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what do you prefer that most foodies would scoff at?

Agreed.

Aug 07, 2012
Jay2512 in General Topics

bangkok kitchen on union street (near southwark tube) [London]

I went to that place a year ago and thought it was good but not great, too. Then I tried other places in London and realized that compared to those places, Bangkok Kitchen is great. I read the review and it seems the author's enthusiasm about this place is not without reservations. She even says that she's not sure if a place like this serving this level of food would survive if it were located in Bangkok.

I've found it to be exactly what it claims to be, a place for simple, home-cooked Thai food and nothing more. You can't compare a curry joint like this with restaurants that serve more fussed over dishes and call it average -- it's MEANT to be average like all the curry places you find all over Thailand.

Aug 07, 2012
Jay2512 in U.K./Ireland

Breads with "Cracklingly Crisp" Crust at Au Couer de Paris

It's spelled Au Cœur de Paris.

Oct 04, 2011
Jay2512 in Features

What wine with Tiramisu

Can't go wrong with sweet marsala.

Dec 11, 2010
Jay2512 in Wine

Overrated Food Blogs?

HillJ, yeah, like we've discussed before. If the blogger rewrites a recipe originally published on another website entirely in his or her own words with comments and remarks detailing his or her experience making the recipe, it's one thing. What some of us can't understand is when a recipe in its original composition is reprinted on the blogger's site often with nothing but attribution (or a paragraph introducing the recipe added in the beginning which does not constitute a rewrite). Why not just link then?

Oh, yeah, search engine optimization. You get more traffic that way.

Dec 11, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

Agreed. Every time someone reprints other people's contents VERBATIM instead of providing linkage, their intention (and integrity) should be questioned.

Dec 11, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

Are you saying users' convenience justifies plagiarism?

Dec 11, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

food network stealing shows/ideas

Well, Food Network and Travel Channel are owned by the same parent company.

Nov 20, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

food related gifts for diabetics?

High-end dark chocolates with at least 70% cocoa solids would make a nice gift. I'm not sure how much sugar these chocolates contain, though. I figure not much. Lindt has dark chocolates up to 99% cocoa solids. They're all eating chocolates.

Nov 20, 2010
Jay2512 in General Topics

what do you prefer that most foodies would scoff at?

I'm with you on Starbucks.

Oct 27, 2010
Jay2512 in General Topics

New Jacques Pépin series to look forward to

I look forward to it, too. However, I'm hoping it won't be a rehash of the cooking technique series he made years ago. Pepin has a tendency to do things the same way over and over, e.g. lion's tooth croutons, swan cream puffs, decorating the top of liver pate with pieces of scallion and carrot arranged into a tulip plant, the sugar cage.

Sometimes, that's good; sometimes not so much.

Oct 12, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Recipes That Intimidate - What recipes are you reluctant to try?

Great blog. Thanks, DiningDiva.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Home Cooking

Recipes That Intimidate - What recipes are you reluctant to try?

All kinds of laminated dough. They scare me.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Home Cooking

vegan crumb topping for apple crisp

I think you can use liquid vegetable oil to make a crunchy streusel topping since vegetable oil can be used to make a pie crust. I'd use an oil that's flavorless like canola, though. Nut oil is fine, too, provided it's from a kind of nut that goes well with apples. (Your walnut oil should be fine.) I wouldn't use sesame oil. It's very pungent and could very well ruin the whole thing, IMO.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Home Cooking

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

"No one, to the best of my knowledge, has used the term "profoundly wrong" about not thinking Bittman's tome is God's gift to cooks except you. If he rings your chimes, that's fine with me, but please don't tell me I'm "profoundly wrong" just because I don't agree with you. "

Caroline1, I see your point and I'm not a fan of Bittman either (for a different reason), but as an observer I see that nowhere in eight_inch_pestle's response did he or she say you were profoundly wrong in not recommending Bittman's book. At least that's how I understood his or her last paragraph.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Home Cooking

Overrated Food Blogs?

I'd read that blog. Oh yeah.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

You're right on all counts, Breadcrumbs.

Remember when Survivor or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire first debuted? I don't even know, or care, if those shows are still on air. If they are, I bet there are people who still watch them and think to themselves that they can make it big by copying the success of these shows just as I think there are people out there who perhaps have heard about food blogging when Julie/Julia became a movie and think to themselves they want to start a food blog ... in 2010.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

Great insights as always, HillJ. Thanks.

Regarding blogging dying off, my thinking is that back in 2002-2003 when people started blogging seriously and becoming known for their personal blogs, a new era began. An unknown nobody could become a well-known somebody by having a visible online platform. Well, you know the story. Now even big media corporates blog (seriouseats, eatocracy, etc.) and, with their $$$, can generate and aggregate more interesting contents than a lone food blogger can ever do. I see this as a sign of personal blogging becoming less enticing to those who can assess the situation.

