The New York Times Cooking site has seen some major technological upgrades in recent months, but nothing compares to this bombshell that editor Sam Sifton just dropped on us:

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The cynical among us will immediately wonder how low we’ve sunk as a society that we need to use a childish ideogram to find a recipe for lemon chicken. In a world where vape is the Oxford Dictionaries’ “word of the year,” should we just give up on non-pictoral language altogether?

Let’s not be so self-serious, though! The real question is, beyond the obvious examples like national flags and foodstuffs, what recipes do different symbols pull up?

Here’s a quick look at the top search results for a few x-factor emoji:

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Banana Beignets (this is the only result)

 

 

dancers_emojirecipes = Muddle Puddle, Champagne Cocktail, Fried Chicken

 

 

100_emojirecipes = Corn O’Brien for 100 (100 servings!), Monte Cassino, Pang Pang Sauce

 

Unfortunately, the algorithm (basically: “translate an emoji into the word associated with it, then search that”) still has its limits. For the time being, at least, we still don’t know what recipes you should make for the cool-guy emoji, the snake emoji, or the ambulance emoji.

All will be forgiven, though, if Pete Wells files an all-emoji review before the end of 2014.

[via Twitter/@samsifton]