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Food and Cooking Sites
Foodie References on the web         to top of page     to InsipidNOT!! Home Page page

Americas Test Kitchen My favorite site. Also included under recipes, but it is so much more than just recipes as it includes product reviews, menu ideas and explanations about the science of cooking, etc. Much information here is free; however, to get full access to this site, there is a membership fee. I think it is well worth it, but not necessary unless you are a big fan of Americas Test Kitchen, Cooks Illustrated, etc. (for more these sites).
The Art of Eating "Art of Eating is about the best food and wine — what they are, how they are produced, where to find them (the farms, markets, shops, restaurants). "
Chez Pim A local blog/author. I especially like "some blogs I read" and she has some good recipes in the archives.
CSPI CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) tends to de-bunk a lot of food myths and it provides recommendation for healthy eating. I refer to this web site often. The best part is the archives, for example, look at this article on caffeine.
Curious Cook Harold McGee's site - The "Curious Cook exploring the science of food..." See espcially posts on cheese.
Epicurious I think that it is great Epicurious makes recipes and articles from various magazines (Gourmet, bon appetit, Self) available to us for free AND you are not inundated with advertising.
FoodBuzz I will have to look at this site a bit more. It has lots of members providing input on resturants, brands, recipes.
The Food Section This is a new discovery for me. It looks like a good spot in terms of indexing Foodie articles, etc. Consider this: "How Green Is Tofu?You'd be surprised to know." from Slate.
The Nibble The magazine about GOURMET FOODS & specialty foods
SF Gate This site is associated with the San Francisco Chronicle and it is a good "foodie" resource in that it has pages devoted to wine, cheese, restaurants and recipes.
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Santa Cruz Local Foods "Santa Cruz Local Foods is a year-round online local foods market. Our project strives to source from small producers who grow or use the highest quality foods."

Baker's Catalog This is a good place to get specific baking tools and ingredients. Although I often find things locally or at Amazon at a lower price, this site has the hard to find items and the quality is great.
Cheese Making This site is great! It shows you how to make your own cheese and sells the books, ingredients and equipment. Even if you do not want to make your own cheese, if you love cheese, you will have fun looking at this site.
Chocosphere Go ahead and look at this site. It is all about your favorite food.
Kalustyans This is the site to go to to find your Thai pastes (see note below for Thai Supermarket), Middle Eastern seasonings and Indian spices. I like to buy locally, but this site has many ingredients that are hard to find.
Penzeys Spices For spices and fine mixtures of spices, Penzeys cannot be beat. Penzeys provides spices with nice price breaks for larger amounts.
Thai Supermarket Online (also Import Food)
  • This site provides just about every Thai ingredient that I am aware of. This site even has fresh Thai produce such as kaffir lime leaves, fresh galangal, lemongrass, birdseye Thai chiles and more.
  • If you need Massaman Curry Paste in a 4 oz can, I see (on 09jun2009) this site has 2 cans $2.49, whereas Kalustyans sells one can for $4.99.
  • The site also provides recipes and cookware. If you are looking for a serious Mortar and Pestle, go to this site to see a variety of sizes in fine granite and at a reasonable prices.
Trader Joe's My favorite "grocery store". Unfortunately, you cannot buy all of your groceries at Trader Joe's as there are a few items missing from their inventory. What they do have are good values on things like chocolate, coffee, nuts, cereals, wine, organic foods and probably 80% of your grocery needs.
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The pictures above were taken from articles in Wikipedia- from left to right - fennel, black peppercorns and cardamom (cardamom image is no longer used on Wikipedia).

