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Best of the Web: History & Social Sciences » Culinary History

  • Recipes, information about the historical context of Armenian food, and a glossary of terms.
  • Searchable collection of recipes from Charmaine Solomon's "Encyclopedia of Asian Food."
  • Hundreds of recipes from 24 Asian nations.
  • Article on french cooking and recipes appropriate for the celebration of Bastille Day, the French National holiday.
  • Techniques and recipes from "the authentic French cuisine site!".
  • Vegetarian recipes from Greece.
  • Lidia Bastianich's website contains recipes from her two cookbooks, information about her PBS companion show, a newsletter, and food gift ideas.
  • Features recipes, information on the benefits of Jamaican food,and an international guide to Jamaican restaurants and Caribbean restaurants, take-outs, bakeries, caterers, and sports bars.
  • "Sushi Links offers the best sushi resources on the web, as well as information on the history of sushi, pointers on sushi etiquette, and answers to frequently asked questions concerning sushi. You'll also find links to websites that offer a wide assortment of sushi recipes."
  • Discusses the traditional process of making tortillas from scratch. Includes terminology and recipes.
  • Dedicated to the history of the culinary arts and highlighting the regional foods of Mexico and the American Southwest.
  • From the bloggers who brought you Slice, A Hamburger Today focuses on the best burgers in New York.
  • This site offers "recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking."
  • Contains links to other spice-related articles.
  • Sister site to Cook's Illustrated magazine and website. Tested recipes, products tastings, and equipment reviews.
  • This non-profit organization's "mission is to educate and assist the family in understanding proper nutrition and to be the voice of the American Culinary Federation in its fight against Childhood hunger."
  • Contains a searchable recipe database, feature articles on Asian food, and restaurant listings for NYC. Also lists various cooking schools across the country and links to other sites. From the Asia Society.
  • This professional organization was "created for journalists who devote most of their working time to planning and writing food copy for news media worldwide. . . . AFJ's primary goal is to encourage communication among food journalists. In addition, AFJ tries to increase members' knowledge of food and to sharpen their writing, design and broadcast skills. The group also strives to foster professional standards among its members and other members of the media."
  • Site devoted top barbecue and outdoor cookery
  • British Broadvasting Corporation site features articles, recipes, and food-related information.
  • History and traditions associated with tea drinking. Includes recipes for afternoon tea.
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet "collection of sites related to wine, winemaking, and related topics."
  • An overview of the Menu Collection at the Alice Statler Library. Images of some of the menus are available.
  • National Geographic Magazine site offers information about coffee types, roasts, production,legends,and history.
  • Great ideas on how to include your kids in meal-planning, and fun, kid-friendly recipes.
  • A database of the menus held in the Rare Menu Collection, as well as a description of the collection. Images of actual menus are available.
  • A look at social history, manners and menus through history. A companion site to the Food Timeline.
  • Discusses seeds, specialized root systems(such as carrots), shoot systems (such as asparagus and kohlrabi),edible leaves, flowers (broccoli), and other forms of vegetables.
  • All things related to New York's restaurant world: real estate, closings, and soon-to-be openings.
  • A searchable database of over 5,000 recipes, restaurant and cookbook reviews, suggestions for the year's holiday cooking, and classic advice from James Beard and Fannie Farmer.
  • A look at the history of chocolate, the chocolate-making process, and a visit to a chocolate factory in this exhibit from the Exploratorium.
  • This site highlights "food exhibits, nes/issues, resources, food history, answers to your food questions, book reviews and just plain fun."
  • "Food Science Central is a gateway to free and subscription based information relating to the world of food science, food technology and food-related human nutrition." Registration required for some services.
  • The origins and food and ingredients. A companion site to the Culinary History Timeline.
  • Guide to French wines, wine-making, and wine districts.
  • Includes information on alternatives such as soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk. Article from the Vegetarian Journal.
  • Get great recipes for Halloween such as pumpkin seeds, pie and scary treats. Also includes entertaining advice and a Mexican Day of the Dead recipe guide.
  • This site describes the history of beer, brewing process, various styles including homemade and specialty beers, brewpubs, and cooking with beer.
  • Information on the origins of cider,its production, the cider regions of the world, and its current popularity.
  • Information on the origins of whiskey, its production around the world, the methods of distillation, and the differences among various types and characters.
  • Recipes and menus for holiday cooking and dining.
  • Tips for wine making beginners, including recipes.
  • Provides substitution suggestions from food professionals for ingredients such as butter, eggs, and flour.
  • Statistics on the coffee trade.
  • "The International Dutch Oven Society is a non-profit organization based in Logan, Utah. Our primary mission is to promote and encourage the art and skill of Dutch oven cooking, and to provide education regarding the benefits and methods of Dutch oven cooking."
  • Site contains information on home baking, including recipes, videos, a glossary, a conversion chart, and a bibliography.
  • Small collection of recipes using this unique citrus fruit. Includes recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, cheesecake, glazes, marmalade, relish, and even a kumquat martini. From a kumquat grower.
  • A database of the menus held in the Rare Books Division of the Los Angeles Public Library. Images of actual menus are available.
  • Provides instructions for making red and white table wines at hoime.
  • Includes recipes and resources.
  • A selection of primary sources, recipes, and bibliographies on the food of the Middle Ages. A labor of love.
  • "The New York Public Library owns one of the largest historical collections of menus in the world, held in the Rare Books Division."
  • Reviews and write-ups on various lunch stops in the mid-town area.
  • News and reviews on NYC restaurants, including special features such as New York Diet and Ask a Waiter.
  • The Audubon Society's Living Ocean site "helps you become more familiar with the fish and shellfish you buy so that you can make choices toward better managed selections. The buying power of consumers can create a market environment that encourages sustainable seafood and abundance in the seas."
  • Describes the uses of seitan, including recipes.
  • All about pizza in New York and beyond.
  • "Everything about wine tasting: wine terms, vintage charts, food and wine, serving wine, tasting wine, wine glasses, and more. . ."
  • Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to create delicious breakfast meals. Recipes include sweet potato waffles and turkey apple scramble.
  • A special edition from the San Francisco Chronicle's website. Includes tips on brining, recipes for stuffing and eating out options. Also gives suggestions for vegetarian Thanksgiving.
  • Historical recipies and vintage illustrations.
  • The Artisan is an Italian food recipe and bread baking site. Recipes have either been sent in by other readers, developed by staff at the Artisan or translated from Italian texts. Features a number of Italian food links.
  • Knives, chopsticks, forks and spoons. From the Rietz Food Technology Collection, housed in the Anthropology Department, California Academy of Sciences.
  • This National Public Radio show (NPR) focuses on seasonal and holiday fare, with personal commentary and recipes from the authors.
  • An encyclopedia of herbs and spices from McCormick.
  • New restaurant reviews and news from freelance writer Andrea Strong.
  • A finding aid of menus held in Special Collections. Many of the menus have also been digitized.
  • Recipes for vegetarian Greek dishes.
  • Site featuring vegetarian recipes, fact sheets, a vegetarian food guide, and articles from the Loma Linda University Nutrition and Health Letter.
  • Complete menu and recipes.
  • Collection of Articles.
  • The Cookbook of the Mycological Society of San Francisco. Online reprint of a 1987 book.
  • Wine-tasting notes from "non-experts". The wineries are in the area of Northern California.
  • Information about wineries in the California wine regions,as well as coverage of Virginia, New York, Oregon, Washington, and Texas.
  • Features articles related to spices and their uses.

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