Why Google Recipe Search Will Destroy Cooking, Why You Should Use Vadouvan Cautiously

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.

1. Google: bad for the cooks? Amanda Hesser, author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook and founder of recipe site Food52, writes about her experience testing out Google's new recipe search. She isn't just disappointed ― she's horrified. Since the search can only be narrowed by ingredient, calorie count, and cooking time, Hesser accuses Google of privileging shortcuts over good technique and favoring SEO-conscious recipe writers who game the system by posting false calorie counts. Why is this important? As Hesser writes, “The entity with the greatest influence on what Americans cook is not

Costco or Trader Joe's. It's not the Food Network or The New York Times.

It's Google.”

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