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food10011 Nov 5, 2008 12:52 PM

it seems like every day there is a new food-related blog or forum. From all of the many choices, do you see any voids? Any ideas or thoughts not being addressed?

  1. HillJ Nov 10, 2008 05:35 AM

    food10011, do you think that food blogs have certain limitations by nature of their design software & definition as opposed to a full on website that can address and include user-friendly features like suggested above? With many bloggers adding ad revenue and book writing deals to their resume...I wonder...

    As I become a more frequent reader of food blogs I wonder how many food blog writers have grown out of the blog genre and really need a website to continue; expanding their writing, viral audience interest, even e-commerce and/or advertising potential/goals.

    Many fine blogs don't even fit the personal journal category coined only a few short years ago.

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    1. re: HillJ
      ms. clicquot Nov 10, 2008 07:20 AM

      It's interesting that you raise this point because I've been pondering moving my blog off of Wordpress at some point due to some of its limitations. I liked it at first - it's free, user-friendly, seemingly has a lot of style choices - but I'm finding it difficult to do some of the things I'd like. You can't advertise on there, I can't format things the way I'd like on occasion, I don't believe I can incorporate a 'Printer Friendly' option for my recipes (although if someone knows a way I can do that, please let me know), I'd like to customize my own layout and design, etc. However, I don't know if I'm ready to take on the challenges of setting up an independent site just yet (I just started at this and don't really know where it's all going) but I can certainly see the appeal.

      1. re: ms. clicquot
        HillJ Nov 10, 2008 08:14 AM

        I'll be interested to learn how fellow food bloggers see this growth challenge, ms. clicquot. Perhaps what is missing from food blogs (& other topic specific blogs) is a middle category between personal journal and full throttle web site owner.

        1. re: HillJ
          ms. clicquot Nov 10, 2008 09:18 AM

          Yes, I would agree. The entire phenomenon of blogging is relatively new and it's constantly growing and evolving so we'll see what takes shape.

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            food10011 Nov 10, 2008 11:02 AM

            I think it's also just the general mentality. Most of the responses here are regarding food blogs with recipe components but I was equally interested to hear thoughts about those blogs that are not recipe-centric. Tonally what is missing (or is nothing missing)?

        2. re: ms. clicquot
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          Chefsquire Nov 15, 2008 09:47 AM

          Your blog looks lovely. I bookmarked it to dig into it later.

          It *might* not be necessary for you to move away from Wordpress. You can pay to upgrade your site and thereby get the ability to do custom CSS and whatnot. That gives you many more options as far as appearance and formatting - but you need to know what you are doing or hire someone who does.

          According to the features page they are going to allow you to advertise in the near future. Waiting to do that may be quicker than getting a whole new blog up and running. Currently, there is no printer friendly option, but it has been requested. If you go to their feedback page you can request one. The more people ask, the better the chances they will develop one! I have used the forums for many questions in the past... I don't know if you have been over there, but it is usually quite helpful!

          1. re: Chefsquire
            HillJ Nov 15, 2008 10:34 AM

            Trish's adaptation of the Spiced Apple and Walnut Bread was delicious. Continued success blogging Trish.

            1. re: Chefsquire
              ms. clicquot Nov 17, 2008 12:09 PM

              Thanks to both Chefsquire and HillJ for your encouragement!

              Thanks to your suggestions, I think I will explore some of the custom options that Wordpress offers. I hadn't really looked at those very closely but it's something to consider. I will also submit some feedback to Wordpress re: printer friendly options and other issues I've had. I do really like the ease of using Wordpress and don't think I want to get into anything too complicated at this point.

        3. yamalam Nov 9, 2008 06:02 PM

          I think a blog recreating the best restaurant recipes would be cool, i.e., the author goes to a renowned resto, orders, photographs and comments on their signature dish(es), and then goes home and recreates a home kitchen version. I realize there might be intellectual property(or whatever the food equivalent would be termed) issues, but I think at a certain level of nationally known restaurant, it would be a great PR opportunity rather than detract from their business. I suppose a lot of top restos publish cookbooks too, so that might be a conflict, but those are just details!

          Incidentally, if this blog already exists, please post the link!

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          1. re: yamalam
            fooftales Nov 9, 2008 06:08 PM

            best example I know of is carol blymire's "french laundry at home" blog - she cooked her way thru the entire "french laundry" book, recreating keller's masterpieces as faithfully as possible.

            and then finished her adventure with dinner at both per se and french laundry itself.

            now, she's just begun "alinea at home"

            french laundry blog:
            http://carolcookskeller.blogspot.com

            alinea blog:
            http://www.alineaathome.com

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            RicRios Nov 7, 2008 06:14 PM

            A Star Trek replicator?

