The cb2cb program is a simple tool to convert recipes from one format to another (hence cb2cb - cookbook 2 cookbook :-)


Cb2cb now supports reading the following recipe formats:

  • BigOven binary CRB files (including photos)
  • Cook'n DVO binary files (including photos) both the formats before and after version 9
  • Living Cookbook FDX files (including photos)
  • Mgourmet (including photos)
  • Meal-Master text files
  • Mastercook binary MC2/MCX files (including photos)
  • Mastercook MX2 files
  • Mastercook export MXP files
  • Mastercook MZ2 files (including photos)
  • Now You're Cooking NYC export text files
  • Now You're Cooking binary files (as a zip file or point it to the GCF file)
  • Recipe Formatter 200 RPW files
  • RecipeClips text format


If you are converting Mastercook MC2/MCX files then you either need to convert the photos in Mastercook to jpg format (Using Mastercook: Tools->Compress Pictures in this Cookbook) or you have to download the free Lead Command Line Utils (LEADCommandLineutils.exe from here). Install the tool and enter the CB2CB options and set the "Directory where LEADCMD is installed".