- hannaone Mar 2, 2013 09:59 PM
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.
I notice that the Tags feature that used to be accessible via the red box at the foot of the page is gone. That, or something like it, would take care of profiling ingredients. I guess its existence was not well-known and it was not used much. Any feature of this sort would need to be prominently-featured so users know it is there.
Since there are ingredients which are fundamental to cuisines which are otherwise quite disparate (e.g. salt cod),
this should not break down along specific cuisine lines. Instead, which cuisines use the ingredient should be included with its description.
What I'd really like to see is the Chow ingredients section brought back into play, with a way for users to contribute to expanding it.
It's still here, just impossible to find unless you know where it's at.
But if that's not going to happen then something like what I suggested may work, if it doesn't bloat past usability. The bloat factor is what I was thinking of in using a "by cuisine" listing.
Since it is so hidden away it makes me wonder if Chow has leased it from elsewhere and is going to drop it eventually. Sort of like the restaurant database (if I remember the reason correctly). I'd hate to see a lot of energy put into enriching it and then go through the angst of loosing data again.
It's an interesting idea, and something that has been done elsewhere on the web, but I fail to see how it would fit into the Home Cooking forum or any other forum. You would end up with hundreds of threads or threads with hundreds of posts. It would also be impossible to search.
If you're talking about creating a section on Chow, something like the restaurant database, I think that would be a bit perilous since a) nobody goes on Chow and b) look what happened to the restaurant database.
There are already lots of resources out there to learn about ingredients. Cook's Thesaurus, Wisegeek, Cooksinfo (formerly Practically Edible) and Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages come to mind.
Ditto. It wouldn't be utilized here, there are many many places on the internet to learn about/identify ingredients, & it would end up as useless clutter.
In addition, let's face it. Chowhound hosts a larger-than-life number of posters who tend to disagree on points of view outside of their own, & there easily could be arguments & disagreements on ingredient descriptions/uses.
Not worth it, IMO.