Site Updates Recipe

A list of a handful of site updates including a new FAQ, community section, and the ability to print recipes with photo.

Site Updates

My guess is that many of you have experienced plenty of cooking and eating over the past few days. Another recipe is probably the last thing you need from me. So, instead of a recipe today, I'll call out a couple site updates you may (or may not have) noticed over the past couple of weeks.

- Print with photo: Many of you requested the ability to print recipes with the lead photo - in addition to the plain-old print w/o photo capability. Done. Now at the base of each recipe there is a print with photo link. It will take you to a page that looks like this, or this, or this.

- FAQ: This is looong overdue. But I've finally added a FAQ (frequently asked question) link to the main navigation.

- Build a Natural Foods Pantry: I added an ever-evolving reference section Building a Natural Foods Pantry. It focuses on how to gradually move toward more of a natural cooking palette by outlining which ingredients I like, and more importantly why I like them.

- Community: There is now a community link as part of the main/top navigation. I suspect this section will be ever evolving as well, but for now this section simply highlights a few of the ways you might use other sites and social networks to engage and participate with others in the 101 Cookbooks community. It shows how you might participate with other 101 Cookbooks readers/cooks on Flickr - if you use Flickr and happen to cook something from this site, simply tag it 101cookbooks. We've talked a lot about 101 Cookbooks as a Kiva lending team in the past (we've funded over $16,000 in loans so far). And lastly, I've set up a 101 Cookbooks page on Facebook - if you add yourself as a fan, you'll be able to keep track of events and/or announcements through that channel too.

Here's a question I have for you....

- Category lists: At the top of each post I used to list off every category a recipe was filed under. I've since removed this - to clean up the design more than anything. Are you missing it? I've thought about re-inserting this info back, but into the footer of each recipe. If you feel strongly either way, pop off an email and let me know.

That's it for now. Hope you all have a great weekend. -h

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I love your generosity -- in all its forms and am very excited about printing your recipes with photos. Thank you.

Isabel from London

I really appreciate the reference section. It can be difficult to get some of the stuff you have listed in Argentina where I live, but whenever I'm back in the States, I try to bring home as much as I can! I made your pepita salad for Thanksgiving for a very international crowd (only with garbanzo beans--no yellow peas here, and the green peas turned to mush), and they loved it. I'm going to continue to experiment with more recipies!

Evie Abat

Great addition to your site...wish I could do that on my foodblog. thanx


I like the community idea. It packages all the networking sites into one area really well.

Culinary Cory

Heidi, you've just made your outstanding site even better. Thank you so much for such delicious vegetarian recipes! I love it. The other day I was shopping for groceries and eying-up the blueberries when an older gentleman approached and started quizzing me on how to cook without meat. I delighted in sharing a few tips learned here and then suggested he visit too.


I made the gingerbread you feature for Thanksgiving... it was moist, rich, delicious. we ate it again for breakfast.


I still wish you'd post nutritional facts. Also, since there's no meat involved, it would be nice to know which combination dishes add up to complete proteins.


Loving it all, Thank you for providing my family and I with a beautiful vegan thanksgiving spread! -Caroline


Wow! Thanks. It helps to have the photo.


I am always able to find what I want or need on your site so I don't feel the category listings with the post are necessary, and I appreciate your desire to have it cleaner design wise. As for the other updates, I will check them out. Thanks!!


The pumpkin pie recipe and freshly ground spice WAS excellent; I would grind the spices more finely the next time. A monster huge hit at a party recently was the wild rice (I had to use a Lundberg family black rice) and roasted pumpkin/onion salad. The sugar baby pumpkins were a pain to peel but it was worth the effort and they browned up beautifully with the right amount of turning. And succulent?! Oh la la.

Melissa Morse

As a previous poster stated - i also have no idea how i found you and this fab site. Am so grateful. Love receiving your emails. Thanks!


I love your site! It's beautiful looking and easy to find what I am looking for. I am happy there is an option to print with photos now. :)


Awesome changes! And I haven't noticed the category lists missing, but that's just me.

Tabitha (From Single to Married)

I noticed everything and it's beautiful and inspiring! and yes, I miss the categories.. Happy holidays, Ya'ara


I have no idea how I stumbled upon this site, but I cherish the day I did! I will never get tired of yous recipes, keep 'em coming!


Heidi, Great update. I love getting your recipes and trying them. I have many favorites already. The category list is helpful, so please keep it posted. Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Jann Holzman

I love the emails I get during the week. I made your spice-it-up pumpkin pie! A hit with the family! Keep up the good work. A question for you, Do you have cooking classes in the Boston area? Thank you, Erin


Heidi - Well done updates. I do refer to your 'category' lists - what to buy and am most interested in the photography part. As for your recipes, they totally rock. Have tried several with much success. Happy post Thanksgiving.


You Rule Heidi. Well done :)


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