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Just like when you find yourself roaming the aisles of the supermarket ravenously hungry but yet unable to decide on what to buy, StumbleUpon is the ultimate tool for me when I’m in the mood to cook. Perhaps I’ll find a recipe I want to try to adapt, or a new kitchen gadget to try out, or maybe just pictures to inspire my next attempts. And when I’m on the go, StumbleUpon’s mobile applications help me find the recipes I forgot to make shopping lists from, and then share them to any friends I think would also like them. Here are just some sites that you’ll find on StumbleUpon to help you get cookin’:

Blogs and ideas:

  • SFoodie, the SF Weekly’s food/restaurant-related blog.
  • Smitten Kitchen: Great photography and inspiration for cooking.
  • 101cookbooks: Local to SF with a thoughtful blend of ideas and healthy cooking. Heidi’s cookbook (“Supernatural Cooking“) is fantastic!
  • momofukufor2: Somewhat idle now, but a walk through David Chang’s Momofuku recipes. Fun and vibrant. Check out the Ad Hoc fried chicken for a side trip!
  • Lunch in a BoxBento, the Japanese tradition of creatively packing a balanced meal in a single visually-appealing box, gets über-creative.

Recipes and discussion: has any recipe you could think to make, including this red velvet cake (perfect for July 4th).

  • Epicurious: The grandmother of all recipe sites. If it’s not here, it doesn’t exist.
  • Allrecipes: A natural complement to Epicurious. Some categories (such as baking) more match my style, and vice-versa.
  • Chowhound boards: If you’ve got a burning question, such as where to find sal de gusano in the Bay Area, this is where to ask it.  Talk food, restaurants, cooking, and more.
  • America’s Test Kitchen: This is my go-to cookbook when I know what I want to make (for the curious, the Tartine and Tartine Bread books are for when I don’t!) and the site is just as great for recipes, gear, and so on.

iPhone/Android apps:

  • How to Cook EverythingMark Bittman is the master of simple, modifiable, healthy cooking.  The iPhone-only app is a masterpiece and a must-have for any cook.
  • RatioMichael Ruhlman is a prolific food author and cook, and Ratio was the defining book for me, an engineer, to understand the basics of food science. The app lets you take that knowledge on the go.
  • Harvest: How do I pick a ripe cantelope? What do fresh strawberries look like? How do I take care of this wonderful fresh food? Harvest is your pocket guide to figuring all that out.
  • Locavore: It’s hard to always know what’s in season near where you live. Is this asparagus from Castroville…or Chiclayo?  How do I ‘eat local’? Where are my local farmer’s markets today?  Find out – for free!

As an engineer, I really appreciate cooking instructor and author Michael Ruhlman's logical approach to the craft. Plus, his mobile apps are amazing! is a great place to find one-of-a-kind kitchen tools, like this chicken tea cozy.


  • SFMOMA Home store: The SFMOMA as a museum is a world-class facility, of course, but their store is the hidden gem! Lots of funky, unique, and fun designs for your home and kitchen here.
  • Etsy: This is where to find the newest ideas being created by people like you, before they’re in stores. One-of-a-kind spice racks, old-school Bell jars, vintage Jaipur pottery, or whatever fits your tastes.
  • Seattle Coffee Gear blog: I love coffee and everything about it: grinding, roasting, and even drinking. The SCG folks look at the latest equipment for me to drool over. Then I make whatever’s new at Sweet Maria’s.


Thanks for reading! I hope you find these helpful in your own food adventures. To discover more on your own, stumble in our Food/Cooking interest. And please tell us what your favorite food sites are in the comments!

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