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Hi, I'm Malcolm Woods

I’m the New Media Editor at Outpost, though I’m the old media editor, as well. In both capacities, I read, hear, photograph and write about food. I also eat food pretty regularly, all of which means I spend a lot of time thinking about food in...
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Malcolm Woods

A new recipe search site debuts

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Food, Love and Policy By Malcolm Woods on February 3, 2011

If you're a foodie who loves to browse through recipes, there's a new Web site you should check out. FOODILY launched this week, promising thousands of recipes gathered from around the world wide Web. The search engine, founded by some of the same folks who helped fuel Yahoo's rise to prominence several years ago, combs countless web sites to bring you neatly organized previews.

 

That isn't really unique, of course, but Foodily's main feature may be its integration with social media. Log in with your Facebook account, and you can create a menu, save recipes and even "like" and "share" recipes on your Facebook wall. Furthermore, when you search for recipes, any that have been likewise saved, liked or shared by your friends will show up first on the search results. Sort of makes sense - since so many Facebook posts are already of the "making beans on toast for lunch" variety already, we do seem to be pretty obsessed with what everyone else is eating these days.

 

But if you're seeking inspiration, Foodily may leave you wanting. The home page is pretty and sleek and obviously well funded ( the founders are eschewing ads and planing to pay for the site through coupons) but it's really just a blank box in which you have to type... well, something. It felt a bit to us like staring into an empty cupboard, hoping to come up with an idea for dinner.

 

If you have a specific dish in mind, this looks like a great way to get a list of recipes that you can compare. You can even omit specific ingredients and filter your search. (Of course, you can also search for specific types of recipes on our own web site right here.)

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