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Wednesday 2 September 2015

The world's 50 best food websites

Published 20/07/2011

<b>Running with Tweezers</b><br/>
This might seem an odd name for a food website but Lulu Grimes says it's brilliantly informative for anyone thinking of working on their own blog. 'Tami has good advice and great recipes.'
<b>Where</b> www.runningwith tweezers.com
Running with Tweezers
This might seem an odd name for a food website but Lulu Grimes says it's brilliantly informative for anyone thinking of working on their own blog. 'Tami has good advice and great recipes.' Where www.runningwith tweezers.com
Chowhound
'Occasionally tricky to navigate but a huge source of inspiration,' says Nick Coffer. Lulu adds that it's a great place to find a recipe as well as a restaurant review from anywhere in the world. 'Interesting, well-informed people contribute, so the calibre of information is always excellent,' she says. Where www.chowhound.chow.com
Rafi's Spicebox
'I love a company that's passionate about spices,' says Mita Patel. 'You can decide how hot you want your marinade and learn about the origin of the dish. As a big fan of curry, all the mixes look delicious and make it so easy for you to create a home-cooked curry.' Where www.spicebox.co.uk
Food Insight
A site that promises to deliver science-based information about food and nutrition. There are sections on food safety, caffeine, salt, hot news topics and healthy eating. There's a big section on food allergies, too. Where www.foodinsight.org
My Tiny Plot
'Growing your own food is the most fun you can have on a summer school night,' says Claudia Ruane. 'This is an excellent food-growing blog rammed with practical tips for the green-food-fingered. You can subscribe to email updates and there are also lots of tutorials. Where www.mytinyplot.co.uk
Stone Soup
'This is devoted to five-ingredient recipes that are easy to prepare and delicious,' says Kate Adams. 'Jules Clancy came up with the idea and now has a virtual cookery school, too. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it's perfect if you need a little light cooking inspiration.' Where www.thestonesoup.com
Japan Centre
'This shop is a treasure trove of labels I can't read, which I find unusually exciting,' says Claudia. If you can buy your fresh ingredients at the supermarket or fishmonger, then come here for the sauces, seaweeds and condiments. Where www.japancentre.com
Eat the Seasons
A handy reminder of all the foods that are in season in any given month which, thanks to air miles and fridges, is something that many of us have either forgotten or never knew. 'This is healthy inspiration direct from nature,' says Kate. Where www.eattheseasons.co.uk
Lizzie Eats London
'Lizzie writes like she is your best friend in the kitchen,' says Mita. 'She's not afraid to type the truth about food - looks ugly, tastes delicious - and her recipes are original with the photography untouched. Read the street food in Bangkok post.' Where www.lizzieeats london.blogspot.com
Tea & Cookies
This site has recipes, gardening and travel from San Francisco. Lulu says: 'Tara Austen Weaver's recipes are different - and reading recipes from the other side of the world opens out the possibilities when staring at a very British veg box. Where www.teaandcookies blog.com
Hubbub
'Shop for meat, fish and groceries online and they will bring it to your door from high-quality independent shops,' says Nick. The site is currently only available in parts of North London, but has plans to expand through the UK. Where www.hubbub.co.uk
The New York Times
'These pages are a rich resource of the latest health trends, food, fitness and ways to wellness,' says Kate. 'You can sign up to their weekly updates and there are regular columns including recipes for health and well-being.' Where www.nytimes.com
Rosie's Deli Café
'This Brixton café is my favourite hangover cure,' says Claudia. 'Rosie sources lovely ingredients and makes hearty, delightful food. Her blog is super, too - foodie travels and events in or near her tweeny cafe.' Where www.rosiesdelicafe.blogspot.com
Anissa
'The place to come for all things Middle Eastern,' says Lulu. 'She blogs about ingredients, recipes and her travels as well as the area around her Shoreditch home, so we know that her local newsagent Mrs Patel makes excellent samosas.' Where www.anissas.com/blog1
Goodness Direct
'Archie was heavily dairy allergic until he was two-and-a-half and finding suitable products to cook with was very tricky,' says Nick. 'This site was a life-saver: it has a brilliant range of food for all sorts of allergies.' Where www.goodnessdirect.co.uk
Slow Food
Slow Food was launched in 1989 to fight against the rise of fast food and fast life and the disappearance of local food traditions. Mita loves it because it also tries to reignite our interest in the food we eat. Where www.slowfood.com
