Best Cooking Websites and Blogs 2012

barefoot If one of your new year’s resolutions is to cook at home and try new recipes check out these Saveur finalists and winners of 2012. Many of these sites also have apps that can be downloaded onto your phone or tablet.

Epicurious
An informational website with recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Self magazine, cookbooks, chefs and home cooks. Recipes and menus may be searched by categories such as quick and easy, dietary need or preparation method, cuisine, seasonal and ingredients. Recipes include a photo of the completed item, list of ingredients and preparation instructions. There is a conversion chart for English to metric measurements and technique videos including things like napkin folding, knife skills, grilling and wine pairings. Some recipes do include nutritional information. You can create a recipe box to store your favorite recipes.

There is an app for this site for Iphone or Ipad tablet.

Recipe Source
Recipe Source is a simple archive of recipes searchable by ethnic cuisine or type of dish (main dishes, soups, baked goods, desserts). When a recipe is selected you are taken to the recipe complete with ingredients and instructions. There are no photos and few have nutritional information.

Recipe Link

Offers a wide collection of recipes including sample recipes from cookbooks, daily menus and shopping links. There is also a place to swap recipes, and look up recipes by dish and daily meal planner. In the daily meal planner you are given several options for meals along with the recipe. One of the fun features of this site are the copycat recipes. If you are interested in making Magnolia Bakery cupcakes like the Magnolia Bakery in NYC you can find a recipe here. Or if you want to find a recipe from an old Betty Crocker cookbook you can search the cookbook here.

Recipes included ingredients and instructions but no nutritional information. Still it’s a fun site.

Butter Me up Brooklyn

This site won the award for the best baking and desserts blog in 2012. There are featured recipes on the homepage complete with clear, large photos with instructions underneath. The recipes are divided into seasonal, fruit, vegetable, sweet, savory, brunch, booze, gift idea, technique, travel and vegan. Recipes may be printed. You may also subscribe to the blog and receive new posts.

Joe Pastry
One of the 2012 finalist., this is a baking website and blog with recipes listed by category. Step by step instructions with easy to understand narrative and photos included every step of the way. Basic techniques and tutorials on a variety of baking topics are also available.

Willow Bird Baking

Recipes on this site are more involved so cooks who like a challenge may find some new ideas here. The photos are beautiful. I looked at the croissant recipe and fully expected that I could make something that looked that good. It has not happened yet! Many of the recipes come from other sources.

Joy the Baker
Recipes on this site are divided by booze, bread, chocolate, cookies, dinner, drinks, fruit, gluten free, savory, snack and vegan. Recipes may be printed and you can subscribe to the blog. Large, beautiful step by step pictures along with running commentary accompany the recipes. She has a cookbook out called Joy the Baker Cook Book: 100 simple and comforting recipes.

Peter Drinks
This site was rated as the best beer blog in 2012. Everything beer, coffee and wine are included here. Home brewing and reviews of beer and wine are included

Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Named the Best cooking blog and website by Saveur. The Recipe index is divided by type of food, course, season, occasion, holiday, dietary restrictions, cooking method, cuisine and main ingredients. The recipes include photos with instructions and narrative. Photos are appealing and clear. After the recipe there are suggestions for recipes containing the same ingredients. There is a newsletter that can be subscribed to, a recipe box and menu suggestions. The guide section covers topics such as getting started, how to serve a salad buffet, how to improve a stir fry.

Seven Spoons

One of the 2012 finalists this site includes recipes arranged by categories. There is a finished picture, ingredients and detailed instructions. Links to other blogs and websites are included on the left hand side of the page. You may subscribe to the blog to receive updates.

And don’t forget the many cookbooks that you can find on the library shelves. Check out what’s new:

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro

Tiny Food Party! Bite size recipes for miniature meals by Teri Lyn Fisher

Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites by Sara Wells

Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis

Forks Over Knives by Del Sroufe

Hungry Girl to the Max by Lisa Lillien

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