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2021-03-01 6:53:05 PM  
Ain't interested in hearing rose tinted fluff from the author's past.

Unless the preramble contains historical info on the dish, or other popular versions of the dish, I'm not really interested.
Modern shortcuts and substitutions for hard to get ingredients are good too.

Pro tips should be before the step needed.
 
2021-03-01 7:08:34 PM  
The only reason the fluff is in there is to pad out the article to generate revenue.  When one gets paid by the number of words, it's going to result in a bunch of extra, superfluous, redundant words.  I will admit it's possible something worthwhile will be missed, I'd rather take the extra ten minutes of saved time by just skipping to the recipe.  And if you just skip the preface, the author usually gets the credit as well.
 
2021-03-01 7:10:29 PM  
Once in a great while I'll see a recipe online that has something before it besides fluff. Something about the particular ingredients used or cooking techniques.
Usually it's some steaming pile of an anecdote about someones beach house or picking apples at Grandma's house.
 
2021-03-01 7:12:18 PM  
If I had all day to learn the ins and outs of your grandmothers' lamb curry, I'd read your story. But right now, I'm farking hungry and want to know how to get this shiat going on the stove.
 
2021-03-01 7:24:09 PM  

potierrh: The only reason the fluff is in there is to pad out the article to generate revenue.  When one gets paid by the number of words, it's going to result in a bunch of extra, superfluous, redundant words.  I will admit it's possible something worthwhile will be missed, I'd rather take the extra ten minutes of saved time by just skipping to the recipe.And if you just skip the preface, the author usually gets the credit as well.



SEO
 
2021-03-01 7:39:12 PM  
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2021-03-01 8:14:30 PM  
I don't need your life story, just the recipe.
 
2021-03-01 8:23:20 PM  
I want an app that cuts to the conclusion of Lifehacker rants. Or sends the phone spiders.
 
2021-03-01 9:41:48 PM  
I love my collection of cookbooks more every day.
 
2021-03-01 9:45:52 PM  
Truth is, I rarely even read the full recipe.

Just give me the gist... I'll adjust the measurements to my tasting.

The exception is baking and candy making.
But when I wanted to make a Manhatten seafood chowder, I just wanted the basic ingredient list.
 
2021-03-01 10:40:15 PM  

blastoh: Truth is, I rarely even read the full recipe.

Just give me the gist... I'll adjust the measurements to my tasting.

The exception is baking and candy making.


Yep.
 
2021-03-01 10:53:56 PM  

potierrh: The only reason the fluff is in there is to pad out the article to generate revenue.  When one gets paid by the number of words, it's going to result in a bunch of extra, superfluous, redundant words.  I will admit it's possible something worthwhile will be missed, I'd rather take the extra ten minutes of saved time by just skipping to the recipe.  And if you just skip the preface, the author usually gets the credit as well.


It's almost certainly more about SEO.  The Google machine rewards 500+ words, unique content, blahs, blahs, blah
 
2021-03-01 11:19:22 PM  
Did I google "stories with recipes?"
 
2021-03-02 12:19:50 AM  

blastoh: Truth is, I rarely even read the full recipe.

Just give me the gist... I'll adjust the measurements to my tasting.

The exception is baking and candy making.
But when I wanted to make a Manhatten seafood chowder, I just wanted the basic ingredient list.


The first time I make a recipe I follow the recipe religiously. I've had too many pleasant surprises when I thought "that won't work" or "it needs something else" and found out when I followed the recipe that the person who wrote it down was right.
 
2021-03-02 12:20:02 AM  

enry: I don't need your life story, just the recipe.


.
"I first fell in love with cooking while spending summers with my grandmother. The aroma of her constant cooking wafting through the house. Sitting near the window where pies cooled on the sill, the summer breeze would caress my cheeks. A Solitary cloud in an otherwise clear, blue sky would drift by as if it was in search of something."


JFC, LADY. IT JUST A FARKING GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE!
 
