There are hundreds of excellent websites for people who enjoy cooking and eating. Sometimes choice comes down to recommendations from others. This list came from students in my last Mastering Web Searching course.
Allrecipes.com is a favourite – available also in French at allrecipe.ca. Allrecipes is likely the “world’s largest food website”, and provides many ways for exploring recipes, searching by ingredients, and creating menus. Kate wrote, “great selection and categorization of recipes, search functions well, videos are fun to watch, and flexibility of printing/saving recipes”.
SmittenKitchen blog is done by Deb Perelman who does her cooking in 42 square feet. She cooks for husband and child – which may explain the long list of cookies and all things chocolate. Amy recommended the Pear and Hazelnut muffins.
Bread lovers will like Tony’s recommendation – The Fresh Loaf, “a community for artisan bakers and bread enthusiasts”.
Eat Your Books is a make-your-own library of books, magazines, blogs, and other recipes. Liz described it as AMAZING. “They have indexed the most popular cookbooks, cooking magazines, and cooking blogs for a one-stop shop search.” Good way for staying up-to-date with new books and magazines.
For searching for recipes I’ve liked Foodly. It searches across recipe sites as a metasearcher, showing lots of pictures, and with good filters. Members can add recipes to to their accounts.
One of my most used sites is the recipe search at LCBO Food and Drink – an excellent magazine from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. It’s easier to use the website than flip through the print magazine. And another excellent food specialty site is from PCC Natural Markets, an organic grocery store chain in Seattle Wa.