There’s a lot of talk about Pinterest lately, and it’s easy to see why — this new site caters to the visual side of our brain, sharing information cleanly and efficient by way of colorful images. A lot of people are having trouble categorizing Pinterest — is it a social network, like Facebook? A social bookmarking site like StumbleUpon? A microblogging platform, similar to Tumblr? Really, Pinterest is in a league all its own, very different from the other social sites on the internet.

Basically, the site works by readers “pinning” great photos from a blog post or website, which is then linked back to the original site that the image came from. Pinterest allows you to share the visual elements of what you’re reading with your followers, who then have the option of “repinning,” or linking it to their own pinboard and passing it on to their followers. People are sharing all sorts of stuff on Pinterest, from cheerful home decor to lush photos of must-see destinations.

Since Pinterest is a perfect place to share images, can you think of my favorite thing to pin? That’s right: FOOD.

Pinterest Food and Drink category

For those new to the site, Pinterest has a Food and Drink section where you can find all sorts of gorgeous food photos. If you see a photo that you like, click on it and the image will take you to the original page that it came from. I’ve found all sorts of wonderful recipes and cooking tutorials this way, because I noticed an image that showed something I was unfamiliar with, or was interested in learning about.

With its image-centric format, Pinterest is also a good place for you visually organize the links that you stumble across while surfing the internet. Create “pinboards” for every one of your interests; on my own personal Pinterest account, I have boards for Gorgeous Food, Kitchen Design, Personal Style, Home Decor, DIY Projects, Where to Go, and Photography/Art. I’m able to pin images to each of these boards, keeping each section of my profile neatly organized while remaining colorful and engaging.

For the visual people in the world, Pinterest is the most exciting social site to pop up in recent years. That new Washington Post burger recipe that you must try? Why not pin it, using the article’s juicy photo and a few words to keep track of the link while sharing it with others? Be careful, though — because it’s so visual and easy to sift through, Pinterest can become a monumental time-suck. Millions of people spend hours every day clicking through the site, mesmerized by page after page of little square images. It’s easy to lose track of time while browsing, just like any other social networking site!

Snag an Invite
Right now Pinterest is still invite-only, but you can visit this page to sign up for the waiting list. Once you sign up, go ahead and check out all of the tasty things I’ve been pinning by following my account. If you don’t want to wait for an invite, go ahead and leave a comment here with your email address. I’ll send an invite to the first handful of people who respond.

Foodies to Follow
To get you started, here are a few food-folk that you might want to follow:

Hungry for Pinterest? 17 February,2012Stephanie Stiavetti

  • Heather

    Can u please send me an invite to Thanks!

  • Stacey

    Can you send me an invite? Thanks so much!

  • Kyle

    Do you still have any invites left?

  • Thanks for including me in the rec! I’m definitely Pinterest-obsessed!! The waiting list thing doesn’t take very long- my son (age 10) signed up for the waiting list on his own & got an invite in less than a week 🙂 Good to know!


    Could you send me an invite ?

  • brandy lopez

    I am lost on how to get on would love an invite. Thank you!

  • Vicki Engle

    Hi, could you please send me an invitation to Thanks so very much for the article and the invite!

  • Laurie

    Found your blog via Zite. Would love an invite as well. In meantime, I will use my time combing through your blog postings 🙂

  • Mark

    Can you send me an invite please?
    Thank you for sharing this.

  • Mark
  • Bonnie

    This looks like a lot of fun. I would love an invite. Thanks!

  • Ok, I’ve sent everyone here invites. Please check your spam filters if you don’t get them in the next few minutes!

  • Andrea Spencer

    Please send me your invite.
    Thank you Andrea

  • Gabby Hunt

    Can someone kindly send me a pinterest invite:

    Thx in advance

  • Carb Manchu

    Have you checked out It’s like Yelp meets Pinterest for bay area food — they even have an app. It lets you search for dishes you are craving and the best part is that they even include the PRICE!! Love it!


Stephanie Stiavetti

Stephanie is a writer and cookbook author recovering from her former tech-startup life. On the side she’s also a media consultant, specializing in all forms of digital goodness: audio, video, print, design, and social media.

After leaving the tech world nearly a decade ago, Stephanie made a career jump to her lifetime love, writing. She currently writes for the Huffington Post, KQED’s Bay Area Bites, NPR, and other select media outlets. Her first cookbook,Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, is due out in fall 2013 on Little, Brown with coauthor Garrett McCord.

Being a recovering techy leaves an indelible mark, and everything Stephanie does is infused with her deep fascination with digital technology. She has been blogging since 1999, before blog engines even existed and a great readership consisted of a handful of friends who occasionally thought to check out your site. In 2005 she started her first food blog, which she repurposed in 2007 to become The Culinary Life.

Stephanie can be called many things: food writer, essayist, professional recipe developer, cookbook author, social media consultant, videographer, documentary maker, website developer, archivist of life. Despite all of these titles, she most commonly responds to Steph.

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