This page gathers together some of my favourite sources for recipes, food information, inspiration and guidance.
I read a long (and growing) number of food blogs, which generally mix recipes, inspiration and instruction together. I have all these sites in my RSS reader because I love the writing, but they pretty much all include great recipes as well.
- 101 Cookbooks – Heidi Swanson writes simple recipes using wholesome ingredients
- Orangette – Molly Wizenberg is one of my favourite food writers. Tales of home cooking, the restaurant and bar she owns with her husband, and their daughter, June.
- Smitten Kitchen – Deb Perelman makes the most consistently desirable food on the internet. Weeknight dinners and delicious baking.
- In Jennie’s Kitchen – Jennifer Perillo makes food for her two daughters, and experiments with new ingredients.
- David Lebovitz – a former baker at Chez Panisse, David presents mainly baking recipes along with tales of living in Paris.
- Rocket and Squash – Ed writes a really useful roundup of the weekend’s recipes in the UK papers, as well as restaurant reviews.
- Butcher, Baker, Baby – food for babies, baking and reviews
- The Cake Hunter – as the name suggests, mainly baking!
- Bakers Royale – more baking, with beautiful styled photos
- Dinner: A Love Story – Jenny Rosenstrach tries to make family dinner for her two girls every. single. day.
- Eat Like a Girl – Niamh Shields travels around the world, and her food at home reflects those influences.
- Green Kitchen Stories – healthy vegetarian food and beautiful photos
- Gluten Free Girl – Shauna writes some of the best prose, and documents their family and gluten free cooking
- Joy the Baker – Joy bakes in New Orleans and shares ‘real-talk’ about her sometimes crazy life
- Pinch of Yum – approachable family recipes, plus lots of great blogging tips and a monthly summary of what they earn from the blog.
- Ruth Reichl – the former editor of Gourmet magazine posts on what she’s cooking, where she’s been and sometimes dives into her magazine archives.
- The Little Loaf – home baking, and a book on recreating childhood treats
- Serious Eats – a scientific approach to cooking, investigating the best ways to make dishes
Other sites I like to visit for recipe resources are:
- New York Times Cooking pages – recently redeveloped into a brilliant recipe site, which makes it easy to save and file recipes
- The Guardian – great food columns from Nigel Slater, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ruby Tandoh, and many more guest writers
- Eat Your Books – a service that indexes your cookbooks, as well as cooking magazines and some blogs
Food podcasts and Radio
These are some of the podcasts I regularly download and listen to. Many are American, but there are a couple of BBC ones too, and the Food Programme is a favourite.
- America’s Test Kitchen Radio – the companion to an American TV show, and the magazine Cook’s Illustrated, this features a call-in section with food problems, reviews of gadgets, and forensic investigations into the best way to make a recipe, as well as some good food journalism and interviews. America’s Test Kitchen on iTunes
- Bon Appetit Foodcast – the companion to the American food magazine, this often discusses an article in the current issue, or interviews a chef or writer that they’ve featured. Bon Appetit on iTunes
- Burnt Toast – from Food52, the recipe and food website. They take a theme and assemble their writers and contributors to discuss it each week. Burnt Toast on iTunes.
- The Food Chain – as fits a BBC World Service programme, this covers food issues from around the world.
- The Food Programme – BBC Radio 4. Covers a great number of food issues from farming, to growing to politics to food writing and recipe influences.
- The Sporkful – another American show, this explores food from a different viewpoint, describing itself as ‘not for foodies, it’s for eaters’. The Sporkful on iTunes.