FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


 

Last updated: 11/1/2008 Many of you email me asking a wide range of questions. Some of you are curious about the types of ingredients I use, others have technical questions related to photography equipment or blogging tools and platforms. I'll do my best to answer and add to the FAQ over time.

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RECIPES
Where can I learn more about you and the history of 101 Cookbooks?

There is an ever-evolving about page.

What kind of camera do you use?

Many emails I receive inquire about my photography - you can read more about the camera(s) I use and a few tips and tricks here. I also keep a Flickr gallery here, and post pictures occasionally to heidiswanson.com.

What platform is your site on?

101 Cookbooks is built on Movable Type. I have to admit that at this point I'm in over my head on the technical front, and I'm lucky to have in-house (literally) support. Wayne helps me with various aspects of 101 Cookbooks development including CSS, new features, mobile/ iPhone development, and content management. The site-design is custom - meaning the templates are custom-designed and coded, specific to 101 Cookbooks.

Do you accept review copies of books or products for consideration?

I nearly always purchase the books I feature on my site myself. If there is an exception to this, I'll say so. There's no need to send review copies. That said, if you think there is a book I should know about, please email me in advance - a paragraph about the book/product, including a link to the corresponding website if there is one. Please keep in mind that I write primarily about natural foods and products.

I'm looking for a certain recipe, how can I find it?

An archive of past 101 Cookbooks entries can be found here. You can also use the "search" box located in the upper right-hand corner of each page.

Can I access your recipes from my mobile device?

There is an iPhone-friendly version of 101 Cookbooks. It is compatible with many mobile devices, and allows you to browse recent recipes, browse by category and search from your iPhone or mobile device.

Will my substitution work?

Although I'd love to be able to, I can't rework every recipe posted here to be gluten-free, low-fat, dairy-free, sugar-free, etc. I try to mention substitutions that I'm quite confident will work, but these recommendations aren't all-inclusive. If you rework a recipe I post here and post it your site, I'd love to have a look and potentially link to you.

Will you consider posting the nutritional information for the recipes you feature on your site?

I appreciate the requests I've received requesting nutritional information for each recipe. Here's the thing - I tend to think about my meals/snacks in broad stokes (and in context based on what I'm eating the rest of the day) - enough whole grains? enough protein? enough water? a nice range of color and types of fruits and vegetables? portion size reasonable? etc. That being said, I do appreciate that some of you need/want to monitor different types of specific nutritional info. At this point, I think I want to leave it up to individuals to run recipes through whatever third-party software program they like - to slice and dice the recipes (there are many programs out there available for download). This might change in the future.

Do you obtain permission from publishers or authors to reprint their recipes?

Yes. Before I feature a recipe that isn't mine on 101 Cookbooks, I obtain the appropriate written permission - most often from the publisher.

How does Amazon & advertising work on your site?

When writing about a specific cookbook or other product, I often link to Amazon. Up until recently a small commission was made from any sales made from these links and any other links to Amazon.com on this site. This is no longer the case. Ads displayed on the site help support the ongoing development and maintenance of 101 Cookbooks. If you are an advertiser and are interested in placing an ad on 101 Cookbooks, please contact Glam Media.