Welcome to Paprika Recipe Manager!
This guide will introduce you to all of the features available within Paprika. You will learn how to add recipes to Paprika, browse for recipes online, create grocery lists, make meal plans, and more.
If after reading this guide you have any questions that have not been addressed, please consult our knowledge base.
Paprika is divided into four main sections, each of which is accessible by pressing the corresponding button in the tab bar.
|Recipes||This is the main screen of the application, and contains your recipe collection. From here you can open individual recipes, search for recipes, and view recipes by category.|
|Browser||This built-in web browser allows you to browse for recipes online, and clip your favorite recipes into Paprika.|
|Groceries||This shows your current grocery list. From here you can check off grocery items as you shop, edit your grocery list, and add custom grocery list items.|
|Meals||This is Paprika's meal planner. You can use it to create weekly meal plans, and view your daily meal schedule.|
All of your recipes are displayed on the recipes screen. The left pane displays the list of recipe categories, while the right pane shows the recipes themselves.
All Recipes is the default selected category, which displays all of your recipes in alphabetical order.
If you would like to change the selected category, simply click on a new category to highlight it.
Note You can change the recipe view to display more recipes in a condensed list by using the toggle control in the toolbar.
The recipes screen contains a search bar that you can use to search for specific recipes in your collection. Simply start typing and your recipes listing will be filtered by the search term.
By default, the search bar searches for your recipes based on the name of the recipe. You can use the dropdown
on the right to change the search type between:
Note You can search for multiple ingredients at the same time by separating them with commas. For example:
To add a new recipe, press the + button in the upper right hand corner of the recipes screen.
Shortcut You can also press
An empty recipe screen will appear, allowing you to enter in the recipe information you would like to save,
cook time, and
Optionally, add a
photo from your computer by pressing the Change Image
button below on the placeholder photo, or dragging an image into the empty photo well.
When you're finished entering in your recipe, press the Done button to save your changes.
You can edit the recipe later by pressing the Edit button in the recipe screen.
These the fields that you can enter when you create or edit a recipe:
|Name||The name of the recipe.|
|Difficulty||The difficulty of the recipe.|
|Servings||The number of servings this recipe makes.|
|Prep Time||The amount of preparation time this recipe requires.|
|Cook Time||The amount of cooking time this recipe requires.|
|Rating||A star rating from 0 to 5 for this recipe.|
|Categories||The categories this recipe belongs to.|
|Source||Where this recipe came from.|
|Source URL||This is an optional field that records the original URL of the recipe if it came from a website.|
|Notes||Any cooking notes you would like to include with the recipe.|
|Nutritional Info||Any nutritional information you would like to record for this recipe.|
|Ingredients||The ingredients required for this recipe.|
|Directions||The directions for this recipe.|
|Photo||A photo you would like to associate with this recipe. You can select a photo from your photo library.|
From the recipes screen, click on a single recipe in the listing in order to open the recipe.
This is the main recipe view. The ingredients are displayed on the left, information about the recipe is displayed near the top, and the directions are displayed below.
Note If the recipe has a source URL, the source will be underlined. You can click on the source to load the original source URL in the browser.
The toolbar contains several actions you can perform with the recipe:
Click the detach arrow to open the recipe in a new window. This is a useful tool if you want to copy and paste more info into a recipe while using the browser, or look at several recipes at once.
You can also swipe right on the trackpad with two fingers to "break off" the recipe.
You can scale the ingredients of a recipe by clicking on the Scale button next to the servings size.
When the ingredients scaling popover appears, select the amount you'd like to scale the ingredients by and they will change automatically. If you add a scaled recipe to the grocery list, the grocery list items will preserve the ingredients scaling.
Note Paprika anticipates this ingredient format:
quantity unit ingredient, i.e.
1 cup milk. We will be adding more formats in the future.
|Detach Recipe||Swipe right with two fingers on your trackpad.|
Paprika allows you to organize recipes into categories to make them easier to manage.
To edit a recipe's categories, navigate into the recipe and tap the Edit button in order to edit the recipe. From here, press the Categories button to access the recipe's categories. You can check one (or more) categories to associate with the recipe. Press the Done button when you are done.
Shortcut From the main recipes listing, you can drag and drop a recipe row into a category.This allows you to quickly assign categories to a recipe without having to open up the recipe itself.
You can add a category by pressing the + button in the categories toolbar.
To edit a category, simply double-click it. If you would like to delete the category, highlight it and press the
- button in the toolbar, or
Delete on your keyboard.
If you have
Alphabetize Categories turned off in your settings, you can also drag and drop to
rearrange the category order.
There are 5 built-in categories. These categories cannot be removed and provide special ways to view your recipes:
|All Recipes||Lists all of the recipes in your collection in alphabetical order.|
|Most Recent||Sorts your recipes by the date they were added, with the most recent recipes near the top.|
|Favorites||List all recipes that you have added to your favorites.|
|Uncategorized||Lists all of the recipes that have not been assigned to a category.|
|Top Rated||Lists all of the recipes in order from highest star rating to lowest.|
Paprika's built in web browser lets you easily search the internet for your favorite recipes and save recipes from many different websites.
