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Ethnic and International



Recipe Collections

Restaurant Guides

Vegetarian and Vegan 




Diana's Desserts


"A website dedicated to Home Bakers and just for anyone who loves and enjoys the world of sweets and baking." Locate recipes, tools, a forum, and newsletters.


Joy of Baking


Information on home baking, including recipes, videos, a glossary, conversions, and a bibliography. 




Epicurious: Drink Index


Search the drink file for recipes of over 1,000 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The “Pint of Reference” section presents glossaries as well as ideas for setting up a bar (see “The Bar Minimum”). Try the “Party Rules” section for estimating quantities and for party menu suggestions.


Wine Spectator


After creating a free account, find wine ratings and descriptions for 10,000 wines as well as a database of wine retailers in the “Wine Search” section. Visit the “Library” for vintage charts, characteristics of wines, and storing and serving advice. 


Ethnic & International:


Access Mexico Connect's Kitchen


Find recipes, conversion help, and spice information. Search recipes by ingredient or by course.


African Recipes – The Congo Cookbook


Beautifully designed site with access to recipes by region or ingredient.


European Cuisines


Links to a variety of recipes and other food oriented information from Europe divided by region. Most sites are in English, but some are in the local language.


Food in Every Country


Select a country to view a brief culinary history, recipes, and resources for further reading.


Soul Food Cookbook


Recipes from the Black/African American, Jamaican and Caribbean cultures. Categories include chicken, beef, pork, fish, vegetables, bread, and beans.


Traditional Native American Recipes from the Cooking Post


Recipes for traditional dishes include blue corn bread muffins, Pueblo oven bread, Pueblo harvest green chile stew, and baked pumpkin.




Barbecue'n on the Internet


Devoted to barbecue and outdoor cookery. Find weekly recipes, tips, secrets, and more.


Cook's Thesaurus


"A cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions."




Incredibly vast amount of information: search over 10,000 recipes for food and beverages from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines; consult the "Food and Wine" dictionary for definitions of cooking techniques and various foods; use the metric conversion table, follow a cooking class, investigate kitchen equipment, and explore much more. 


Family Food on the Table


Save money by finding items on sale each week at your chosen grocery store and locate recipes based on those sale items.


Food Network’s Food TV


In addition to a large database of recipes and menus, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of more than 4,000 food, wine, and culinary terms, a "Fat and Calorie Calculator" (with additional nutritional information) for raw ingredients and prepared foods, suggestions for ingredient substitutions, and video demos of cooking techniques.


Mimi’s Cyber Kitchen


Links to anything relating to food from appliances to videos. Try here for a nice variety of international and ethnic food links.


Recipe Link


Links to everyday cooking, special diets, ethnic cooking, outdoor cooking, canning and preserving, the food service industry, and more.


Spice Advice


Everything about spices: history, taste and aroma, geographical sources, storage tips and photos. An A-Z arrangement from a pull-down menu. 




Fanny Farmer Cookbook


Search the 1918 version of the classic cookbook by keyword, chapter, or subject index. Over 1,800 recipes included.




The source for a history of medieval cooking and sample recipes from the 14th century. Includes a section on Chaucer’s food and links to other historical cooking sites.


Historic American Cookbook Project


A collection of important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Search by author, title, recipe name, and ingredients or browse by category.


Key Ingredients: America by Food


A companion to a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Features the American Cookbook Project and a historical online chronology about food in the United States.


Recipe Collections:


All Recipes.com: The Recipe Network


Large, general recipe search site that includes links to their specialty recipe sites for appetizers, barbeque, breads, cakes, pies, pasta, seafood, vegetarian and more. Use the recipe exchange to request a recipe or to submit a favorite. Options for printing to an index card or full page.


American Diabetes Association: Food Hub


Find nutritional recipes by searching or browsing this page from the American Diabetes Association. In addition to the recipe archive, cooking tips, an explanation of food labels, and a virtual grocery store tour are offered.


Betty Crocker


Special features of this site include a weekly menu planner that automatically creates a shopping list and a recipe finder for specific ingredients. Keyword and category searches for recipes.


Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project


"The Feeding America project has created an online collection of some of the most important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century."


The Internet Chef 


Cooking videos with "secrets of the trade to help you cook better, faster and to eat well."




Search thousands of recipes by keyword or by category. Includes regional and ethnic groups as search options.


Restaurant Guides:


New Jersey Online: Restaurant Guide


Search by location, name of restaurant, or type of food for reviews of over 3,500 New Jersey restaurants from the Star-Ledger and the Times of Trenton.


Zagat Survey


"Zagat Survey's format allows people to search for and find the best places to meet their individual needs based on a variety of criteria." Search over 30,000 restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs worldwide. A free registration entitles users to participate in discussion boards, view menus, and to access member reviews.


Vegetarian and Vegan:


FATFREE: The Low Fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive


An archive of over 3,000 fat free and low fat vegetarian and vegan recipes. Search in over 50 categories from soup to desserts. 




"Designed to provide simple recipes that taste great and contain ingredients that can be found in your local grocery or health food store." Provides a collection of recipes which are accompanied by photos.


The Vegetarian Resource Group


Source for vegetarian and vegan recipes, vegetarian nutrition information, and articles from Vegetarian Journal.




Recipes grouped by category, the VegWeb Newsletter, FAQs, information about vitamins and minerals, and more.


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