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Articles, healthy cooking, recipes, and more.
From American Cheese Society:
Cheese Glossary
From the American Cheese Society.
Tips for Cheese Lovers
Tips for buying, storing, cooking, serving and pairing with wine and beer. From the American Cheese Society.
American Recipes
"Our cooking reflects the great diversity of our country. Try some classic American recipes today." Topics include Recipes from Famous Americans, Regional Recipes, and more. From
American Regional Cuisine
Includes the history as well as the recipes.
Better Homes & Gardens Recipes and Cooking
Butter Through the Ages
Includes: Cooking, Global, History, Composition, Making. From the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA). (Nota bene: Campbell Hall, NY, home to the first U.S. butter factory, as designated by the NY State Education Department in 1956, is not mentioned.)
Cookie Baking Basics
" is a new cooking site dedicated to providing our users with great recipes from the best chefs and cookbook authors. It's still early days for us, and we're adding more chefs and authors - and more recipes - all the time. We'll also be adding new features over the next few months. But in the meantime we're excited to share with you thousands of recipes from cookbooks you know and love, and help you discover wonderful new books and cooks." Search or browse. Includes a blog and a free newsletter.
The Culinary Cook
Topics include Learning How to Cook, Stocks & Sauces, Meats, Baking, Misc. and Recipes.
Eat Well Guide: Find Sustainable Food!
"Free online database for finding fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food in the United States and Canada. Listings range from stores, to farms, to restaurants, to local bakers and butchers, and visitors can search by location, keyword or category to find good food, download customized guides, or plan a trip with the innovative mapping tool Eat Well Everywhere." Also search by zip code.
Food & Kitchen Visual Dictionary
Colorful, labeled diagrams. From the Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online.
Food Ingredients
Alphabetical list of food with a picture. Clicking on the picture will take you to recipes, information on each food, storage and a buyer's guide.
The Food Timeline
Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip... and why? This website arranged as a timeline presents food history. Created by librarian Lynne Olver.
Food Recalls
Alerts on recalled food products and meat.
This website contains "recipes, cooking features, and video how-tos" as well as articles and holiday food guides.
Fall Produce Guide
From The Food Network.
FDA: Food
Information, news, and advisories for consumers from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Topics include: Baby/Infant Formula, Biotechnology, Canned Foods, Compliance and Regulatory Information, Dietary Supplements, Food Defense and Emergency Response, Fruits, Labeling, Milk, Nutrition, Science and Research Seafood, and Vegetables.
Food Network
"Easy recipes, healthy eating ideas, and chef recipe videos." Includes information related to popular shows such as Barefoot Contessa, Giada at Home (Giada De Laurentiis), Iron Chef, Nigella Kitchen (Nigella Lawson), Rachael Ray, and more.
Food Surveys Research Group
"Our mission is to monitor and assess food consumption and related behavior of the U.S. population by conducting surveys and providing the resulting information for food and nutrition-related programs and public policy decisions." From the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Includes: What We Eat in America, Dietary Methods Research, What's in the Foods You Eat search tool, Food and Nutrient Database, MyPyramid Equivalents Database, and more.
Good Food on a Tight Budget: A Shopping Guide
"Lists the most nutritious, most economical and least polluted fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy items." Sections include: Food List, Tips, Recipes, Methodology, Resources.
How to Cook
Techniques include Baking, Boiling, Braising, Frying, Grilling, Poaching, Sauces, Saute, Steaming, Stewing, and more. From the Reluctant Gourmet.
Measurements, Cooking Times, and Conversions
Find answers to questions about baking with sugar and sugar substitutes to turkey cooking times.
MedlinePlus: Food and Nutrition
From the U. S. National Library of Medicine. See also these MedlinePlus pages:
Dietary Supplements
Eating Disorders
Food Allergy
Food Labeling
Food Poisoning and Foodborne Illnesses
Food Safety
Nutrition for Children
Nutrition for Seniors
Pregnancy and Nutrition
100 Greatest Cooking Tips of All Time
Food/meal preparation/serving advice provided by popular chefs. From the Food Network.
PBS Food
Browse recipes by Course, Genre/Cuisine, Occasion, or Theme. From PBS.
Rachael Ray: Food
Official website of Rachael Ray. Topics include: Appetizers, Beverages, Brunch, Budget Meals, Burgers, Cakes, Casseroles, Chili, Chocolate, Christmas Festivities, Cocktails, Cookies, Dessert, Dinner, Food for Pets, Grilling, Healthy Food, Herbs and Spices, Holiday Recipes, Kids' favorite foods, Liquor, Lunch, Outdoor Entertaining, Pasta, Pizza, Salads, Seafood, Sides, Snacks, Soups, Vegetarian dishes. Search or browse recipes
Reducing Wasted Food Basics
Tips addressing the problem of food being wasted. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See also their Food Recovery Challenge page.
Recipes are organized by ethnic group and geographical region and also by categorized by type of dish, i.e. main dish.
Spring Produce Guide
From The Food Network.
Summer Produce Guide
From The Food Network.
Sustainable Table
Created to celebrate shopping smarter, eating nutritiously, and enjoying an abundance of fresh, locally-grown products. Includes recipes, cookbook reviews and more.
Winter Produce Guide
From The Food Network.
World Hearth Circle of International Cooking
Click by country or category.