Sure, new food blogs still emerge daily, but they're created by those who arrive late to the scene and jump on the bandwagon, naively thinking they can replicate the success of Julie/Julia or get a cookbook deal like some of the food bloggers who have started blogging 5-6 years before they do. That's very, very unlikely. Anyone in this category who succeeds does so out of luck, and luck is not a good business model.

Food blogging, not that I've ever done it, costs money. I have a feeling food bloggers want us to think that the dishes they make are what they eat on a regular basis, but I doubt that's the case. I'm sure some thoughts go into what dishes generate the most traffic, look good on camera, etc. This requires going out of one's way to buy ingredients to create a dish to cook and write about, buying photography equipments and props, etc. Blogging costs money and that's the reason bloggers monetize their blogs. Otherwise, blogging makes no sense financially. Some might have started blogging for the love of sharing good food. Call me a cynic, but even that sort of generosity can't justify the time and expense that go into creating a good-looking, highly visible food blog.

And since monetizing a blog is possible only with high traffic and advertisers who are willing to buy ad spaces, I don't see personal food blogs thriving amidst corporate blogs. All the major food magazines like Saveur, Bon Appetit, etc., put most of their contents online these days and have been aggressively monetizing. A "what should we have for dinner?"-type blog by a single dad or a "Let's celebrate my Korean/Mexican/Peruvian heritage"-type food blog doesn't stand a chance.

With dwindling profits and waning appeal, I think personal blogs will die off. That is, unless there's a way to compete with corporate food blogs. I haven't been able to figure out how an individual with average income can do that.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

I don't think so, Crestiegirl. I just started cooking in a meaningful way (as opposed to dumping odds and ends in the fridge into a pan and calling that a dish) and reading food blogs a couple of years ago. But even a noob cook like me can tell the difference between Alton Brown and Sandra Lee. Alton is not much to look at compared to Sandra and might even suck at making tablescapes, but he sure knows about food. Alas, many Sandra Lee-type bloggers are praised for their tablescapes. That's what I was getting at.

Oct 01, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

I'm in complete agreement with you, Foodchic, especially the last point. Every time I see lists of best 50 (100? 500?) food blogs, I see how the media has been duped by good-looking but self-indulgent and empty blogs.

Sep 29, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Dipping sauce for calamari?

That's Thai sweet chili dip. It has sugar, vinegar, chilies and garlic. That sauce is good on so many things. Easy to make to boot.

Sep 29, 2010
Jay2512 in Home Cooking

Overrated Food Blogs?

Hahaha. I'm with you, smkit. That would be awesome.

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

The Professor, I really do think food blogs will soon die off. I really do. And those who have started blogging in the past couple of years won't be getting a book deal any time soon. Too bad for the few really good ones. But, like you, I can do without most of them.

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

Exactly. That's why posting a "slightly adapted" recipe with attribution (just to get your butt off the hook?) is silly.

The only value for the readers that I can think of is that the blogger has tested the recipe so the readers don't have to. But wouldn't it be easier for all involved for the blogger to simply post a link to the recipe which has already been written somewhere else online? Then we wouldn't have had this conversation.

If the recipe comes from a book, then it's different because you can't post a link to something that's not online. But I just can't for the life of me figure out why the entire recipe needs to be reprinted on the blogger's site when a link would have sufficed. Had she done that, there would not have been any objection. She wouldn't have had to invest all that energy cutting, pasting, and changing those few words. The pretty photographs would have been enough to let the readers see what the end result looks like.

Some bloggers prefer linking instead of reprinting existing recipes.
http://bit.ly/aZzgdF
http://bit.ly/cDcBVw
http://bit.ly/b50bBx
There are a few more of them who do this regularly. I say good for them! They test the recipes for me so I won't have to. They include tips on how to avoid the mistakes they've made, what to watch out for, what isn't clear in the instructions, etc. This is good information. If someone is to do someone else's recipe, this would be what I expect from them and nothing more.

There's really no need to reprint something that has already been available elsewhere unless you change it so drastically that linking doesn't make sense.

This leads me to conclude that those who choose to reprint, even with attribution, do so with a questionable motive.

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

"::small town people slow-clapping, horse neighs in approval::"

LMAO

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

There'll also be the point about how one finds happiness and the true meaning of life away from the city and out on the ranch ... Eat, Pray, Love all over again.

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Dipping sauce for calamari?

I agree. After all, Sriracha, unless I'm mistaken, was created as a seafood dip.

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Home Cooking

Overrated Food Blogs?

Well, Beckyleach, brace yourself. PW is becoming a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News

Overrated Food Blogs?

LOL

Hey, I guess you could swipe one of her pictures, crop out the watermark, and repost it somewhere else with attribution (photograph "adapted" from ....).

Sep 28, 2010
Jay2512 in Food Media & News