"I've become a Google cook... I look around for some combination of foods I've got on hand and ... I 'google' them" -- Judy Hourihan, 2002

Google Cooking describes the process of finding recipes using the Google search engine. The term was coined in 2002 by Judy Hourihan, the mother of Meg Hourihan who co-founded Pyra Labs which was acquired by Google in 2003.

Michael Durham wrote in The Guardian in 2004 that "going into cyberspace when you've run out of time to stimulate the imaginative chef inside has become, it seems, the coolest thing in the kitchen since fridges were invented."

The term was revived in late 2005 when Andrea Sachs reported her "Google Cooking" experiences in the Washington Post; "For more than a year, a package of Cambodian tapioca sticks sat in my pantry unopened. Then one evening, I Googled my noodles and ate them."

Tara Calishain of ResearchBuzz produced a "Cooking with Google" tool which, according to an article in the New York Times, searches recipe databases rather than the entire Internet.

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See also

  • Google Base, a Google database product which will allow users to store recipes.