2021-03-02 12:29:57 AM  
I couldn't even finish the article. :/
 
2021-03-02 12:55:36 AM  
A first world problem with a first world solution:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/food​/recipes

Every page is:
* Photo of dish
* Description of dish
* Cook/Chef's name
* Ingredient list
* Method on how to make it

Joking about British cuisine aside, one of the perks of conquering the whole world is you have access to all their recipes, it's not just bangers and mash.
 
2021-03-02 1:56:11 AM  
Is it a blog, a recipe, a bizarre erotic masturpiece?

What? What?

/You read that in Zoidberg's voice.
 
2021-03-02 2:07:05 AM  
Article is a train wreck.

The caption under the story's photo of a grandmotherly looking woman with a mixing bowl is
"Why don't you want to hear her story??"
Yes, with two question marks. Strike one.

It also identifies the photo as being a Shutterstock stock photograph. Do stock photographs have relevant stories? No. Strike two.

In the first paragraph the author loses her command of the English language. Awkward convoluted sentence structures combined with a failure to correctly conjugate the tense of the verb to be (e.g. 'a recipe that be deserving') stopped this reader in his tracks. Strike three.

Here is a free Life Hack for Claire Lower, the Senior Food Editor who wrote this article: Hire someone with a degree in English to proof read your stories. I'm told they're a dime a dozen.
 
2021-03-02 3:39:55 AM  

red5ish: In the first paragraph the author loses her command of the English language. Awkward convoluted sentence structures combined with a failure to correctly conjugate the tense of the verb to be (e.g. 'a recipe that be deserving') stopped this reader in his tracks. Strike three.

Here is a free Life Hack for Claire Lower, the Senior Food Editor who wrote this article: Hire someone with a degree in English to proof read your stories. I'm told they're a dime a dozen.


They don't think it be like it is, but it do.
 
2021-03-02 4:49:59 AM  
If the recipe site is free, you're the product.

Buy a book.
 
2021-03-02 7:57:28 AM  

mrparks: Is it a blog, a recipe, a bizarre erotic masturpiece?

What? What?

/You read that in Zoidberg's voice.


See now, you're making fun but a little erotic story before the recipe would be a welcome change from the drivel. A whole new niche of porn.
 
2021-03-02 8:10:19 AM  

tkgeisha: mrparks: Is it a blog, a recipe, a bizarre erotic masturpiece?

What? What?

/You read that in Zoidberg's voice.

See now, you're making fun but a little erotic story before the recipe would be a welcome change from the drivel. A whole new niche of porn.


Someone call Chuck - Breakfast For Buckaroos needs to happen.
 
2021-03-02 8:32:36 AM  

enry: I don't need your life story, just the recipe.


I actively hate their life story. Because their unique life is exactly the same as all the others.

Wow. You had a mom. And then you had kids. Neat.

But yes, just the recipe.
 
2021-03-02 8:42:20 AM  

tkgeisha: mrparks: Is it a blog, a recipe, a bizarre erotic masturpiece?

What? What?

/You read that in Zoidberg's voice.

See now, you're making fun but a little erotic story before the recipe would be a welcome change from the drivel. A whole new niche of porn.


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Still searching for that special pie.
 
2021-03-02 8:51:18 AM  
And the site is now gone. (recipeasly)


We're sorry
We have nothing but respect and admiration for the time, money and effort that go into creating great recipes & websites. We don't want to minimize the results for all that hard work.
We realize we're not demonstrating the huge respect we have for recipe creators. We missed the mark big time today and we're sorry.
Given the feedback, we are taking recipeasly.com down as we re-examine our impact. We commit to making changes where we have fallen short.
 
2021-03-02 8:56:22 AM  

Greymalkin: A first world problem with a first world solution:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/​recipes

Every page is:
* Photo of dish
* Description of dish
* Cook/Chef's name
* Ingredient list
* Method on how to make it

Joking about British cuisine aside, one of the perks of conquering the whole world is you have access to all their recipes, it's not just bangers and mash.


