Can the Internet Level the Culinary Playing Field?
Cooking is a creative outlet, a chance for us to demonstrate that we can think outside of the (cake mix) box.
The Internet has changed many things in our lives, not all for the best, but one area that has really benefited from online groupthink is cooking.
In the past, one of the biggest challenges when I put pan to stove was that I had to place full trust in the cookbook or magazine recipe author. If I was cooking a recipe for the first time, my track record was 50/50 for producing an edible dish. I was almost certain not to come close to replicating the beautiful and appetizing result that was pictured in the pages of the book or magazine.
The Internet and, more specifically, user reviews of online recipes, has dramatically improved my chances of producing an edible and sometimes outstanding dish.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I recently purchased a celebrity chef cookbook. This particular tome provided "healthy" recipes on classic comfort food dishes. Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to throw a dinner party for my neighbors using nothing but recipes from the book.