Since the dawn of (Internet) time there has been one category online that has empowered the skills of housewives around the globe- recipes. The cooking recipes category on the Internet is simply huge. This should really come as no surprise to us all as the recipes are mostly textual data with a few basic images, perfect for sharing on the Internet! Whilst recipes may be simple from a technical perspective, they value within this data is immense as quality food is desired by every human being- bar none.
I do not promote my cooking skills on a regular basis, however, the recipe information online has motivated me more in recent years to cook more often. The only problem I find is following a recipe on my mac as I don’t own a printer (and I never really want to). Propping my laptop up on the kitchen bench is not something I see as helping the plight of my loyal Macintosh sidekick, particularly given the mess I tend to make.
This is why new startup TasteBook could be my new best cooking partner. TasteBook is a new online service that enables anyone to take 100 of their favorite recipes and create their very own recipe book. The full color book is built with an opening binding that allows segments of each edition to be added at your pleasure. If you only want to start off by adding 30 recipes to you first TasteBook, you can always add up to 7o at later dates. The cost of a single TasteBook with 100 recipes is $34.95
There are over 25,000 recipes from epicurious available to be searched and refined to make your personalized TasteBook. One feature that I am a huge fan of is the interface on this website, particularly when you are reviewing your TasteBook creation. You are served up (no pun) a virtual version of your TasteBook which can be ‘flicked’ through and viewed like a real book.
Once you are up and running with your TasteBook account you can start using the 2.0 features of this online recipe service. Members can upload an address book full of contact details from any major email account provider. Using these details, TasteBook will facilitate your sharing of any individual or collection of recipes. Your friends can even add recipes to your TasteBook or as a group you can all get together and create a seasonal TasteBook to be used as a gift.
I’m getting hungry just writing about all this….. 😉