Thursday, July 2, 2009

10 Tasty Recipe Sites For Aspiring Chefs

So you want to be a chef? Your TV is always on the Food Network, you daydream about the perfect ingredients to complete that special dish, and all you want for your birthday is a professional quality stand mixer. Here are 10 sites you’ll want to bookmark to find some of the good recipes around:

1. Chef2Chef Culinary Portal — This site is the place to go for fantastic recipes. In fact, they offer a list of the top 100 recipes, as voted on by their members. Other features include forums, blogs, a culinary school directory, and chef job boards. It’s a real community where you can talk shop and get your questions answered.

2. Chefability.com — You’ll find information on becoming a chef and culinary schools, cooking tips and videos, and the lowdown on all kinds of cooking equipment. Chefability.com has good collection of recipes that are categorized very specifically and easy to find. For example, under the Chicken category, you can choose from “baked,” “easy,” “grilled,” and “healthy.” There’s even a section on campfire cooking!

3. Delish — A part of the MSN network, Delish is full of yummy recipes, with absolutely beautiful photographs. There are also videos, if you’re more of a visual learner. Helpful features include measurement equivalents, substitution ideas, and metric conversions, all of which are necessary for the serious chef. Not only can you find just about any kind of recipe you want here, there’s also a menu finder providing several dishes to serve together. Convenient. For special occasions, you’ll want to check out the wine guide and instructions on napkin folding, flower arranging, and table setting.

4. Chef’s Blade — This site has it all for the die-hard aspiring chef. There’s an Ask a Chef forum where you can have your questions answered by professional chefs and a section with career tips on everything from what to do about difficult diners to the top cities to work in. Detailed articles are available on topics like ingredient selection and food science basics. You’ll love the videos that cover every conceivable aspect of cooking, even how to butcher a pig’s head!

5. Good Cooking — Good Cooking has been around since 1995 and offers tons of recipes; you can even submit your own. This site is packed with information that goes way beyond the recipes. You’ll want to go here to find a food dictionary and a list of cooking terms, as well as conversion guides. Good Cooking offers thorough advice on cooking techniques, and there’s a forum where you can get answers from “your cooking peers.”

6. Cook Advice — Cook Advice is the place to go to find step-by-step recipes. Searching for the perfect recipe is made easy, as you can search by ingredient, by preparation, by course, or by occasion. There’s even a section on special foods that covers such categories as ancient and ethnic, religious, and exotic recipes. You’ll love the section on cooking tips. We’re talking tips for the serious chef, like how to select and use yucca and which woods are good for grilling.

7. Global Chefs — Visit Global Chefs, “the culinary online magazine written by chefs” for your gourmet recipe fix. New recipes are added each month by top chefs, and recipes are set up in basic categories for convenient searching. What’s not basic are the kinds of recipes you’ll find here. This is some high class, gourmet fare. For instance, how’d you like to tackle preparing Beluga caviar with potato blini short stack? You’ll find the recipe at Global Chefs!

8. Cook’s Illustrated — This is the companion website to the popular print magazine and offers a catalog of recipes put through the rigors of the Cook’s Illustrated test kitchen., where recipes are sometimes made over 100 times. Gorgeous photos accompany the recipes, found in easy to browse categories. Equipment reviews, an in-depth how-to section, and video library make Cook’s Illustrated the place to go for all things cooking.

9. King Arthur Flour — America’s oldest flour company has come a long way since its establishment in 1790. You’ll find fantastic baking recipes here with mouth-watering photographs. There are also useful online baking resources like help with the intricacies of measuring by weight and volume. You could spend hours reading the blog, which includes even more recipes, with step-by-step instructions and pictures along the way.

10. Epicurious — The website for “people who like to eat,” Epicurious features recipes from its partner print magazines, Gourmet and Bon Appetit. Search for menus by category and peruse in-depth articles and guides. There’s also a community where you can set up a profile page, add recipes, join groups and forums, and even create your own chat room.

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