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Best Online Resources for Cooking

August 21, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu St. Louis 0 Comments

Whether you are fresh out of high school or have been working in the food industry for a number of years, it is essential to have a grasp of basic cooking skills and an understanding of popular food techniques and trends before enrolling in a cooking school in St. Louis. Other than personal experience, one of the best resources to turn to is the Internet. Not only will you find recipes and how-to’s, you’ll find a whole universe of cooking and food related content.

Take a look at some of our top picks for online cooking resources.

FoodNetwork.com
The 800 lb. gorilla of television cooking is also one of the stars of the Internet. The site is full of recipes dating back to its earliest network shows. Each of the on-air personalities has their site dedicated to them and their shows where you can find more in-depth information from your favorite episode. The homepage features seasonal themes and easy access to the thousands of recipes stored on the site.

Cooking.com
This excellent site offers more than 60,000 products for your kitchen, tens of thousands of recipes, and a growing community of cooks and food lovers. You’ll be able to find and buy your favorite professional kitchen gear and the recipes to learn how to use them. Beyond basic cooking this site offers pros and wannabe pros what they’re looking for.

Epicurious.com
From Conde Nast publishing and a partner site of Gourmet and Bon Apetit, Epicurious is the online resource for fine dining and fine living. Epicurious is a foodie treasure trove of news, reviews, recipes, and features. It even has the gold standard by which all sites are measured these days: an iPhone app.

Wikipedia
The largest user-generated content site on the Web is also one of the best food information. There are entries for a huge number of foods and cuisines complete with histories, cultural significance, regional variations, ethic influences and just about anything else a good food anthropologist could throw your way. Most entries also link to recipe sites that will have cooking what you’ve learned.

Blogs
Yes. There is a blog for everything. There are literally hundreds of thousands of food bloggers out there, blogging on every topic from what they had for breakfast that day to the latest trends in the food service industry. Check out FoodBlogBlog.com to dip your toe into the world of food blogging.

YouTube
A recent search for "cooking" yielded 287,000 videos. Add your favorite food-related keywords and you’re sure to find thousands more. The quality ranges from steamy camera lenses pointed into boiling pots to segments of professionally produced how-to videos. Free registration enables you to save your favorite channels and content providers, subscribe to your favorite broadcasters, and create playlists. You can also upload your content.

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