I don't know why I'm hesitant to do this. Today, I happened across www.cookscountrytv.com, which was airing on KQED. They made and boasted about the Cat Head Biscuits. Luckily, I took notes because when I went to their site, I couldn't see any of their recipes without registering.
Has anyone hear gone to this site? If so, is it worth registering? In a previous thread (Clipping Recipes), cocok mentioned Cook's Illustrated being her favorite recipe source, but I believe this isn't the same source, right?
Mar 26, 2013, 09:03 PM
I register at sites a lot, usually they want to send you a newsletter. I have a separate email for things like that. Some of them have really neat things. Sue
Mar 27, 2013, 12:39 AM
I'm signed up with Cook's Country. I haven't experienced any downside to it, except for them adding me to an e-mail list that's the source of a LOT of sales pitches for their cookbooks, magazines, and sister site memberships. They have apparently not sold my info to any other company, though. If you sign up with them, be sure to use a "spam" email address or you may regret the onslaught of sales pitches. I keep a separate Hotmail addy solely for newsletters and free memberships. It's worth it to me to be able to have access to the recipes.This message has been edited. Last edited by: nettiejay,
Mar 27, 2013, 01:16 AM
Myself, I'm very hesitant to register for ANY websites. I figure that IF they are legitimate, they will let you see the information you are seeking BEFORE OR WITHOUT requiring registration and personal information as well.
And, yes, I realize that many, many people load apps and such onto "smartphones" now ~ but I, for one, wouldn't do it unless I had total faith in the site itself.
I liken it to a stranger ringing my doorbell - would I open the door and let him/her in without knowing anything about them? NO. Same with inviting unknown people into your house via your computer ~ smart computer programmers can access everything on your computer ~ is this what you want or feel comfortable putting out there at large in cyber space?
My answer is no.
PS. You can create as many separate e-mail accounts on various sites such as g-mail, yahoo and the like BUT realize that they ALL come back to your IP number and that is what hackers concentrate on. If you didn't realize it, your computer is linked to an IP# so it doesn't matter what name you use, they know immediately where and who you are......This message has been edited. Last edited by: Idaho Resident,
Mar 27, 2013, 01:43 AM
Cook's Country and Cook's Illustrated are "legitimate". They've been around for years and have extremely good reputations. They don't ask for name, address, phone, age, or anything else. All they want is an email addy to try to sell stuff, which is perfectly "legitimate", because they have bills to pay and can't give away all their recipes and volumes of good info for nothing.
There are sites that make me nervous, but these two are not among them.
Mar 27, 2013, 02:26 AM
nettiejay, You make perfect sense ~ if it is a website that you trust and feel is legitimate, then, by all means, register with no worries.
It's the OTHER ones that I'm concerned about. It used to be "buyers beware" ~ now it is "clickers beware" ~ and I have no inside information on how to tell any of you to discern the difference between the legitimate sites and the ones that are not...
Just be smart and cautious what ever you do!
Mar 27, 2013, 08:52 AM
Like NettieJay I signed up. There are a lot of ads from them but they are simple to remove and I trust they will not send me malware. It is simple to delete them.
I just have to decide if deleting them balances any benefit I get from the website.
Mar 27, 2013, 03:37 PM
I subscribe to Cook's Country.
If you don't want the e-mails, just go to the bottom of one and look for unsubscribe - very easy.
Note of caution: If you are getting junk e-mails from who-knows-where, do not unsubscribe from them. For them, you are merely confirming your e-mail address. Generally, if you do not reply, your e-mail address 'may' eventually scroll off their spamming program.