You monster!
Here is the easy button for culinary happiness: https://www.emerils.com/re​cipes
 
2021-03-02 11:05:17 AM  
For things like America's Test Kitchens/Cooks Illustrated, the recipe is maybe 2 column inches but the analysis and breakdown of the technique or ingredient choice is sometimes four times longer.

Something like that, I won't just read, but I'll peruse and contemplate the whole thing.

But given that the majority of recipes I see are just totally wrong with how they treat their ingredients (I marked up one recipe last week and wrote "do these instructions in reverse", they apparently wanted you to massacre ground turkey to remove any sense of moisture and serve with barely cooked onions.*).

And if I can't trust what you write in a recipe, why would I waste time on your prose?


/* if that is your "cultural cooking style", your culture SUCKS. :), my take on that recipe will not be culturally compliant.
 
2021-03-02 11:17:43 AM  

weddingsinger: potierrh: The only reason the fluff is in there is to pad out the article to generate revenue.  When one gets paid by the number of words, it's going to result in a bunch of extra, superfluous, redundant words.  I will admit it's possible something worthwhile will be missed, I'd rather take the extra ten minutes of saved time by just skipping to the recipe.  And if you just skip the preface, the author usually gets the credit as well.

It's almost certainly more about SEO.  The Google machine rewards 500+ words, unique content, blahs, blahs, blah


And it's not about being paid by the word, it's the dozen ads you scroll past to get to the recipe that pays the bills.

Y'all want the recipe from a book but don't want to pay for it? Well, there's the ads.
 
2021-03-02 11:20:38 AM  
Also, the classic:
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2021-03-02 11:41:41 AM  
AB, ATK, or Kenji type backstory for a recipe is great. Especially the science-y parts. Historical perspectives? Ok, I can dig that too. The mommy blog type shiat we can do without.
 
2021-03-02 11:48:37 AM  

Laobaojun: Greymalkin: A first world problem with a first world solution:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/​recipes

Every page is:
* Photo of dish
* Description of dish
* Cook/Chef's name
* Ingredient list
* Method on how to make it

Joking about British cuisine aside, one of the perks of conquering the whole world is you have access to all their recipes, it's not just bangers and mash.

You monster!
Here is the easy button for culinary happiness: https://www.emerils.com/rec​ipes


Recipe Filter extension
 
2021-03-02 11:57:36 AM  

NINEv2: AB, ATK, or Kenji type backstory for a recipe is great. Especially the science-y parts. Historical perspectives? Ok, I can dig that too. The mommy blog type shiat we can do without.


yeah I love that one guy's 11th-century-America recipes ut00bz channel (still meaning to try the mushroom ketchup) - but otherwise...
 
2021-03-02 12:43:28 PM  

Quemapueblo: Laobaojun: Greymalkin: A first world problem with a first world solution:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/​recipes

Every page is:
* Photo of dish
* Description of dish
* Cook/Chef's name
* Ingredient list
* Method on how to make it

Joking about British cuisine aside, one of the perks of conquering the whole world is you have access to all their recipes, it's not just bangers and mash.

You monster!
Here is the easy button for culinary happiness: https://www.emerils.com/rec​ipes

Recipe Filter extension


Came in to mention this. While not perfect, it sure makes my life better.
 
2021-03-02 12:45:57 PM  

Laobaojun: Greymalkin: A first world problem with a first world solution:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/​recipes

Every page is:
* Photo of dish
* Description of dish
* Cook/Chef's name
* Ingredient list
* Method on how to make it

Joking about British cuisine aside, one of the perks of conquering the whole world is you have access to all their recipes, it's not just bangers and mash.

You monster!
Here is the easy button for culinary happiness: https://www.emerils.com/rec​ipes


Thanks. I've already found at least one from there i want to try!
 
2021-03-02 12:59:39 PM  

NINEv2: AB, ATK, or Kenji type backstory for a recipe is great. Especially the science-y parts. Historical perspectives? Ok, I can dig that too. The mommy blog type shiat we can do without.


