Recipes  
a website for people on special diets due to allergies, intolerances
or lifestyle choice.
 
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RECIPENET FAQ


This page addresses common questions and concerns about our site.

Are your recipes tested before they are put on the site?

Why don't you have a recipe category for my "XYZ" diet?

Can you recommend or send me some recipes for my "XYZ" illness?

Can you e-mail me more recipes for the "XYZ" recipe category?

I am trying an "XYZ" diet, and am having trouble understanding some of the aspects of it. Can you offer any advice?

Why don't your recipes come with nutritional information?

Is there a key for the abbreviations used on the recipe pages?

What about the possibility of copyright infringement?


Are your recipes tested before they are put on the site?

When we first started this site, the webmaster would test a handful of the recipes (whatever time and funds would allow). These were usually on the wheat-free and dessert pages as baked goods are harder to evaluate on "virtual" paper other types of dishes.

In the Fall of 2000 , RecipeNet found volunteers to do more recipe testing. All the recipes published subsequent to Summer, 2000 have been tested. The testers' comments are at the bottom of each recipe. There may be the odd one that is not tested but it will be labeled "untested".

Untested recipes published prior to Fall, 2000 simply have no comments or recipe tester indicated.

More recently we have asked our volunteers to share some of their favourite recipes, so these will definitely be well tested.

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Why don't you have a recipe category for my "XYZ" diet?

Providing healthy recipes for different types of diets is the goal of this website. While we can't cater to every single diet out there, we are continually adding recipe categories as we notice more people adopting a particular dietary regime. We tend to support diets that people choose either as a lifestyle or for therapeutic purposes. We tend not to support fad diets such as the "cabbage soup" diet. If you are looking for a specific recipe that you cannot find on our site please try our site search page. Please also note that our recipe categories are partly based on the types of recipes that our volunteers are interested in testing and sharing.

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Can you recommend or send me some recipes for my "XYZ" illness?

We are not medical professionals and therefore cannot recommend recipes for any specific illness or other medical condition. For more information on this issue please refer to our "disclaimer" page.

We have set up this site so that you can browse for recipes and information according to your own specific needs. These needs may be indicated by a health provider or they may simply be a result of your own desire to change or improve your diet.

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Can you e-mail me more recipes for the "XYZ" recipe category ?

We are very happy when people find value in the recipes we post. However, we no longer e-mail recipes directly to people. We have found that this can be very time consuming, and it defeats the purpose of maintaining the site and posting new recipes on a regular basis.

If you are having problems finding the recipes or information you need, our site search page is provided for your convenience.

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I am trying an "XYZ" diet, and am having trouble understanding some of the aspects of it. Can you offer any advice?

You may send us an e-mail with your questions or concerns, and we will do our best to help you. Although we have some knowledge about the types of diets we post recipes for, we are not experts on any of these diets. If you require expert advice, please contact your health care provider, an organization that has experts on your diet, or the author/creator of the diet you are following. We do provide links at the bottom of each recipe page, some of which point to organizations with experts on staff. For example, the wheat-free baking page provides a link to the Canadian and U.S.A. Celiac Associations.

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Why don't your recipes come with nutritional information?

The goal of this site is more about helping people cook for their specific diet and not so much about breaking down each recipe by calories and specific nutrient content. Also, most of our recipes simply do not have the nutritional information available.

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Is there a key for the abbreviations used on the recipe pages?

There is a code key page for both the recipe codes (e.g. WF = Wheat Free) as well as the measurement abbreviations.

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What about the possibility of copyright infringement?

Before embarking on this endeavor we spoke with a lawyer. According to Canadian law, recipes are not protected by copyright.

Recipes are chemical formulas that have been passed down for generations. These formulas get modified along the way to suit our changing tastes; however the basic formula remains the same. For example, the basic bread recipe of flour, liquid, fat/oil, sugar, salt and yeast remains constant though we may add raisins, or nuts or experiment with the type of flour. Unless someone manages to patent a formula, recipes are for all to share.

The only exception to this would be reproducing a copyrighted cookbook, magazine or other written work. This would include photocopying, scanning or re-creating it in the same style and format. It is the unique style of presentation that is protected, not the recipes themselves. Any written materials accompanying the recipes are, of course, protected as well.

That said, when we know that one of our recipes comes from a particular source, we give credit to the person or organization. Where applicable, we also provide a link to their website or to a website promoting their book/product.

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