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About.com Food & Drink The Food & Drink page is nicely organized and the site has User Reviews. I really like the Middle Eastern Food section of this site. For example: How to Make Falafel, Tahini Sauce Recipe, Chicken Shawarma. Also see the Greek section for: Pastitsio, Horta Vrasta: Boiled Leafy Green Salad or Souvlaki Hoirino: Grilled Pork Souvlaki.
All Recipes This site is easy to use and has an active member community which reviews the recipes. How about the "World's Best Lasagna" - with 5 stars averaged over 2000 reviewers?
Americas Test Kitchen My favorite site. Also included under "Foodie" above, as it is so much more than just recipes as it includes product reviews, menu ideas and explanations about the science of cooking, etc. I especially appreciate the practical approach to some of the ethnic recipes, such as Thai Chicken Soup (Tom Ka Kai), Enchiladas Verdes and Hummus.
Cooking Light This site has some great ideas for making healthy meals. My favorite Chutney recipe came from a 1996 issue of this magazine. I was really pleased to see that this old recipe is available on this site. Consider also: Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Ginger-Sesame Grilled Tofu Steaks (I am eager to also try this recipe with chicken), Spring Rolls with Shrimp or Chicken and G.I. Joes.
Eating Well "Where good taste meets good health" as they say on their home page. This site has some good ideas and I'd suggest that you look at reviews of recipes to find the best ones and to get ideas to boost the flavor. Eating Well has a long tradition of "Healthy Recipe Makeovers" that probably pre-dates their web site.
Epicurious This site does a reasonably good job. The advertising on the site is not as intrusive as some and it doesn't cost anything. I think that it is great that the site makes recipes from various magazines (Gourmet, bon appetit, Self) available, too. If you are a member, you can save recipes to a "recipe box" and rate recipes. Epicurious also allows you to add your own notes to a recipe.
Epicurvegan They have some nice recipes here. If you are vegan or occasionally cook for a vegan, you should have the book Veganomicon! or for more elaborate cooking, the Millennium Cookbook, from the famous San Francisco Resturant.
Food Network I am not a big fan of this site (too much advertising and navigation is more complicated than I think it should be), but it does have a lot of recipes. I think that I have found good recipes here at some point.
Google Google is great - especially if you have and idea of what you wish to cook. You can search on "Split Pea Soup", for example and end up with many sources of good recipes. You can also search on "Quick Split Pea Soup", "healthy split pea soup", "vegetarian split pea soup", etc. I cannot vouch for the results that you will get using this method, but if you have some experience with the recipe that you are looking for, or have some cooking experience, you should be able to zero in on a good recipe.
How to Make Yogurt A nicely done site devolted to "How to Make Yogurt".
Lamb Recipes This site has a nice selection of ethnic lamb dishes. How about "Sesame Lamb Meatballs with Minted Yogurt Dip"? Lamb is often overlooked on other recipe sites, but there are several good recipes here.
Penzeys Spices For spices and fine mixtures of spices, Penzeys cannot be beat. Penzeys provides spices with nice price breaks for larger amounts.
Martha Stewart This site is pretty nicely done but the animated advertising is a big distraction and I don't use it very often as a result.
Mayo Clinic Has hundreds of healthy recipes.... If you want something healthy, you can find it here and you don't have to weed through (or be tempted by) a lot of unhealthy stuff.
Savuer This web site has much to offer in terms of recipes and observations on Cuisines of the world. If you are traveling, you may want to search this site for the cities that you are visiting. This site often provides good travel information and mentions out of the way resturant's that locals know about, but travel books often do not.
SF Gate This site is associated with the San Francisco Chronicle and it is a good "foodie" resource in that it has pages devoted to wine, cheese, restaurants and recipes.
Thai Supermarket Online (also Import Food)
  • This site provides just about every Thai ingredient that I am aware of. This site even has fresh Thai produce such as kaffir lime leaves, fresh galangal, lemongrass, birdseye Thai chiles and more.
  • The site also provides recipes and cookware. If you are looking for a serious Mortar and Pestle, go to this site to see a variety of sizes in fine granite and at a reasonable prices - don't even bother looking elsewhere, these are the best.
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The Copyright holder for the images above is Cathy Mayer.

peppersReference Books - Cookbooks and other good books about food!         to top of page     to InsipidNOT!! Home Page page

   
  • Baljekar, Mridula. Best-ever Curry Cookbook, London: Hermes House, 2003.
  • Brennan, Jennifer. The Original Thai Cookbook, New York: Perigee Books, 1981.
  • Bhumichitr, Vatcharin. Thai Vegetarian Cooking, New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers, 1991.
  • Bittman, Mark. The Best Recipes in the World. New York: Broadway Books, 2005.
  • "Cooking Light" Magazine. November / December 1996 provided the recipe for a family favorite, Cranberry Chutney.
  • The editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine. The Best Recipe. Massachusetts: Boston Common Press, 1999.
  • Jaffrey, Madhur. From Curries to Kebabs, Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail. New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2003
  • Jaffrey, Madhur. Quick and Easy Indian Cooking. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1996.
  • Kimball, Christopher. The Cook's Bible. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
  • McGee, Harold. On Food and Cooking. New York: Scribner, 2004.
  • Schneider, Sally. A New Way to Cook. New York: Artisan, 2001.
  • Seed, Diane. The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces. Berkeley, CA: The Ten Speed Press, 1987.
   
   
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