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What are your recipe sources?

I inherited all of my grandma's recipes and have a large cookbook collection. I've also collected recipes since I was a kid and have binders full of handwritted, copied and clipped recipes. If I need recipe ideas I look online at allrecipes, epicurious, the food network or here!

How about you?

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  1. I have a huge library of cookbooks which I cull books from occasionally after much thought and deliberation but am always adding to anyway. I go to Epicurious frequently too. It just depends on what I am looking for. I do (and it does amaze me) tend to know just what is in my books and which book to look in but when I am just browsing for inspiration for a specific ingredient I often turn to Epi. It is quick and easy and sometimes jogs my memory and sends me back to a specific book or books

    1. Mom and my own imagination.

      1. Everywhere - my ever-expanding collection of cookbooks, the internet, my family and friends, restaurants I've eaten in, descriptions of foods and meals, movies and books.

        1. For my wedding, my mother put together a huge book of family recipes for my husband and I.
          Then, I have an ever growing collection of beautiful Japanese cookbooks, and a few American "must-haves."
          (Joy of Cooking, 2 books by Julia Child, 2 books published by CIA, etc.)

          1. The local newspaper is often a good source. Some have a request column for people who lost old treasured recipes. You get some recipes that aren't printed anywhere. Some aren't too sophisticated, but they're well loved recipes.

            1. I've been using allrecipes a lot lately. I've also started buying random ingredient-specific cookbooks from thriftstores. Every now and then I use that old standby, The Joy of Cooking, and am amazed at how good it can be. My best source, though, is the handbound book my mother made for me of her mother's favorite recipes. Comfort food at its best!

              1. I have an extensive collection of cookbooks in English, French and Italian. I love reading them, learning from them and getting inspiration.

                Recently I have concentrating on the food of Italy, with an emphasis on sweets. I have found at least 10 books, on eBay. They arrived brand new and I am presently working through Sweet Sicily.

                I read cookbooks for the pleasure of it. I also use The Food Network site and Epi from time to time. The recipes don't replace cookbooks in any sense, but they are easy to copy into a text file and save. I use the print out for shopping for the ingredients and in the kitchen to follow the recipe.

                1. Hello,

                  I am pretty much the same. I have tons of written and clipped out recipes from various sources.

                  Usually when I want to make somehting I will consult a few cookbooks that I have to meld the best of all the recipes.

                  I also collect old cook books. I love seeing how food has evolved over time and the different recipes from back when.


                  1. i have my bon appetit collection that I have had since college... i have gone through and cut out imo good recipes and made a binder out of those and added other ones i have gotten from friends, family and newspaper. One site that I have had great luck with is www.allrecipes.com some of the stuff is good, but I like that people have actively reviewed the recipes and put in their own opinions. I tend to take creative control with almost any recipe and they have some good ones that i was hankering for. I enjoy epicurious, but i find that time is sometimes and issue... but I still have the growing collection of cookbooks

                    1. Some of my greatest finds have been at some of the local church functions. Churches always run dinners open to the public to raise money. Most churches create a for sale cook book too with ethnic recipes, or I try to find someone in the ladies guild to help me.

                      1. I'm a cookbook junkie. Also the internet cooking sites and my new source is food blogs which are great, because like chowhound you can read comments by others.

                        Next to make is the Pear-Caramel Swirl Ice Cream by Emily Luchetti which I spotted on the Chubby Hubby blog.

                        Here is a smattering of food blogs...
                        Let me know if you have any favourites.

                        ...an endless banquet - http://www.endlessbanquet.blogspot.com/
                        101 Cookbooks - http://www.101cookbooks.com/
                        A Full Belly - http://www.afullbelly.com/
                        Accidental Hedonist - http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/
                        chez pim - http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/
                        Chocolate & Zucchini - http://chocolateandzucchini.com/
                        Chubby Hubby - http://www.chubbyhubby.net/
                        Delicious Days - http://www.deliciousdays.com/
                        Gremolata - http://gremolata.com/
                        Hooked on Heat - http://www.hookedonheat.com/
                        Obssession with Food - www.obsessionwithfood.com/
                        A la Cuisine - http://www.alacuisine.org/alacuisine/
                        Leite's Culinaria - http://www.leitesculinaria.com/
                        Orangette - http://orangette.blogspot.com/
                        Oswego Tea - http://www.oswegotea.com/
                        Simply Recipes - http://www.elise.com/recipes/
                        Tasting Menu - http://www.tastingmenu.com/default.htm
                        The Domestic Goddess - http://www.domesticgoddess.ca/
                        Cream Puffs in Venice - http://creampuffsinvenice.typepad.com/

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                        1. re: Mila

                          what a great list. I fequently check in with endless banquet and keep running into and forgetting about chez pim ... but many of the others are new to me. Among others, A Full Belly has some interesting reads on it, and Leite's Culinaria looks like it has some great browsing ahead of me. Thanks for the tip!

                          btw -- have you found any good food podcasts, either audio or video? I haven't been impressed with the ones I've found so far thru iTunes, and I know there have to better ones out there to help me thru the commute.

                          1. re: djh

                            Unfortunately, I am podless. But maybe not for long as listening to food podcasts seems like a great way to endure the commute.

                            Almost forgot one of my all time favourite sites.
                            BBC Food - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/
                            and for Cajun / Creole
                            The Gumbo Pages - http://www.gumbopages.com/recipe-page... - is amazing.

                            1. re: Mila

                              You don't need an Ipod to listen to pod casts, just download Itunes for free from Apple.com (Works greaton PC as well!)! :)


                          2. re: Mila

                            I've been going, slowly, through your links and they are splendid!

