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Recipe Page Updates

February 13, 2010

You may have noticed a few new bells and whistles on the recipe pages. Allow us to explain the method behind our madness and, as always, please let us know what you think!

  • Recommendations
  • Now when you view a recipe, to the right you'll see a couple of friendly suggestions: “You Might Also Like This Recipe,” which showcases a great Finalist or Wildcard recipe from the same category as the one you're viewing (e.g. another winning dessert or another delicious fish and seafood recipe); and “From Our Shop,” which is, frankly, pretty random at the moment. Over time, as we gather more stellar recipes and goods, we'll tweak the formulas to make our recommendations even more useful to you. And for all Finalist recipes, you'll also see a link back to the slideshow of A&M testing them out (and dropping things on the floor and other typical food52 hijinks).

  • Right Now In Recipes
  • You can now see what recipes other users are looking at, in real time. We like to think it gives us all a sense of the greater food52 community and clues us in to what people across the globe are interested in at any given moment. For example, given this week's themes and the weather systems that have been pummeling various parts of the U.S. of late, our money's on lots of people looking into some good movie snacks.

Right Now In Recipes

  • New Cooks' Rating System 
  • We've changed our recipe rating system to a very simple, hedonistic “like” indicator. The previous star-based system wasn't really working for us – we hope this index will be more meaningful. So feel free to give props to your fellow food52ers' recipes by clicking on the thumbs up symbol (No plans yet for a Fonzie-style double thumbs up, but we're open to suggestions). And don't worry -- if you ever rated a recipe on the old star system, your input was noted. Any time a recipe was given 3 stars or more, we considered it “liked.”
  • Wine Suggestions 
  • Coming soon, food52 wine expert Sasha will be helping us offer pairing suggestions for every recipe!


See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • AntoniaJames
  • TheWimpyVegetarian
  • Amber Olson
    Amber Olson
  • lastnightsdinner
  • Lizthechef
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AntoniaJames February 16, 2010
Okay, I know that every change requires more demands on your engineering and design staff, but here is a suggestion that would greatly improve the site . . . . by providing a lot of useful information to those of us who are -- some of us, virtually every day -- trying out recipes posted on Food52. How about a place on the site where users could (anonymously, if they wanted) state whether they had actually tried out a recipe, and how they liked it (a separate star system for use by test drivers only), You'd also have a comments field for each rating entry so people could state what they did differently, what they liked or didn't like about the method or the results, etc. I find that the most useful comments posted about recipes are often the ones by the people who have tried them. As someone who has experienced some real disappointments with some of the non-finalist recipes (including editors' picks), this feature would provide invaluable information. It would also be fun to see what the community is actually making, in addition to which recipes its members are viewing. Thank you. ;o)
Amanda H. February 16, 2010
Thank you so much for this excellent suggestion. It's definitely on our minds and on our priority list, but may take a little time to implement (as you noted). So please hang in there and we'll figure out something soon.
TheWimpyVegetarian February 14, 2010
I like the changes very much! I never could understand how the star system worked.
Amanda H. February 16, 2010
Neither could we!
Amber O. February 14, 2010
Seems like Sasha has undertaken a significate challenge. Need help?
Amanda H. February 16, 2010
She must need someone to help her finish the wine.
lastnightsdinner February 13, 2010
I love the new features. The site just keeps getting better and better!
Merrill S. February 14, 2010
Amanda H. February 16, 2010
Thank you -- and please let us know if there are features you wish we had.
Lizthechef February 13, 2010
Glad you mentioned the "thumbs up/thumbs down". Slow folks like myself only noticed the symbols a week or so ago...
Merrill S. February 13, 2010
You're not slow! They only appeared about a week ago.
pierino February 16, 2010
I hope nobody uses the "down" signal as in "Gladiator". I also hope that we all still have opposable thumbs.
Amanda H. February 16, 2010
Oops, Pierino, we forgot to tell you about *that* down signal.