            The link

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicat...

            explains the concepts for those too young to know.

            (You might need to add a final parentheses to the web address above, some bug in the board's SW doesn't let it stay there )

            1. chowser Nov 6, 2008 03:44 PM

              I'd love to see a "print recipe" button on blogs. It's not hard to copy and paste but it's stil an extra step. I'd follow a blog on healthy living--whole foods cooking and exercises. I'm not interested in low fat, fat free artificial stuff like hungry girl (is that the name?) and food that doesn't taste good but pretends to be. Something along the lines of Michael Pollen meets low key personal trainer.

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              1. re: chowser
                legourmettv Nov 7, 2008 04:05 AM

                We are working on PDF printable / downloadable recipes that would print to standard recipe card size. We also have video for every recipe that you can stop and re-watch or download for free through iTunes.

                G.

                1. re: legourmettv
                  chowser Nov 7, 2008 09:36 AM

                  That would be a great idea with a video. But, it could be for each part of the recipe, not start to finish. A lot of blogs of single pictures, of say kneading bread. But, it would be nice to have a link where you could watch a video of it being done, or whatever the technique is, and how it shoud look. It could be a cooking lesson within a blog but you wouldn't have to watch the entire video, just the techniques you're unsure of.

                  1. re: chowser
                    legourmettv Nov 7, 2008 09:46 AM

                    A tips & tricks area... we also are looking at a video player that can search the audio for a word and then take you to the places within the video where that word is used.
                    It's really cool and would allow you to find info on the parts of the recipe you are unsure of.

                    G.

              2. HillJ Nov 6, 2008 01:40 PM

                I appreciate when a food blogger includes a language conversion link.

                Photos are becoming much more the norm but blogs w/out a recipe photo ususally leave me hungry for a visual.

                I'd love to see a recipe adjustment/portion link/button on more blogs so the reader can quickly adjust for a larger crowd (some recipes are not obvious).

                A better directory to find food blogs (many of my favs were thru CH recommendation) remains my pet peeve.

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                  dolores Nov 7, 2008 05:43 AM

                  >>I appreciate when a food blogger includes a language conversion link.

                  Another excellent idea, HillJ.

                  Especially with the holidays coming and no doubt there will be tons of cookie recipes from around the world at my favorite site.

                  1. re: HillJ
                    HillJ Nov 8, 2008 11:26 AM

                    Another suggestion is the "large type" "smaller type" short cut option for those of us with tired eyes. I visit the Mayo clinic recipe file often for inspiration and they have a typeface short cut that is so easy to use and switch to... and appreciated.

                    1. re: HillJ
                      fooftales Nov 9, 2008 12:26 AM

                      I visit the Mayo clinic recipe file often for inspiration"

                      do their recipes call for much mayo?

                      sorry, couldn't help myself...

                      1. re: fooftales
                        HillJ Nov 9, 2008 08:08 AM

                        I wish I had a snappy reply for ya fooftales...but nah...I gotta nothing.

                  2. legourmettv Nov 6, 2008 08:27 AM

                    As someone who runs a food related video site, I am very interested in what the responses will be.

                    G.

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                    1. re: legourmettv
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                      dolores Nov 6, 2008 10:27 AM

                      After finding out from this site about Tastespotting, I am revelling in all the recipes and blogs and gorgeous photos.

                      My phobia when I go to click on a photo? That the ingredients will be in metric. I realize we aren't the center of the world, but no, the conversions do NOT work well, and I've tried a few of them.

                      My wish -- that recipes include both metric and U.S. equivalent.

                      1. re: dolores
                        MMRuth Nov 6, 2008 10:30 AM

                        Do you have a scale that measures in both grams and ounces? That's made a world of difference for me in using English cookbooks.

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                          dolores Nov 6, 2008 12:26 PM

                          No, MMRuth. Might be worth the investment, though.

                          1. re: dolores
                            MMRuth Nov 6, 2008 12:28 PM

                            Yes, I find between that and my Pyrex measuring cups that have ML on them, I don't need to do conversions. Mine was relatively inexpensive - maybe around $50.

                        2. re: dolores
                          legourmettv Nov 6, 2008 01:28 PM

                          Here in Canada pretty much everything that you buy is both Metric & Imperial + U.S. just to make it a little bit more confusing. So when I do recipes I can flip back and forth without any trouble at all.

                          G.

                          1. re: legourmettv
                            marielee Nov 8, 2008 11:44 PM

                            As an Aussie I do the same. Most of the recipes I've been given from family members are in imperial measurement, my recipe books are metric but I've got a stack from friends that use US again. And a couple from some crazy friends that can't seem to decide on one particular type of measurement and seem to use all in one recipe.

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