                            I've always been a fan of 101 Cookbooks, but have never made anything using a recipe from there.

                            1. re: Mila

                              Thanks for the comprehensive list!

                            2. Primary sources:
                              An embarrassing number of cookbooks (old and new, many of which I just read and don't really cook from)

                              Food magazines (mainly BA, Gourmet, Cook's Illustrated, F&W, Sunset, occasionally Saveur)

                              My mother (for Finnish recipes and certain dishes from my childhood)

                              SF Chronicle food section:
                              http://www.sfgate.com/food/recipes/ (their search is annoying because you have to select a year, plus remember to put AND between search terms if that's what you mean


                              Other Web sites (many magazine sites):
                              www.cooksillustrated.com (subscription required
                              www.foodandwine.com (sometimes has required a subscription; kind of flaky UI
                              )www.foodnetwork.com (don't use as often
                              )www.google.com (if I can't find the recipe elsewhere)

                              1. I have a very small number of cookbooks because my home is so small. I use Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Joy of Cooking most frequently. I also get a hanbdful of food magazines (Saveur -least frequntly used for recipes, but lovely to look at; Bon Apetit- use it lots coupled w/ Epicurious.com; Martha Stewart has seeped into my brain and I get Living AND Everyday Food- I use Living more often as Everyday Food is really meat-centric; Sunset- I use it a lot because the recipes are super-seasonal and CA-centric). I randomly google for recipes often. I get'em from friends and family. Cut 'em from the paper.

                                I got a free sample cooking magazine in the mail yesterday (already cut up and recycled) by the folks who do Cook's Illistrated and I put three of the recipes into the menu for this week.

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                                1. re: MollyGee

                                  I have to say, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is one of my favourite cook books.

                                  I'm not veggetarian but often have meatless meals at home. Her recipes are easy to follow and I find she offers tons of substitution ideas that are easy to understand and creative. I have her soup book as well which is the same.


                                  1. re: j2brady

                                    Could you tell me some of your favorite recipes from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone? I have the book. as well, but am a bit overwhelmed by all the choices!!!

                                    1. re: j2brady

                                      It is a great cookbook! It has so many basic recipes in it: pancakes and sauces and pizza dough. I use it all the time. I'm less thrilled by her other cookbooks, though. I lent Vegetarian Suppers to my sister, pretty much permanently. I just never use it.

                                  2. Wow - what a great topic! I own over 400 cookbooks, from 1903 on, but my collection seems very small:)

                                    I'm surprised to see no one has listed my favorite site for recipes:


                                    I almost feel funny giving my secret away!

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                                    1. re: OneJayneDoe

                                      Nope, I love SOAR... when I was in college, in the early days of the internet, it's how I managed to remain fed when I finally got sick of $1.99 Mac Donalds Happy Meals. It's really a treasure trove... :)


                                    2. I'll add the Eating Well site, eatingwell.com, as one of my favorites. The magazine is gorgeous, informative and delicious and geared towards healthy consumption with en emphasis on ease.

                                      I heartily second Cooks Illustrated, another great mag with an enormous amount of information. I got their sister mag, Cooks Country and wasn't too thrilled with it. I love Saveur for it's readability but their recipes seem so over the top, too much for me.

                                      Cooking of Engineers is a fun site too, with tons of scientific info about cooking procedures and good recipes.

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                                      1. re: cooknKate

                                        Cooks Country! That's the magazine I got a free sample copy of and instantly added three recipes to my menu this week!

                                        I liked Cook's Illustrated, but got tired of the small number of recipes in it. Also, they don't really give their subscribers free access to their website like most magazines do. You have to pay like everyone else. It was worth the year's subscription, though, for the fantastic biscuit recipe I got from it.

                                        1. re: MollyGee

                                          I agree, I think you should get free accsess to the CI website with your subscription. Cooking Light does it that way.

                                          1. re: cooknKate

                                            I really like Cooks Country. Completely agree that a CI subscriber should have access to the website--have no idea why they don't allow for that. I e-mailed them that comment once and they gave me a 30 day free subscription...

                                      2. www.cookinglight.com

                                        I made a batch of Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde for dinner last night using their recipe and it was divine!

                                        Otherwise, I'm with you all on Epi and FoodNet.

                                        1. I find that the whole foods market website is very good, especially if you are looking for healthy or alternative ingredients recipes:

                                          1. I'd also recommend the Canadian food network's website - www.foodtv.ca. You'll recognize many of the same names/shows like Barefoot Contessa, Nigella and Giada de Laurentiis. Of the Canadian chefs, my absolute favourite for recipes is Christine Cushing (Christine Cushing Live). I also like Trish Magwood/party dish and Anna Olson/Sugar.

                                            1. My main sources:

                                              *I put my tried and true favorites into a 3-ring binder that is divided by food cateogy. I then put the recipes in plastic coated sheets. This way, the recipes stay in good shape.

                                              *My expanding cookbook collection. My current favorite cookbooks are: Bistro Cooking at Home (Gordon Hammersley), The Gourmet Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa's books, Frank Stitt's Southern Table. After making a recipe, I always date it, and then put my comments - good or bad.

                                              *Magazines. Fine Cooking is my favorite, Cook's Illustrated, Bon Appetit. I keep all of these. Over the years, I have also subscribed to F&W, Cooking Light, and Gourmet, but I usually just clip the recipes I want from these and then toss them.

                                              *Online. Epicurious, All Recipes, Google Searches.