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Cooking Subject Guide

A pathfinder designed to educate people about cooking techniques, cuisine and recipes.

World Wide Web Resources

AllRecipes.com: The Recipe Network

“A vast library of all kinds of recipes. The categories of recipes include: salad, soup, vegetarian, holiday, baking, chicken, pasta, seafood, and more. Each recipe can be automatically converted to metric measurements at the click of a button. Recipes are grouped by category and alphabetically.”

The Cook's Thesaurus

"The Cook's Thesaurus is a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions."

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
“Health and Nutrition information relating to food from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Includes information on additives, chemicals and pesticides; foodborne illnesses; and labeling.”

The Food Lover's Glossary

“Browsable glossary of words relating to food and cooking.”

Free Food Recipe Online

“Chinese cuisine, seafood, chocolate, and fruit are the kinds of free recipes that can be found at Food Recipe.”

The Internet Chef

"You can find cooking ideas from snacks to full meals right here." Site features include recipes, columns about cooking, cooking tips, and interactive discussions.


"Meals.Com offers access to an ever-growing collection of over 10,000 recipes, menu suggestions and drink ideas. There is something for everyone to enjoy --- from the cordon bleu chef to the complete kitchen novice. Meals.Com gives you more than just recipes. You can email questions to The Chef, chat about food, select one course, build an entire menu or plan your meals by the week, and print a shopping list that includes all the ingredients from all the recipes you select." Registration required for customized features.


“Your one stop for online federal information about nutrition, including links on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety. Links to government programs such as the Food Stamp Program, WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), and the School Lunch and Breakfast programs, are available here as well.”


“RecipeSource is an online recipe database project started in 1993 by Berkeley University which now holds over 70,000 recipes. The database is fully searchable by ingredient, type of dish (side, main) and ethnicity. In addition to food recipes, there are recipes for pet treats and hair and skin products, along with cooking hints and tips.”

Print Resources


Bender, David A.  A dictionary of food and nutrition Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c2005. Call # R 641.03 BE

Schneider, Elizabeth Vegetables from amaranth to zucchini : the essential reference : 500 recipes and 275 photographs New York, NY : Morrow, c2001. Call # R 641.6 SC

Non Fiction

*Browsing area for cookbooks is 641.5*

The following are general books on cooking as a whole:

The best of clean eating 2 : improving your life one meal at a time / from the editors of Clean eating magazine Mississauga, ON : Robert Kennedy Publishing, c2011. Call # 641.563 BE

Big book of home cooking : favorite family recipes tips and ideas for delicious comforting food at its best  / editor, Ashley T. Strickland Columbus, OH : Oxmoor House, c2011. Call # 641.5 BI

Biggs, Matthew Vegetables, herbs & fruit : an illustrated encyclopedia Buffalo, NY : Firefly, c2006. Call # 641.5 BI

Black, Keda Cooking from above : classics New York, NY : Hachette Book Group, c2009. Call # 641.5 BL

Carucci, Linda Cooking school secrets for real world cooks San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, c2005. Call # 641.5 CA

The cook's book of ingredients London : Dorling Kindersley, c2010. Call # 641.5 CO

Crocker, Betty Betty Crocker cookbook : everything you need to know to cook today Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2005. Call # 641.5 CR

Miller, Bryan, and Rama, Marie, and Adamson, Eve Cooking basics for dummies Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley, c2011. Call # 641.5 MI

Peterson, James Essentials of cooking New York, NY : Artisan ; Godalming : Melia, c2003. Call # 641.5 PE

Potter, John Cooking for geeks : real science, great hacks, and good food Farnham : O'Reilly, c2010. Call # 641.5024 PO

Ryan, Kevin, Ph. D.  Betty Crocker why it works : insider secrets to great food Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., c2006. Call # 641.5 RY


Authors who frequently incorporate cooking/food into their fiction include:
Diane Mott Davidson
Peter King
Tamar Myers
Virginia Rich


Everyday Food From The Kitchens Of Martha Stewart Living  
Bon Appetit  
Cooking Light
Country Living
Every Day With Rachael Ray
The Monthly Magazine Of Food & Wine
Real Simple 

Educational Videos

America's test kitchen [videorecording] Boston, MA : PBS Distribution, c2009. Call # DVD 641.5 AME

Video bread basics [videorecording] Bellingham, WA : Video Bread, c1996. Call # DVD 641.815 VID

Video bread machines [videorecording] :  [bread machines in a whole new light]  Bellingham, WA : Video Bread, c1997. Call # DVD 641.815 VID

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