People used to use cooking books and recipe cards passed down through the generations for all their cooking needs but that has all changed with the emergence of the internet and in particular social media in the last couple of years. Sharing recipes, photos and cooking videos is now common place online and users are spoilt for choice with a site for every possible cooking need. Cooking has always been a very social activity with people gathering around the kitchen and sharing recipes and that has essentially just spilled over from the kitchen into the online medium as people's lives have gotten busier. With this list in hand there really can't be any excuse for you not getting the apron out and starting to do a little bit of cooking and you might even cook up such a masterpiece that you can share it online with others...
This website did start out as Open Source Food before being acquired and re-branded. The site features lots of user submitted recipes and has nifty features like allowing you to embed the photo and text recipe all in one on to other sites as well as many sharing options around your content.
This recipe sharing site has a real community feel about it with members sharing recipes and even acting as mentors to one another. The foodie forums also provide a medium to have your foodie problems solved and there is a healthy dose of blogs and conversation in general making it seem like a real life kitchen.
This site indexes thousands of food blogs from all over the world and has grown in a short period of time to become one of the biggest food sites in the world. The community elements are very strong and you can create buzz around food stories in the very same way that you would on Digg.
This is a food porn site that displays all the most stunning of food pictures from bloggers all over the world. Photos are submitted and then approved by an editor meaning that only the best photos get thorough and there is a constantly updating new series of photos.Ã‚ *Disclosure : This is my own site
This is a site that has been around for just over a year and which makes finding the best of local produce super easy. The site not only lets you buy direct but also features a series of maps and guides on the best food produce available in your area. A great resource for foodies.
This is another site that helps you to find the best gourmet treats from independent food producers. The site is simple to use and you can drill down into the individual sections to get all the best ingredients from all over the world.
This is a great place to find all the latest food and drink stories from all over the world. Some of the stories will often be on the slightly wacky side with funny pictures and videos in abundance and the fact that it constantly updates means that you will get great new content from here every day.
One of the best review sites in the world allows you to see all the latest info from all your favorite restaurants around the world. You'll also get recommendations from critics, foodie blogs, and all the latest offers as well as a great iPhone app that lets you do all of those features but on the go.
This is a funky food site that features mostly video and comes form the creators of Funny or Die. There is tons of great content on the site and it focuses more on entertainment style shows rather than instructional videos. There is also a healthy dose of quality food blogs on the site.
Another site featuring slick videos. There are 100s of video recipes on the site as well as tours of kitchens, video interviews with top chefs and some cool cocktail recipes as well. The site features tons of great chefs and offers a great diversity of cooking styles.
One of the original and best photo sharing sites for foodies gets better with age with a slick design and constantly updating content. The site features nearly 60,000 photos and you can find recipes visually by looking through the categories and you now have the ability to comment on photos as you go.
This site features 100s of cooking videos and tips that guide you through the cooking process from the simplest soup all he way up to a complicated Souffle. There are also a few food blogs thrown in as well as an iPhone app that lets you watch recipes on the go. *Disclosure : This is my own site
One of the best food blogs around serves up great food content and all the latest news several times per day. You can also see all the best food photos from around the web in their Photo Grazing site. The site does have an American feel but all foodies will feel at home on it.
This is one of the ultimate recipe sites that features tens of thousands of quality recipes that get rated by the community to ensure that the best rises to the top. Watch out for new local versions of the site which are tailored to individual countries.
This is the ultimate crowd sourced site with most of the recipes being submitted by the community over the years. There really isn't a recipe that exists that you won't find on this site and thanks to the rating system from the community you can filter out all the rubbish.
An online cooking school that features all the best professionally produced content with super slick HD quality videos. You can sign up for a pro account which will help you pose questions to chefs and receive new cooking tips every single day of the week.
This is a spin off from the Food network that is trying to appeal to a new younger audience. The site has a nice clean and fresh feel to it and you will find the usual mix of recipes, videos, chef tips and blogs as well as soon good user interaction.
This is a pure mecca for foodies all over the world with a huge selection of recipes, great video content and a fun and edgy feel to the site. Of particular interest should be the tips section which features some handy little tips that will save you loads of time in the kitchen.
The big daddy of all the recipe sites that has been around for years and is still going strong. ou can create your own profile and get involved with sharing recipes as well as submitting your own to the site and like all good recipe sites you can of course view all the recipes on their slick iPhone app.
This is a site that breaks cooking down for people who have not cooked before and they could not be more precise in the way they do so. Great resource for people who don't watch video and want a visual guide to be able to guide them through complicated dishes.
Most celebrity chefs have a very simple presence online with a few recipes and a couple of videos but Jamie takes it to the next level with a great site packed full of recipes, cooking tips, podcasts and the ability for users to submit their own recipes. Jamie has extended his brand online and is building a real community around his site.
Very social site that revolves around restaurants in different cities and encourages users to get involved in a community style. The site also has an offline magazine and you have the ability to add your own restaurants and ask questions directly.
This is not strictly a food site but every good meal needs some wine and corkd is the social network for wine lovers brought to you by online wine star Gary Vaynerchuk. The site lets you see all the latest goings on in a news stream fashion and review wines and you are of course never far away from being able to buy wine online.
Cookstr.com is a new cooking site that provides users with great recipes from the best chefs and cookbook authors. At the heart of Cookstr is a really powerful search engine, which lets you look for recipes in a wide variety of ways. The site keeps you coming back with a lovely recipe of the day on the homepage.
We have all at one stage or another thought that we could have our own cook book and now Tastebook gives you that option as you can add your recipes and get your own book designed, bound, printed and sent to you within a matter of days featuring all your own recipes.