Baker's Corner
"Discover baking ideas, get refreshed on the basics, and find tips on how to ensure that your baking will come out perfectly every time!" From Pillsbury.
Baking Basics
Topics include: Preparation, Ingredients, Measurements, Methods, Baking Tips. From Pillsbury.
Baking Ingredient Conversions
Baking Terms & Techniques
Glossary of terms and techniques. A PDF document from the Kansas Wheat Commission.
Baking Tips
Videos of baking techniques from the PBS show Martha Bakes with Martha Stewart.
Building Blocks of Baking: the Basics
Question and answer format from
Tips & Techniques
"[A] guide to common baking terms and phrases, arranged alphabetically, for bakers of all skill levels to use as a reference." From adding eggs to toasting nuts. From King Arthur Flour.

Barbecue & Grilling
Barbecue and Food Safety
Fact Sheets from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Barbecue and Grilling
Barbeque Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Barbeque Recipes
From Bon Appetit.
Barbecue Recipes
Barbecue Food Safety Tips
From the New York State Department of Health.
Best BBQ Recipes
The Bon Appetit Summer Grilling Manual
Videos, recipes, and more. See also their Global Grilling website.
The Complete Grilling and BBQ Guide
From Epicurious.
Grilling Recipes
From The Food Network.
Healthy Summer Barbecue Guide
From Fitness Magazine.

Herbs & Spices
Free Spice and Herb PowerPoint and Handout
Includes: Fat, Sugar And Salt Reduction Tips, Flavor and Food Combinations, Common Substitutions, General Rules for Amounts, When to Add Spices and Herbs, Storing Spices and Herbs, How Long To Keep Spices and Herbs. Document in Adobe Reader PDF format. From University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. See also their "Test Your Salt Savvy" page.
Guide to Fresh Herbs
From the Food Network.
Guide to Spices
From the Food Network.
How to Grind and Toast Spices and Herbs: a Step-by-Step Guide
International Guide to Spices
Spices are grouped by each cuisine. From Cooking Light.
Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the Cupboard
From The
Spice Encyclopedia
Information includes geographical sources, traditional ethnic uses, taste and aroma description, history and origin, storage tips and usage ideas.
Spice Usage Tip Chart
Topics include Testing for Freshness, Storage, Adding Spices and Herbs to Food, Grinding and Toasting or Dry Roasting, Restricted Diets, Pantry Staple Spices.
The Ultimate Guide to Spices
Includes large photos of each spice with mentions of taste, a couple of recipes and general use suggestions. From The
A Visual Guide to Fresh Herbs
From Epicurious.

History of Food & Cooking
The Cookbook and Home Economics Collection
"The Cookbook and Home Economics Collection includes books from the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA, The Bancroft Library at The University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Library. These fascinating books take us back to an America in the early decades of the 20th century covering topics on cookery, textiles, family and home, budgeting, domestic sciences, and many other delightful topics."
"Part of a nation's history lies in what people eat. Artifacts at the Museum document the history of food in the United States from farm machinery to diet fads." From the National Museum of American History.
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950 - 2000
From the National Museum of American History.
Food History
Recommended reading list. Topics include: Food Fashions and Fads, Food Processing and Preservation, Food Writing and Gastronomical Literature, Gender and Food History, Wartime and Military Food, and more. From the Library of Congress.
Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks
Handwritten cookbooks, circa 1600s - 1960s, documenting culinary history in America and Europe and how tastes have changed over the years. From the University of Iowa Libraries.
What's on the Menu
"With approximately 45,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, The New York Public Library's restaurant menu collection is one of the largest in the world, used by historians, chefs, novelists and everyday food enthusiasts."

Preservation, Storage, & Safety
Food Recalls
Alerts on recalled food products and meat.
Food Safety Fact Sheets
Topics: Safe Food Handling, At-Risk Populations, Meat Preparation, Poultry Preparation, Egg Products Preparation, Seasonal Food Safety, Appliance & Thermometers, Foodborne Illness & Disease, Emergency Preparedness, FSIS Programs & Workforce, Production & Inspection, Food Labeling. From USDA.
Food Storage and Shelf Life
From the Institute of Food Technologists.
Keep Food Safe
Guidelines to follow to prevent food poisoning. From See also: Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer.
National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP)
"The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods."

