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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces.

The Smokenator:
A Necessity For All Weber Kettles

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Gold BBQ Award If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here to read more.

The Pit Barrel Cooker

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This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).

Gold BBQ AwardBest of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

Gold BBQ AwardMade of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.

Amp Up The Smoke

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Gold BBQ AwardMo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen that gets in so the wood smokes and never bursts into flame. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals, or stand it on edge at the back of your grill. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Mine has survived more than 50 cooks. Click for more info.

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Gold BBQ AwardThe same knives used at Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, and Morton's. Machine washable, high-carbon stainless steel, hardwood handle. And now they have the AmazingRibs.com imprimatur. Click for more info.

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Best Food, And Cooking Websites, Blogs, And References

By Meathead Goldwyn

The web is brimming with sites devoted to food and cooking covering everything from recipes, to politics, to humor. There are references where you can look up a strange ingredient, searchable databases, sites dedicated to gluten free cooking, Korean cooking, you name it. In fact, half the fun is the names their owners have invented.

Pioneer Woman Cooks

Some are great resources by pros, some are first rate home chefs documenting their backyard culinary adventures, and some are just greasy drippings. Many are produced by folks who are not trained as journalists, have no editors or fact checkers. As my editor points out, many apparently were thinking about food during English class. Hmmmm. Could he be talking about me?

Here are my faves, the ones that are most polished and professional and kept up regularly, listed alphabetically. Also, make sure to check out my links to the best forums, cooking schools, restaurant guides, barbecue websites, barbecue associations and competitions, and wine, beer, spirits websites. For some good dead tree buying guides, click here.

5 Second Rule

99 Cent Chef

101 Cookbooks

Accidental Hedonist

The Accidental Chef. Kendra Bailey Morris is a food columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch and the author of White Trash Gatherings: From-Scratch Cooking for down-Home Entertaining. Her work appears in many other publications, including National Public Radio, AOL, WE Women's Network, and Away.com. There's a small but tasty selection of her work on her website. I want more!

The Adventures of Pie Queen

Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef

Al Dente

Alice Q. Foodie

Alinea At Home

All About Pies. Jodi Brogdon knows her pies and there are a lot of great looking recipes on her site, among them classic barbecue desserts: Apple, cherry, coconut cream, pecan, peach, and blueberry.

Always Order Dessert

The Amateur Gourmet

AmazingRibs.com. Some guy named Meathead writes mostly about the science of barbecue and outdoor cooking, but there's a lot of good info about food, ingredients, and techniques. Even has some vegetable recipes.

Anissa’s Blog

Art of Dessert

The Art of Food

The Art of Tasting Chocolate

Artisanal Cheese. Everything you want to know about cheese.

Ask The Meatman is the website of Craig Meyer, a major butcher, and it is chock-full of useful info.

The Bake-Off Flunkie

Baking Bites


Bay Area Bites

Becks & Posh

Beefitswhatsfordinner.com is the official website of the beef checkoff, a trade association.

Benjamin Christie Australian Celebrity Chef

Better Baking

Bitten Blog

Bobby Flay. Successful restaurateur, Iron Chef, grill master, FoodNetwork star, maestro. Many good recipes.

Breakaway Cook

Bron Marshall

Brownie Points

Cafe Fernando

Calabria from Scratch

CalorieKing. Calorie counter and more.

Candy Blog

Cannelle et Vanille

C'est moi qui l'ai fait!

Cheese Connoisseur's Glossary.

Chef Leticia

Chez Loulou

Chez Pim

Chile Database. More than 3000 varieties of chilies listed and described. My go-to reference.

The Chile Pepper Institute

Chocolate & Zucchini. Thoughtful, knowledgeable essays by Clotilde Dusoulier, a Parisian who shares her passion for all things food: recipes, cookbooks, products, tools, restaurants, ideas, and inspirations.

Chocolate in Context

Chocolate Obsession


Civil War Cookbook

Coconut & Lime

Confessions of a Restaurant Whore

Cook Eat FRET

Cook Sister!

Cooking Contest Central. There's big prize money out there. Go for it.

Cooking For Dads

Cooking For Engineers. Michael Chu is a California-based engineer with an analytical mind, a well-equipped kitchen, a love of food, and a great website. Unwilling to accept the common wisdom, he tests all kitchen assumptions as he wrestles recipes to the ground one at a time. There is a small but growing message board that accompanies it. Fun stuff.

