News: The Wikipedia of Recipe Websites

March 18, 2009

foodistascreenshotI don’t know about you, but I’m always frustrated when I’m looking for a recipe for something specific and come across literally dozens of variations that all seem pretty decent.  So along comes Foodista.com, the first collaborative cooking website of its kind.  Essentially this is a fully editable Wikipedia for recipes, tips and techniques.  The duo behind the site gathered some 2 million recipes from around the web and then edited and combined them down to an initial compendium of about 1,500.  In their words, “Foodista is a collaborative project to build the world’s largest, highest quality cooking encyclopedia.  With your contributions, we can create a free resource that helps millions of people learn how to cook everything and anything”.

Sounds pretty good, right?  Searching terms like “chicken” or “stir-fry” produced a plethora of recipes with nice pictures and easy-to-follow directions.  Furthermore, there  were links to information on techniques and equipment involved.  All together, it was a pretty sweet package for someone who hasn’t been to culinary school but wants to try completely new things and cook delicious food.

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