[Sca-cooks] To Milk an Almond: Index? Database?
agora158 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 9 02:07:54 PDT 2011
I can volonteer if you tell me what to do :) The Miscelanea is a great effort and we should all enjoy of having it disponible in all possible formats.
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9 jul 2011 kl. 11:01 skrev David Friedman <ddfr at daviddfriedman.com>:
> I'm currently working on the full _Miscellany_, to be available as a POD on Amazon, and the next step is probably to index it. That started me thinking about useful ways of making it possible for people to find stuff in our recipe collection. _To Milk an Almond_ has about 330 recipes, and it's easy to imagine someone spending a good deal of time searching for ones that fit the requirements for a particular feast, or dinner party in terms of ingredients at hand, allergies, time period, etc. Some of that is taken care of by internal organization--recipes are categorized as European, Islamic, Indian, or Chinese, for instance, and subcategorized in various ways. But that isn't sufficient to easily find a 15th c. recipe using pork, onions, but no cinnamon, say.
> The old fashioned solution is to index it, so that one could look up all recipes with pork and get a list of page numbers. But one could do much better than that using a database, making it possible to search for any 15th c. recipe using ... . Compiling such a database would be a fair amount of work, although not undoable. Once compiled, it could be put up on the web for free download, as the pdf of the book already is.
> And it doesn't have to be done by us. It could be an open source project. It could be an open source project not limited to our collection, a database of the merged contents of however many collections belonged to people willing to make them available for the purpose. It wouldn't even have to be limited to collections by people willing to make the recipes available for free online. The database could let you find recipes in that category, but also point you at recipes available only in published cookbooks.
> Thoughts? Would it be a project worth doing? Volunteers?
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