Trusting your taste buds
The Jakarta Post
Cooking enthusiasts don't need to go to class to learn new recipes.
Avoiding wasting expenditure on a cooking class, one can easily search the web to discover thousands of recipes with step-by-step procedures. Online recipes give access to adults and children looking for easy recipes. With countless websites, it's hard to choose which one is best to learn from.
Martha Stewart (marthastewart.com) is a renowned entrepreneur who has her own TV show on cooking, designing homes and other lifestyle ideas. Her website mainly features recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts taken from famous chefs and even her own recipes.
The recipes are categorized from breakfast menus, lunch food ideas, to home cooked dinners. These are then broken down into each ingredient type, such as chicken, beef and fish recipes.
The neatly organized food website allows readers to be able to follow the procedures and cook meals that correspond to their given time on the site. To attract visitors, this website also includes seasonal menus such as father's day treats, as well as summer recipes. If some of the instructions seem hard to follow, there are also videos of Stewart or her guest star practicing some recipes.
One of the specialties of Stewart's is baking. The website provides its own baking link, where it includes how to make various cupcakes, birthday cakes and even tarts. This dessert section is probably the most popular section of the whole website, as she is known for her baking skills.
Resep Nugraha (resepnugraha.net) is an Australian based site from the Indonesian Nugraha family. The family moved to Australia and realized that one of the drawbacks of living outside their home country was the difficulty of finding good Indonesian recipes. They decided to make a website that incorporated more than 100 Indonesian recipes, ranging from soto Kudus (shredded chicken soup from Kudus regency, Central Java) to batagor (fried fish dumpling).
Now, Indonesians living around the world refer to this website because of accessible ingredients and trustworthy tastes. Similar to Stewart's, the Nugraha family's website also details ingredients and has many selections of food, from beef and fish to chicken. It also has a kid's corner category, a weekly menu link, and even a tips section.
The website is presented in Indonesian but there is a separate link for the family's daily blogs, which is in English.
Another food website of Indonesian origin, Indonesia Eats (indonesiaeats.com), provides various Indonesian recipes in a blog-style. Every meal has a background story to it, as the website started from a blog. This started with Pepy Nasution, an Indonesian food blogger and photographer who lives in Canada. She started the website as she wanted to show the authenticity of Indonesian food, not just its ingredients. Although the website highlights mostly Indonesian food recipes, there are also Asian and non-Asian recipes on separate categories. In addition, the language used is English, which means that the targeted cooks are not only Indonesians, but also housewives and other cooks in general.
These three websites give reasons for you to trust the tastes of their recipes as well as guaranteed practical procedures to try at home.
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