The WikiGullet Project: the new ‘Wikipedia’ of food

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Who doesn’t love Wikipedia?
It’s vast, fast, and always up-to-date. It’s the first place we turn to settle disputes.
It’s also messy, quirky, and sometimes less than authoritative—very much a human product.

You too can have a hand in shaping the ‘Wikipedia’ of food.
Like Wikipedia, the WikiGullet Project aims to be a community creation, written an entry at a time by a broad assemblage of volunteers. It’s sponsored by the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a not-for-profit organization with a broad membership of food lovers that includes thousands of credentialed culinary professionals among a vast army of impassioned amateurs. Anyone can sign up to edit WikiGullet.

The plan is to harness the energies of this riot of contributors. There are professional cookbook editors and food stylists, raw food advocates and cookie bakers, cultural anthropologists and home cooking Food Network fans. Each is free to author, edit, append, and otherwise weigh in.

WikiGullet will be a living, breathing document of all things food. The only constant will be change. Coverage will embrace any topic relevant to food and drink: science, policy, culinary trends, cookware and appliances, techniques, people, services, literature, history, media, and business. It will be a resource for restaurant information but not reviews. It will be a source for cooking know-how but not a recipe database.

Go to the WikiGullet website to get started. The submission guidelines are few (in a nutshell: original content should be factual rather than opinion; editors should be respectful and civil), and as the project gets off the ground, the content field is wide open—take your pick.

By the way, the clunky WikiGullet name is just a working title. The site administrators welcome improvements.

Have you checked out the ‘Facebook’ of food? The recently launched Foodily is a high profile start-up, founded by a group of former Yahoo execs. It piggybacks on your Facebook account to create a social network founded on the question What’s for dinner?’

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One Response to The WikiGullet Project: the new ‘Wikipedia’ of food

  1. Monet says:

    Great post! I’m excited to visit the site…and hopefully contribute! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend!

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