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Check It Out: From the blog to the bookshelf

December 05, 2013|By Andrea Jason

Social media have created ways for people to interact to share, communicate or exchange information.

Twitter, with its 140-character-or-less tweets, allows one to post questions or comments. Instagram's users can use digital filters to post videos and photos, which can also be shared on Facebook and Flickr.

Facebook allows people and businesses to connect with each other to share photos and stories.

A blog is an online journal intended for the public and updated on a frequent basis, often about a specific subject such as family, food or social issues. Blogs have exploded in popularity since they were introduced, and some have made the transition from website to printed book.

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Late in August 2002, Julie Powell became tired of answering questions at her government job regarding the plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center. To do something she enjoyed away from work, she made the decision to cook every recipe in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (1961) by Julia Child in one year, although her minuscule kitchen was not quite up to the one Child employed.

As a motivation to keep up her promise and to document its progress, she created a blog called the Julie/Julia Project. The rest, as we know, became a bestseller entitled "Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 534 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen," which later went on to be a hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

Deb Perelman's cookbook, "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook," is the result of her blog of the same name, which is written in a puny 42-square-foot circa-1935 sort of half-galley kitchen with a 24-foot footprint, a single counter, tiny stove, checkered floor and noisy window at the end looking down to the avenue below.

Describing her blog as "fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City," the highly popular author believes food should be accessible. Her humorous writing style, delectable recipes and appetizing photographs have attracted more than 5 million followers to her website.

Starting in 2004 as an anonymous waiter, Steve Dublanica began the blog The Waiter, which later became WaiterRant.net. In a fun, enjoyable style, Dublanica wrote about the lives of the customers and wait staff in the restaurant where he worked.

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