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Loyal readers may have noticed that there’s been some radio silence here at the site for the last couple of weeks. What’s up?! you may wonder. We haven’t stopped cooking. And we definitely haven’t stopped eating. Cookbooks are still being reviewed, recipes are still being tested, greens are being planted and chickens, scolded (they learned to cross the road to the library last week! and it wasn’t because they wanted to borrow the latest cozy mystery. The next day, they got an electronet fence.)
No, the reason for the blog pause has been a flurry of frantic, behind-the-scenes activity on my Big New Project. It’s a cookbook-rating app! to be called CookShelf and published by Sutro Media. In fact, it is the first ever cookbook-rating app on the market.
With an initial database of over 200 titles, CookShelf will offer rankings and ratings on different criteria, like Skill Level and Giftworthiness. It’ll have mini-reviews, links to recipe-tested full reviews where available, peeks inside the books, filters for sorting out cookbook types, usability data (like page layout and recipe speed), buy links, and more.
In short, CookShelf will provide the expert recommendation you need to buy a cookbook you’ve never seen before with confidence – whether it’s for yourself or somebody you love. (Hello, Mother’s Day!)
So, for the last several weeks I’ve been furiously developing a rating system, analyzing books, writing capsule reviews, entering and hyperlinking data, and sometime in the next couple of weeks – when we’ve made it through Apple’s queue – the app will launch.
Stay tuned! Cookbook expertise at your fingertips is on the way!