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Wrigley12 Oct 6, 2008 08:00 AM

For those that cook...where do you find your recipes online? I like to read reviews by people, but you never know what their background is...is chef boyardee their version of gourmet?..so their reviews really aren't valid in my book. I did not know if there were other websites where true foodies go in search of great recipes. I get Bon Appetite and Gourmet mags, but I was looking for something online.

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    jpc8015 Oct 12, 2008 07:27 AM


    1. sarasparagus Oct 11, 2008 07:31 PM

      I tend to frequent food blogs instead; once you find someone who shares your taste, you can trust almost anything they make.

      When I'm looking for a specific recipe, I often check http://foodblogsearch.com/ .

      1. 4maxwelz Oct 11, 2008 06:59 PM

        Heard about this recipe "search engine" on here...

        I use it all the time!

        1. Luvfriedokra Oct 9, 2008 06:44 PM

          Epicurious.com is great, and if I'm looking for specifics, steamykitchen.com and elboricua.com

          1. irisav Oct 9, 2008 04:45 PM



            THe above are the ones that I frequent and trust.

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              cimui Oct 9, 2008 04:04 PM

              when i'm making something new-to-me, i usually google for a wide range of recipes, read them all over, and then figure out which variations and prep methods i like best, which ingredients i prefer to use, etc... in general, i think it's helpful to have sites where people can comment on / rate the recipes. (great banana cake recipe i use from allrecipes that wouldn't be good if i didn't follow the suggestions of several posters to add in more banana than the recipe calls for.)

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                lollya Oct 12, 2008 07:22 AM

                i do this too!

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                valerie Oct 7, 2008 05:52 PM

                I agree with a lot of the sites already mentioned but I will add:

                http://www.marthastewart.com/ (including Everyday Food Section


                http://www.myrecipes.com/recipes/ (which has recipes from Cooking Light, Southern Living, Sunset, Coastal Living, Cottage Living, and Health )

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                  acme Oct 7, 2008 05:16 PM

                  elise.com and ditto on recipezaar.com

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                    Grapedad Oct 7, 2008 04:53 PM

                    Besides the ones mentioned, another I use is RecipeZaar


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                      jerzzy Oct 7, 2008 03:50 PM

                      Can't go wrong with Allrecipes. Have always found just what I was looking for. Plus love all the reviews to add to tips to each recipe.

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                        JungMann Oct 9, 2008 07:53 AM

                        I find Allrecipes very hit or miss. A lot of their recipes appeal to the 1950s, Peoria palate: bland seasonings, timid flavors. An experienced cook can vitalize the flavors, but someone new to cooking might be disappointed with the 5-starred "spicy soup" that tastes like watery salsa.

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                        LAWoman Oct 7, 2008 03:28 PM

                        Not a website but check out the Smitten Kitchen blog!

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                          maggiej Oct 9, 2008 08:50 AM

                          Second Smitten Kitchen. Love it.

                        2. todao Oct 7, 2008 10:11 AM

                          Initially, I limited myself to "tried and true" web sites as recipe sources (recipe=ideas cuz I don't generally like following strict recipe directions) but I found that there are so many Internet sources for recipes that limiting my research actually crippled my ability to grow in the kitchen. I don't mind making something that turns out badly; that's part of the game. I've found that, after reading enough recipes and trying a wide range of ideas, I am much better at reading a recipe and accepting or rejecting it based upon my initial impression than I used to be. That saves me a lot of wasted time trying things that are, on the surface, gastronomically inferior.

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                            Al_Pal Oct 6, 2008 10:14 PM

                            I've had really good luck with every recipe I've tried off of allrecipes.com, and they even send a daily recipe to my inbox. Most of the recipes have been reviewed many times over, and I've never gone wrong with the best rated ones.

                            I also like marthastewart.com. My family's polish, and when I moved a couple months ago, I accidentally left my recipe book with all of my grandfather's recipes at my parents' house. Since she's Polish, I tend to look to this site mostly for authentic Polish recipes in the absence of my grandfather's, and everything i've tried has been fantastic.

                            1. fooftales Oct 6, 2008 03:31 PM

                              chef to chef's forums include "ask a chef", where people post questions about recipes, ingredients, techniques etc that are answered by a wide range of cooks and chefs:


                              the feedback is often interesting, as so many experienced pro's can disagree on the most basic of ideas. there's more than one way to er, skin a cat.

                              the site used to be a little busier, some recent changes have seen things slow a little there. some of the originals are regulars here at chowhound as well. but the advice is always good.

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                                Louise Oct 6, 2008 03:19 PM

                                I've gotten some good ones from soupsong.com.

                                1. MplsM ary Oct 6, 2008 12:28 PM

                                  More links:
                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/427178 One post in that thread has a treasure trove of sites.

                                  Another one that's handy: http://www.101cookbooks.com/index.html

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                                    Val Oct 6, 2008 11:06 AM

                                    This website, Chowhound, has given me some excellent recipes over the past 3 years--epicurious also is a trusted source for me. Finerkitchens.com and Recipezaar.com are also trusted sources for me, and finerkitchens.com has a "tried and true favorites" list which has given us some great "keepers."

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                                      gsElsbeth Oct 6, 2008 11:57 AM

                                      finerkitchens.com is my go-to every day! (as is chowhound). But I must confess, I get more recipes from finerkitchens and more advice from chowhound.

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                                      bnemes3343 Oct 6, 2008 10:24 AM

                                      Epicurious is a good site as is allrecipes.com, but the most consistently good recipes, IMHO, is americastestkitchen.com (but you have to pay a monthly fee for the premium recipes).

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                                        jackie de Oct 6, 2008 10:22 AM

                                        I agree with epicurious as well. I prob. get most of my recipes from that site. I also use all recipes and sometimes food network as well. ATk is good, but the free recipes are limited. I like to use sites that are rated by readers, which will give tips and likes and dislikes of the recipe---and of course here.

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                                          girlwonder88 Oct 6, 2008 10:12 AM

                                          My favorite is epicurious.com, which archives recipes from both those magazines, as well as some other sources. Good restaurant reviews, and they've rarely steered me wrong. The other place I like are the forums for America's Test Kitchens....and here, of course.

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