Cooking Metric. What you need to know about the differences between metric and standard US weights and measures.

Cooking Korean food with Maangchi

Cooking With Amy



Cowgirl Chef

Cream Puffs In Venice


Cucina Testa Rossa

Cuisine du Monde

Culinary Café

Culinary Media Network. An elegant site with columns, podcasts, and videos from talented chefs. Good recipes, photos, fun stuff.


Curious Cook. Run by Harold McGee, food scientist, New York Times columnist, and book author (his book On Food and Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen is the bible).

Daily Blender

The Daily Struggles of the Domestic Un-Goddess

Dani Spies

David Lebovitz. David Lebovitz is an American in Paris with a lot of frequent flier mileage, fine recipes (he is a master of all things chocolate), and the ability to make food look beautiful with his camera.

A Dash of Bitters

Dede Wilson

Deep End Dining

Delicious Bits

Delicious Days

Desert Candy

Diane Morgan Cooks. A Portland, OR, based cookbook author, teacher, and her instructional videos are top notch. The site is polished and professional.

Digging For Truffles

Dinner With Julie

Dishing with Kathy Casey

Dorie Greenspan

Eat All About It

Eat Better America

Eat, Drink, Man... A Food Journal

Eat Me Daily is amazed, puzzled, and bemused by culture, especially food culture, including media, cookbooks, art, design, celebrity, fashion, robots, and cookery.

Eat & Tell

Eating Every Day

Eating The Road

Eating Our Words - Southern Living

An Edge in the Kitchen


Elana’s Pantry, Gluten Free Recipes


Faith Willinger is one of the top food writers in Italy, and she writes in English. A resident of Florence, she travels all over the Boot, but specializes in her depth of expertise in Tuscany. Here columns on Atlantic magazines website are top notch.

Farmgirl Fare

Fat of the Land

First Press. Nancy Loseke and Tj Robinson teach you everything you need to know about olive oil.

First Site Guide. Tips on how to start a food blog.

Flagrante Delícia, Leonor de Sousa Bastos' Desserts

Food Blogga

Food Buzz. Blogs, recipes, and social networking with other foodies. What more do you want?

The Food Channel

Food Gal

Food Gawker


Food in Jars

Food Migration

Food Safety. The US Government's official food safety website with tips, techniques, recalls.

The Food Section. News and views of what is going on in the world of food. Their Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy is particularly good.

Food Stories

Food & Style

Food Politics

Food Timeline. A history of food.

The Food Web

Fun and Food Blog





Gilroy Garlic Festival

The Girl Who Ate Everything

The Global Gourmet

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

Good Cooking

Good Eater. J. Kenji López-Alt is an Associate Editor at Cook's Illustrated Magazine. His Food Lab is an unorthodox analytical look at food science and he is always questioning and testing conventional wisdom. An MIT graduate, he does stuff like making two burgers, one with salt mixed in and one without, and then photographs cross sections of the cooked meat, weighs them, and smashes them with a frying pan to test tensile strength. The co-editor, Joshua Levin is a vegetarian.

Good Food Happy Planet

Good Food on KCRW

Good Guide. What's in your food and the other products you use.

Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie. The website of the popular TV show from the departed Gourmet magazine. Videos and recipes for serious foodies.

Grub Street

Habeas Brulee



Hiroko’s Kitchen

Homesick Texan

Hostess with the Mostess

Hungry Cravings

Hungry Girl. Lisa Lillien is obsessed with healthy food, and she is very good at sotting products that are good for you, and bad for you. She deconstructs recipes and reconstructs them to maximize flavor and minimize calories.

Hungry In Hogtown

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook — Finding the Forgotten Feast

I Heart Farms

Ideas in Food

In Praise of Sardines

The Internet Chef

The Internet Food Association

Inn Cuisine

James Sturz


Jamie Oliver

Jess Thomson

JJ Goode

Joe Pastry

John T. Edge. Nobody but nobody knows Southern Foodways and byways better than Edge. A cultural historian, culinarian, and writer of the highest order.

Joy of Baking

Julia Child Videos and More on PBS

Julot: Ze Blog

Jumbo Empanadas

Junglefrog Cooking

Just Hungry. Japanese recipes, healthy and fun eating, the expat food life, and more.

