Reader Survey: Social Networking Sites for Foodies?

You've heard of Facebook and LinkedIn, but what about BakeSpace, GroupRecipes, and Open Source Food?

Invitations to social networking sites geared toward cooks and food lovers appear in our in-box almost daily. Do you belong to a foodie social networking site? What do think about them?

These kinds of networking sites offer a cyber-home for food lovers. They're places where we can gather, share recipes, and indulge in foodie conversations without the need to censor our enthusiasm. We like the thread of support and encouragement that runs through these communities.

There's also an immediacy to these sites that is pretty incredible. Post a question about separating eggs, and you'll get a dozen responses by the time you walk to the fridge and back.

The downside is that there's no filter. Advice can sometimes be contradictory, and you're on your own to determine if smashing eggs with a sledgehammer is ill advised.

We find that the same is true of the recipes. There are gems, to be sure. But finding them takes a fair amount of sifting through pages of uninteresting or irrelevant recipes.

What experiences have you had with foodie social networking sites?

• Check out BakeSpace
• Check out GroupRecipes
• Check out Open Source Food

Related: Whole Foods Twitter

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