Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford: Week 9

In our digital age, the shape of the book is being transformed. Not everyone gets their advice from a printed cookbook. Rachel tells us about her go-to recipe source.

When was created? was founded in 1997 after web entrepreneur Tim Hunt had trouble finding his favorite cookie recipe online.

What kind of cooking resource is it?

The website is a large collection of recipes that are often not only submitted by users, but voted and commented on by people who have tried them. They have just about any kind of recipe you can think of, and provide themed collections for easy browsing.

Is it easy to use?

I find it very easy to use, although as you can imagine there are so many recipes that navigating them all can be overwhelming! That’s why I like that they collect recipes based on different factors like what type of food it is, what type of diet it works for, a main ingredient, holiday recipes, etc. Even if you don’t know exactly what recipe you want, you can browse until you see something you like. In addition, if you see one recipe that looks too complicated there’s a great chance you’ll find a similar one that’s been simplified!

Can you easily buy the ingredients?

It depends on the recipe, but since there are multiple versions of similar recipes I’ve almost always been able to find a version that works with what I have at home or can easily get at the store. User comments sometimes have ingredient substitution ideas too.

One of my favorite features is the Ingredient Search. By default you can search for recipes at the top of the page, but if you switch to the Ingredients Search, you’ll be able to type in specific ingredients you want in the recipe, any you don’t want, as well as keywords or a category to search in to help narrow down your recipes.

What is special about

One of the most helpful features is the rating and comments system from other users. Plus each recipe has a servings calculator, so if the recipe makes 8 servings and that’s too much, you can change it to 4 servings and the website will alter the amounts of each ingredient for you.

There is also a Recipe Box feature, where you can save recipes that you want to use or have already used and liked. You can even add ingredients to a shopping list, share the recipe on other websites, or use it to create a menu for the week. The variety of categories and collections is astounding, and anytime you look at a recipe you can click a “More Recipes Like This” link to see similar dishes.

What are your favorite recipes from this resource?

My Recipe Box currently has 45 recipes in it, but these are my favorite four:

Creamy Broccoli Soup (
Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa (
Pumpkin Cookies (
Cream Cheese Kolacky (

Review by Rachel

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This entry was posted on February 26, 2012 by in 50 Great Cookbooks, Book Review, Cooking, Non-Fiction, Website Review.
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