These are some sites I've found interesting,
intriguing, useful or maybe just humorous.
- From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,
The Old Foodie gives you 400 words each weekday on a topic
related to the day, with a historic recipe, and sometimes
a menu. And how much fun is that!
"When something starts pecking its way
out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime." OK.
So how do you know when other food
is spoiled? This site will put
- Sometimes it's hard to get the message
a page devoted to eateries and customers trying
to make themselves understood.
They live in small faded books in
kitchen drawers throughout the world. A few lurk in my own
library, snapped up at school galas and rescued from secondhand
book shops. And now they're exposed in the Gallery
of Regrettable Food. I recognised many of these awesomely
awful dishes. This site is a real delight. It will soon
have you laughing. Start
with the gelatin! Peas and corn in aspic anyone?
You know those pictures of kids with
their noses pressed up against the cake shop window. That's
how I feel when I visit Chocolate
Earth. Browse the photo galleries and admire the craftsmanship!
We often criticise waiters, but how
do we look from their perspective? Here's one who pulls no
Here's a site run by one of my
web friends, Jennifer Wickes.
Pssst! Wanna know
a secret? A
chef's secret? Peter Hertzmann
runs A la Carte, one of the really interesting food sites
on the net. He's obsessed with food and his site is
a Pandora's Box. Each visit reveals something new. Worth
bookmarking for return visits.
I am still
using the toaster an aunt and uncle gave
us for a wedding present in 1977. I think it might
almost qualify as an exhibit at the Cyber
Toaster Museum. See if your heirlooms are
here. The diagram shows the first US toaster.
Not too child friendly!
- While we try to eat healthily
most of the time, there's that little pig living in most
of us that wants to live dangerously once in a while. The Eat
Dangerously site provides
some temptation. "..you can literally feel it clogging
your arteries. Don't worry though, you've got tons of
the blurb. Mmmm...
Food Tours guided tours of Wellington
(New Zealand) foodie spots is a must for visitors
who enjoy the good
life. One of its joint owners, Susan McLeary,
is a fellow member of the NZ Guild of Food Writers
and she and co-owner Catherine Cordwell know the
food business and offer interesting options for
tour patrons. Check it out.
group of enthusiasts in Galveston have taken barbecuing to
new levels with a giant burger weighing 29.75 pounds, with
a pound of bacon, two pounds of cheese, grilled onions and
portabella mushrooms, avocados, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard,
ketchup, and a giant toothpick through the centre with deli
pickles on top. Follow their
you want fries with that? More from the burger department.
Check out this fellow's giant
burger with 54 toppings. See if he manages
a clean plate!
I refer often to Gernot
Katzner's Spice Pages. This must be
the most comprehensive guide on the net.
Culinaria - David Leite's excellent food writing,
recipe collections and cooking resources. I can
spend a lot of time browsing this award winning website. Look out for David's cookbook, The New Portuguese Table, while you're there.
recipes and tips for lovers of good food and gourmet cooking
Culinary Fare - the owner of this website is a
chef turned chef tutor in New Zealand and this is
a most informative collection of recipes, food info,
history and other treasures.
You look in the fridge and the
pantry. Almost as bad as Mother Hubbard's. Help! Cooking
By Numbers will help you find a recipe for your
- Cooking4Chumps the online cook
book with easy to use recipes and cheeky but essential culinary
tips, tricks and insight
Want to locate a vintage cookbook? Old
Cookbooks will help you source them. Wartime
books, how to bake by the ration book, celebrity
cookbooks, books that came with kitchen appliances,
cookbooks from particular eras. How about 10
Cakes Husbands Like Best?
Fun to browse - and to see how cookbooks have changed
over the years. A good resource in itself.
I've been tempted to make my
own cheese and I think David B Fankhauser might be the
man to teach me. His cheesemaking
for beginners is an interesting read.
If you live in Australia and need to replenish your spice drawer. I recommend Herbie's
Spices. When the order arrives (very
speedily) just opening the package is an experience
There are plenty of kitchen myths. Here Peter Aitken explodes
a few of them - with documentation in some cases.
wild food directory - got a plague of locusts? Turn
them into a tasty snack. Or how about woodlice pie?
Here's a review of the Worst
It's well worth spending some time
eGullet Society for Culinary Arts and Letters. It's
garnished with lots of good writing.
If you've ever struggled with the
periodic table, check this table
of condiments that periodically go bad. Good for a
Don't mention Bambi! Here's a collection
of recipes for New
Zealand venison from a number of New Zealand chefs.
I don't think I'll try this one but
here is a way to cook
an egg using two cellphones. A lot
of people fell for it.
No handymen in my family so I guess
I won't be getting a solar
cooker. But you might want to make one.
Odd Spot: Maggots, a dripping nose,
a used bandaid. The Candy
Addict has lined up some of the worst confectionery
you're ever likely to encounter. The
Fear Factor range includes a chicken foot, a pig's snout,
a sheep's eye, a cow's heart. And the site has plenty more
weird candy to browse. Only in America?
of Australian links
I like those little squiggles baristas
put on my coffee. Here's some elegant coffee
Slow food is catching on. The
movement, founded in 1986, now has more than
80,000 members in over 100 countries.
Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian: Julia
Child shared the passions, philosophies and products
of this kitchen in her home with family and friends,
colleagues and friends for 45 years. She donated
the kitchen to the National Museum of American
History in 2001. Here you can browse the kitchen,
inspect individual pieces of equipment, read stories
(how, for instance, Child spent two years and
284lbs of flour getting her 22-page recipe for
French bread just right). Julia Child died in
2004 aged 91.
Bush Tucker Sites: Bush
Tucker Plants, Indigenous
Australia (a site written entirely by Aboriginal
collection of relevant sites, the Bushfood
Directory and Australian
and Bush Tucker Recipes.
- Lots of good Aussie stuff here at Images
Australia - songs, pictures, slang.
- If you'd like some royal recipes
to try at home, here's a selection from assorted Buckingham
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