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Jun 17, 2014 10:36 AM

New York Times Cooking Site Beta Test

The NYTimes is trying out a new cooking site: For now anyway, prospective users are being asked sign up as beta testers for it.

There's not that much to the site yet. It's got all the NYT recipes, and you can save them to a "recipe box", but the search feature has serious glitches. For example, I tried to look up some recipes by the exact title used when they were printed in the Times (e.g. Sam Sifton's "Trini Chinese Chicken") and they didn't come up in the search results. If I search for them via the main Times search engine they do though, and, now that I've signed up, once I reach a recipe page through the homepage or Google search, the link does come up to add it to my recipe box.

There are also some guest editor types who have their own recipe boxes you can look at, and I guess they'll post articles and recipes in the future. I expect (hope) they'll add more features in time.

Right now the upside is that if you sign up as a tester, it seems like you won't be blocked from recipe pages by the monthly 10-article limit the general NYT site has for non-subscribers. Otherwise, it's clearly a work in progress.

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  1. Yeah, I signed up for it when they first announced it. So far, the best thing I can say for it is that the photos are terrific. Might have potential. At least I can stop saving to Pepperplate the recipes that appeal to me. Unfortunately, the archives don't go back all that far. I was searching for a Pierre Franey recipe that I lost track of and searching his name brought up nada. I guess they're not posting anything that doesn't have an accompanying picture.

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    1. re: JoanN

      Too bad people who have cooked the recipes can't rate them, or make comments like 1/2 tablespoon of salt should be 1/2 teaspoon, etc. In fact, we can't even add comments, right? In which case, won't we bring them into pepperplate anyhow?

      1. re: smtucker

        Once I became leery of the future of Pepperplate, I began to use Pinterest to pin the recipes I sort of wanted to try and only added to Pepperplate (and then backed up) recipes I was sure I wanted to keep. Of course, I now have recipes all over the damn place and can never find what I'm looking for. Oy.

        1. re: smtucker

          This would be great feedback to send in, smtucker.

        2. re: JoanN

          True, it seems the only "classic" recipes included are those they featured recently in their pages, Especially those classics they've updated.

          1. Looks promising.

            I've always had pretty good success with NYT recipes actually.

            1. Thanks for this; I hadn't seen anything on this yet. No doubt they'll be trying to sell it separately, much as they just started doing with The Opinion Pages.

              1. I signed up but didn't cgeck it out much.....then they wanted my opinion. Guilty face emoticon.