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The internet ruined me!

As a chef and CIA grad I used to be " The Go To Man" for all advice culinary.. Friends would call me frequently for advice or recipes. I was sought out @ parties. Now, they just Google their questions. I've been devalued. I feel like a typewriter or a floppy disk. I hate that Youtube the most. Dam progress!!

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  1. yet another piece of roadkill on the information highway...

    floppy... disk? is that like a lower back problem?

    1. Um...you *do* realize you can give advice and recipes on this very webpage, right?

      If it's good advice/recipes, you'll probably make some friends along the way, too!

        1. re: beevod

          So true! I have a dentist friend whose 78 y/o and still practicing full time. He curses Dr Oz in particular because his patients come in with (mostly) wacky information they saw on his show offered by someone trying to sell books so he has to indulge them.

          1. re: zackly

            the two worst sentence starters in my office are:
            "i saw on dr oz..."
            "i read in AARP journal..."

          2. re: beevod

            It's great to be a pathologist, patients aren't reading their own slides any time soon :)

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              fld I just LMAO.

              Dang. I get it now. I drew my own blood last week only to go, now WTF to do with it to get a cholesterol reading.

              As for food, the interwebz has not ruined cooking (but has ruined many a restaurant) but just made web folks have to sort thru ream upon ream (sic) of non-paper data to get a good answer.


              Whelz, except for pathology.


              1. re: jjjrfoodie

                So true, proliferation of information both good and bad can be frustrating. Soon enough people will be walking around with pocket cholesterol meters :)

                1. re: jjjrfoodie

                  Itz ruined the englizh language too, apparently. omg

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    I'd say it has chipped away at other languages more than English. So many tech terms are derived from English, so learning IT phrases in Japanese (as one example) wouldn't be too difficult...

            2. I thought it was against the law for the CIA to operate in the USA. Isn't that why we have the FBI?

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                where do you live? The "boys" might want to pay you a visit

                1. re: zackly

                  Too late. The black helicopters went over at oh dark thirty this morning. Heading south to the Seal Museum.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    INDIANRIVERFL is going to have a new address. Roswell, NM

              2. I read it on the internet, so it must be true.

                1. I still get calls from people. Most of my family would rather pick up a phone than turn on a device.

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                  1. re: melpy

                    MIL calls to ask about cooking.
                    She's a good cook, too, so it's quite flattering.

                    I hope to help her make ANKB for the first time. She's always "wowed" when I serve it, and it's so easy!

                    1. re: monavano

                      Maybe there's hope. I just searched for ANKB and didn't get a hit. What is it?

                      1. re: zackly

                        Sorry.... Almost No Knead Bread.

                        1. re: monavano

                          Why would you want to use your knee when bread making? And does it matter whether you use the right, left, or both? And then we have the height of....

                          Never mind.

                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                            Bread! We don't knead no stinking bread!

                  2. I understand your feeling - I'm neither a chef or a CIA grad....just a home cook. My friends would always come to me to get or share advice and tips on cooking (and local restaurants, because I'd been to them all). Two things happened: 1) My close friends got better over time and didn't need so much advice. I went to one friends house with my New Professional Chef and taught him how to make Chicken Saute Provencal, which allowed him to branch off on his own for that area. 2) I had kids. For the last six years, the first four limited my time, effort, and menu selection. I've lost track of all the new restaurants that have popped up here in Austin and have not been able to work on my cooking.

                    But then with the internet, your friends will start giving YOU tips and advice! I understand.

                    1. I imagine doctors feel much the same way.

                      I think the "Food Network Effect" has been amazing.
                      Sure, there are crap shows now on FN, but they took food tv lightyears beyond where PBS could have taken it.

                      I think PBS set the bar high for quality, but the Rachael Ray's and the Bobby Flay's and Ina's have taught people so much, the the level of conversation has changed.

                      What I have been able to learn from watching cooking shows, looking things up on the internet, has been wonderful

                      Technology has been what's kept me interested in this new-ish passion of mine for years now.

                      When the rubber meets the road, though, I can't hold a candle to a pro who cooks for masses in a professional kitchen.

                      So, that's to say, there remains a big difference between the OP and me ;-)

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                      1. re: monavano

                        In the old days, I would agree, when fn had real chefs with real cred (flay, lagasse, moulton, puck, ming) and I learned alot. But now it's all barbie/ken models who just want to be on TV, and have all prep, ideas, and script done by pa's. Don't even get me going on that shoemaker racherlray

                      2. Oddly enough I recently asked my Chef neighbor on advice on how to correctly open an oyster. He gave me better advice then the internet.

                        1. Don't you just hate information availability. Even a CIA grad's value is no longer Da Bomb! Wait till next year, a robot will probably be cooking for you!

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                          1. I guess now you can just create your own food porn and post it on your blog! Get them to look at that.

                            1. "Dam progress!!"

                              Is that a typo or a freudian slip or intentional?

                              Did you mean "damn" progress as in you are saying you curse the things progress has brought like the internet, or

                              did you really mean "dam" progress as in damming the flow of progress like a damming a river so that it can no longer flow? I.e. prevent the internet.

                              Hmmmm. Very interesting Herr Sigmund might say...

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                              1. re: Bkeats

                                I'd say freudian slip. If you curse progress, then you may want to dam it.

                                1. re: Bkeats

                                  I wish I could say I was that clever. If it wasn't for spell check my writings would be difficult to decipher. . Homonyms are a problem because spell check doesn't correct.

                                  1. re: Bkeats

                                    "dam progress" well the sire also has SOME genetic influence in how a species develops.

                                  2. If you were my friend, you'd be my first choice for cooking info. No need for me to have to activate my Internet bullshit filter.

                                    1. Oddly I don't feel as devalued as a librarian as people sometimes assume I do - we are super busy where I work and answering information questions is only part of what I do. On the other hand my friends who are journalists and non-fiction writers are finding their professional future pretty disheartening. The fiction writers and poets are better off - they never had any illusions about being able to support themselves by writing.

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                                      1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                        They physically closed the library at the medical school/hospital where I work, sad day.

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Truly sad. My company had a complete library with two accomplished librarians. I think that it is a skill that will return to favor very soon.