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Next to figuring out marketing problems, I love to cook…or at least read cooking sites. So many of you also have this passion.  Cooking website and blogs are among the most popular sites on the Web.

The other day I was “benching”.  I love this word.  It means sitting on a bench resting while walking around town on errands.

 A friend joined me.  She is compiling individual cookbooks as gifts for her kids and grandkids.  She is using her own recipes plus finding new ones from the Web.  Now, how is that for exploring the Internet in a grand fashion!

I use cooking sites just as I use cookbooks on paper … for enjoyment and to get ideas.  And, especially, to follow the method by which a dish is prepared.  I rarely follow a recipe exactly…do you?

The Internet has thousands of cooking sites. They take many different formats. Here are a few of my best sources.

To get more information, put your mouse over the red area before the word (click), then right-click and open in a new tab.

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If you are on a touch tablet or phone, just tap on the red area before the word (click).

Traditional Websites

Allrecipes.com (click)

Allrecipes.com (click) has grown into the world’s largest global social network food website since its beginning in 1997. These recipes are usually practical and easy to make. I actually cook from them.

The website now has versions for 19 different countries in that country’s language. Fortunately for English readers, the exception is  India and SW Asia, which is in English probably because these countries have many languages.  If you  become a free member, you can develop your own Recipe Box, create your shopping list and receive a number of newsletters of your choice.

Cooking with your kids and grandkids. There is a whole collection of  kid friendly recipes and procedures. On the website, click on search and type in kid friendly.

This site has lots of cooking videos, too.  I like the ones from Chef John of Food Wishes that is part of this network. He also is on YouTube.

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 This is going into my box to share with my kids.

F&W: The Dish

F&W: The Dish is the newsletter sent out several times a week by the website of the popular Food & Wine (Click) magazine. Of the many cooking newsletter, The Dish does the best job of organizing recipes by chefs into categories, presented in a slide shows with lovely pictures, brief descriptions of the dish and  easy-to-follow recipes.

Yesterday, The Dish featured Healthy Thai Food Triumphs. Here is an example.  I’m having this for lunch soon.

“Joanne Chang prepares this salad when she’s craving Chinese food but wants something light and easy. She sometimes makes it even crunchier by adding Napa cabbage, cucumbers and carrots.”  Recipe. (Click)

To subscribe, without charge, go to www.foodandwine.com (click). Look for this down a bit from the top on the right side.

At the site, click “sign up” and enter your email address.

Substitutions: As with so many food sites, finding some of the ingredients can be a problem. However, you can use the Internet to search for a substitute.  For example, for lemongrass put into your search engine: lemongrass substitute.

Joy of Baking (Click)

My favorite baking site is Joy of Baking.  (Click) Founded by Stephanie Jaworski in 1997, the site has so many recipes, many with videos, that are devised and tested by Jaworski in her own kitchen.  Each recipe includes the history of the item.    A bonus is the sections on substitutions, ingredients, glossary, conversions, weight vs volume and an extensive bibliography.

Here is “my” Pavlova recipe.

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Newspaper Food Archives

Seems like every newspaper has a food section.  You can find the food section from your favorite newspaper by doing a search. For example, new york times food 

Here are two of my favorites.

The Guardian has a section that includes 159 recipes and growing by Yotam Ottoelenghi, (Click) award-winning, Israeli-born chef, writer and owner of popular restaurants in London. 

Los Angeles Times

I find that one of the biggest problems with Internet recipes is the lack of adequate professional testing.  Not with the Los Angeles Times.  (Click) The paper has its own Test Kitchen. They claim that they test over 600 recipes a year but only 400 make it into print.


Food Blogs

A food blog is very personally focused on the author’s own activities and interests.  There are thousands and more everyday.  Many now feature healthy eating. Some of them are excellent; however, beware, I have had more failures from this category of Internet food sites.

Here are three of my favorite award-winning sites that I enjoy. I receive newsletters from all of them.

Smitten Kitchen:  Deb Perelman makes magic in her 42 square foot , 1935 style half-galley kitchen with a single counter and a tiny stove. Creative cook and photographer, Deb writes about feeding her family  and friends.  Be sure to look at the comments. She has an army of followers who offer good comments on her presented recipes.

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David Lebovitz: David Lebovitz “lives the sweet life in Paris”. This award-winning USA pastry chef  and author moved to Paris in 2002.  His blog is a culinary guide, with recipes, to this city and other areas that he visits. He also gives good advice about touring in each city.  I even cook from some of the recipes, but mostly I enjoy the photos and adventures.

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Simply Recipes:  This blog is just what it says …. simple, cookable home-style family recipes. It repeatedly wins the best food blog awards. Elise Bauer, a Californian living near Sacramento, began her site from her family’s recipe box. Now she develops her own recipes. If a recipe comes from another source, she tests it and acknowledges the author. “We believe in a varied, healthy diet, using real butter, real cream, eggs, lots of green vegetables, and protein from meat, fish, beans, and cheese.”

What is your favorite cooking site?

Let us know in the comment box below.

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