See also these resources from NCHFP:
How Do I Freeze
Includes steps and tips on freezing food. Topics include Blanching, Cheese, Fruit, Vegetables, Poultry, Meat, and other food items / ingredients.
How Can I Can
Includes steps and tips on canning fruit, tomatoes, salsa, nuts, vegetables, and more.
How Do I Dry
Topics include Food Dehydrators, Fruit Leathers, Fruits and Vegetables, Herbs, Jerky, Leathers and Jerkies, Mango Leather, Packaging and Storing Dry Foods, Peanuts, Popcorn, Pumpkin Seeds, Sun Drying, Sunflower Seeds, Vegetable Leathers, Vegetables, and Vine Drying.
How Do I Cure and Smoke
Tips and steps on curing and smoking bratwurst, cheese, dry-curing, fish, meat, pigs feet, pork, and turkey.
How Do I Ferment
Tips and steps on fermenting. Topics include Containers and Covers, Cucumbers, Low-Temperature Pasteurization Treatment, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Weights for Fermentation, and Yogurt.
How Do I Pickle
Tips and steps on pickling. Topics include Causes and Possible Solutions for Problems with Pickled Foods, Chutneys, Cucumbers, Eggs, General Information on Pickling, Low-Temperature Pasteurization Treatment, Pickles, Relishes, Salads, Salts, and Special Diets.
How Do I Jam and Jelly
Tips and steps on making jams and jellies. Topics include Causes and Possible Solutions for Problems with Jellied Fruit Products, Conserves, Extracting Juice for Jelly, Figs and Fig Preserves, Freezer Jams, Jam, Jellied Product Ingredients, Jelly, Liquid and Powdered Pectin, Marmalades, Preserves, Processing Jams and Jellies, Reduced Sugar Recipes, Remaking Soft Jellies, Steps in Processing Jams and Jellies, Stiff Jams or Jellies, Storing Home-Canned Jams and Jellies, Testing Jelly, and Types of Jellied Products.
How Do I Store
Tips and steps on storing food. Topics include Approximate Storage Times, Cupboard Approximate Storage Times, Food Storage for Safety and Quality, Freezers, Packaging and Storing Dry Foods, Proper Care and Handling of Fruits and Vegetables , Refrigerators, Safe Home Food Storage, Storing Home Canned Foods, and Storing Vegetables at Home.
Seasonal Tips
Topics include: Be Safe Eating Your Homemade Gifts, Canning , Food Safety for those Glorious Holiday Goodies, Freezing Casseroles, Soups and Stews, Freezing Summer's Bounty, Low Sugar Alternatives for Jams and Jellies, Mail Order Food Safety, Mailing Food Gifts, Pickling: Not Just For Cucumbers Anymore, Preparing for Power Outages, Seasonal Topics, Spring, Spring Gardening, What to Do If the Freezer Stops, and When It's Time to Store Canning Supplies.
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Recipe Search Engines The Home of Discerning Drinkers
Search for cocktail recipes by name or ingredient. The ingredients are arranged in categories including base spirit, liqueur, wine or vermouth, and mixer.
A metasearch engine for comparing recipes. You can specify what ingredients you do NOT want in a recipe. Includes a blog and social networking integration with Facebook.
Good Housekeeping Recipe Finder
Browse featured recipes or find recipes. Includes an advanced search.
LightSwitch Search Tools: Food and Cooking
From Middletown Thrall Library. Discover, and learn to use, and compare search results from various food and recipe search engines.
"Supercook is a new recipe search engine that finds recipes you can make with only the ingredients you have at home."
Recipe search engine. "Find recipes by ingredient, cuisine, nutrition, course, diet, allergy, price, time, taste and source."

The Cook's Thesaurus
"The Cook's Thesaurus is a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions."
Food Dictionaries and Encyclopedia
Links to food sites compiled by the USDA.
Glossary of Baking Terms
From Pillsbury Baking.

Vegan and Vegetarian Meals
Easy Vegetarian Recipes
Includes meals, snacks, desserts, and drinks. From Compassionate Action for Animals.
Making Non-Vegetarian Dishes Vegan-Friendly
From the Vegetarian Resource Group.
Recipes Around the World-Vegan
Over 3000 recipes from Africa, the Americas, Asian Pacific, India/South Asia, and Europe. Note: No pictures.
Vegan-Vegitarian Recipe Book
Includes pictures and under Breads shows how to grind your own flour.
Vegetarian Society
"The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom is the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world." Topics include: Lifestyle (Becoming a vegetarian), food facts, product lists, and more.

Magazines & Periodicals Online
Bon Appetit
Cooking Light
Cooks Illustrated
Eating Well
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Everyday Food
Food & Wine
The New York Times: Dining & Wine
Parents Magazine: Food and Recipes

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