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Best recipe and food websites

Thanks to the plethora of food websites and blogs on the internet today, there’s never been a better time to be a budding cook. Whether you’re interested in recipes for beginners or you want to try your hand at advanced recipes with multiple ingredients, the web has all the resources you need at your disposal.

But with so much to choose from, where do you start? We’ve combed the web for the top food and drink websites out there – here’s our selection of the best.

The best general recipes sites

Of course we would recommend our own recipe section to inspire you, so take a look at this first!  If you’re looking for general recipe inspiration, BBC Good Food is one of the top food websites you’ll find. There’s an enormous variety of recipes here from both chefs and amateur members of the site’s online community. The simple search tool lets you search by ingredient, type of food or cuisine. And there are even regularly updated articles about health, nutrition and seasonal food. For an all-round food resource on the web, you can’t do better.

Searching for something a bit snazzier? JamieOliver.com is one of the best celebrity chef websites around. In addition to basic recipes that any beginner can perform, you’ll also find more adventurous fare here. There’s also a huge collection of food videos featuring Jamie and his friends that are both educational and very amusing.

Alternatively, if you want recipe ideas from home cooks like yourself, have a look at allrecipes. The recipes here are contributed by the site’s members and rated by other users. The comments are often quite informative too, sometimes recommending a few tweaks here and there, so it’s a great space for sharing family recipes and getting feedback on any new dishes you’ve tried out.

For more all-round recipe inspiration, this Independent article on the top 50 food websites has a wide range of suggestions.

Top specialist food blogs

Want to find out more about a specific cuisine or type of food? The wide variety of food bloggers on the internet means it’s now perfectly easy to find recipes that relate directly to your interests. One of the most popular blogs with amateur bakers, for instance is Bakerella. Much of the appeal of this blog comes from its delectable pictures

of sweet treats: expect your mouth to water as you browse stunning images of brownies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cake pops and much more. The recipes are easy to follow too, and it’s a great blog for finding cakes and sweet treats to make on special occasions.

If you’re interested in delving deeper into vegetarian cookery, both BBC Good Food and JamieOliver.com have comprehensive vegetarian recipe archives. But Cook Vegetarian’s website is also a great online resource. Here you’ll find a number of recipes inspired by world cuisines, and plenty of seasonal inspiration.

For something a bit spicier, Show Me the Curry is an excellent blog about Indian food and recipes. Run by two mums in the USA, this website is not only a handy place to find out how to make traditional South Asian recipes in an easy way, but is also great at recommending how to spice up non-typical South Asian ingredients like asparagus. And if Chinese food’s your thing, Appetite for China – a successful blog run by a New Yorker – is a hunger-inducing source of inspiration for fresh and simple dishes that will beat your local takeaway any day.

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