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  • j

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.


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    1. re: Steve O

      the link's dead....any idea where it went?

      1. re: e.d.

        "http://soar.berkeley.edu:80/recipes has 67,000 recipes"

        Yeah, but including a copyright violation of one of my recipes (as written up by newsday's sylvia carter...who did not approve the reprint, nor did newsday). see link below

        Link: http://SOAR.Berkeley.EDU/recipes/brea...

        1. re: Jim Leff

          Jim, you should try my grandmother's oats..she uses milk only instead of water and stirs constantly for about 2-3 minutes...lets it rest...and adds a pat of butter...oh..yeah..she adds sugar with the oats to begin with.

      2. slowfood.com

        1. Our friends the Sterns have finally gotten themselves up and running.

          Link: http://www.roadfood.com

          1. It is commercial, but just like the Berkeley archive, I use this all the time too:


            Michael Yu

            1. 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              Paul Harrington's Cocktail site from Hotwired is no longer updated, but the archives and essays are all still there, and they're brilliant: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:

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              1. re: Steven Stern

                steve--great list, and great annotations. Many thanks. Anybody else?

                Oh, FWIW, the Museum of Cachaca is a must-eat when in Rio (good drinks too, obviously). Their caldo de fejao is near-perfect, as is their feijoada.

                1. re: Jim leff

                  Woops...correction. That's the Academia de Cachaca I'm talking about.

              2. Check out The Atlantic Monthly's website. They have a section on food. Great articles. For example, there's an article on panzanella.

                Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/food/food.htm

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                  Gregory White

                  Great resource for pros and foodies alike.

                  Link: http://www.cheftalk.com

                  1. j
                    Jessica Shatan

                    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!

                    Link: http://www.thefoodmaven.com

                    1. 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:

                      Brady, TX

                      McCLURE BEAN SOUP FESTIVAL
                      McClure, PA
                      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.

                      CHOKECHERRY FESTIVAL
                      Lewiston, MT
                      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.

                      KOLACHE FESTIVAL
                      Caldwell, TX

                      OKRA STRUT
                      Irmo, SC
                      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.

                      Link: http://hiddenamerica.com/otrc/eventsa...