Rice and Pickle
'There are an overwhelming number of food blogs, but this one stands out,' says Claudia. 'It's well-written, humorous, and informative.' The site includes restaurant reviews and good travel pieces too. Where www.riceandpickle.com
Cookthink
'This website has a search tool based on your cravings which is such a good idea,' says Mita. 'There are also lots of good tips so I feel I can learn something at the same time.' Where www.cookthink.com
The East London Steak Co
'The East London Steak Company sell perfect cuts of beef from grass-fed cows,' says Nick. 'The meat is hung for at least 28 days and delivered in funky packs for free within the M25.' Where www.eastlondonsteak.co.uk
Health Castle
It bills itself as an online nutrition community and is run by registered dieticians. It is American, so some of the advice on groceries and brands will be irrelevant, but for sensible cooking advice it's a great resource. Where www.healthcastle.com
Simply Recipes
'A mouth-watering recipe blog,' says Kate. 'Elise Bauer is based in Northern California which I don't mind imagining every time I read about her kitchen garden or her trips to the local farmers' markets. I want to try all of her recipes.' Where www.simplyrecipes.com
BBC Good Food
Yes it's here, but recommended by Nick, entirely unprompted by Lulu. It is, as he says, clean, clear and easy to navigate. 'The one-stop shop for all the recipes ever published in Good Food magazine and Olive, together with how-to videos and recipes uploaded by members too.' Where www.bbcgoodfood.com
Canton Tea Co
'No prizes for guessing that this is a China tea specialist and they really know their stuff,' says Kate. 'Very little jasmine tea available in the UK is made in the traditional way of layering the tea with fresh jasmine blossoms over a number of nights.' Where www.cantonteaco.com
Men's Health
If you can get past the flailing pecs on the home page and direct yourself to nutrition there is some good advice here. Features include how to eat healthily in the pub as well as a list of superfoods and simple dietary tweaks you can make. Where www.menshealth.co.uk
The Spice Spoon
'Stunning photography, beautiful food and evocative writing, Shayma Saadat's Pakistani/ Afghan/Persian blog is a treat,' says Nick. 'Very original recipes from a blogger who is keen to offer a much-needed dose of humanity and romanticism to the countries of her heritage.' Where www.thespicespoon.com
The Resourceful Cook
This site has meal plans for everyone. The prices are given for four of the big supermarkets and quantities correspond to their pack sizes. Or you can just browse the recipes according to what's already in your fridge. Where www.theresourceful cook.com
Gower Cottage Brownies
'Yes this is a whole site just for brownies,' says Nick. 'But these brownies, homemade in Wales by Kate Jenkins, may well be the best brownies you will ever taste.' In which case, there's nothing more to add. Where www.gowercottage brownies.co.uk
The Food Doctor
Ian Marber has a number of high-profile clients, but don't let that put you off. He's not faddy and his recipes use proper food and taste good. Learn about balancing your diet and find out more about the latest conflicting health advice in the media. Where www.thefooddoctor.com
Nordljus
'A beautiful blog that gives me a lift every time I visit,' says Lulu. 'Keiko doesn't post exhaustively, but what she does share has a lightness and seasonality. Previous posts are well worth looking through and her abilities as a pudding-maker are astounding.' Where www.nordljus.co.uk
Delicious Days
After being listed in Time magazine's 50 coolest websites, Nicky was able to give up her day job and turn food writer full time. She's now written two books but still has time to blog and share her recipes, from breakfast through to dinner. Where www.deliciousdays.com
Natoora
'This site often has fresh goods that can't easily be found elsewhere,' says Lulu. 'It's particularly good for those people who don't live near city centres, where there can be more choice.' Where www.natoora.co.uk
The World's Healthiest Foods
'It's refreshing to see so much information about all sorts of ingredients,' says Mita. 'This site clearly explains the benefits of each ingredient and offers menu plans.' Where www.whfoods.com
My Custard Pie
'It may surprise you to know that there is a thriving food and blogging scene in Dubai,' says Nick. 'This is exemplified by Sally Prosser's blog. Her insights into life as an ex-pat in the UAE add to a brilliant read.' Where www.mycustardpie.com
La Tartine Gourmande
Bea is French and lives in Boston with her Irish-American husband. She is a food stylist, photographer and writer, so her recipes both look and sound fabulous. Where www.latartine gourmande.com
Westin Gourmet
