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I just checked out chow.com for the first time. The cover articles all seem to be about American chow, and the article on country ham refers to it as "our local prosciutto". Keyword being "our".

I don't really expect a lot of Canadian or International content, but some recognition that the internet is global, and the chowhound community international, would be nice.

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  1. I'm new too. However, looks like Chow was formed by an American, so it stands to reason it would seem very American. There are International Boards here though.

    I don't think it really needs international recognition - we all know the internet is international - don't we?

    1. As an expat Chowhound, I'm still disillusioned about how the international boards are presented under "boards." It's a mess (and this was pointed out by many when the site first launched--though thankfully they got rid of the geographically incompetent map). It may not seem like a big deal to many, but when you are on the outside looking in, it tells a lot about about the importance of these international boards--they are an afterthought. It's not a lot of work to reorder a list. Here's it is:

      International
      Quebec (including Montreal)
      Ontario (including Toronto)
      Canada
      International
      Australia/New Zealand
      U.K./Ireland
      South Asia
      Japan
      China
      Russia
      Greater Asia
      France
      Spain/Portugal
      Africa
      Turkey/Greece
      Middle East and Africa
      Caribbean
      Mexico
      South America
      Western Canada
      Italy

      Because I love this community and I don't want to sound like a hopeless curmudgeon teeming with invective, I'll post a happy comment... The search on the new site is amazing. Old threads are being excavated and added to, which is really cool to see. They saved everything--and they didn't have to--which is a huge service to us all.

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      1. re: butterfly

        I think this is the forum for chow.com feedback - I agree with what you are saying about chowhound though :)

        1. re: julesrules

          Ah--to be honest I didn't really understand the difference, since I've always come through chowhound... but now I see that there is a bigger site out there.

          To be more on topic, I'm signed in to chowhound, but when I went to chow.com, it made me sign in again before entering the site. I used the same login, but it seems like it should be smart enough to know who I am.

          1. re: butterfly

            Chow.com is still in preview - the log in will be integrated when the site is fully launched.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              Ah, thanks for the response--makes sense. And what about the sloppy international list? Can this get cleaned up?

        2. re: butterfly

          You said it well. Chowhound, if they are smart, will realize that what they are focused on - food - is global. I don't have a lot of hope of change though. Seems like the new site is up and running... not very responsive to improvements made by posters (Chowhound Team, correct me if I'm wrong).

          1. re: Seconds Please

            Please add your feedback about the Chowhound discussion site (white background) in the Site Talk forum http://www.chowhound.com/boards/show/30

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        3. Specifically it bugs me that the letter from the editor refers to "chow from across the country" and again the "our prosciutto" reference. What country are we talking about? Whose prosciutto?

          Obviously I get it now, it's an American site. I'm disappointed because chowhound has a good international community, and many American members who have travelled and lived all over the world. Hell most people's LIVES are much more international these days, let alone the internet.

          Not sure what I expected, but it didn't feel terribly welcoming or interesting to me as a Canadian.