Pretty much.  On the really good sites the wall of text is usually interesting and informative, and some will still even provide a link near the top to skip if you'd like.  However, for every good site there are about a thousand of shiatty ones using the same mundane drivel to boost their SEO.

Though the recent whining about having to scroll a whole 1-2 seconds to get to a free recipe is annoying as well.
 
2021-03-02 1:03:01 PM  
Sometimes you just want to find out how long/what temperature to cook a roast and you don't have the time or the inclination to go over the entire pre-history of cooked food.
 
2021-03-02 1:22:54 PM  
For a site called Lifehacker, I don't feel like this article actually improved my life in any way.
 
2021-03-02 2:34:18 PM  

palelizard: For a site called Lifehacker, I don't feel like this article actually improved my life in any way.


But do you feel as though a part of your life has been hacked away?
 
2021-03-02 3:01:21 PM  

NINEv2: AB, ATK, or Kenji type backstory for a recipe is great. Especially the science-y parts. Historical perspectives? Ok, I can dig that too. The mommy blog type shiat we can do without.


Exactly.  I find it helpful to know, "We tried substituting X for Y and that didn't work."  Especially if I have X on hand, but not Y.
 
2021-03-02 3:42:46 PM  
wow 34 scripts on that page. Bye. Thats a new record for me.
 
2021-03-02 3:46:55 PM  

Gough: NINEv2: AB, ATK, or Kenji type backstory for a recipe is great. Especially the science-y parts. Historical perspectives? Ok, I can dig that too. The mommy blog type shiat we can do without.

Exactly.  I find it helpful to know, "We tried substituting X for Y and that didn't work."  Especially if I have X on hand, but not Y.


100% this. The only reason I ever even skim the stories is in hopes to find info on can/can't sub items or other useful info that will keep me from a sad ending if I would have to make a substitution or want to attempt to adjust for taste/nutrition.

\Nutritional changes are almost always a sadder ending
\\Mo' Butter Mo' Better
\\\Three's
 
2021-03-02 5:22:43 PM  

phlegmjay: palelizard: For a site called Lifehacker, I don't feel like this article actually improved my life in any way.

But do you feel as though a part of your life has been hacked away?


About two minutes.
 
2021-03-02 5:52:06 PM  
The struggle is real.
Some farkers post their whole life stories multiple times a day in here. "So then, when I was 5... (interminable narrative) And that's why I always buy olive oil in 5-ounce bottles to this very day!"
 
2021-03-02 5:54:36 PM  

testosteronephobe: The struggle is real.
Some farkers post their whole life stories multiple times a day in here. "So then, when I was 5... (interminable narrative) And that's why I always buy olive oil in 5-ounce bottles to this very day!"


Some of us blessed with the gift o' gab are considerate enough to add a "CSB" beforehand.
 
2021-03-02 5:57:23 PM  

NINEv2: testosteronephobe: The struggle is real.
Some farkers post their whole life stories multiple times a day in here. "So then, when I was 5... (interminable narrative) And that's why I always buy olive oil in 5-ounce bottles to this very day!"

Some of us blessed with the gift o' gab are considerate enough to add a "CSB" beforehand.


Thank you!
 
2021-03-02 6:35:51 PM  
You don't need to tell your life story with your recipe.

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2021-03-03 2:27:05 AM  
I am literally standing in the kitchen and don't have time to hear about how your grandpa would start cussing about the Koreans every time his arthritis acted up. Just tell me how much paprika. For the love of god.

Know your audience people.
 
2021-03-03 3:11:01 AM  

bittermang: I am literally standing in the kitchen and don't have time to hear about how your grandpa would start cussing about the Koreans every time his arthritis acted up. Just tell me how much paprika. For the love of god.

Know your audience people.


The answer to "how much paprika?" is always "yes!"
 
2021-03-03 8:41:51 AM  

bittermang: I am literally standing in the kitchen and don't have time to hear about how your grandpa would start cussing about the Koreans every time his arthritis acted up. Just tell me how much paprika. For the love of god.

Know your audience people.


How much paprika?
Until the spirits of your ancestors whisper "enough".
 
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