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Old 05-24-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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Back to the original question, If you are reviewing a recipe on-line, why can you not just say that the recipe is very rich. Why do you have to add that you, personally, could only take 2 bites?

The only possible reason is that you want to tell the world what a delicate appetite you have, or perhaps how you are so superior about watchng your weight. It's extremely unneeded information and it is personal information. There is no reason to post it on a website that goes out to the entire world.
It's just being descriptive. "The chocolate cake was very rich," tells you the cake was rich. "I am a chocolate cake lover, but this one was so rich I could only take 2 bites," tells you that perhaps, it's too rich for even someone who subjectively likes sweet things and chocolate cake. Few people write recipe reviews being scientific and analytical about it. They write from personal experience and preferences.

If it's one reviewer out of 100 commenting on it being too rich, then I see your point, but if you have a good portion of the reviewers commenting to the effect of it being excessively rich or cloyingly sweet etc. then it's a consideration.

If you want to talk about pointless reviews, how about the ones like this: "I changed ingredients 1 through 5 of 7 complete ingredients and adjusted the preparation method in these 4 ways, and it was absolutely horrible. I threw the whole lot out and I am never making this recipe again!"
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Mind over matter. "This is great I can eat the whole thing but I better have a few bites or I'll regret it" is usually the case for me.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Back to the original question, If you are reviewing a recipe on-line, why can you not just say that the recipe is very rich. Why do you have to add that you, personally, could only take 2 bites?

The only possible reason is that you want to tell the world what a delicate appetite you have, or perhaps how you are so superior about watchng your weight. It's extremely unneeded information and it is personal information. There is no reason to post it on a website that goes out to the entire world.
When you're reviewing a recipe, I as a reader, will find it very helpful to know that it was too rich for that reader. That's what a review is supposed to be all about, isn't it?

It's no different than saying you loved it, and ate every bite. Do you find that to be bragging, and telling the world what refined and superior taste you have? Probably not. But I fail to see the difference.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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I can say that when youre a kid and someone tells you some sort of food is rich we pretty much have no idea what youre talking about. Who gives money to food? Did this cake win the lottery? Does this pie have a trust fund?
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The cheesecake I baked recently was pretty rich, and I ate half my usual slices (dimensions).
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:30 PM
 
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I can eat just about anything ... and occasionally do. My life is a Victor Buono poem.

However, my mother's torte's were so overwhelming that I could perhaps down two bites. There are few other things that I could say that about.
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Caloric density, especially when the calories are from fat, have a distinct satiating effect in many people. Moreso than the food volume would neccesarily imply.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:35 PM
 
Location: In my skin
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I like to bake and I read lots of recipes on the web, including the comments. Invariably someone posts something to the effect of "it's so rich, I couldn't take more than a few bites". I just don't get that. Am I leaving out an ingredient that magically fills a person up after a few bites? Are these people using shovel sized spoons? The better something tastes, the more of it I want to eat. Am I the only one that finds to whole "being satiated after a few bites" thing abnormal? (Keep in mind I'm totally average weight - not over or under weight.)
I actually agree with them. I don't think it's a filling issue. I think it just overwhelms the taste buds, even when it's awesome. That's how it is for me anyway.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Back to the original question, If you are reviewing a recipe on-line, why can you not just say that the recipe is very rich. Why do you have to add that you, personally, could only take 2 bites?

The only possible reason is that you want to tell the world what a delicate appetite you have, or perhaps how you are so superior about watchng your weight. It's extremely unneeded information and it is personal information. There is no reason to post it on a website that goes out to the entire world.
If someone has a need to announce it, then it's probably an attempt to brag, imo, though it doesn't come across as superior at all to me.

There are some things that I would only want a little bit of. I've had some cheesecake that was so rich and sweet, and so full of chocolate, cream cheese, egg yolks, etc, that one small bite at a time is perfect. I can love it a lot and still want to eat no more than a very small piece, similar to what someone else said about a rich chocolate bar.
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