So you can pick the tastes (lightly sweet) and flavors (foral note) you like, and it would list recipes based on that :)
Fascinating backstory..... (very boring and dry honestly)
And it seems clear that the only reason why I am forbidden to substitute, or exclude an ingredient is if I wanted a "unique" taste, which I cannot appreciate (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/823224 ) Someone wrote "I would not use a cream sherry with a seafood dish." Now is this custom, or does the seafood dish taste awful if you did? Because if it tastes good or interesting, I would.
A lot of people seem to cook based on custom (or what we were taught). You all know that certain sauces go with certain dishes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauces#E... ) or certain wines accompany certain foods. All of this is custom. Taste is subjective.
I believe in a perfect society, people would cook based on what Tastes yummy. We live in a society that believes there is a "right' way to cook when the reality is that there isn't. Following a recipe is the "right" way to do it, but the final dish isn't necessarily any "better" than a comparable dish without certain ingredients, the final dish was just "different".
Most, if not all, customs are like this, and as for culinary customs, they make all cooking-related things complicated and painstaking. They decrease pleasure ='( They make me sad. And they make my future children (whom wants to play with their food, and make castles with spaghetti) equally sad. They want to put honey-scented orange juice where the recipes demand coco butter. Is that not okay? Does this offend your beliefs, habits, and way of life? You're full of advices and opinions (don't eat red meat or any animal by-products because vegan is the humane way to go!). But.. but why must you make cooking not joyful and fun?