Recipe Grid View Buttons
Recipes

Recipe List View
List
Grid Button Switch to Grid View
List Button Switch to List View
Sort Button Tap the down arrow to select how you want to sort your images:
  • Alphabetically: A to Z
  • Alphabetically: Z to A
  • By Date: ascending
  • By Date: descending
  • By Rating: high to low
  • By Favorite: favorites first.
Import Button Brings up the import dialog where you can enter the web address (URL) of the recipe you want to import

The number to the left of the import button, is the total number of recipes you have. If you are filtering your recipes, this number will reflect the total number of recipes that match your search criteria
New Recipe Button Tap on this button to add a new recipe to your collection. Brings up a panel where you can enter all the information for your very own recipe.
Search

Allows you to search your recipes. Tap the down arrow to select your search criteria. You can search by recipe name, by source, by tags, by rating, or by favorite.
Click on a recipe image to view the whole recipe.

Click on the blue link above the recipe to go to the website for that recipe.

Slide left in the list view to delete the recipe.

Press and hold in the grid view to delete a recipe.

Recipe View Buttons
Recipe View Add To List Tap to add all the ingredients from this recipe to a selected shopping list.
Share Button Tap to share or print this recipe.
Edit Button Tap to edit the details of this recipe.
Scale Value Type in the amount to scale your recipe. Use the arrow to enter the value when you are done typing or simply hit the return key on your keyboard. CookALot will multiply all quantities in your ingredients list by the given scale value and will use this value if and when you decide to add the ingredients to a shopping list.
Scroll the view to see more information: ingredients, instructions, notes.

Edit Recipe View Buttons
Edit Recipe View Photo Button Tap this button to import an image from your photos library. If this button is red, you can enable this function by going to your system settings Privacy>Photos tap on CookALot and select Read and Write.
Camera Button Tap this button to use your camera to take a photo. If this button is red, you can enable this function by going to your system settings Privacy>Camera and toggle “CookALot” to the on position.
When entering text for the ingredients, instructions, or notes, you can add brackets around some text to label different sections. For example: [For the crust] or [For the topping]. You can add as many or as few of these section labels as you like. These sections labels will appear bold when you view the recipe.

Shopping List View Buttons
Shopping List Select List CookALot conveniently allows you to have multiple shopping lists. The label to the left of this button shows you the name of the current shopping list. Tap the down arrow to select a different shopping list.
Add to List Button Tap this button to add the items from this list to one of your other lists
Share Button Tap this button to share or print your shopping list.
Clear Button Removes all items from the current shopping list
Colored bars show the “category” for a set of items.

A grey bar says that all the items in the category have been checked off (purchased).

A blue bar says that one or more items have not been checked off.

Tap the up arrow on a bar to collapse the category so the items are no longer visible. Tap the down arrow on a bar to expand the category and make the items visible
Expand Button

Collapse Button
Tap these buttons hide/show all items in the given category.
Check Box Tap this button to toggle indicate whether the item has been purchased or not.
More Box Tap this button or click on the an item name to bring up the Move/Edit/Delete buttons.
Move Edit Delete
Add Item

Type in the name of the item you want to add to your shopping list. CookALot will automatically add it to the appropriate category and combine similar items together as needed.

If CookALot does not choose the category you prefer, you can always move the item into a new category and CookALot will remember where you put it.

Use the arrow next to the text area to enter the item when you are done or simply hit the return key on your keyboard.
Menu Plan: Calendar View Buttons
Click on a square in the calendar view to see the menu plan for that day. The square that is half orange represents today’s date. The grey square represents the current menu plan. If there are no menu items for the current menu plan, the grey square will be empty, otherwise it will contain a dot for every meal that you’ve specified.
Use the left arrow to go back one month, the right arrow to go forward one month, and the “T” button to go to the month containing today’s date.
Add the ingredients for the current menu plan to the selected shopping list.
Share or print the current menu plan.
Switch to the weekly view of menu plans.
Add a new menu item to the current menu plan.
Copy the current menu plan to another date.
Delete the current menu plan.
Tap on any menu item to edit that menu item or slide left to delete it.
Settings
Shopping Lists: tap to bring up a panel that lets you add, delete or re-order your shopping lists. The text entry area lets you type in the name of a new shopping list. The edit button lets you slide left to delete a shopping list, press and drag to move names to a different position. Click on a shopping list name lets you rename the shopping list.

Categories: tap to bring up a panel that lets you add, delete or re-order your the categories used in your shopping lists. The text entry area lets you type in the name of a new category. The edit button lets you slide left to delete a category, press and drag to move names to a different position. Clicking on a category name lets you rename the category.

Tags: tap to bring up a panel that lets you add, or delete the tags used in your recipes. These tags get entered when you edit or import a recipe. You can add or remove tags at any time. The text entry area lets you type in a list of comma separated tags. The edit button lets you slide left to delete a tag. There is no order for the tags so you cannot drag to re-order them. Clicking on a tag, lets you rename the tag. You can enter multiple (comma separated) tags for a single tag. For example you might want to change “appetizers & snacks” into two separate tags, one for appetizers and one for snacks; to do this you would simple type in “appetizers, snacks” in the editing area.

Keep screen on when viewing recipes: toggle this on when you want the display to stay on, to not dim or ask for a passcode, while you are viewing a single recipe. This is convenient when you want to view the recipe when you are cooking.

Keep menu plans: lets you decide how long you want to keep your menu plans. If you select 3 months, 6 months or 1 year, menu plans will be deleted when they are older than the desired amount of time. The update now button is used to immediate delete old menu plans using the current setting, otherwise the program will check the dates every time you run the program.

Font size: lets you decide how big or small you want to display your text when you share or print your recipes, shopping lists, and menu plans. This font size can be different from the system font size that you use to display text on screen.

iCloud: tells you if the program is currently using iCloud to save your recipes, shopping lists and menu plans. It does not let you set this value here because these are system settings not program settings.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the Settings panel you will see the following option:
  • Export Recipes to HTML Files: This will bring up a panel and let you select a folder in your iCloud Drive where it will save all your recipes in a web format called HTML. This is one way you can backup all your recipes or import them into another program.
  • Import Recipes from HTML Files: This will bring up a panel and let you select a folder from your iCloud Drive were it will load all recipes with the .html file extension. You can use this to restore the files you previously exported to your iCloud Drive.