What do you think of adding an ingredient project to Home Cooking to help people new to cooking XX cuisine?
Something along the lines of
Ingredient Name (in XXX language), English name or translation, a brief description of the ingredient and some examples of usage, where to find in general, etc
Most important a picture of the ingredient.
The Thread(s) could be titled "The Ingredient Project - XXX Cuisine"
Example: The Ingredient Project - Korean Cuisine
Hairtail, Beltfish, Cutlass fish
A firm fleshed, moderately fishy, low oil fish that becomes tender when cooked. Popular grilled, fried, or braised.
Galchi can be found in most Korean markets and many Asian markets in the frozen foods section, and in the fresh seafood section of larger Korean markets.
I think it would be great! I have a decent number of specialty grocery stores in my area and there are always many more mystery products than known ones for me. It would be nice to speed up that learning curb a bit!
I lurk on the cookbook and the dish of the month threads. I tend to be ingredient oriented when deciding what to cook,/buy/eat so I seldom coincide with the monthly project.
I've often thought a seasonal ingredient of the month would be a fun collaboration too!
The only negative I see could be a thread getting off focus about sustainability/country of origin, etc.
It would be nice to have language translation for products that are not written in a language we speak. Then, we'd know not only what the product label says but how to use it.
I also enjoy trying new products and would be more opt to buy something new if I new what it was, how to use it and how it can enhance a dish.