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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 Regional Foods
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). (Notable: 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 201
"The Whys Behind Betty Crocker's Best Cookie Recipes"
Cooking Techniques
Techniques include Baking, Boiling, Braising, Frying, Grilling, Poaching, Sauces, Saute, Steaming, Stewing, and more. From the Reluctant Gourmet.
" 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.
Culture and Food
"Explore foods and customs from a variety of cultures, and find traditional recipes from around the world." From the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.
Everyday Food Recipes
From Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine.
Food & Kitchen Visual Dictionary
Colorful, labeled diagrams. From the Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online.
BBC: Food
Food Diets
Topics include: Eat Well on a Budget; Dairy Free; Egg Free; Gluten Free; Healthy; High-Protein, Low-GI Diet; Intermittent 5:2 Diet; Low-Calorie Diet; Low-Sugar; Nut Free Recipes; Pregnancy Friendly; Vegan, and Vegetarian. From BBC.
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.
Food Techniques
Includes Preparing Fruit and Vegetables; Meat, Poultry and Eggs; Fish and Shellfish; Pasta; Desserts, Baking and Pastry; and Sauces, Pastes and Condiments. From
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 & Nutrition
"With detailed nutritional data on thousands of foods and knowledge of dietary guidelines, Wolfram|Alpha can be used to plan healthy meals and generate custom nutrition labels and detailed analyses of nutrients in thousands of common and brand-name foods. Cooking times and meal preparation data can be used to plan meals accurately." From WolframAlpha.
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.
"FoodPrint will help you make food choices that do less harm to the environment, animals and people."
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.
International Regional Foods
The emphasis is on American versions of international foods. From What's Cooking America?
MedlinePlus: Food and Nutrition
From the U. S. National Library of Medicine. See also these MedlinePlus pages:
Dietary Supplements
Eating Disorders
Food Labeling
Food Poisoning and Foodborne Illnesses
Food Safety
Nutrition for Children
Nutrition for Seniors
Pregnancy and Nutrition
Topics include Eat Healthy; Life Stages; Resources; Professionals; and MyPlate Kitchen which includes recipes and allows you to save recipes and create cookbooks. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
9 Common-Sense Cooking Tips You Should Always Remember
"When you're caught up in a new recipe, it's easy to forget even the most obvious cooking tricks and tips. But memorize these, and you'll always have success in the kitchen." From The Food Network.
PBS Food
Browse recipes by Course, Genre/Cuisine, Occasion, or Theme. From PBS.
Rachael Ray
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 at Home
Tips addressing the problem of food being wasted. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See also their Sustainable Management of Food page.
Recipes are organized by ethnic group and geographical region and also by categorized by type of dish, i.e. main dish.
"Find a recipe online. Copy the URL. Paste it here to see how it fits your MyDiet Profile.... free, interactive site allows users to find food products and dietary supplements based on their personal diet needs and preferences."
Spring Produce Guide
From The Food Network.
Summer Produce Guide
From The Food Network.
Turkey Cooking Time Guide
Winter Produce Guide
From The Food Network.

Baking & Desserts
"Dig into Betty's baking and dessert success tips-from perfecting biscuits and yeast breads to trying new twists on classic cookies, bars, cakes and crisps! " From
Baking Ingredient Conversions
Baking Skills
"Learn about the best baking tools, ingredient substitutions, and tips for baking perfect cakes, cookies, bread, and more." From Martha Stewart.
Baking Terms & Techniques
Glossary of terms and techniques. A PDF document from the Kansas Wheat Commission.
Basics and Tips
Everyday Baking
"Easy and delicious baking recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, and more, all from the pages of Everyday Food magazine. With a focus on the techniques and finishing skills needed to produce beautiful, bakery-quality results..." From
Glossary of Baking Terms
From Pillsbury.
Home Baking Association
"The HBA web site is a valuable resource for educators, parents, community service volunteers, scratch-bakers and anyone else interested in baking. Here you will find recipes, activities, lesson plans and other valuable resources that help you at home in the kitchen, or in the classroom." Includes many PDF documents, how-to videos, recipes, tips and a glossary.
Sugar-Free Baking
From BBC Food.
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
Barbeque Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Barbeque Recipes
From Bon Appetit.
Barbecue Food Safety Tips
From the New York State Department of Health.
BBQ &Grilling Recipes
BBQ Food & Recipes
The Bon Appetit Summer Grilling Manual
Videos, recipes, and more. See also their Summer Grilling Headquarters.
Grilling Recipes
From The Food Network.
103 Best Grilling Recipes: Burgers, Skewers, Vegetables, and More
From Epicurious.
Grilling Food Safely
Tailgating Food Safety Q & A

