Version: 1.5.5 || Release Date: 2012-11-16 || License: Commercial with demo ($30) Developer: Acacia Tree Software | App Owner: acaciatree

Helps you cook, start to finish

Most cooking software stops at organizing recipes. SousChef helps you cook, start to finish. Find a recipe, cook it, modify it and share it with friends & family -- all in one application. Unlike other cooking software, SousChef accesses an online cloud database made up of all other users recipes allowing users to quickly find new and delicious recipes. No more trips to the store to get that one missing ingredient either -- SousChef ranks recipe results based on what's in your pantry, or offers suggestions for substitutes. Whether you're throwing dinner together at the last minute, or want to experiment with a favorite family recipe, SousChef handles the details so you can simply cook!

SousChef offers a grocery list function, so you can create shopping lists from your favorite recipes!

Update: The recipe cloud now contains 140,000+ recipes and metric units are supported natively.

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19 Opinions

Buggy as hell, plus you're not able to export recipes to other software. My wife put 300+ recipes on her SousChef and then realized it was unusable. What a waste. Have switched to YummySoup 2.0 and don't regret one bit.

Macbundlebox is using this app in its latest bundle. 6 apps normally retailed at $186 for only $29. That means you get 6 for the price of just this one. If anyone wants this app I suggest getting it from It is a brilliant app and I recommend it.

@fiz : Have you seen improvements with version 1.2.4? We've worked really hard to improve on stability in that release and so far have had overwhelmingly good reports. If not, please report your experience via version 1.2.4's new feedback item in the Help menu as that makes it much easier for us to track issues and get them fixed.

I can't save recipes with it and the app hangs/crashes pretty regularly. I once loved this app, but not if it doesn't even work properly anymore.

@wak - I'm not a big fan of SousChef myself (see my lengthy review), but I think it speaks a lot about the developer that they watch this space, and address peoples' concerns here. Honestly, your attitude does come off as rather trollish.

I intend to give this app a second chance, but the UI still seems inefficient to me. I can see myself using it anyway though, simply because the devs listen.

@wak : Thanks for the input! If you ever do need support feel free to get ahold of us via the support page on our website.

Ok, I'm not trying to turn this into a support forum. I just wanted to report a valid personal experience for the benefit of fine i use this users. I find it odd that I would be considered spamming or trolling.

Dear reader, take my opinion for what it's worth—one users take based on limited experience. Given a 400 character limit on comments, I didn't think this disclaimer would be necessary.

@wak : Without more info it's hard to ascertain what was causing your problem. Have you tried v1.2? It has many bug fixes in it, some of which address some issues similar to this (although we haven't had any reports of your specific problem).

@acaciatree I appreciate that you addressed my concerns here. I very likely would have done as you suggested and contacted you, however, SousChef stopped functioning within 5 minutes of use (you did not address this) and I simply do not have the time to play around with Apps that don't work.

@wak We tried to take a look at the process of cooking with your computer and create an app that does that really well. If you have a particular feature or UI you'd like to see, please let us know specifics and we'll do our best to figure out if we can add it.
Also, we've received great feedback on our import feature, so I think it may be a problem with the website/file you are importing from.

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