Sunday, January 11, 2015

Favorite Recipe Sites & Reviews

Top “Ten” Recipe Websites

These are my opinions only.

(10 being the least favorite; 1 being my favorites)
What I based my decisions on:
Ease of Printing
Specialty Diets (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Etc)
Recipes that are from scratch vs. those that use processed (brand name) ingredients
Has recipes with food that I’d actually make/eat (simple, “down-home” cooking recipes)
Variety of food
Ease of browsing
Non-Recipe only content (has articles, video how-tos, etc)
Free vs. paid content


These are my least favorites –
They have a variety of food; not easily browsed or printed; failed at the specialty diets; on a good note, they do seem to have a fairly decent recipe base/variety of food I’d actually make/eat.

I will use these when I can’t find what I’m looking for on other sites
These are the sites that use processed foods as ingredients – their own foods (understandably, they want to sell their products).
The specialty diets are lacking for most of these sites.  Gluten-Free seems to be the main one they have; other food allergy issues, not so much

Yummily is a “collection” site – they gather the links to recipes; lists them & re-direct to that website to see the recipe.
They all seemed to have very few, if any, specialty diet recipes – except for a few gluten-free.
Epicurious.com/finecooking.com are higher end recipes – not a lot of recipes that I’d make/eat; this one of the better websites if you are looking for super “fancy dinner” food.

I liked these recipes; browsing was fairly easy; tablespoon.com had a great cooking-for-2 section (2 meals for a single lady); there were a good number of specialty diet recipes other than gluten-free.  Printing also seemed easy.

These two are also higher end food; browsing & printing seem to be quite easily.  I like that there is a great deal of non-recipe content; they also have many “base” recipes available – stocks, sauces, etc to use in your cooking.
I like these two for “fancy dinner” recipes as well.
If you are a “foodie” and you enjoy websites (& magazines) dedicated to food, these two are great reading!


This is a recent find for me; I really like this website.  Fairly easy to navigate; there is a good number of non-recipe content articles & information.  They also link to blogs with recipes & non-recipe content alike.  Printing was quite simple here as well.
Specialty diets for gluten-free & dairy-free; has a good selection of recipes to check out; egg-free, not so much; overall, they have a good variety of specialty diet recipes.
godairyfree.org is just that – a collection of recipes for those who cannot have dairy.  Their website had a lot of non-recipe content on living dairy-free.  It is easy to navigate & to print.  The “Dairy List” is especially helpful if you are living a dairy-free life.

This is a great “down-home” & simple recipe collection; recipes created by home cooks & their families through the years.
There is a good variety of specialty diet recipes
One of my favorite features is that you can create your own cookbook.
There is a great community of cooks; you can register for the website & interact with them within in specific “discussion groups” – they have a group for just about everyone.  Click on their “community” tab to link to the groups.
Browsing & printing are easy; if you register you can save (“pinch”) recipes to go back to later.
If you have a recipe to share, the process is easy; just type in ingredients and directions; share pictures of each step if you have them & save.
If they had the option to amend each recipe to a smaller serving (eg: 4 servings to 1 serving) this would be my #1 choice.
Their premium membership ($$) includes:
Ad-Free Browsing
Free Membership Gift Codes
Unlimited Downloads of e-cookbooks
Premium recipe Box
Personalize Recipes
Menu Calendar & Grocery List
Photo Albums
Pricing is fairly reasonable:  $3.99 for 3 months; $14.99 for 1 year (includes free apron) & $28.00 for 3 years (also receive the free apron); there other “perks” include the above premium perks & a free gift code; 3 years has 3 gift codes.
I like this for the variety of recipes you can find; both simple/”down-home” and “fancy dinner” recipes.
Browsing and printing are easy; searching also is easy. You can search by recipe, chef and/or show.
Their other than recipes content is excellent; videos, a restaurant guide, etc.
There is also a store where you can purchase just about anything a home cook would like.

This is the web based version of the magazine.  My mom received the magazine for years; I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone.  The website has the majority of the recipes online.  Some will only be visible to those who have registered; you can also subscribe to their magazines through the website as well.
The other than recipes content is a good selection, including a “cooking school” (online classes look to be about $15 each).  There are online cooking school & a search to see if there are cooking school classes in your local area.
Browsing & printing are easy; the specialty diets is lacking for some areas; there is currently only one vegan recipe; the greatest number is gluten-free; dairy-free comes in 2nd.  Vegetarians will have an easier time as there are many vegetarian recipes available.
My biggest dislike for this website is the pop-up each time you log onto their website.  This is just an inconvenience, there is no bearing on the actual website – you can just close it.

americastestkitchen.com, cooksillustrated.com & cookscountry.com (companion sites)
These are my favorites
The three companion websites above are paid ($$) subscriptions; about $5 a month per website; an annual, multi-site cost is $70.  You can also register for a 14-day trial.   In addition, there are some free items, but very few.
Cooks Illustrated & Cook’s Country also have magazines you can subscribe to.
If you’ve not seen America’s Test Kitchen, go to their website & watch some of the episodes you can access for free.  The premises behind the websites/show/magazines are the science behind cooking & how to take a recipe & make it the best recipe ever.  I’ve used several recipes & have not been disappointed.
The specialty diets will struggle to find anything for these websites.
Other than recipes content is excellent – they have equipment testing/reviews & taste testing.
Allrecipes.com
This is an excellent website if you are a single lady in that they offer the option of changing a recipe from multi servings to one (or two) servings; it adjusts the recipe & you’ll be able to make just one serving.
There is a good representation of specialty diet recipes on All Recipes.
The website is free, but there is also a subscription section (Go Pro)”  $9.95 for 6-months; $17.50 for 1-year & $22.95 for 2-years.  They, like Taste of Home have a “cooking school”.  Courses are priced between $6 & $30 – most are $15.
They have a “menu planner” – cost is part of the above “Go Pro” cost.
There is a great variety of recipes – international and “down-home” cooking.
In the video section of the website are many videos on the recipes & techniques




There are so many recipe websites available if you search recipe websites – from ethnic specific websites to general recipe collections; I hope this list helps you in your search for recipes to use.

Do you have a favorite recipe site that I don’t have listed?  Comment below & let me know what you like about it.

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