I was invited by a local news channel to share tips on navigating the wonderful, yet overwhelming, world of online recipes and cookbooks, along with easy ways to organize favorites and make simple shopping lists. I unveiled my favorite new tool, thanks to my Facebook friends' recommendations (see it below).
Stuck in the Pre-packaged Food Rut?
These websites are chock-full of simple, old-fashioned recipes and most are also available in apps.
- Food Network
- All Recipes
- Real Simple
- Weelicious (kid-friendly recipes with free weekly menu planner and available in an app)
Foodie Blog Aggregates
These website do a great job of combining a wide array of the best recipes from around the internet.
These free tools are available online and also in apps for simple in-kitchen prep without printing and chasing down recipes.
- Ziplist: Like the Cadillac of recipe finding/organizing/sharing, menu planning, shopping list tool and mobile app that I've come across yet. It offers a web clipper that allows you to add any and all recipes from around the web with one click. It can even create a unique shopping list based on the recipes you add and lets you add the meal to your menu with one click.
- Pinterest: By far the easiest way to group recipes into categories so you can find them easily on your iPhone or iPad while you're wrangling dinner in the kitchen. The beautiful visuals actually inspire me to cook (and that's not an easy thing to do!). I love being able to follow my favorite cooks who post their recipes regularly, so I don’t have to visit their blogs to scout out the new recipes.
- Foodily: Pairs perfectly with Pinterest, because you can import all of the recipes you’ve already saved. Also includes a social aspect (friending, following specific chefs and sharing the recipes you like the best via social media channels).
- Pepper Plate: Allows you to import recipes from 20 of the most popular recipe sites (i.e. AllRecipes.com, The Pioneer Woman, etc.), also provides a menu planner and shopping list.
Free Downloadable Cookbooks
Amazon.com offers a wide range of free e-cookbooks for download via Kindle to your computer