How to find good recipes online
Posted Dec 20, 2022
Cooking is an investment of your time, effort and ingredients. Unfortunately, if you’re working off a bad recipe, you may be doomed from the start. It only takes one or two truly bad experiences to realize that unless you know and trust the source, all bets are off. Tried and true recipes from trustworthy sources are key.
But finding good recipes online can be surprisingly hard. One of the main problems is the sheer volume of information available. With so many websites, blogs, and recipe databases to choose from, it can be overwhelming.
And then there’s quality control. Anyone can post a recipe online, regardless of their cooking experience or knowledge. You may — scratch that — you will come across recipes that are poorly written, inaccurate, or just don’t work.
I wanted to cut out the garbage and the noise, so I got a little bit nerdy and built a recipe finder using a Google custom search engine. It searches only the trusted sources listed below. (Although I may add to it as I find new sources I like.)
- America’s Test Kitchen
- Bön Appetit
- Cooks Illustrated
- David Lebovitz
- New York Times Cooking
- Seattle Times
- Serious Eats
- The Spruce Eats
Note that I have no financial interest in anyone using this tool — it’s simply something I made that I found useful, and I’m sharing it in case it’s helpful to anyone else.
Tip: On most of these sites, an author is listed for each recipe. If you make a recipe and you like how it turns out, take note of who the author is! That same person could have recipes listed across several other websites, or they may have published a cookbook or have a YouTube channel, Patreon page or Substack newsletter that you can subscribe to.
Good luck on the hunt!