Web Sites (about food)
I'm about to do a long-overdue revamp of our links page.
Anything particularly compelling out there? I mean real-deal sites of genuine interest to chowhounds, not the usual suspects or anything super-commercial.
Please don't use this as an excuse to hype your own site! You're permitted (as per our rules page) to include a link to your site as a footer in your postings on these boards, and that's as much hyping as we allow here! In this thread, I just want to know what sites you all honestly make use of as resources.
I'll also post a query to the Not-About-Food board, so please keep replies here constrained to sites more or less about food.
The Hidden America Travel Site keeps a long list of "annual unique festivals and events throughout the country". Many of them are chow related. Here are a few of the September listings:
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOAT BARBECUE COOK-OFF
McCLURE BEAN SOUP FESTIVAL
The oldest festival in Pennsylvania started as a Civil War reunion. Today, a Civil War Bean Soup is stills served. Also country-western music, parade, rides and dancing. Info: (717) 658-8425 or (800) 338-8389.
Chokeberry is a North American wild cherry favored by birds and humans. It is found locally and celebrated here with baked goods, demonstrations, and contests such as seed-spitting, a pet show, parade, entertainment, a rubber duck race. Info: (406) 538-5346.
Okra in cornmeal batter, pickled okra, and Indian fried okra are some offerings here. There are cooking contests and demonstrations. Also a pageant, parade, music and crafts. Info: (803) 781-9878.
I love Arthur Schwartz's website: www.thefoodmaven.com which is to say I visit it often just to read "the maven's diary" where he posts recipes with wonderful headnotes (some times just little mini-articles without actual recipes). I don't even go there to use the recipes (though ocasionally I do print one out) They're just fun to read: entertaining, eye-opening and mouth-watering. I also have had fun checking out the links that he posts on his site.
Looking forward to the new updated links, Jim!
Okay, you asked for it...
Makan Time, the great Singapore food site, is something I learned about here, I think:
Shanghai recipes, worth it for the names of dishes alone:
Cajun and creole cooking, by someone who cares a lot:
Somebody's grandmother's Brazilian recipes, negotiable with a Portuguese/English dictionary:
Renaissance & Medieval food--those people who dress up in chainmail really do their research:
Best Cellars has a good introduction to winemaking online:
A thorough glossary of wine grapes:
Paul Harrington's Cocktail site from Hotwired is no longer updated, but the archives and essays are all still there, and they're brilliant:
The Museum of Cachaca:
The Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad:
The text of Sharon Tyler Herbst's "Food Lover's Companion" is online and searchable at Epicurious:
Fuel for food-related hypochondria--the FDA's "Bad Bug Book":
A great essay from Granta on eating puffins, and everything else:
John T. Edge's columns:
My favorite food writing ("A shining breakfast, a breakfast shining, no dispute, no practice, nothing, nothing at all."), from Gertrude Stein's "Tender Buttons":
When cooking is no longer enough, there's alchemy: