Sunday, June 15, 2008

In Memoriam: Tastespotting.com

It was the premiere photographic food porn gallery on the Internet. Many of you probably found this site by clicking on a photo linked to one of my videos. It was a place where the hardest, of the hardcore foodies went to see, and be seen. And now, it's gone.

I've posted the austere note that now inhabits the homepage once filled with the most beautiful food on the web. Why anyone would threaten legal action on such a sight is beyond comprehension. I'm sure photos were posted without permission, but since the photos all linked back to the website they were from, so what?

If anyone knows anything about this situation, please comment. If anyone knows of plans to start another tastespotting-esque site, please let me know. The foodiesphere has lost a great friend.

15 comments:

Kathy said...

I hope that site comes back one day. I would literally spend hours just looking at all the food photos and never really could decide on what to make for dinner. I just wanted to try making all of them!

blondee47 said...

I think i shed tears when i clicked the site...could not believe it....it was a smorgasbord of delicious ideas and it will be sorely missed

Ashley said...

I found a link to this site: Food Gawker on Slashfood.

Anonymous said...

Found your website via Tastespotting.com a while ago. Love that website and yours, of course. The new site for food porn is foodgawker.com. Let's hope tastespotting will be back!

noble pig said...

Leslie at daringfood.blogspot.com is ussing her site aa a posting area for now.

Just email her a photo and a link.

milkshake said...

Do you know the reason why lawyers should be burried 600 feet under?
.
(They are good people, deep down)

kellypea said...

My jaw is still on the floor over the whole thing. Unbelievable...

jitterbugh said...

Someone left a comment on another blog saying they will work on starting a similar thread at their current recipe-magazine-type site called recipes2share.com...I glanced, it seems to have potential. However, Tastespotting will be hard to replace. Perhaps the person who had it will come up with another way. After all, we know what happened to the original music download people and look at the "free" sites go now! I'm sad because I JUST found Tastespotting recently and was soooo excited! I had told my husband I wished there was a website like that, and then there it was! It will be missed by a lot of people, the internet is buzzing. I Googled "what happened to Tastespotting?"...tons of hits!

Anonymous said...

Oh no, a premier food porn website which I've never seen and now it's gone?! I wanna see it!

ghanima said...

So sad that I've only found out about the site since hearing it's closed down!

mlsinfo said...

I have been a tastespotting junkie since almost day one. I love it and am so sad it is gone. I would give the site out to many people I met and wold visit it many, many times a day myself. What a sad world we live in where we cannot appreciate each other's food, recipes, love of culinary skills and amazing food related photos without a "legal battle" somehow ensuing.

R.I.P tastespotting - you will be sorely missed.

jitterbugh said...

Ooops...I didn't mean *thread* I meant that they said they'd consider working on something "like" TasteSpotting at recipes2share if there seemed to be a market for it. Several people responded with, "yes, please!"...Sorry for any possible confusion in my previous post! So much for early morning previews! lol

foofifofum said...

The photo with Chef John holding the small piece of Parmesan cheese in front of his Chicken Cannelloni (crepes) was featured on Tastespotting.com the very last day the site was up. I remember seeing dozens of Food Wishes recipes featured there. Let's hope it returns, or some form of Tastespotting.com comes forward to fill the void left on the internet.

Michael said...

It seems to be back online to me.

Hmmm.

Yummmm.

Anonymous said...

http://www.tastespotting.com/

It's BACK???