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July 20, 2008 2:36 PM   Subscribe

Open Source Food is a multi-lingual community of enthusiastic cooks browsing, creating, and sharing recipes. The Itsa Pita Pizza is quick and easy, Yuzu Pesto Tagliolini is almost too pretty to eat, but !!!warning!!!, do not even look at the mango crepe a la mode. 2000 recipes with photos.
posted by netbros (18 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
Itsa Pita Pizza

Oh god, don't screw with perfection.
posted by darkripper at 3:17 PM on July 20, 2008


This website is great just for the photos. Thanks!
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:31 PM on July 20, 2008


Pizza grotesca is well named. Most of the pictures are much better than most amateur recipe photos, though. (Suddenly remembering the black and white smears in the earnest old vegan recipe booklet I have.)
posted by Listener at 4:14 PM on July 20, 2008


mango crepe a la mode

The biggest problem with this recipe is that it has neither mangoes nor ice cream. It's actually just a crepe recipe, which doesn't even seem like a good one (water? wtf?).

Yuzo pesto does look intriguing, though. I'm surprised that there aren't more recipe-based social networks.

This website is great just for the photos.

Not always... yeesh...
posted by mkultra at 4:31 PM on July 20, 2008


seconding Darkripper. I'm all for experimentation and crosspollination and everything, nor a purist.

But, please, why is that that everyone in the world feels like he/she has to fuck experiment with italian cuisine in particular? If you did anything equivalent to -say- french cuisine, they'd be at your door in seconds. I'm not ranting (ok, I am, but that's beside the point), just trying to understand.
posted by _dario at 4:49 PM on July 20, 2008


Looks like they're also pretty open to advertisements for Chinese weight loss plans. I'll pass. AllRecipes.com allows anyone to post recipes and appears to have a whole bunch more useful features -- comments from people who've actually tried the recipe, variations, caloric content, etc.
posted by pkingdesign at 5:23 PM on July 20, 2008


My wife and I ate the standard pizza for decades. Thick crust, over-abundance of cheese, various toppings. Now we eat pita-based pizzas almost exclusively and when we order out it's almost always a thin crust we choose. It turns out a thick white-flour dough isn't preferable after all; and indeed, it turns out an excess of cheese is a detriment to having a flavourful pizza.

So now we generally split three pita pizzas between the two of us. We're using a variety of cheeses, and use flavourful high-quality toppings in lieu of endless mozza. They're a freakin' taste sensation, a fine dining experience when we've gone full out on the quality and choices of toppings, and only about a zillion times better than eating any delivery pizza.

I highly recommend giving them a shot. Use strong cheeses, smoked salmon, capers or pickled asparagus, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh dill, proscuitto, fancy mushrooms, etceteras. Mix it up. Try experimenting with new ideas — maybe lobster on a cream cheese base with shallots, dill, morel mushroom, and a llght sprinkle of gruyere cheese (I just stole part of that idea from here).

Pita pizzas. Five Fresh Fish give it ten fins up.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:51 PM on July 20, 2008 [4 favorites]


(pssst. mkultra, it's because the author of those recipes is Bulgarian. Tasty, yet ugly food.)
posted by device55 at 6:10 PM on July 20, 2008


open source? What, are they posting vegetable DNA sequences and formulae for heat transfer on there? Maybe if people started testing recipes on their own cookware and offered changes (so that the recipe could run on different hardware), they'd have a better case for it.

It's a regular recipe-sharing site, but It's one with great photography and some social networking features. While I see no need to register for Epicurious, I might theoretically sign up here.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 6:57 PM on July 20, 2008





This website is great just for the photos.

Not always... yeesh...


Sometimes.
posted by Zambrano at 7:09 PM on July 20, 2008


The more I poke around that site, the more disappointing it is. The woman Zambrano linked to, for example, has a recipe for "easy no fry yummy chicken strips, the last step of which is to fry them. And what makes someone "Pro"? I see a fair amount of head-scratchingly basic questions from users with that badge.
posted by mkultra at 8:09 PM on July 20, 2008


This is a great find, but right now I'm simply craving the pita pizzas from Five Fresh Fish's comment.
posted by thatbrunette at 9:45 PM on July 20, 2008


My wife and I ate the standard pizza for decades. Thick crust, over-abundance of cheese, various toppings.

You really, really need to go to Italy. Don't eat another pizza until you have.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 3:04 AM on July 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


My wife and I ate the standard pizza for decades. Thick crust, over-abundance of cheese, various toppings.

You really, really need to go to Italy. Don't eat another pizza until you have.


Yep, try pizza in Spaccanapoli in Naples if you ever get the chance. I had one of my greatest ever food experiences there. We went to this unbelievably busy and noisy little canteen, sat down on upturned beer crates, and were given the option of either a napoletana or marinara (there were no other options on the menu- a cheap laminated wipedown piece of A4 all in Italian). Less than ten minutes later we were served an unbelievably thin pizza base with the best sauce I have ever tasted. There has hardly any cheese on the one pizza that actually did have mozzarella. The cheese-free marinara was even better though. We washed this down with some beer and 7up. I think the total bill for 2 pizzas and a few beers and some 7up was 9 Euros. I have spent up to 10 times that amount on a main course before but nothing is as good as that. So, er, yeah, pitta pizza may be ok but real pizza is on another level all together.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 6:02 AM on July 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


In case someone wants them I can post there some addresses of good places to eat pizza in Naples.
posted by darkripper at 2:19 AM on July 22, 2008


They could do it wiki-style.
posted by PowerCat at 11:56 PM on July 22, 2008


I hate shiso with every bit of my blackened little heart, but I think I might try that yuzu pesto tagliolini (if I had a Yuzu tree).
posted by crataegus at 3:39 AM on July 23, 2008


I can post there some addresses of good places to eat pizza in Naples.

Please do!
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 6:22 PM on July 28, 2008


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