This site supplies wholesale cuts of meat, meaning that you can have restaurant standard if you buy larger amounts. All the products are from responsibly farmed animals. Where www.westingourmet.co.uk
Weight Loss Resources
Yes, obviously, it does what it says on the tin, but it also has lots of sensible advice from dietitians, so if you really want to embark on the Atkins diet read this first - as well as info on fibre, your metabolism and almost anything else you can think of. Where www.weightloss resources.co.uk
What Katie Ate
'Katie's a professional photographer and this site is as beautiful as you would expect it to be,' says Mita. 'The stories are simple, the food looks beautiful and I will be making her divine chocolate fudge cake as soon as I have time.' Where www.whatkatieate.blogspot.com
Chez Pim
It may have started out as a blog, but it has now expanded into a book of recipes, some travel writing and reviews of the great restaurants of the world. There are lots of video recipes and suggestions for your pantry - as well as suggestions for what to drink with the meals. Where www.chezpim.com
The Fish Society
'This site has a huge variety of fish to choose from - and it seems incredible that they can offer 20 different types of prawn,' says Mita. 'It makes my mouth water just to look. If you're at all stuck for what to do with such ingredients there are lots of creative recipe ideas too.' Where www.thefishsociety.co.uk
Nutrition Unplugged
Chicago-based dietician Janet Helm discusses everything from the newest diet trends to food crazes and fads, backed up with lots of facts and information. A sort of mix of myth debunking and nutritional news all in one place. Where www.nutrition unplugged.com
Morgaine Gaye
Offerings that are a peek into a world of artisan food trends, says Claudia. 'She's a futurologist, a raw-food expert and general madcap - so her posts are quirky and eye-opening. Fruit caviar and life-size chocolate tennis balls are a case in point.' Where www.morgainegaye.com
Helen Graves
'A brilliant mix of recipes from a lady who is trying to show that there is more to food and drink heritage in Peckham than just its Spring Water,' says Nick with a slight dig at Del Boy. 'This site has extremely well-crafted food and travel writing.' Where www.helengraves.co.uk
Smithy Mushrooms
'Smithy Mushrooms send wild, fresh and dried mushrooms by post really quickly,' says Lulu. 'The other point to make is that you don't need to buy in bulk so if you are just looking for a small amount, you can buy it here.' Where www.smithymushrooms.co.uk
The Vegan Society
Claudia says: 'I eat close to a vegan diet for environmental reasons and - more selfishly - because it's a cheaper, healthier way to eat. This site has good nutritional advice for keeping nutrients up when your meat and dairy intake is going down.' Where www.vegansociety.com
Orangette
'There are hardly any photos on this site, which might be hard for those of us that like to eat with our eyes, but I actually really like that as you get a sense of what the food would look like from reading about it,' says Mita. Where www.orangette.blogspot.com
Red Online
'I have become rather addicted to this site,' says Kate. 'There are so many easy and delicious recipes that also happen to be healthy rather than being labelled as 'diet food' - which is always so depressing.' Where www.redonline.co.uk
Infusions 4 Chefs
Anyone inspired by Tim Anderson, winner of MasterChef, will love this. 'A website for would-be molecular chefs, whether you need an instant smoke pipe or a squeezy bottle,' says Lulu. Where www.infusions4chefs.co.uk
NHS Good Food
If you're nervous about who to trust when it comes to nutritional advice, then why not turn to the NHS. Lots of information, including how to load your plate for optimum healthy eating. Where www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood
The Pink Whisk
'Ruth Clemens was a finalist in 2010's Great British Bake Off and her blog is a playful, cheeky, fun and creative place where her exuberance and passion for all that bakes is really infectious,' says Nick. Where wwww.thepinkwhisk.co.uk
Scandilicious
'Signe's book is just out and this site is full of lovely, inviting entries that are a pleasure to read and make you instantly want to slap an apron on,' says Lulu. Where www.signejohansen.com

Where should you go for tasty recipes, fine produce and the latest culinary trends? Kate Watson-Smyth asks the experts for their top bookmarks

This week's panel:

Kate Adams, author of ‘The Flat Tummy Club Diet’;

Claudia Ruane, brand head of Abel & Cole;

Mita Patel, food blogger;

Nick Coffer, creator of www.mydaddycooks.com;

Lulu Grimes, food director of BBC ‘Good Food Magazine’

>>Click here or the image on the right to launch the guide

Source:Independent



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