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Favorite online recipe collection

sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 08:27 AM

Hi, what is your favorite online recipe collection?

p.s I hope I am posting to a correct board.

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  1. rcallner RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 08:30 AM

    Epicurious.com is pretty global and has a good recipe saver feature, plus comments by users. Williams-sonoma,com/recipe/index has reliably good recipes.

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      bakergal RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 09:25 AM

      Indian: http://www.indian-recipe.org/

      General: Epicurious.com

      New, but fun, and shows promise (recipes from Sunset, Southern Living, Cooking Light, Coastal Living, and Health): http://www.myrecipes.com/recipes/

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        JungMann RE: bakergal Aug 2, 2007 02:11 PM

        Thanks for sharing myrecipes.com! I like the look of it and there are some great recipes. I will have to continue to check back.

        Generally I'm a big fan of Epicurious and Simply Recipes. I find allrecipes is very bland, as if posters are generally afraid of anything more bold tasting than a dorito.

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          bakergal RE: bakergal Aug 4, 2007 02:33 PM

          That Indian recipe site underwent an upgrade yesterday and wasn't available for a while. If you tried it and couldn't get in, you might want to try again, because it really is worthwhile.

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            Sharuf RE: bakergal Aug 5, 2007 12:57 AM

            I just now tried it and it isn't working.

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              bakergal RE: Sharuf Aug 5, 2007 10:28 AM

              Sharuf, it's certainly working now. I just clicked on the link.

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              oakjoan RE: bakergal Aug 11, 2007 09:55 PM

              There used to be a great Indian recipe site which I haven't looked up for a long time. I don't know if it's still around, but it allowed one to click on the various Indian states and find recipes local to that region. Wonderful.

              Don't know much about the current ones. I usually go to books I have by Jaffrey, Sahni, Devi or Merchant.

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                bakergal RE: oakjoan Aug 12, 2007 09:07 AM

                The site I gave was for restaurant-style Indian food.

                A good site for authentic, homestyle Indian food is http://www.mamtaskitchen.com/index.php They're great about answering questions and taking requests.

          2. winedubar RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 09:31 AM

            i like www.allrecipes.com - recipes are rated, and i always read the comments first. after about the 5th person says 'needs more salt' i take it under advisement ;)

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              mbfergie RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 09:51 AM

              Not necessarily chowhoundy but allrecipes.com has some great recipes with reviews.

              I second the site with cooking light receipes. they have a great search function.

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                violabratsche RE: mbfergie Aug 2, 2007 10:16 AM

                It must be me, but I have a LOT of trouble navigating the epicurious.com site. I have several that I refer to, but my favourite is fooddownunder.com

                I also use the cooks.com amongst others.


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                  rachb RE: violabratsche Aug 2, 2007 11:56 AM

                  I second www.recipezaar.com!

                  The seach capabilities are great - you can keep narrowing further and further down until you find exactly what you want.

                  The comments and ratings are also very helpful and give good tips for what works and what doesn't.

                  The best part is that these are recipes by real people so they tend to work, not like some site where only professionally trained chefs can understand or anticipate what the problems might be.

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                paulgardner RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 11:47 AM

                I've been pretty pleased with recipezaar. I do like the comments and ratings that people give the recipes after they have tried them.

                1. debit RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 12:09 PM

                  I just Google whatever recipe I am looking for. It will find whatever is out there from lots of different sites, many already mentioned. I like it, because it invariably finds some food loving website I have not discovered yet!

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                    bigjimbray RE: debit Aug 2, 2007 04:57 PM

                    I use www.dogpile.com the very same way, and you find alot of other websites
                    that you might find interesting.

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                      MsMaryMc RE: bigjimbray Aug 3, 2007 10:39 AM

                      If I'm searching very broadly for a recipe, I use http://www.foodieview.com/. It's a specialized recipe search engine that searches a whole bunch of sites--magazines (Cooking Light, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine Magazine, Saveur, Southern Living, Sunset Magazine and more), celebrity chef sites (Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart, Paul Prudhomme, and others) plus collections like the Food Network, Recipezaar, AllRecipes, Epicurious, Splendid Table, and a lot of others. They make a search engine widget you can add on to Firefox (and I believe other browsers and toolbars), or you can go to their site to search.

                      I do like RecipeZaar, and I've found some outstanding recipes there. I'll often search there if I want a recipe that comes with recommendations and feedback from people who've tried it.

