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OK. So I'm into food and I guess you are too or you wouldn't be here - right?
Forget about paying huge sums for glossy cookbooks. These days, chefs earn enough money from their TV appearances to keep them comfortably in truffles. So while you have a modem and an ISP why not tap into the many resources available on the Internet? (Apologies to Deliah Smith and Co.).
I've listed some of my favourite sites below but if you know of any that are better just e-mail me the details and I'll include them in the listing.
Note: You won't find any (intentionally) low-fat or veggie crap here. This page is for people who enjoy their food and appreciate the flavour of calories.
Asian - General:
Afri Chef - A series of recipes taken from The African Recipes Cook Book.
Airline Meals - Everything you ever wanted to know about airline food.
Arab Gateway - Arabic recipes plus lots more!
Arabic Slice - Loads of recipes from Arabic countries.
Asian Home Page - Stacks of recipes from around Asia.
Asian Recipe - Everything from Afghanistan to Vietnam. Contains tips on cooking methods, herbal remedies, and much more.
Australian Recipes - What people eat Down Under. Includes a section on bush tucker.
Baking Mad - Contains over 200 delicious bread recipes, with options for both traditional baking and bread machines.
Barbecues and Grilling - Everything you wanted to know about barbecues with plenty of scrumptious recipes thrown in for good measure.
BBC Food Recipes - From the BBC in England. Plenty of recipes and tips taken mainly from the many excellent TV cookery programmes the BBC produces.
Beef and Steak Site - Just what it says. Also contains free downloadable cookery books (in Acrobat format).
Bengali - Want to impress your friends with a Bengali meal? This is the place to pick up some interesting recipes.
Bob and Angie's Japanese Recipes - Many recipes plus tips for Japanese cooking.
Breadnet - The free internet bread recipe archive.
Bread Recipes - Not only bread recipes but biscuits, buns and muffins as well.
Breakfast and Brunch Recipes - Muffins, French toast, waffles, pancakes and a stack of other fattening stuff.
Buffalo Recipes - Buffalo or Bison? Whatever! Some tasty recipes for meat eaters.
Caribbean Choice - Caribbean cooking and recipes forum.
Caribbean Recipes - From Caribbean Connoisseur.
Caribbean and West Indian Recipes - The Afrocentric experience!
Chef2chef - Contains some good recipes and many links.
Chinese Cuisine - All you wanted to know about Chinese food.
Chinese Food DIY - Over 500 recipes with plenty of cooking tips.
Chinese Food Index - Not only recipes but lots of information on China as well.
Chinese Recipes - Thousands of recipes from Chef 2 Chef.
Chow Down Under - Aussie tucker from a lass called Linda.
Congo Cookbook - Traditional cooking and easy, everyday recipes from Africa, plus observations about African cuisine and food.
Cooks.com - A positive cornucopia of recipes!
Cooks Recipes - A premier cooking and recipe site with 15,000 recipes (and growing).
CopyKat - You've tasted it in the restaurants, now make it yourself at home!
Creole and Cajun Recipe Page - Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans 'n Rice, Shrimp Creole and more....!
Easy Thai Food Collection - Oodles of recipes for some of the world's best food.
Eat Greek Tonight - The taste of Greece (not grease), right there in your kitchen.
eCook - Recipes, articles, tips and shopping from Allyson Gofton in New Zealand.
Egg Recipes - Frittatas, soufflés and many other good ways to cook eggs.
Egyptian Recipes - Recipes from the Land of the Pyramids and from surrounding countries which have influenced Egyptian cooking.
Epicurious - Over 16,000 recipes and a whole lot more.
Filipino Recipes - Adobo, lumpia and all of your favourites - from Recipe Source.
Fine Cooking - An excellent resource from The Taunton Press for people who love to cook.
Fish and Seafood - a host of delicious recipes from Cook It Simply.
Flora's Recipe Hideout - Cakes, cookies, pies, etc. Lots of sweet things to make you drool - plus Flora's Favorites! Many links to other sites.
Food and Drink - Great site from soyouwanna.com. How to order sushi, fake being a wine expert, learn to barbecue and lots more.
Food Down Under - A great site featuring recipes from around the world.
Foodgeeks - Plenty of recipes. Allows you to enter your own recipes and to create your own on-line cookbook.
Food Network - A searchable database of recipes from around the world.
Free Recipes from the Early 1900's - Just like grandma's grandma used to make.
French Cooking - French recipes from Recipe Source.
French Cuisine - Stacks of recipes including French Canadian and Belgian.
Funky Munky - Traditional recipes from South Africa.
Gil's Portuguese Recipes - Great food from the country that hosted Euro 2004.
German Food - Recipes from a German Grandma's kitchen.
Good Cooking - A gastronomic and gourmet cooking resource.
Gourmet Recipes - From Free Gourmet Recipes. Includes 'healthy' recipes as well!
Greek Recipe dot com - Excellent site containing a great many recipes.
Hawaiian Recipes - Lots of dishes from Hawaii - but I couldn't spot Long Pig anywhere!
Hershey's Kitchens - A collection of recipes for chocolate lovers. (Hint: You don't have to use Hershey's chocolate).
Icelandic Cooking and Recipes - Not just all whale meat and seals!
