Reasons the BBC recipe database should stay an integral part of the BBC's web services.
The BBC recipe database is due to be archived or cut down in some way at the request of the government, who claims it is imperialistic and anti-competitive.
- •Long legacy of helping nation eat well goes right back to ratioining.Magaritte Patton shared advice and recipes on the BBC and with the government to help people to manage during WW2 and through post-war rationing.
- •Cooking competitions are where the competition is at, not recipes.Recipes are all about sharing and collaboration and only the exact description of the method is copyrightable, not the ingredients list. In the Great British bake-off one test of skill involves all competitors making the same recipe.
- •Who else is going to create a quality British recipe archive?Crowdsourced recipe sites, promotional recipes from brands, Pinterest boards, blogs and articles containing recipes all have their place, the BBC recipe archive is unique and compliments these, when you need something to just work, you need tried and tested recipes.
- •It's our history and culture.I have kept recipes written out by my Grandma and Great-Aunts for family history reasons. Food is integral to our cultural identity and recipes over time show our social history and the changes in society. Destroying the archive is like chucking books out of the British library.
- •It pre-dates the websiteThe BBC has been providing free recipes to compliment their shows since the age of Ceefax. Online recipe content is not a direct competitor with Newspapers, but something uniquely different.
- •Recipes complement TV showsCooking shows are really popular, and inspire people to cook. Without the recipes this element of having a go is lost.
- •The main competitors are not focused on British recipes.Don't get me wrong, I love the crowdsourced American-focused recipe sites, but they are a different thing. I use measuring cups to make many of the recipes and need to substitute ingredients we don't have here. I love to experiment with new brownie, muffin and cake recipes, but the BBC is a great place for British recipes old and new.
- •Share British recipes with the worldBritain hasn't aways had the best culinary reputation. Surely showing off our best food and innovation is good for tourism and international business.
- •Can't really delete from the internet anyway if that's the planWe all know how easy it is to copy things from the internet and there are also tools to 'scrape' data from webpages and the waybackmachine which archives old websites. The cohesive structured database will be destroyed and the BBC will lose the benefits of the work to the brand, but the existence of the recipes won't disappear.
- •Getting more people interested in cooking benefits competitorsThe more people who are interested in cooking and recipes, the wider the audience for other food and recipe content.
- •We need these skills to be healthier, to budget and for work.Knowing how to cook helps people keep healthy and save money. The is so relevant to goals of the BBC as public service broadcaster aiming to educate, inform and entertain. We often have big public health campaigns about eating healthily, which are funded from the government, surely destroying existing resources gives them more work to do. We also have a chef shortage, so promotion of cooking skills can help encourage more people to move into that field.