The browser toolbar contains an address bar, and buttons for the standard browser actions: back, forward, reload, and stop.
There is also a convenient search bar to help quickly perform Google searches.
The bookmarks button displays your current bookmarks. From there you can load a bookmark into the browser, edit a bookmark, and add new bookmarks to the list.
Paprika supports clipping recipes from hundreds of different recipe sites. In order to clip a recipe:
If Paprika wasn't able to clip the recipe for you, you can use the clipboard toolbar at the bottom of the browser to manually copy/paste the recipe information from any website.
To use the clipboard tools:
Directions, and any other fields you would like to capture.
Paprika's grocery list makes it easy to shop for your recipes. You can add entire recipes to the grocery list, as well as your own custom items.
When you open the grocery list, you will see the name of each recipe that has been added to the grocery list in the left pane, and the list of ingredients in the right pane.
By default, your grocery list will be sorted into aisles based on the type of ingredient. For example,
will be placed into the
Dairy aisle, and
spinach will be placed under
If you have
Entire Grocery List selected, the grocery list will attempt to consolidate similar items
with one another. For example, if one recipe calls for
2 eggs, and another recipe calls for
the consolidated listing will display
5 eggs total.
Note You can turn off both the the grocery list aisle sorting and consolidation features in the Settings panel if you do not find them useful. If you turn off sorting by aisle, your grocery list will be sorted by recipe instead.
To add an entire recipe to the grocery list, open the recipe and press the shopping cart button in the toolbar.
An ingredients pane will pop up displaying that recipe's ingredient list. Here you can check/uncheck ingredients before they are added to the grocery list.
(For example, if you already have
salt at home, you can uncheck it before adding the recipe to the grocery list.)
Once you have the correct ingredients checked, press the Done button to add those ingredients to the grocery list.
Shortcut You can also add recipes to the grocery list from the main
recipes listing, right-clicking on a recipe and selecting
Add to Grocery List
Custom items can be added to the grocery list by pressing the + button in the upper right corner of the screen.
If you are adding a common grocery item, the aisle will be automatically selected for you when you are done. You can also right-click on the item to set a specific aisle.
Mark an item as purchased simply by clicking within the checkbox. A checkmark will appear to indicate that the item has been purchased. You can mark the item as unpurchased by clicking it once more.
You can filter grocery list items according to whether they are purchased or unpurchased using segmented control
in the toolbar. (When you are shopping you may find it easiest to select:
To Buy, to only show the unpurchased
items left on your grocery list.)
You can remove individual items from the grocery list by highlighting them and clicking the -
button in the toolbar or
Delete on your keyboard.
Note You can delete multiple items at once by holding down
Command and clicking to select multiple items.
Alternatively, you can remove an entire recipe from the grocery list by selecting the recipe in the left pane
You can access these actions by pressing the actions button in the toolbar.
Paprika comes with a built-in meal planner that can be used to create weekly meal plans. Meals are shown for each week, and you can select a day to see all of the meals you have scheduled for that day.
To change the week you are viewing, press the calendar button in the upper left corner of the toolbar. Use the calendar control to highlight a different week.
Shortcut Alternatively, you can click on the arrows next to the current week in the toolbar.
Adding meals can be done from the recipe screen, or the add meal button in the meal planner.
From the recipe screen:
Open a recipe, and then press the calendar button in the toolbar to add that recipe as a new meal.
Select the date for this meal, and then the meal type (
Snack), and then press Done.
From the meal planner:
To add a meal from the planner, press the + button.
Either type in a custom meal name or choose a recipe by tapping the Recipe toggle at the top, and then choosing the recipe from the list.
You can also choose the date and type of the meal. Once you've finished, press Save.
Select the day that the meal has been scheduled for. Move your cursor over the meal until the edit/delete buttons appear.
From there you can either select Edit or Delete.
These actions are accessed by pressing the actions button in the upper right corner of the week pane.
The settings panel allows you to configure Paprika's default behavior.
It also provides access to Papika's syncing features.
Paprika's settings panel can be accessed by pressing the gear button in the lower right corner of the
screen, or by navigating to
Paprika -> Preferences in the menu bar.
|Home Page||Can be used to set the default home page on the browser screen.|
|Default Recipient||Sets a default recipient in the To: field for any email messages. You can enter multiple recipients by separating them with commas.|
|Recipe Font Size||Adjusts the font size of the ingredients and directions on the recipe screen.|
|Alphabetize Categories||If turned on, categories will be automatically sorted alphabetically.|
|Week Starts On||First day of the week. Used when displaying a week of meals or selecting a date for a meal.|
|Sort By Aisle||If turned on, the grocery list will be sorted into aisles based on the type of ingredient. For example,
|Consolidate Ingredients||If turned on, the grocery list will attempt to consolidate similar items with one another. For example,
if one recipe calls for
Paprika Cloud Sync is a free online backup and syncing service for your recipe collection. With the exception of the available space on your device, there is no limit to how many recipes you can store, or to how many devices can use the same account.
