Cooking Resources

This page gathers together some of my favourite sources for recipes, food information, inspiration and guidance.

Food Blogs

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.

2 comments on “Cooking Resources

  1. Georgette G says:

    I do not remember how I landed on your site. I started on seventy percent? Can you help me to take my steps backward? Anyway I thought the site is interesting so I may come back. I happen to disagree with you with respect to Clotilde. From your limited blog list I like David Lebovitz the best. His posts are never boring and leads you to many new places with creative ideas.

    Come to think of it, I guess I came to you from the brownie contest? I just started to blog about 6 months ago; I’ll see where it leads me


  2. Justin says:

    Hi Louise, I’m Justin and I noticed that you have some great resouces this page.

    I actually have a great addition for you:

    I’m the founder of KitchenSanity and wrote a lot of the articles myself. There are many people who avoid cooking because they find it “difficult” or “don’t have time.” I’ve been cooking for over 20 years, made a lot of mistakes, and still love it. So KitchenSanity is my way to try to help others get rid of that frustration, save them time, and learn to enjoy cooking through my tips and guides. I’m keeping the site updated weekly with new posts with the help of other experienced chefs.

    If you even decided to share it with your audience, I would literally jump off my chair! Haha.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to read this email.

    Best regards,

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