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When closing questions that ask for recipes, I try to add a comment explaining why, and I would like to point to a resource for recipes. Is there any advice we can give to these people?

I usually use Google to find recipes, but are there any more relevant resources that you know of that deliver high-quality recipes?

This is a wiki, so please edit and add to the list.

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This should be Community Wiki as there is no single answer for that question. – Cornelius Jul 17 '10 at 19:55
This should probably be on meta... – Aaronut Jul 21 '10 at 0:58
@Aaronut: Yeah, I had one of those internal debate things. I figured it would get better exposure here, but we'll see if people agree with you :) – Adam Shiemke Jul 21 '10 at 1:15
Just FYI everyone: Since the questions is a wiki, anyone can edit it. So instead of posting answers, please append the list int the question. This keeps everything organized. – Adam Shiemke Jul 21 '10 at 1:46
Are blogs like [] appropriate to list, or is this confined specifically to portal type sites? – mfg Jul 30 '10 at 13:53

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Sites that haven't failed me yet:

And, a shameless plug for:

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Smitten Kitchen is a wonderful site. I think I finally see why my wife enjoys reading recipes, at least well-written ones. – Neil Fein Oct 4 '10 at 3:53

BBC Good Food is a great UK based recipe site.

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I really like watching Good Eats, so I end up searching the recipes first.

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From recipes to taste tests to equipment reviews, I've had great success with Cook's Illustrated.

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Can't disagree with you Susan-p, I do get a lot of hits from that site when looking for ideas. – Brettski Jul 17 '10 at 21:13
Often they suck though. The lack of editorial control means there are lots of bad recipes. – Adam Shiemke Jul 17 '10 at 23:19
I've had some good and bad recipes from them... all with high ratings. It is really hit and miss. – Juju Sep 28 '10 at 20:16
I find that ratings don't mean much. It isn't a good way to specify what is a good recipe and even worse - how can you differentiate between 10 chocolate chip muffins that all have 5 stars? – Techboy Jun 12 '11 at 17:09

Didn't wanna just add this since it's not free, but has almost all of CI's well-tested, easy-to-follow recipes. Subscription is well-worth it, especially for beginners that may not do as well on community sites since they don't yet know how to recognize a good recipe from a bad one.

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You can get free recipes there (a few select ones are free) and also a few select recipes from the affiliated and – justkt Sep 24 '10 at 22:00
The bulletin boards at CI are free, and are full of recipes and info that people share... If you ask for a recipe, odds are, someone will get you a good one. – Juju Sep 28 '10 at 20:20

I like a lot - the photography is amazing and there's an awful lot of great recipes. I'd particularly recommend the real bolognese recipe on it.

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I think the one big place I started with food blogs was this blog post:, or "50 of the world's best food blogs". Worth checking out, also has some funky commentary.

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This is less of a 'where' as a 'how'-

For organization and inspiration I find keeping blogs in my Google Reader under a 'foo' tag is ideal. It helps most of all when I don't know what to cook. I really enjoy Whole Foods' blog (and a local community market; a well-organized farmer's market may have a twitter stream you could put in there too) because it focuses a lot on seasonal ingredients and when you interweave threads about ingredients and recipes discovery and ideas really get flowing.

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LoveToKnow has lots of top 10 lists. Here's their list of top 10 recipe websites:

I've found Epicurious useful.

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stilltasty, serious eats, good eats, and wolframalpha all seem useful – Ocaasi Jul 27 '10 at 21:47

There is wide variety of different recipes on the Internet, and just searching on a few sites is limiting. I prefer Googling for recipes and picking or combining the ones which sound best to me. Cooking is a art, express yourself!

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'Round these parts we're fond of

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Recipe Bridge is very good - searches a whole range of other sites based on desired ingredients or recipe name.

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I am so disappointed by Recipezaar's new format though. I liked how messy their old site was compared to the new site. I like clean design, don't get me wrong, but boring is another matter. I am having trouble finding old recipes I used to use on there though, which is unfortunate. – mfg Sep 30 '10 at 13:03

I'm considering adding The Cottage Smallholder to the list, although the site isn't exclusively for recipes. Every recipe I've cooked from there has turned out fantasically, so I can vouch for the quality.

Given the fact that it's not a "pure" recipe site, what are peoples thoughts on it going in the main list?

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I like Taste Spotting. It's a visual potluck that links to food blogs.

And I'd like to be able to make a shameless plug for Fridge to Food, but it's still in alpha. It's a site I'm working on that takes the visual potluck idea from Taste Spotting, combines it with the voting and reputation system of the StackExchange model and makes it applicable to recipes. It also has an ingredient-based search.

Hopefully after this weekend I can take it to open beta. If not this weekend, then by next. It's really close to being basic feature-complete. Then I can make a shameless plug for it :D

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King Arthur Flour is a favorite for baking.

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This one will cost a bit but they have some great secrets: Top Secret Recipes. The host manages to knock-off popular restaurant recipes.

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All Web-Based, Free resources

  1. Allrecipes
  2. Epicurious
  4. SuperCook

Five Best Recipe Search Tools

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – BaffledCook Sep 1 '12 at 14:12

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