Talking Tech Friday – Project Foodie

This may teach me to write columns so late in the day, but today I thought I’d review Project Foodie.

What is it?

Project Foodie’s tagline is “Serving the Foodie Lifestyle.”  It’s an easy way to search for recipes from a variety of magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks.  Registered users can also rate, comment, and tag recipes, as well as save them to a personal “recipe box” for future reference.  Project Foodie also includes, among many other features, a blog, cookbook reviews, chef interviews, has Twitter and Facebook accounts, and a fun On Our Plate page which ” is the Project Foodie team picks of scrumptious, seasonal dishes that are ready for eating now.” It really is a one-stop shop for all your foodie needs.

How does it work?

You have three main options for finding recipes.  You can do a basic recipe search over all the resources covered by Project Foodie, or you can limit it to a specific resource such as Cook’s Illustrated.  You can try the “Surprise Me” search, which you can limit by tag and see what comes up.  Or you can browse by resource – limiting between magazine, newspapers and cookbooks, then by issue date.

You can sort search results by name or rating, or narrow your search results by tag.

I did a search for pancakes and got over 200 results – the interface is pretty nice and simple to use. It’s very simple to save a recipe to your personal box.

Searching and viewing recipes doesn’t require registration, but if you’d like to save, rate, comment on, or take notes, you’ll need to register.  The registration form is fairly long, but most fields aren’t required or visible on the site.

Project Foodie has some great examples of using web 2.0 technologies to create a community.  You can add a recipe search widget to your iGoogle or Netvibes page, as well as embed a widget on your blog. You can subscribe to new recipe notifications via email or RSS.  And, of course, adding ratings, comments, and tags are a great way to let users feel like the site is particularly useful to them.

Possible Library Uses

Mostly just a fun resource to point out to our patrons and to use personally, but I think it’s a great example of making Web 2.0 technologies work for you.  I’m not a foodie (pancakes are about the limit of my culinary abilities), but I really enjoyed the layout and features of the site.

What do you think?



~ by Anali on March 20, 2009.