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Aug 5, 2007 04:58 PM

Ingredients board

Is there some link to the ingredients section of the site that I just don't see? I've been visiting and posting to chowhound for a long time and only discovered it by accident. From what I can tell it's only accessible from the search page. Especially the flavor affinities section of each entry would probably be interesting for users posting on the Home Cooking board. Is there some way to add a link or make it more visible?

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  1. It's mainly used to link ingredients in the various CHOW recipes, but you can search it, as you noticed. To link to an Ingredients page from the Home Cooking board, you'd just need to copy and paste the URL as with any other link:

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    1. re: Jacquilynne

      How do you get to the ingredients section directly? I've looked at Chow home and not found it.

      1. re: debbiel

        You can't -- it's really background reference information, so the only way to find an ingredient page is via the search function.

        1. re: Jacquilynne

          Is there a way to see the entire index of available ingredients?

          1. re: eatfood

            You can do a search on 'Ingredient' and limit it to the 'Ingredients' section:

            The list you end up with is kind of in random order. I'm not sure if it's all of them, but it it seems to be, because adding other very common words (like the) to the mix doesn't get me any more results.

            1. re: Jacquilynne

              Okay, since there isn't an easy way to see what ingredients are listed. Can I request a link or something to get to an index of the Ingredients boards?

              Shouldn't be hard. Could even be a dynamic search that just lists all the ingredients in order. Just a suggestion!

              1. re: eatfood

                I think they'll probably consider it at some point, eatfood. I don't think anyone realized prior to this point that there was a lot of interest in the Ingredients list.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  That would be nice - I had no idea that this resource existed until I saw this thread, and occasionally go to other websites to learn about ingredients with which I am unfamiliar.

                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                    Thanks, good to know. I had a great time just browsing the random tidbits of information in that section earlier.

                    With easier access and better organization, it really could be made into something great!

                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                      Perhaps there wasn't a lot of interest because it was so well hidden? Thanks to this thread, I found out it existed.

                  1. re: Louise

                    Louise, for now if you search on google for


                    you'll turn up 660 pages, not in any order. Using the search engine link provided above returns 616 results.

          2. This is great feedback, all -- thanks. We'll put some thought into how we can better surface the ingredients database. It's great to see you all digging around and finding helpful content, even if we're (unintentionally) hiding it!

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            1. re: davina

              So ... its been a few years, any hope of there ever being an easy way to get to this very useful part of the site?

              The tip Melanie gave for google no longer works

              Pasting this in the url no longer works


              Can't get to it through tags, recipes, stories, etc

              Someone gave me some sort of bookmark that I lost when my computer died. I'm hoping that poster surfaces.

              Anyway, I finally got my ingredient by doing a chow search for it and adding the word "affinities"

              Still, it would be nice to have an easier way to get there. I know I'm going to forget this, which is partily why I added the info to Site Talk ... for my future reference. It would be nice though if it was in an easier to find place. Now you have to know the ingredient. I liked to read through it every now and then.

              1. re: rworange

                Still no easy way to get there, AFAIK, but the URL you want to bookmark is:

                I just wish the list were in alphabetical order. As it's not, the easiest way to find something on it is to do a Ctrl-F search.

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  To my rescue again. Thanks, Caitln.

                  Sometimes I forget what is out there and something like 'myrtle' will catch my eye. Food Affinities: Bacon, brandy, chestnut, chicken, duck, guinea hen, lemon, olive oil, pancetta, turkey, venison.

                  You don't see myrtle much on menus.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    This link is not working. Is there a new one?