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A Cooking Network, What Is It And Why Should You Join One?

Apr 1, 2008
Normally a network is a group, large or small, of people who come together to talk about a subject that is common among each other. In the case of a cooking network the common ground is cooking. If you do a search on the internet you will find there are a lot of cooking networks you could join. Some of the cooking networks are offline but you will find that the online cooking networks are bigger. This is of course because their are no travel limits when you are meeting each other through the internet.

How can you benefit from a cooking network

There are a lot of benefits you can get from being a member of a cooking network. Things like, cooking advice that members share amongst each other or the many new friends you are going to find. Friends who share your great passion for preparing food. Another thing you could do with a cooking network working on a new recipe or perfecting an existing one. Or just share your experiences with the other members getting tips on how to interpret a specific recipe is another benefit.

A lot depends on the organisers, in the case of an online cooking network most of the times this is the owner or moderator (they can be both). Other then the design of the website the moderator also will be the one who is responsible for the theme of the group, this can be very restrictive and depends on the interest the moderator/owner and the other founding members of the group. But nothing tells you can't be a member of more then one cooking network. You can become a member of several groups all with their own interest.

Themes for a cooking network website can be very different. A network can be about cooking deserts or just about light cooking. A network can be about telling each other the latest and greatest in kitchen appliances.

Other networks close to cooking

When you think about it there are networks that are close to cooking. Network with members who specialize in food or special ingredients. Cooking networks should always keep in contact with these other networks because both could benefit from the contacts between these networks.

An owner or moderator of an online cooking network should always be working on keeping the network alive. This can be done by keeping the site up to date and to do continuous maintenance. Keep it attractive for visitors to keep coming back and for people to become a member of the cooking network. If a cooking network website is not of a specific theme the owner could think about organizing special theme weeks or longer periods. Looking at a specific cooking theme and getting others involved in writing articles about them.

In the end a cooking network is all about meeting other people who get the same joy from cooking as you do. If the network is an online one then be prepared to meet people who enjoy cooking from all over the world. Don't be shy, that one special recipe could be waiting for you.
About the Author
Kenny Vanderburen is the main blogger at www.kitchencookings.com . The kitchen might as well be his living room, that's how much time he spends there.
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