Resources Stockpot


As we cook and test recipes, we add to our stockpot of helpful resources — food-related information that we find especially useful, plus products we like and cookbooks worth owning.  Please send us your favorite resources so we can share with others!

Food & Equipment Reviews
Our colleagues at the Good Housekeeping Institute have done reliable product testing for years. And you don’t need a subscription to access the reviews!  While you’re on the site, check Cooking Tools as well.

Nutrition Information
A terrific independent resource for ingredient and food product nutrient data, fast foods included. Also has a free downloadable recipe analyzer

The USDA website is easy to navigate and has lots of useful, reliable information
The website includes:
– Nutrient data for gazillions of foods, and free downloadable software for searching ingredients. If you want to know protein, calories, fat, vitamin content of a food, this makes it easy.
– The most current product labeling information and Dietary Guidelines
Choose My Plate (replaced the food pyramid) includes Super Tracker to help track your food and exercise choices

Food Safety
Information on food shelf life from several sources, USDA included, all compiled in one place.

More on food safety including emergency preparedness from the USDA /Food Safety and Inspection Service

Tips & Techniques
Good information on converting ingredients from measurements to ounces – especially flour.

Lots of straight-forward baking information (butter, cakes, cookies et al); substitutions for over 90 common ingredients.

How to measure pan sizes, volume etc.

From your Get Cooking Simply pros:
Pantry Essentials – a terrific one-page list – Click here to open document
Equipment Essentials – another useful one-page list- Click here to open document
Kitchen Basics – simple guidelines for food prep and cooking –  Click here to open document

Cooking techniques and videos (ingredient taste-test comparisons too):
Cooking Light magazine.  Subscription not required

Videos from Saveur magazine. Subscription not required

Videos+ from Fine Cooking magazine. Subscription not required

Really good, short how-to videos for lots of cooking techniques. You have to subscribe to the magazine (might be worth doing!).

Cookbooks & References – a few of our favorites

Food Lover’s Companion by Sharon Tyler Herbst. A comprehensive, concise, accurate food dictionary. We use it regularly. Or we did before we started spending too much time online searching for “accurate” info!

The New Basics by Julie Rosso and Shiela Lukins.  A modern-day Joy of Cooking of sorts. New twists on lots of favorites. Yes, it’s been around awhile (as have others cited here), but New Basics’ slant on recipes is refreshing.

How to Cook Everything –The Basics All You Need to Make Great Food by Mark Bittman. An excellent resource with lots of how-to photos; would make a great wedding gift for newbies. Bittman has several other practical cookbooks, one is just vegetarian.

Almost from Scratch, by Andrew Schloss. Andrew is right on!  We’re trained consumer foods specialists and can’t believe he beat us to the punch with his collection of smart, real-life cookbooks. Another is Cooking with Three Ingredients.

The Best Freezer Cookbook – Freezer Friendly Recipes, Tips and Techniques by Jan Main and other contributors. For most of us, freezers have taken the place of the canning our mothers used to do, but not just for garden fruits and vegetables. Now we can make ahead and freeze savory sauces and even dinner entrees.
–  Check out Rita’s way to freeze chopped garlic and ginger

There’s a Chef in Your Freezer by Richard Azzolini.  Mediterranean-inspired recipes that you cook ahead and freeze. Some are rather labor-intensive. The point of the book is to cook when you have the time, and/or when things are seasonally available so that you have “many delicious edible building blocks at your fingertips that you can quickly assemble into a superb meal”.  Eg: peeled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, soft leeks and onions, roasted garlic, pureed squash, herb purees etc. Ultimately, these are ingredients that will elevate a meal but do not take a lot of time when you have none to spare.



2 thoughts on “Resources Stockpot”

  • I came upon this site by accident. And as my grand-daughter is an army nurse stationed in
    germany and also a kale smoothie lover and health NUT! Ha! I am going to tell her about
    the German food items mentioned with the recepies from Rosie and also the bakery. Thank
    you for this special connection I will have with my Grandaughter while she is away from her
    country and I to will be making these recepies with American ingredients since you gave such
    detailed substitution information. Good Morning from the States. Gram Rose

    • Hello Gram Rose (Rosalie) !
      Thank you so much for stumbling onto our blog and thinking of your grand-daughter! I understand that connection feeling while she is in Germany, I feel that way about Ariel too. If your daughter gets to Berlin it would be so fun for her to meet Ariel at Cafe Valentin.
      Enjoy the Kuchen!
      PS- it’s fun that you and I are both Rose!

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