Yum: Organise, Share and Discover Recipes

Yum from Austrian developers Incredible Bee aspires to be the “cooking companion for your Mac.” To achieve this, Yum offers a combination of recipe management, cloud-based recipe sharing, shopping list creation and a free supporting iPhone app.

There’s quite a choice of recipe management software available for these platforms, so this review will look at how well Yum meets its aims to help you decide if it merits a place in your kitchen.

Getting Started

Yum downloads as an archive file and the first time you run it, it asks if you’d like to move it to your application folder if you haven’t already done so. After checking for any online updates, you’re taken to the Yum starting screen. This is very clear, and gives you the opportunity to watch an overview video which, although it lacks a commentary, provides a good quick view of Yum’s features to speed your learning.

Yum ships without any sample recipes preloaded although you can easily view the ‘cloud recipes’ and, if you’re upgrading from Yum 3, there is an option to import your existing recipe collection.

Yum start screen

Yum start screen

Working With Your Recipes

At the core of Yum is its ability to help you save and organise your recipes. The recipe entry screen lets you add information such as rating, tags, category, preparation time and yield (number of servings) in addition to the ingredients and preparation details. You can also add a picture of the dish.

All these features make it easier to find individual recipes that match your needs when you have assembled a large collection.

Yum recipe entry screen

Yum recipe entry screen

Once you have either entered or downloaded a collection of recipes, they are shown as pictures on a cork board background. As well as scrolling through your collection to spot a recipe that takes your fancy, you can search by any combination of categories, ingredients tags or notes.

You can also set up smart folders that will automatically include every recipe, for example, that uses fish and is rated easy to prepare.

The cork board view looks attractive but if you don’t have a photograph for each recipe, the lack of an alternative text listing means you will probably rely on searching rather than browsing (as reading through the photo captions rapidly becomes tedious).

Yum recipe collection cork board

Yum recipe collection cork board

When you’ve chosen a recipe and you’re preparing a dish, Yum offers a useful full screen mode. This lets you see your current recipe without screen clutter and displays it large enough to read across the kitchen as you work. A floating tool bar lets you zoom in or out.

Yum full screen

Yum full screen

When working with your recipes, if you find the need to feed a different number of people, provided you entered the yield information in the recipe, the scale button lets you adjust the ingredient quantities for any number of servings.

As each recipe has a button which generates a shopping list, scaling a recipe before creating a shopping list from it makes sure the right quantities are included. Shopping lists are for each individual recipe; there is no easy way to create a list for an entire meal.

Yum shopping list

Yum shopping list

Sharing Recipes

One of Yum’s strengths is its support for sharing recipes. As well as being able to print, export or email a recipe from within Yum – each of which creates a PDF of the selected recipe – there is a share button which uploads your recipe to Yum’s recipe cloud for other Yum users to see, comment on and rate.

Discovering recipes from other people is extremely easy. If you choose Cloud Recipes in the interface, the search and browse controls are the same as when you are working in My Recipes

If a shared recipe takes your fancy when you are browsing the recipe cloud, you can download it to your own collection with a single click.

Yum on Your iPhone

Yum users can download a free iPhone app that shows recipe ingredients and preparation details. These are ‘read only’ views so you can browse but not modify or add to your recipes.

In addition to making your recipes portable, the app can build shopping lists from your recipes, thus making it easy to take your shopping lists with you when you buy ingredients or allowing you to decide what to cook while you’re in the grocery store and immediately listing what you need to buy.

The app syncs with Yum on your Mac via WiFi – there is no cloud service or account involved – so your iPhone or iPod and Mac must be connected on the same WiFi network.

Although the instructions in Yum’s help are correct, the on screen guidance in the app incorrectly refers to what was, presumably, a previous method of syncing that has been changed in Yum 4.

Yum iPhone app

Yum iPhone app

Conclusion

Yum is an attractive looking program that is focused on collecting and organising your recipes. The iPhone app is a useful addition to carry your shopping list with you and, if you are keen on sharing recipes, Yum makes it easy.

However, there are so many different cooking web sites for recipe sharing, Yum doesn’t yet have a wide enough range of recipes in its recipe cloud to compete with them (although this could improve over time).

Yum’s exclusive focus on recipe management also puts it at a disadvantage when compared to other, similarly priced, cookery management programs such as SousChef and MacGourmet which offer additional features like menu planning and suggesting recipes based on the ingredients you have available.

Nevertheless, if your primary concern is bringing order to your recipe collection, Yum is worth consideration and you can download and try it free for 14 days to see how well it meets your needs.


Summary

Yum can manage and share your recipes but has strong competition at the price.

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  • Paul J

    I actually did my own research, comparing the various Mac Recipe software available. I came to the conclusion that MacGourmet was the best option. I actually wanted to buy the Deluxe version from Mariner Software, but didn’t want to spend $49.99 for it. After extensive Googling, I had found monthly coupon codes that sometimes work. I ended up holding out for a few weeks and finally a coupon code was available that made the Deluxe price only $35, which is a steal for the deluxe version. My wife and I have loved it so far. The main selling factor for us was how well it imports recipes automatically from some of the well known recipe websites like AllRecipes, etc. Anyway, just letting you know my 2-cents. I had briefly trialed Yum, but didn’t seem as robust as MacGourmet Deluxe.

  • Vinny Troia

    My Wife and I ended up going with Yummy Soup.

    • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Suleiman Leadbitter

      I like Yummy Soup too. I own Seus Chef and Yum but still preferred Yummy Soup. I’m waiting it out though for it to appear in a decent bundle.

  • Michael

    I’ve been looking for a good recipe program and was hoping that this would fit the bill. I currently use SousChef and I find some of its features lacking. It won’t allow you to scale a recipe one time and recipe entry is cumbersome at times. I was hoping that Yum would work, but the lack of a companion iPad app and shortcomings with the shopping list would probably prevent me from buying it.

    I’ve never considered the cloud-stored recipes to be a big selling factor; I’ve found very few recipes worth using, mostly because everyone uses the program differently, and the recipes are often confusing to follow.

    If someone would make a good recipe program that has a companion iPad app that allows sync and the ability to sync my shopping list to GroceryIQ, I’ll pull the trigger.

  • Timothy Zulewski

    Springpad is wonderful for this type of thing: http://www.springpadit.com
    Will store recipes and an amazing amount of other stuff. It’s like Evernote on steroids.
    I actually used Yum a long time ago, when it was free. It actually seemed a little better back then. Now it has kind of taken on the look of a bunch of other programs like Sous Chef.

  • Paul J

    Interesting: http://www.yumapp.com

    “This project has been discontinued and is no longer available.”

    Nice. Gotta love it when you post a review promoting a product, that days later, is discontinued.

  • Valentina

    I used Yum! but now it’s no longer available so I want to change with MacGourmet but it’s impossible to import receipt from Yum! 4…
    What a stupid thing! How am I supposed to do?
    Write ALL the receipt???

  • http://www.ipad-movies.net/ Tarrif

    This is a really smart and fabulous app. I like cooking.

  • http://www.removedrmsoftware.com/ remove drm software

    I do not how to cook,so, i do not know some good Recipes. thank you very much for telling me this in this article.

  • Janet Evers

    My Grandson wrote all my recipes on this site but now I can’t seem to be able to actually buy the program so that I can retrieve those recipes. What can I do now?

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