Note Paprika Cloud Sync is different than Apple's iCloud, although if you'd like you can use the same credentials for both, but you will need to create a separate Paprika Cloud Sync account through the Settings panel of Paprika.
Paprika Cloud Sync will automatically back up your recipes, categories, bookmarks, groceries, and meals to our cloud servers, ensuring that your recipe collection is always safely backed up.
You can also use it to keep Paprika's data synced with other devices.
Paprika Cloud Sync is free.
Paprika Cloud Sync can be accessed by pressing the sync button in the lower left corner of the screen.
It can also be accessed via the
Cloud Sync option in the Settings panel.
You'll create one Paprika Cloud Sync account for all devices sharing the same recipe collection. You can do this through the settings pane of any version of Paprika that you have purchased, and then log in to that same account on all other versions of Paprika.
To create an account, open the Settings panel, and then select Cloud Sync from the list of options. Then select Create Account.
Enter in the email address and password you would like to use for this account.
If you already have an account, you can log back into it using the Log In button on the sync screen.
After logging in, you can manage your account and sync status from the Cloud Sync settings pane.
|The email address associated with the account.|
|Logout||Pressing this lets you log out of your account and cancels the sync, if running.|
|Last Synced||The date of the last successful sync attempt.|
|Status||The result of the last sync attempt. This will say
|Sync Now||Pressing this will initiate a new sync immediately.|
You can choose how often you would like to sync using the Update settings screen.
If you are logged in, the sync button on the recipes screen acts as a shortcut button that will initiate a new sync.
Paprika can import recipe databases from several other applications. To perform an import:
File -> Importin the menu bar.
The currently supported file types are:
|Supported File Types|
|.paprikarecipe & .paprikarecipes||Paprika's emailed recipe format and its export format.|
|.ysr||YummySoup! export format.|
|.mgourmet & .mgourmet3||MacGourmet export format.|
|.mx2 & .mxp||MasterCook export formats. (Also used for Living Cookbook imports.)|
|.mmf||MealMaster export format.|
|Yum! .xml files||Yum! XML export format. Note Not all versions of Yum! will export to this format.|
|.vrc||SousChef export format.|
|.yml||A plain YAML file. See below for more details on this format.|
YAML is a simple, plain text file with sections delimited by key-value pairs. To indicate a block of text, use an initial pipe character, as shown in directions and ingredients. Consistent indenting should be used, but the order of the fields does not matter, and most are optional with the exception of the name, ingredients and directions. It is recommended that you use an online YAML validator such as this one to validate your file if you're experiencing difficulties importing.
Note We've added several new fields:
on_favorites takes a
yes value and indicates that the recipe should be added to your favorites.
categories is a YAML list; the category will be created if it does not exist.
photo is a base-64 encoded image. All these new fields are
YAML recipe example:
name: My Tasty Recipe servings: 4-6 servings source: Food Network source_url: http://www.google.com prep_time: 10 min cook_time: 30 min on_favorites: yes categories: [Dinner, Holiday] nutritional_info: 500 calories difficulty: Easy rating: 5 notes: | This is delicious!!! photo: (base-64 encoded image) ingredients: | 1/2 lb meat 1/2 lb vegetables salt pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 4 cups flour directions: | Mix things together. Eat. Tasty. Yum yum yum.
YAML multiple recipes example:
- name: My Tasty Recipe servings: 4-6 servings source: Food Network source_url: http://www.google.com prep_time: 10 min cook_time: 30 min nutritional_info: 500 calories on_favorites: yes categories: [Dinner, Holiday] difficulty: Easy rating: 5 notes: | This is delicious!!! ingredients: | 1/2 lb meat 1/2 lb vegetables salt pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 4 cups flour directions: | Mix things together. Eat. Tasty. Yum yum yum. - name: My Tasty Recipe 2 servings: 4-6 servings source: Food Network source_url: http://www.google.com prep_time: 10 min cook_time: 30 min nutritional_info: 500 calories difficulty: Easy rating: 5 photo: | (base-64 encoded image) notes: | This is delicious!!! ingredients: | 1/2 lb meat 1/2 lb vegetables salt pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 4 cups flour directions: | Mix things together. Eat. Tasty. Yum yum yum.
Paprika currently offers two different export formats:
|HTML||A standard portable data format that allows you to preserve a copy of your recipe collection. Your recipes
will be exported to a directory, with an individual HTML file for each recipe, and an
|.paprikarecipes||Paprika's bulk recipe export format. These files can be easily imported into any copy of Paprika.|
File -> Exportin the menu bar.
All Recipeswill be selected, but you can choose to export a different category if you would like.
Paprika Recipe Format.
It is possible to import and export manual backup files in Paprika.
Warning These backups are not meant to be shared between cloud sync
accounts; they are meant to manually backup a single account's collection. Use the
to share your collection with others.
File -> Backup -> Create Backup.
File -> Backup -> Restore Backup.
Note We highly recommend using Paprika Cloud Sync as your primary backup mechanism, instead of relying on manual backups. It's a lot easier to use. Once you set up your sync account, your recipes will be backed up automatically, and you don't have to worry about managing your backups manually.
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