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                        debit RE: MsMaryMc Aug 4, 2007 06:59 AM

                        MsMary--thanks very much for the foodieview link!

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                          dodgerfoodie RE: debit Aug 12, 2007 09:42 AM

                          seriously! Ive tired of foodnetwork and epicurious...foodieview is great and simple...gratsi!

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                      jinet12 RE: debit Aug 6, 2007 06:49 AM

                      I also like to Google the recipe...You can come up with just about everything that way...I like the Food Network site as well...

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                        Val RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 04:21 PM

                        Epicurious is probably still my favorite, though Lord knows I've obtained some excellent recipes right here on Chowhound...FinerKitchens.com is also pretty awesome, though the format is more chatty & friendly. Cooking Light is pretty good, too. Those are my favorite 4 websites right now.

                        1. steinpilz RE: sabinaHahn Aug 2, 2007 04:31 PM

                          Fooddownunder.com is great, lots of recipes with a global perspective.

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                            VTtoMAtoCAfoodie RE: sabinaHahn Aug 3, 2007 10:51 AM

                            Great post! I really like the whole foods recipe index at:

                            and for baking King Arthur's flour at:

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                              TerriL RE: sabinaHahn Aug 3, 2007 02:33 PM


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                                HillJ RE: TerriL Aug 3, 2007 02:44 PM

                                NPR Food offers recipes, food reviews, stories and fun. I check back every Wed for a new entry.

                                foodnetwork's recipe file is also handy.

                              2. sequins RE: sabinaHahn Aug 10, 2007 11:40 AM

                                Perhaps because the English are famously hapless in the kitchen and/or taste-buds-deprived... the BBC offers a rather superb recipe collection: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/ .

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                                  roasted138 RE: sequins Aug 10, 2007 02:10 PM

                                  Great recommendation sequins! This is a great example of a site I would never intuitively look at for recipes. I also like it because it lists recipes by the chefs as well. I use the Food Network site often the same way since I know what chefs have an affinity for the same flavors that I do.

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                                    JungMann RE: sequins Aug 11, 2007 12:03 PM

                                    I also use http://www.uktvfood.co.uk. Great ideas there.

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                                      Nancy Berry RE: sequins Aug 28, 2007 12:57 PM

                                      Here's another great British cooking site:


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                                      easily amused RE: sabinaHahn Aug 10, 2007 02:30 PM

                                      A couple of my recent favorites are:

                                      www.recipesource.com Many global dishes

                                      www.pepperfool.com For recipes that have a hot and spicey component.
                                      The Asparagus Linguine With prawns is a Must try!
                                      (Listed under Seafood on pepperfool)

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                                        Lisbet RE: sabinaHahn Aug 12, 2007 04:36 AM

                                        I find this site very helpful: http://www.cookingforengineers.com/

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                                          miranda RE: sabinaHahn Aug 12, 2007 08:47 AM

                                          I like stephencooks.com...check it out....Miranda

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                                            Nancy Berry RE: sabinaHahn Aug 28, 2007 12:54 PM

                                            I prefer to visit recipe websites the offer a cultural, historical, or anthropological context for the recipes or that offer articles on technique to be used in recipes. Here are some of my favorite sites:












                                            http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/... -- this used to be better -- now it's just a list of interesting recipes




                                            That's it for now. I have lots more sites in my database. I'll post more another time.

                                            --Nancy Berry
                                            San Francisco

                                            1. Candy RE: sabinaHahn Aug 28, 2007 01:00 PM

                                              Epicurious is usually my first stop, then I Google and I do like Leite's Culinaria.

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                                                sarvey RE: sabinaHahn Aug 28, 2007 01:48 PM

                                                For simple Chinese and Indian with nice description of ingredients I use:




                                                for vegan lowfat/fatfree


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                                                  daily_unadventures RE: sarvey Aug 29, 2007 07:51 AM

                                                  I realize this is a pay site but I recently started paying for www.cooksillustrated.com and it is totally worth it. They have such a good range of well tested recipes especially if you are trying to make something you have never made before.


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                                                    Nancy Berry RE: daily_unadventures Aug 29, 2007 09:31 AM

                                                    I pay for that site, too, and really like it.

                                                    Another great magazine website is Food and Wine Magazine. I like and use their recipes a lot.


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