While I often reference my many cookbooks when I have a food-related question or quandary, I also turn to a few specific websites for inspiration and information when I need it quickly. I keep a folder in my bookmarks with a list of sites to use, and while some are definitely better than others, there are a few I turn to consistently for their clear and concise information.
Here are a few of my favourite online cooking resources for the home cook. None have flashy websites or speciality graphics, but the information is accurate and reliable, and incredibly useful for anyone interested in cooking.
Cook’s Thesaurus: a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.
Cooking for Engineers: detailed instructions on food and cooking for those who ask how AND why.
Joy of Baking: Tested baking and dessert recipes and how-to videos.
Instant Cooking Conversions: Converts all types of kitchen units easily and instantly.
Cook’s Illustrated: Good for tested recipes, equipment reviews, and how-to videos; subscription required.