Just a recipe blog follow up..
Jul. 17, 2012 1:47 pm
Updated: Jul. 24, 2012 3:53 pm
Awhile back, I posted a blog about my disdain over rating recipes that were not really the recipe at all but actually the reviewers complete overhaul of the original recipe. Responses were both good and not so good, which is fine. If you blog, you can
expect view points on all sides.. it is what makes us interesting after all.
Since then, I've spent a great deal of time 'chatting' with other AR folk and I have to say.. these are some of the nicest darn folks I've ever not met in person! What is really interesting is the recipe rating issue seems to be a hot topic, even amongst friends.
And while many people, who I do find very nice, strongly disagreed with my view point, I find as I read more and more reviews, there are plenty of people who find mass altering, then reviewing, maddening. (And do please note.. I say MASS altering. I am not
talking about the tweak for diet, Aunt Harriets tummy or lack of pickled ginger). Here's an example I pulled from a recipe I was looking for lettuce wraps:
"Chef**** said he/she made some minor changes and then rated this recipe. I read 18 ingredient changes made. Minor? Honestly, this just makes me nuts. I have made this recipe and loved it, only change was to used fresh minced ginger, since like so many
I did not have pickled ginger. This is in my stack of favorites. Thanks for the recipe without the 18 minor changes. Really!"
Interesting. Is 18 changes too much to really rate the recipe? I don't know. I don't have that answer. I read some reviews last night where one poster simply posted (in all caps) DO NOT RATE A RECIPE YOU HAVE NOT TRIED. Because someone had. No joke. The
review right above it said (and I'm paraphrasing here) "What a stupid recipe. Not even worth my whisk". Ouch.
When it gets right down to it, I think its not so much the altering or tweaking, etc. I think its the spirit of the review. You can hate something- and still be nice about it. In the example I gave above, apparently Chef so and so must have had something
not so nice to say about the recipe..even though it tasted the way it did due to THEIR alterations!
Anyway.. as someone said in my original blog, it is just food at the end of the day. If you are going to review, even with all sorts of changes, at the very least.. make the review useful. "What a stupid recipe?" Well, if that is your review, then tell me
WHY is it stupid? Did it make funny faces at you? Did it call you names? What? There was one more that said "So bad, don't know where to start." And that was it. What was bad? The typing? The timing? What? At least tell me what you found wrong so I can
learn- otherwise, whats the point? And if not to impart wisdom, why rate at all? Just some of Wolfie's musings and ponderings for the day...