Online Recipe Clubs

By Ratha Tep Posted November 20, 2008

Foodies must run in small (virtual) circles. Perhaps the best merging of food and technology I've come across is Cook Here and Now, a blog by Marco Flavio Marinucci that gathers dozens of people around the Bay Area to cook and eat Sunday dinner together about once a month. (I met with Marco earlier in the week and he says more Cook Here and Nows are forming in other cities—stay tuned).

Recently, I've been receiving e-mails from all sorts of food-obsessed people inviting me to be part of another type of virtual food group: an online recipe club calling for an exchange of quick, easy recipes. The invite from a former coworker was expected; but then I got them from more random people—an old friend from high school I see once a year, and I even got one from a stranger I chatted up while dining at Market Table in Manhattan a few months back. (Jen Leuzzi over at the blog Snack posts about a great recipe club idea here.) For my own exchange, I already know which recipe to offer: Senior Recipe Developer Grace Parisi's deeply flavorful, coconut-y West African chicken soup, featured in our December issue.


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