Which recipe web sites do YOU use?


I cook a lot. I also eat a lot and I even have a cookbook coming out as soon as I can persuade the illustrator to put some pretty pictures in. The big question is, which web sites do I go for recipes to cook whatever I just got from the supermarket?

9/10 times I got to the internet, even though I have a fair few  books on my shelves. The exception being a few recipes that are now standards.

BBC Good Food

Main Sites

  • http://bbcgoodfood.com/ – My go-to sites are the BBC, obviously. Auntie permeates British culture so much, it’s hard to avoid. It also has great google-fu so it tends to come high up in searches.
  • https://www.bbc.com/food
  • Jamie Oliver  – He can be annoying at the best of times but he is the author of the bulk of the cookbooks I have on my bookshelves.
  • Kikkoman.co.uk – years ago I was told to get rid of the rubbish Chinese soy sauce I had in my cupboard and get Kikkoman. I did and never looked back. Their recipes aren’t too bad either.
  • Delia Smith – Delia Smith is a British institution and I tend to go to her for pastry, pancakes and Yorkshire puddings.
  • Gordon Ramsay – A legend to cooks everywhere even if his TV persona is a bit overboard.
  • Nigella Lawson – Lush and chocolatey.
  • Ken Hom – Introduced us to cooking Cantonese. Which we all know is a British cuisine.
  • Madhur Jaffrey -  for Indian food, the other British cuisine. She doesn’t appear to have her own web site. How retro.
  • Linda McCartney – Introduced me to living without meat, thanks teenage daughter. Until I got Asian girlfriends, then it wasn’t a goer. The Japanese made me eat fish, the Taiwanese made me eat meat again!
  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – I had one of his books. It was good. Heavy on the vegetables.
  • The Hairy Bikers – Good solid nourishment.
  • Anthony Worrall Thompson. A Brexiter. Ignore.
  • Great British Chefs – Can be a bit pretentious, but I visit the site to enter the competitions and get inspiration.
Nigella's Rocky Road
Nigella’s Rocky Road

Other useful resources:

  • Jay Rayner -  Does the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4 which I’m sure you should listen to.
  • The late, legendary Anthony Bourdain. Use him as a guide as to what’s good locally in your country. Plus he had noodles with Obama. How cool is that?

That’s my list of great influences. Who should I add to that list?