Kalyn's Kitchen

Kara Newman

Karina's Kitchen, Gluten-Free Recipes

Kim Sunee

Kitchen Contraptions

Kitchen Musings

Kitchen Parade

The Kitchen Project

Kitchen Wench

Kitchen Myths by Peter Aitken. Searing meat seals in juices? Myth. Baking soda in the fridge or freezer absorbs odors? Myth. If you put the pit in the bowl, guacamole won't turn brown? Yet another myth. For more kitchen myths, check out this fun site.

The Kitchn

La Tartine Gourmande

Laura's Best Recipes

Leites Culinaria is a compilation of recipes and articles, may original, and many republished with permission from cookbooks and magazines. Good stuff.

A Life of Spice

Live :: Love :: Laugh :: Eat!

Living Tastefully - Passions to Pastry

Lucy's Kitchen Notebook

Lotus Haus

Lucullian Delights - An Italian Experience


Martha Stewart

Matt Bites

Meathenge. This Kalifornia kid kan kook kewl. With an attitude.

Meatpaper. Well written and photographed. This professional meatcentric blog/magazine is devoted to "Fleischgeist" which the publishers define as "spirit of the meat". From Zeitgeist, "spirit of the times".

Meg Zimbeck

Mental Masala

Michael Ruhlman. Ruhlman is a multi-book author, columnist, chef, frequent personality on the Food Network, and one of the world's leading experts on charcuterie, curing meats, and sausages. An eloquent writer.

Mighty Foods

Mmmm Nice

Movable Feast

Ms. Glaze's Pommes d'Amour

My Food Diary. There's really good research that shows that people who write down everything they eat lose weight. This site lets you do just that, and shows you how many calories you ate, and more.

My Last Bite


National Restaurant Association

New York First. I live in Chicago and we hate NY, so shhhhh, don't tell anyone, but I love going there. This site reminds me why. A great place to buy all things New York. That includes bagels, steak sauces, and more tasty treats.

Nila Rosa

New Zealand House and Garden, Cuisine

No Recipes. Food, techniques, and inspiration without recipes. Concepts only.

Nose To Tail At Home


Notes from the Vegan Feast Kitchen

(Not So) Urban Hennery

NPR Food

Nutrient Data

An Obsession with Food

Offal Good

Oh for the love of food!


One For The Table. Ten bloggers all on one site and food is their favorite topic.

Open Sky


Over a Tuscan Stove. Divina Cucina (a.k.a. Judy Witts Francini) lives in Florence and makes you wish you did too. Her handwrittien cookbook is a treasure. She teaches cooking classes in her home town.

Paris Breakfasts

The Passionate Cook

Passionate Eater

Pastry Methods and Techniques

Paupered Chef

The Perfect Pantry


Pizzamaking. Recipes, books, glossary, and a lively forum where they will answer all your questions.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree Drummond lives in Oklahoma, and she knows how to cook, write recipes, and take pix. My favorite part is the fact that she documents the recipe with bright, sharp, well composed photos. Readers ask questions, make comments, and offer suggestions. Fun stuff!

Pizza Making Forum

Playing with Fire and Water

Poor Man's Feast

Pots and Plumes

The Pragmatic Chef

Rancho Gordo

Range Kleen

Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

Raw on $10 a Day (or Less). Lisa Cole Viger is a strict vegan, a reformed omnivore, and even a former vegetarian. She lives on a small vegetable farm in southern Michigan, doesn't wear leather, use down pillows, or even eat honey (but she admits to being conflicted about this last one). Fabulous recipes and beautiful photos.

Real Epicurean

Recchiuti Confections Blog

Red Cook - Adventures from a Chinese Home Kitchen

Restaurant Widow

Retro Food Recipes (UK)

Brigit at SuperdawgRoadfoodie. Brigit Binns is the author of more than 20 cookbooks, is devoted to pork, and remains slender (that's her to the right, visiting Superdawg in Chicago)! She's an entertaining writer, and her blog follows her meanderings across the nation and encounters with farmers, butchers, chefs, and pork.

Rosa Jackson's Edible Adventures

David Rosengarten. David Rosengarten was one of the original FoodNetwork chefs, author of several excellent cookbooks, world traveler, a brilliant chef and teacher, bon vivant, and thoughtful commentator. His free email newsletter is chock full of great advice on where to eat, what to buy, and how to cook. His cookbooks and print newsletter are pretty impressive, too.

Salt Shaker

Salt & Sodium Information for Daily Health & Nutrition

Sara Remington

Sassy Radish

Savory Sweet Life

Seafood Watch. From the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this site has a lot of great info about seafood including ocean friendly recipes from some first-rate restaurants.