Indian Delicacies - The complete Indian recipe site (or that's what it says, anyway).
Indian Cuisine - Authentic recipes from Vandana Dubey's recipe site.
Indian Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Food - Contains 'mushrooms' under non-vegetarian dishes. Now what kind of animal is that?
Iowa State Universities Tasty Insect Recipes - For the more adventurous cook.
Jamie Oliver - Mouth-watering recipes from this annoying but talented chef.
Japanese Food - About Japanese Food dot com. Everything you need to know from recipes to table etiquette.
Japanese Recipe Collection - Raw fish anyone?
Jayne's Greek Recipes - A home-made site with some delicious recipes - from an English girl living in Greece.
Jewish Food - Classic Jewish food recipes from around the world.
Jewish Recipes - From Food network.
Korean Kitchen - Over 70 recipes from Korea.
Kitchen Link - You could spend literally hours playing with this site. Your guide to what's cooking on the net.
Korean Recipes - From Recipe Source.
Lebanese Recipes - A great selection from Recipe Source.
Leite's Culinaria - Delicious recipes from Portugal.
Little Ma's Recipe Corner - Stacks of Chinese recipes categorized by region.
Love Chef - A cooking celebrity with spice ... that's one way to describe Francis Anthony. You may decide otherwise.
Makan Time - A guide to everything that's good about food from Singapore. Contains a good section on Thai food as well.
Maria's Cookbook - Totally yummy recipes from Brazil.
Meals for You - Find recipes according to diet, taste, time and nutrition.
Meals dot com - 15,000 recipes with sections on Italian and Mexican food.
Mealtime - From the Canned Food Alliance. A site promoting the use of canned foods!
Meatmatters - The home of British meat recipes.
Medieval Recipe Translations - Just pop down to your local supermarket for a swan or two and a few flagons of ale.
Mega-Zine's Recipe Index - Almost 90,000 recipes! No fancy graphics, java scripts, etc. here - just a simple, fast site.
Middle Eastern Recipes - A whole range of recipes from the Arab world.
MSN House and Home - Cook and entertain the Microsoft way! Thanks Bill.
Offal Recipes - From Recipes 4 Us. If you're into liver, heart and kidneys this is the place for you.
Ostrich Recipes - Some good recipes for this healthy meat option - plus lots of information on ostrich meat.
Out of the Frying Pan - An amusing site with some good recipes. Check out the Beer-Butt Chicken!
Persian Cuisine - Ever wondered what they eat in Iran? Here's your chance to make it yourself at home - or to get your partner to make it for you!
Quaker Oatmeal - More than just porridge. Plenty of things to do with your oats - and they can be healthy!
Recipe Centre - Recipes, software, a quiz, games and a whole lot more. Excellent site.
Recipe Gal - A good, fast site with a section on ethnic recipes from many parts of the world.
Recipe Goldmine - Thousands of recipes (including a section on Amish recipes!) and links to all manner of other sites. You could spend literally hours with this one.
Recipe Land - RecipeLand.com™ is a great online cooking community where home cooks and chefs from around the world gather together to share their favorite recipes, and recipe experiences.
Recipe Search - Search 250,000 recipes from one easy form.
Recipe Source - Source recipes by ethnic region or type. Got Tibetan friends popping round? Knock up some momo's in minutes.
Regional Recipes - Recipes from various regions around the world.
Robbie's Recipes - An excellent site with stacks of great recipes.
Russian Recipes - Ever wonder what Russians eat? Find out here.
Salvatore's Kitchen - Good selection of recipes from around the world.
Scandinavian Recipes - Not all fish. Take a look and be surprised.
Science of Cooking - Fascinating site full of information and recipes.
Scottish Recipe Web Site - Delectable recipes from the land of Braveheart.
Soupsong - The ultimate soup site with everything from recipes and tips to soup jokes!
Sue's Recipe Server - Select by country from A to Z (and just about everything in between) or category.
Simply Seafood - Just what it says - but also contains some interesting articles on cooking techniques and a seafood guide.
Sri Lankan Delights - Authentic recipes courtesy of Lakmali Hewa.
Stuart's Chinese Recipes - A host of Chinese recipes for you to enjoy.
Tabasco Pepperfest - Some like it HOT! All manner of recipes from the king of hot sauces.
Thai Favorites - Mouth-watering recipes from Recipe Source.
Turkish Recipes - A good selection from Recipe Source.
The Secret of Korean Food - Korean cuisine, recipes and a lot more.
Trailerboat Fisherman - Excellent source of fish recipes and tips on fish cooking.
UKTV Food - Excellent site. Possibly the only food site that you'll need.
Urban Fare - Great site with plenty of scrumptious dishes to prepare.
Webtender - Drinks recipes, bartending guide, bar games and links. Keep your guests happy while you cook.
Weird and Different Recipes - Lists such recipes as Jellied Moose Nose, Fried Beaver Tail and Baked Seal Flippers with Vegetables. Enjoy!
Weird Foods From Around the World - Some really strange stuff to be found here.
Welsh recipes - Tastes of Wales from Food Down Under.
World of Creative Cookery - Contains a selection of good recipes plus a guide to matching wines with food.
YumYum dot com - The recipe page for everyday cooks. Contains 20,000 recipes.
Ziyad dot com - Delicious recipes from the Middle East.