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INTRODUCTION 27 Jun 1986: The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. (Marshall McLuhan, 1967)
INTRODUCTION: This is a community cookbook, from an invisible worldwide electronic community. Like all community cookbooks, it has the favorite recipes of the members of the community, suitably edited and organized. The USENET Cookbook is a collection of the favorite recipes of USENET readers worldwide.
USENET: USENET is the network by which Unix computer users talk to each other. It is a worldwide net, made from computer-to-computer telephone links, linking some 60,000 people at 2,000 sites in 25 countries. Besides serving an obvious technical and scientific purpose, USENET is also a medium for linking worldwide social groups of people who share common interests. The network group of people who like to cook is called net.cooks. As an experiment in interactive electronic publication, the members of net.cooks decided to make a cookbook of recipes from their "global village". Brian Reid of DEC Western Research in Palo Alto, California, wrote the software and organized the online publication of the cookbook.
The USENET Cookbook is a database and not just a book. The paper copy that you are holding was printed from a copy of the online database at some USENET site, but even as you are reading it, new recipes are being added to that database.
The USENET Cookbook is an online database distributed with the intention that it be published as a book. The USENET Cookbook is distributed with software that enables every user to make his own customized edition of it, leaving out the recipes that he has no interest in, and perhaps adding a few of his own that he hasn't yet submitted to the network. There will be many different versions and editions of it, all with the same title, and all copyrighted. Every user can choose whether to print the recipes in imperial units (cups and spoons) or in metric units. : Copyright (C) 1986 USENET Community Trust : Converted to MealMaster format March 1995 by Vicki Braun : Ft. Walton Beach, FL (USA)