From time to time, we'll share some of our favorite discoveries around the Internet in a new feature called "Around the Web." Here are a few of our favorite food-related sites.
If you dared to host a Thanksgiving dinner at your house yesterday, your fridge is probably chock-full of leftovers: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes – though in most houses, the pumpkin pie is already long gone.
You’ve got a couple of options here: You could just force the whole family to eat turkey sandwiches for the next few days – or you could find a few great recipes, and cook up some entirely new delicious dishes with all your leftover odds and ends.
Well, whether you’ve got a fridge full of leftovers to get creative with, or you’re simply looking for some new inspiration in the kitchen, there are plenty of places to find help. Sure, you could flip through your trusty old copy of The Joy of Cooking and stick with some of your mother’s favorite standbys – but if you want something a little bit fresher and more exciting, the Internet is the place to look. Here are a few of our favorite food sites.
As far as food-related websites go, this one is the holy grail. A haven for all things delicious, you’ll find the complete archived recipes for two of America’s greatest food magazines, Gourmet and Bon Appetit, all of which are free and searchable by name or ingredient. The site also hosts a variety of articles and guides to what to serve for all occasions, from Ramadan to Rosh Hashanah, along with travel guides spotlighting fantastic restaurants in cities all across the globe. In the video section, you’ll find how-tos for making pastry cream and croquembouches, user-submitted cooking videos, chef profiles, and more. We could go on and on, but you may as well just visit the site yourself. Just a warning: It may make you very, very hungry.
If Epicurious has too much of a Martha Stewart vibe for your liking, then check out CHOW, a fun and irreverent food site geared more towards people who’d rather host a cocktail party with a few plates of homemade snacks and a bowl of chili than attempt all the fuss of serving up a five-course dinner. On CHOW, you’ll find a great selection of original recipes that don’t require a Cordon Bleu education, tons of stories on topics ranging from a guide to New York City speakeasies to tips on making gourmet dishes in a college dorm (hint: The George Foreman Grill is your best friend here), and plenty of other great advice, commentary, and videos.
CHOW is also home to the infamous Chowhound bulletin board, where food fanatics from all over the world come together to talk meals and debate where to find the best Dim Sum in Northampton or the greatest Japanese curry in San Francisco. If you’re headed to a new destination and need to find some good eats, just search the archives: You’re bound to find tons of gems, courtesy of these wise gourmands.
This site is exactly what it sounds like: Lots and lots of recipes, clearly organized into groups like “Thanksgiving recipes,” “Low-carb recipes,” and “Vegetarian recipes.” Here, you’ll find all sorts of unique and delicious dishes, including the classic Albondigas Soup from Mexico, Basque Lamb Stew, and the author’s father’s recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers. The site’s author, Elise Bauer, hand-picks each recipe, and has created many of them herself. Others are family classics. All are delicious. To stay on top of all her findings, subscribe to the site’s RSS feed.
Here are a few more great food blogs:
Chocolate & Zucchini: A fresh take on food by a young Parisian woman, full of deliciously innovative recipes and tantalizing stories.
Orangette: If you’re a fan of Nigella Lawson or M.F.K. Fisher’s writings about food, you’ll love this beautifully-written blog about life, love, and cooking, full of delectable prose and recipes.
101 Cookbooks: One of the best-looking blogs around, 101 Cookbooks is full of luscious images by professional photographer Heidi Swanson, along with a huge collection of fantastic, mainly vegetarian recipes, both created and discovered.