You just wanted ingredients and directions, but instead you’re bombarded with unending introductions and thousands of impossible-to-load photos









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Answer the questions below.

  • What’s wrong with recipe websites? (00:20)
  • Why are the introductions so long? (01:10)
  • What is the comparison with lyrics websites? (01:25)

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For reasons that nobody quite understands, recipe websites have quietly become the most Byzantine corner of 1.___ internet.

We’ve all been there: Company is coming over in 40 minutes so you quickly Google 2.___ good quiche recipe. All you need are 3.___ingredients and directions, and you’re good to go.

Instead, you’re bombarded with 4.___ pointless and never-ending introduction about how 5.___ quiche was invented by the Ancient Persians or something. As you frantically scroll downwards, you finally hit upon 6.___ directions — only to have them continually bumped away by 7.___ battery of loading images.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Recipes are one of humanity’s oldest forms of written instructions, and they don’t deserve to dwell exclusively in 8.___ dankest possible depths of the world wide web.


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