September 17, 2008

Check Out These Cooking Web Sites


Information from the Web changes all the time. An array of new sites offers wonderful recipes, cookbooks and restaurant reviews, along with seasonal cooking tips. There also are great sources for ingredients and obscure items online. Every few months, I search for new sites out of curiosity, and because old favorites seem to disappear without warning. I don't include the larger, more- established sites here. These are a bit more obscure, but they're worth exploring.

Where to go on the web:

This site is for chefs, but it contains comprehensive resources for everything from cooking jobs to the best suppliers of vanilla and pretty much everything in between.

Those craving fresh chanterelles or passionate for pawpaws will want to visit this site that can help you procure ingredients. Many chefs buy products here. Whether you seek blonde morels or a great chokeberry preserve, this is the place.

Sometimes I find myself needing a well-known food quote or, on occasion, wonder how something like green goddess dressing got its name. This is where to go if you have the same curiosity. You can even find out when National Sponge Cake Day is celebrated. I missed it last year but will be prepared this time around. Hopefully, you will be as well.

Great recipes, a food community and a food encyclopedia are just a few of the things you can find on this site.

A collection of simple recipes, cooking tips and food chats. This is a place where you can connect with others and discuss recipes or find a recipe for dinner. This site offers a separate vegetarian section.

Anything you need for your home kitchen can be ordered here. You can find recipes from any country and then purchase the ingredients on the site. If you are into global cooking, this is your one-stop site.

I've mentioned this site before, but it deserves another accolade because it is one of the most comprehensive food and recipe resources anywhere on the Web. They have recipes from countries I never heard of - until the Olympics.


This site maintains a very extensive list of all the food sites on the Web.

The International Vegetarian Union offers great international veggie recipes, a message board and, yes, even a veggie dating site.

I love Asian food of all kinds and find a ton of great recipes here. All Asian countries are represented on this no-nonsense recipe archive site. You can search Asian countries by region or menu category.

Originally published by STEVE PETUSEVSKY South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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