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How to Find Recipes and Other Things on the Web...

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You have no idea how often I get letters from people asking for recipes.

Well, not just recipes.  It's unbelievable the number of emails I get from people who say something like, "I have to do a paper for school on foods around the world.  I already have recipes from the U.S., France, Italy and China.  Send me recipes from the other countries."

No "please." No "thanks."  Just a demand.

In truth, I did get one just like this, but most have not asked for quite as much work on my part.  If I tried to respond to all these, it would require many more than 24 hours in a day, and I'd never get any sleep.  (This is not an exaggeration.)  Besides, if someone has a school assignment, he or she should be doing it...not me...and I think most adults will agree with that.

I do realize, though, that not everyone knows exactly where to look for what they need, which is the purpose of this advice page.  Here are my suggestions:

1) There are now close to 50 categories (and more than 100 subcategories) of links on Mimi's Cyber Kitchen.  If, for instance, you are looking for a recipe for sushi, try looking in the "Ethnic" category (and from there, the "Japanese" subcategory).  The links area begins here.

By exploring Mimi's Cyber Kitchen, which will probably take many wonderful hours, you will become better acquainted with the way things are laid out.
 

2) Do your own Internet search.  It's fun and easy and you won't believe how many other things you'll find that you'll want to bookmark.  (And if you find something really great that I don't have, be sure to send me the URL.)

Look in the column to the left of this text, you'll find several search engines

The first one will let you search Mimi's Cyber Kitchen for a word or phrase.

The second will allow you to search the archives of my Recipe Exchange Board.

The third search engine (HotBot) lets you search the entire world wide web...yes, the whole thing.  Type your word(s) or phrase (use quote marks if you want the phrase exactly as typed) into the little box provided and hit Enter.

Another resource we provide is a link to Ask Jeeves.  Type your question into the little box provided and hit Enter.  This user-friendly site does a great job of finding information in a variety of contexts and understands the differences between them, for the most part; however, you might have to rephrase your question to find precisely what you are seeking.

If you're looking for Jewish food, check out the archives of the rec.food.cuisine.jewish newsgroup, the largest Jewish food database on the web.

Here is a list of some of the better search engines and other resources you can use:

Google
Go.com
Altavista
Dogpile
Yahoo is not exactly a search engine, but their database of links is a huge resource in any quest
Deja News lets you search their archive of newsgroup discussion


Also, rest assured, spelling counts!  But this doesn't always necessarily mean correct spelling.  For instance, if someone misspells the word "recipe" on their website, you must misspell it the same way in order for the search engine to find it.
 

  • Think I'm kidding?  Check for "recipies" and see how many you'll find.


There are literally hundreds of thousands (probably millions) of recipes out there...it will be your pleasure to hunt them down.
 

3) Doing an Internet search is the fastest way to find what you're looking for, but if you still can't find it, try posting a message on my Recipe Exchange Board (which you can also find in the list to the left of this text), or the newsgroups rec.food.cooking or rec.food.recipes.  There are many other specific food newsgroups, so check my list to see if there is one which more closely identifies with your needs.

Feel free to post questions even if you don't necessarily need a recipe.  For instance, if you need help with canning techniques, you might want to check with the folks that frequent rec.food.preserving.  Many of these newsgroups maintain a file called a FAQ (frequently asked questions) which contains much of the more common information requested and may already have exactly what you are seeking.  Links to many of these FAQs can be found in my collection by clicking here.
 

I hope this page will be of some help to you.  I am no longer able to respond to recipe requests and will just refer you to this file.  The extra time will enable me to bring you more of what you come here for: great recipes and links to the best food sites on the Internet.

I still love to hear your comments, and if you have any general questions about Mimi's Cyber Kitchen or have kitchen hints to share or find new sites that I should include, by all means, send them to me.

Please understand, that I am still many months behind in my updates and trying desperately to get caught up.  I've hired an extra person to help with this overwhelming task, so it's getting better.  If you sent me something in the past, chances are, it's still sitting in my to-do pile...and thanks for being so supportive.
 

Mimi
1/18/01
 

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