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Best Food, And Cooking Websites, Blogs, And References

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.

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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.



















  • 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 dishÑa 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





  • 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

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