Do you love to cook? Are you more confident making recipes from authors you know and trust? Do you wish you could find recipes from your favorite chefs all in one place? Cookstr.com is your online source for recipes you can trust from well-known chefs and cookbook authors. According to Cookstr:
Cookstr.com is a new cooking site dedicated to providing our users with great recipes from the best chefs and cookbook authors… We believe that real food is for everyone, and that good home cooking is within everyone’s reach… The recipes on Cookstr come entirely from cookbooks written by trusted chefs and cookbook authors, so you can cook knowing that the recipes are going to work. In addition, our powerful search engine will help you find the exact recipe you’re looking for—and help you discover new recipes you’ll love… We also try to represent the full diversity of foods and cultures, and to feature lots of recipes that are easy and inexpensive to prepare.
Recipes can be searched by ingredient, chef, and recipe, or browsed by Main Ingredients, Cuisine, Holiday/Occasion, Meal/Course, Chef/Author, and Method. There is a Chefs & Authors section where you can find profiles of all the chefs featured on the site including links to their restaurants. MyCookstr which allows you to save recipes, notes and shopping lists is coming soon. Cookstr also has a blog and a free newsletter with ten great recipes each week.
Do you love food and everything about it? Would you like to stay on top of all the latest food news? Foodbeast.com is blog that covers all the latest food and drink news from food culture to all the latest trends in everything related to food. According to Foodbeast:
FOODBEAST is the premiere food news resource. A one-stop location for food news, culture and entertainment. Birthed from a small apartment in Orange County, with the goal of providing a clean display of current food trends, products and industry information. Written by and for the average eater. Because we’re hungry.
Categories include: Adventures, Celeb Grub, Cravings, Deals, Drinks, Energy, Features, Fast Food, Hit-or-Miss, Restaurants, Food Trucks, News, Packaged Food, Products, Recipes, Sweets, and Video. Foodbeast can also be browsed by month or searched.
Previously we featured craftgawker.com as our Website of the Day. Today’s featured site is craftgawker’s sister site and it follows the same basic format with a focus on food rather then crafts. Foodgawker.com is a website that posts pictures of some of the most beautifully presented and delicious food found on the interwebs, all with links to blogs and other sites where you can find out more information and recipes. According to foodgawker: “foodgawker is a gallery where food bloggers can showcase their food and photography skills. It’s a place for you to discover new sites, dishes, recipes and ingredients to inspire your own cooking.”
The site includes a favorites section where you can save all your favorite posts so that you can easily find them again at a later time. Do you have a food blog or some great photos of food? Foodgawker accepts submissions from anyone as long as the link has some written content to go with the food photo.
FoodCandy.com is social networking website for foodies including profiles, blog posts, videos, restaurant reviews, discussion forums, and much more. According to FoodCandy:
FoodCandy is very social like Friendster, MySpace or Yelp, but there’re no music bands or dentists here. (It) is conversational like eGullet or Chowhound, but it doesn’t take itself as seriously. FoodCandy discussions are also in rich full color with pictures and videos if you like. FoodCandy syndicates food blogs like FoodPornWatch, but with full content, virtually intact original layout and a creative license of your choosing. Then, like no other system FoodCandy extracts pictures from hundreds of syndicated blogs to create the ultimate food porn. FoodCandy lists restaurants like CitySearch or MenuPages, but does not attempt to be a complete reference. Instead of ratings, it encourages real human experiences expressed with words and photos. FoodCandy lets users talk about cooking and recipes, but it is not yet another recipe site. FoodCandy publishes a member-only free monthly newsletter, but it is produced by amateurs with a unique unpretentious voice.
FoodCandy is divided into several sections including: foodies – where you can browse members of the site by location or most active to find fellow foodie friends, blogs – where you can read select blog posts from nearly 500 syndicated food blogs (if you have a food blog you can sign up on the site to have it syndicated for free), videos – where you can watch videos and podcasts extracted from syndicated food blogs, eat out – where you can read restaurant reviews from site members and write your own, events – where you can search for food events by date and location, and discuss – where you’ll find the FoodCandy discussion forums.
