What deserves to be shared, if not good food? While foodies like us are still waiting for technological inventions and innovations that take us to the day when you could download food and relish it, we have certain networks at hand that make food shareable; Virtually of course. Here are eight of our favourite sites, which provide an online dining table from where you can sneak a peek into the menu of other foodies:
Connect with other foodies on Foodspotting to bookmark delicacies you’d want to try. The website hosts food locations, reviews and images that will make you run to the nearest restaurant of your choice. Users share these images as food they’ve tried and liked, or good food they’ve heard about and are looking to try.
Foodie is the ideal network for star spotting. You can use your Twitter or Facebook account to log into Foodie and then follow celebrity chefs, critics and other pros on their official Foodie accounts.
The advantage with Tastebook is that you can publish your own cook-book with wonderful ease. Not to mention, you can search for recipes and get social with other foodies with the same ease. Think of all those people you could send your beautiful, hard-bound cook-books to!
This is a website that wants you to click on food images, drool at them and then repeat the process. And that’s exactly what you’re going to do!
Social Culinaire is a community extraordinaire! A small group of about 800 food pros and foodies, the network also helps you find career opportunities in the food world (apart from slobbering over food photographs and recipes that is).
Nibbledish allows foodies to comment, rate and rank the dishes, recipes and food experiences of other members, while following the recipes that appeal to them the most. Word of advice – don’t feel shy if you feel the urge to follow every other recipe. It’s only natural!
Rouxbe is a video community for foodies to watch and learn. The network hosts an amazing video player that accents the pleasure of cooking with its high quality rendering of videos. You’ll find detailed text guidelines along with recipe videos ensuring that you make no mistake while trying them out.
FoodBuzz is a curation-focused foodie community that allows food bloggers to share their food experiences. But don’t let this trick you into thinking it’s a food-bloggers-only network. No sire! If you have ever seen, tasted or cooked something you like, FoodBuzz is open for you to join and share the experience.
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Bonus – Now individual sites and communities are cool. But how cool are food-focused search engines or dedicated apps, right? Google’s Recipe View and Foodily are two search engines that every foodie must try. Celebrity look Gordon Ramsay’s iPad app is another “must-try” for every social foodie. The app offers comprehensive cooking assistance, from creating a recipe list, to shopping for ingredients and the actual cooking itself. What’s your favourite social food network, website or blog?