Food Allergies
Be a Better Host: Cooking for Guests with Food Allergies
From The Food Network.
Cooking and Baking Without Milk Ingredients
"The following is a general guide to using ingredient substitutions for milk allergy." Also find Recipe Substitutions for Egg, Wheat and Gluten, Soy, Peanuts and Tree Nuts and Corn Allergies. From
Cooking and Baking with Food Allergies
Not recipes, but information on how to get started and understanding where to begin. From the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.
Food Allergies
Talks about the law and labeling as well as the [9] major food allergens. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Food Allergies Recipe Box Food Allergy
A full overview of the topic. From the U.S. Library of Medicine.
Outstanding Recipes Free of Top Allergens and Gluten

Herbs & Spices
Food Herb & Spice Pairing Chart
A PDF chart from Penn State Extension.
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 Matching Herbs and Spices with the Right Veggies
Guide to Spices
From the Food Network.
How to Grind and Toast Spices and Herbs: a Step-by-Step Guide
How To Use Fresh Herbs
Seven common herbs including Basil, Cilantro, Mint, Oregano, Parsley; Rosemary, and Thyme. From the American Heart Association.
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 Advice
"Your Online Guide to Using Spices. Facts and tips to get you started on your own cooking adventure." Also includes an encyclopedia and timeline.
Spice Encyclopedia
Information includes geographical sources, traditional ethnic uses, taste and aroma description, history and origin, storage tips and usage ideas.
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

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 for Space Flight: Space Food History
From NASA.
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.
Food History and Legends
"History and Legends of Favorite Foods" From What's Cooking America?
History of Food & Drink Collection Rare Books & Publications
From Virginia Tech.
"Search the World of Food: A Tool for Food History Research ...Browse and search through thousands of historical cookbooks and manuscripts dating back to the Middle Ages!"
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."
Who Invented Frozen Food?
From the Library of Congress.

Preservation, Storage, & Safety
Food Recalls
Alerts on recalled food products and meat.
Food Safety
Topics include: Food Handling & Preparation; Recalls; Food Safety Basics; Food Safety Stats; and more. From Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.
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."

Common Terminology for Healthy Cooking
From the American Heart Association.
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."
Culinary Definitions Every Aspiring Chef Should Know
From the Cuilinary Institute of America.
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.
Tips for Vegan Baking
From Compassionate Action For Animals.
" has a three-fold mission: To provide an accurate reporting on the scientific literature related to health benefits of a vegan diet.To provide an evidence-based discussion of nutrition concerns related to vegan nutrition.To provide evidence-based recommendations for vegans regarding nutrients that can be low in the diets of some vegans."
Vegan-Vegitarian Recipe Book
Includes pictures and under Breads shows how to grind your own flour.
Veganism in a Nutshell
From the Vegitarian Resource Group.
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
Rachael Ray in Season
Food & Wine
Browse the Gourmet Magazine archives from the 1940s to the 2000s. Last issue was November 2009.
The New York Times: Food
The New York Times: Wine, Beer & Cocktails
Parents Magazine: Food and Recipes

Substitutions, Conversions, & Swaps
Baking Basics: Substitutions
From the
These Baking Substitutions Could Save You a Trip to the Store
Includes Spice and Herb Substitutions; Baking Substitutions; and below the Baking section there is a free PDF download for 100 Emergency Substitutions List. From Better Homes & Gardens.
Common Ingredient Substitutions (Infographic)
From Allspice to Yogurt. From
Ounces to Cups and Other Cooking Conversions
"Scaling a recipe up or down? See how many ounces are in a cup (and tablespoons, and liters) so you can convert with confidence." Includes a Conversion Cheat Sheet. From
67 Healthy Recipe Substitutions
Includes: Gluten Free Swaps; Low Sugar Swaps; Vegan Swaps; Reduced Sodium Swaps; Better For You Swaps; Cleaner Protein Swaps; and Cooking Tips. From
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