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Nov 5, 2008 12:52 PM

Food blogs...what is missing?

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?

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


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    1. re: legourmettv

      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

        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.

        1. re: MMRuth

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

          1. re: dolores

            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

          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.


          1. re: legourmettv

            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.

      2. 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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        1. re: HillJ

          >>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

            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

              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

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

          2. 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

              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.


              1. re: legourmettv

                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

                  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.


            2. A Star Trek replicator?

              The link


              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. 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

                  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:

                  alinea blog: