Whether you're a dedicated foodie or just trying to get a weeknight dinner on the table, the Cooking Web Guide takes care of all your cooking needs. Not only does the guide help you find recipes and cooking tips suited to your skills and kitchen ambitions, it also helps make cooking easy, fun and healthy. Find recipes and specialty food items, watch video demonstrations to learn new dishes and techniques, and get ethnic food recipes and more.


Recipes litter the Web and a Google search may yield hundreds or more, so how do you choose? Luckily, there are a number of dedicated and highly respected cooking and recipe Web sites that deliver recipes that are tried and true.

Insights for Recipes

  • Printing recipes from your computer makes it easy to add notes, and a three-ring binder is a good place to start building your own recipe collection. 
  • Some recipe Web sites let you enter how many servings you want to make and adjusts the quantities accordingly. Entering any number can lead to some strange quantities, though—who wants to measure 7/53 cups of flour? It's best to try and round to a multiple if you can.

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Ethnic Recipes

With the help of the Web, the dizzying world of good eats and ethnic recipes are now easier to find than ever before. Read about the ingredients, tools and techniques of ethnic cuisine.

Insights for Ethnic Recipes

  • When faced with an unfamiliar ingredient, enter the name into your favorite search engine to find out more about it. Some ingredients, particularly vegetables and some spices, have different names in different cultures and ethnic cuisines.
  • The importance of fresh ingredients can't be overstated. Don't be afraid to ask your local butcher, fishmonger or produce person for advice on how to pick the best of the best. For advice on choosing fresh produce, take a look at this guide to buying fruits and vegetables.

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Gourmet Food

Thanks to the Web, you don't have to be Indiana Jones to hunt down the right ingredients. Use the following sites to locate and purchase gourmet food. Buy gourmet products online or find out where to go for new cooking ingredients.

Insights for Gourmet Food

  • Some of the best mail-order catalogs have become the best online outlets for gourmet food items, including spices, bulk recipe staples and equipment.
  • If you're serious about cooking, consider making the investment in quality pantry staples. Gourmet foods such as oils, spices and ethnic seasonings may seem like a splurge but they often have a long shelf life, so they'll be on hand for plenty of uses.
  • Don't be put off by recipes that require you to try out your local ethnic grocer for gourmet food. Usually the most authentic taste is gained by using the most authentic ingredients.

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Ingredient Substitutions

Maybe you don’t have a particular ingredient, or you're looking for low-fat, low-carb or low-cal alternatives to make your favorite dishes healthier. Not to worry: There are plenty of sites to help you find appropriate ingredient substitutions.

Insights for Ingredient Substitutions

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How to Cook

With the help of a few well-chosen Web sites, you can start from scratch and learn how to cook using basic cooking techniques. And for more advanced cooks, plenty of sites offer further tips from fellow home cooks and the pros.

Insights on How to Cook

  • If you're a busy cook trying to make weeknight meals nutritious and easy, online menu planners can be a lifesaver. This article from explains some of the more popular online menu planners.

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Kitchen Tools

Kitchen tools and cookware don't make the cook, but they sure do help the cook shine. Use these sites to find all the kitchen tools and gadgets you'll need to be a culinary success.

Insights for Kitchen Tools

  • Like anything else, a cook's choice of kitchen tools is a matter of personal taste. But the wealth of customer reviews available online can help you make an educated purchase.
  • When it comes to cookware and other kitchen tools, it really does pay to shop around. Sites like and are good places to start but don't be afraid to check other retailers. And don't forget eBay

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