Seduction Meals. Igniting Flames of Passion... One Meal at a Time. Beautiful Terry Dagrosa does not need food to seduce. But this site is very tempting. Her premise is that "everyone should learn to master one dish that is their signature dish—a Seduction Meal, to enchant and captivate that special someone in your life." Amen!

Serious Eats. An agglomeration of many first rate blogs, recipes, A NY dining guide, and more. A Hamburger Today and Slice are great fun, as is their Photograzing section with lots of pix of yum.

Seriously Good

Simple Cooking

Simply Recipes. Elise Bauer, her family and friends have compiled an impressive list of recipes, many with beautiful photos. "Many of the recipes are old family recipes, many we make up, and many of them are those that we pull from cookbooks, magazines, and newspaper clippings we've collected over 30 years."

Skyful of Bacon. Some of the best vids about food on the net. Good storytelling and interviews with production values way above average.

Slow Food USA

Smitten Kitchen

Something Different Country Store & Deli. This is the website of a real old-fashioned country store that happens to be world famous because it is owned by folks that know a lot about barbecue, not to mention food and farming in general. Dad, Dan Gill, is the writer in the family, and his musings, called Dan's Blurbs, are well thought out and researched. Definitely something different.

Soule Mama

Slice. Pizza lovers review and rate pizza around the country, but mostly in NY.

So Good

Southern Foodways Alliance. Southern cuisine is this nation's most interesting and these guys know ALL about it. All about it. The oral history videos are priceless.

Splendid Table. Lynne Rossetto Kasper is a great cook, great teacher, great interviewer, and her laugh is impossible to resist. The podcast of her weekly radio show in NPR usually includes a chat with Jane and Michael Stern, mavens of road food and joints and hangouts from coast to coast. Also a regular guest is Josh Wesson, the most unpretentious of all wine geeks. Her website is a great repository of recipes, tips, and ideas. You can subscribe to the podcast free from her website or via iTunes.

Sprouted Kitchen

Star Chefs

Steamy Kitchen. Jaden Hair is a dynamo who began blogging about modern Asian cooking and has branched out into all manner of tasty arenas including a column in the Tampa Tribune, teaching, and television appearances. She writes great recipes, traditional and original, that are well tested, and scrumptious. And she's a good photographer, so be careful you don't drool on your keyboard.

Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy

Stir Crazy

Stir the Pots

Suicide Food. Operated by vegans, this site is an amazing collection of signage and advertising featuring cartoon animals that appear delighted in being turned into food. The proprietors are disgusted. I am amazed.

Super Chef

Sweet Marias. Everything you need to know and buy about coffee. Everything.

Sweet Napa


Taste Spotting

Taste Stopping


Tea & Cookies

This Week In Food. In this educational and entertaining podcast Chef Tom Beckman of the Cordon Bleu School in Chicago, talks about food and cooking, especially baking, often with his sidekick Chef Wook. They discuss a topic, or go out to eat, or interview someone. Beckman is a witty fellow and his laugh is infectious. These two are the foodie answer to Click and Clack the PBS car guys. Says Chef Beckman: "I've got butter and I'm not afraid to use it."

Three Many Cooks... in Pam Anderson's Kitchen

Thursday Night Smackdown

Tom Douglas

Tony Tahhan's Olive Juice

Too Many Chefs

The Traveler's Lunchbox


US Code of Federal Regulations for Food

Use Real Butter

Vanilla Garlic

Vanille & Chocolat

Varsano's. Jeff Varsano knows NY pizza, where to buy it and how to make it, and your mouth will water when you see his pix. In 2009 he opened a pizzeria in Atlanta, but his recipes, comments on other pizzeerias, and ruminations are still fascinationg.

Vegan Yum Yum

A Veggie Venture

La Vie in English

Viet World Kitchen

Waiter Rant. Home site of the best selling book Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica. Funny stuff and food for thought.

The Wednesday Chef

What's Eating Carolynn? Carolynn Carreno writes cookbooks and literately about what people eat.

White On Rice Couple. Todd and Diane are cooking instructors and professional photographers. There's lots of good advice on both on this site.

Wikipedia Food

Wikipedia Drink

Will Write for Food: Dianne Jacob

World to Table

Year Of The Cow. Jared Stone of Los Angeles bought a whole steer. Everything he was allowed to take home, he did. Now he is chronicling his attempt to make the absolute best use of an entire cow. Fun stuff.

Yum Sugar

Zen Can Cook

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