BakeSpace.com a is website that is half social networking and half food. It is an easy to use, and free to join online community that brings food and friends together. According to BakeSpace:
Gathering in the kitchen is a uniquely social tradition that connects people from all walks of life. That’s because the kitchen is where we go when we’re hungry… not just for food, but for friends, family and great conversation. BakeSpace is all about preserving and reinventing this tradition in cyberspace. We’re a grassroots online community where people from around the world gather to share recipes, build new friendships, learn from one another and express their passion for all things food-related.
BakeSpace also has a mentor program where you can connect with someone with specific culinary skills to help you exactly where you need it most.
Do you love ridiculously over the top decadent food? Would you be interested in a burger with “two 1/2 pound beef patties, pulled pork BBQ, bacon, 2 slices of cheddar cheese and a fried egg?” How about a “Taco Bell Cheesy Double Beef Burritos stuffed inside a sausage log wrapped in bacon?” Perhaps desert is more to your liking, can I interest you in “balls of dark chocolate and bacon bit ganache coated in a white chocolate and maple-infused syrup the garnished with bacon bits?” Thisiswhyyourefat.com is website that post pictures and descriptions of the most outrageously fattening food imaginable. This is why you’re fat calls itself “an ode to junk food porn.” Entertainment Weekly says: “Nothing illustrates our nation’s bipolar attitude towards eating more hilariously than this visual coronary. A stomach-turning delight.” This is why you’re fat takes reader submissions so if you happen to stumble across a culinary masterpiece of decadent gluttony you can share it with the world.
Are you bored and looking for something to do tonight? Tired of the same old thing? Want something a bit different and a lot more exciting? Thrillist.com is website that sends out free daily emails with recommendations for what is new, unknown or under-appreciated in your city. There is also a lot of information on the site if you don’t want sign up for the email. According to Thrillist:
Each weekday, we’ll drop you a must-have recommendation, from the best of what’s new, to deeply under-the-radar goodness. We’re talking absinthe-only cocktail spots, eateries that dish up BBQ Rattlesnake Salad and Reindeer in Bourbon Sauce… We’re not going to waste our time or yours with things that suck — you already have your job for that. So we don’t write reviews, just recommendations, and because we painstakingly wade through the crap to unearth greatness, you get exclusively the best of your city’s food, drinks, gear, services, entertainment, travel options, and events.
Thrillist covers fifteen major cities and counting. Topics include: Food+Dining, Style, Entertainment, Travel, Bars+Nightlife, Home+Gadgets, Music, Sex+Dating, Sports+Fitness, Career+Money, and Cars
Do you love food? Do you drool like Homer Simpson when you see mouth watering food, beautifully presented? TasteSpotting.com is website with breathtakingly beautiful images of food that when clicked on, link to recipes and more information. According to TasteSpotting:
Founded in January 2007 on the idea that we eat first with our eyes, TasteSpotting is our obsessive, compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side. Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste. We don’t use the term “potluck” for the hell of it. Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions.
Categories include: recipes, food, drink, dining out, products, people, news, and trends.
Do you have food allergies? On a diet that excludes certain foods? Are you finding nutrition labels confusing and difficult to interpret? Zeer.com can help! According to Zeer:
Zeer is a food information resource that makes it easy to find safe food. It helps people save time, stay safe, learn particular diets and live better lives… Zeer is unlike any food information resource out there. Built upon a database of over 30,000 food items, Zeer is not a stagnant list of safe foods, but a resource that is continually updated so people can discover new food and stay safe… We make it easy to search or browse over 30,000 food products, each with its own dedicated page complete with ingredient and nutrition facts… We believe that sometimes the best way to discover great products is through community. On Zeer, people can join special diet communities, read reviews before they buy, and share food products with the people closest to them such as family or friends.
Don’t know what to have for dinner tonight? Need a good recipe for a party? Epicurious.com is a website with a huge database of recipes from several magazines including Bon Appétit and Gourmet. According to Epicurious the website:
…incorporates more than 27,000 professionally tested recipes from the premier brands in food journalism, 115,000 member-submitted recipes, and web-exclusive original content from Epicurious.com editors and leading food authorities around the world. Epicurious offers a wealth of articles and tips focused on cooking, entertaining, wine, cocktails, and shopping.
The website also includes: guides and article on equipment, recipe contests, forums, shopping lists based on recipes, video recipes, pod casts, a food dictionary, and so much more.