How well would a food search engine work on the Web?
One that let you search for meals available at local restaurants, or through recipes, or at local markets where you could find the ingredients to make your meal?
What if it provided information about each dish based upon flavors such as saltiness or bitterness, leanness or fattiness, hotness or coldness?
Would it help if it also provided a composition of dishes providing amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals? If you’re concerned about your health and diet, or have special dietary needs, that could be nice.
Would recommendations for alternative meals, and complementary sides and beverages based upon other searchers’ selections help?
A Yahoo patent application published last week describes such a Meal finder search (US Patent Application 20080147611).