recipe Manager. Below is an example of the URL and the error message I keep getting.

http://www.food.com/recipe/pulled-pork-crock-pot-131018

...there was an error with the URL or it's content or the location of the fil

Right now this thing is not as functional as advertised!!!

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Feb 15 2012, 5:17pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

Mike, I just tried importing that same recipe, and it worked fine. Use the CHECK FOR UPDATES command in the File menu to see if you need to download and install the latest updates.

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Feb 15 2012, 5:27pm | Report

Mike Finfrock says:

Thanks Pam. I have tried to update several times. It says the "could not connect to update.novadevelopement.com". My version is straight out of the box version 1.0.10. I've tried to update for the last three days without success. Not sure if I have not registered properly or if I need to use the code on the postcard that was provided in the box. Any ideas?

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Feb 15 2012, 5:35pm | Report

Mike Finfrock says:

Pam - I finally got it. I shutdown, uninstalled, and reinstalled. Connected now and downloading the updates. Thanks - 

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Feb 15 2012, 5:43pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

Great! The importing should work better after the updates. :)

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Feb 15 2012, 6:33pm | Report

Larry Barta says:

OUr question is about adding our own recipes.

When we just type them into the form, there is not a button to hit to save.

Where do I need to go to type  and save my own recipes?

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Feb 18 2012, 6:57pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

Larry, go to the Help section in the program and look at the article called "Adding new recipes" which explains how to add your own recipes. Let us know if you still have problems after following those instructions.

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Feb 18 2012, 9:36pm | Report

Jake Owen says:

Considering the vast limiations of the software, I don't suppose it has the capability to export recipes to a normal file (PDF, .Doc, .xls)?

Before responding that the software CAN export in its own file type to be used on other computers with the software already installed, please consider that this is in fact not an answer but simply avoiding the question so as to not highlight the lack of functionality the software has.

A simple yes or no to the first sentence will suffice.

Thank you.

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Mar 7 2012, 2:09pm | Report

Pam Erickson says:

It only exports in its own format. However, you can use a free program to create a PDF file. I do this all the time with other programs, and it works just as great with this program. Download a free PDF converter program from the internet like doPDF or CutePDF Writer. They install themselves as a printer on your computer. When you print from any program select that as the printer. Instead of something spooling to your printer a PDF file is created instead. Works great!!

My other programs don't export to PDF file either (or Excel or Word), but they all work great with CutePDF Writer or doPDF. :)

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Mar 7 2012, 3:11pm | Report

Robby E. says:

Jake,

Yes. The program can export recipes to .PDF files. When you are looking at a recipe in the program, you would click on the Create PDF button at the top of the recipe. This was the only file format it was designed to export to other than its proprietary file format.

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