I think photos are very helpful. Food is sensory and smell, along with taste are not transferred via the web. I don't hear the 'sizzle' either.Since I cannot smell, taste, touch or listen to what is discussed, a visual does help. ...I like the pictures.
A review without a photo does not entice me to seek the place out and if I do not know the reviewer, it goes into a mental Black Hole.
The best feature here is the trip reports with accompanying photos, from the battery of traveling food fans here. Their photo essays are a major component to what makes this site tick.
The Roadfood books are great at telling you information about and where these places are. A web link helps for further research, but some of these places will never have a computer hook-up. Do the Amish use computers?
All things being equal, would you enjoy a Roadfood book with pictures?
I suspect that some people overlook the Roadfood books because there is a lack of photos. They would rather get Guy Fieri's book that has less listings, bigger fonts, pictures and absolutely no true research or knowledge beyond what the producers have set-up for the show.
...and now you can go to Chili's where they are copying ideas from the restaurants featured on the show. No need to search out the real thing when there is a Chili's nearby.... (rant)!!!!
The visual nature of DD&D makes it easier to discuss this topic, where many people have not heard of Roadfood. I still have to explain Roadfood.
Consider that -everything- is being photograhed and posted on the web, so there is no need to explain what you are doing. To make it easier, tell them that you are sending the photo to DD&D. That way you won't have to spend time explaining that Roadfood is the original.....