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?

Relish Wales – Second Helping, Cookbook

Relish Wales, Second HelpingMy second major win of the bank holiday weekend was this book spotted for half price in the Beaufort Arms (nice lunch!) in Raglan. It’s a survey of the finest restaurants in Wales and their recipes, featuring much local meat, veg, fish and seafood.

The recipes are possibly a little too complicated for home, and certainly for my level of cooking, but simplified versions are certainly doable.

Confit duck, welsh lamb in multiple forms, local beef? Local lobster, sea bass, crab? Assorted cheesecakes, panna cotta and soufflés? All of that.

This will be my bedside cookbook for a while!

Buy this lovely book from Amazon.