Happy April Fools! Have you ticked anyone today? If you have please share the details, I love hearing about a good ‘fool,’ I mean trick!
But what’s no joke is that April 1st means the start of a new month, and for this blog, a review of the previous month’s selected website of the month. For March, I featured the recipe site Food.com. Up until preparing for this month’s website feature, I was not that familiar with this site. I had seen a few fellow bloggers share recipes from this site (with great reviews) but had never visited the site.
So here’s what Food.com is all about:
Pictures: Most recipes
All the recipes on food.com are submitted by users and so are the photos. While not every recipe has a photo most do but since the photos are also submitted by users they are not the best quality.
Prep Time, Cooking Time, and Number of Servings listed: Yes
Every single recipe has this information included. You can even change the number of servings and the recipe ingredients will also automatically change. You can also choose to have the measurements show in Metric or US conversions.
Nutritional Information provided: Yes
I love that this site provides this detailed information. However, the serving size for each recipe is a little unclear.
Clear, easy to follow directions and ease of preparation: Yes and No
Food.com is geared to ‘the home cook’ making all the recipes pretty easy and for the most part the directions are clear and easy to follow. But keep in mind that these are strictly user submitted recipes and therefore the way the recipe is written may not be as formal as a professional recipe.
Easily available ingredients and budget friendly: yes
Keeping with the theme of ‘recipes for the home cook’ the majority of the recipes have very affordable and easy to find ingredients.
Variety of recipes: All types of recipes
This site is huge and has tons of recipes. I mean like thousands. So anything you are looking for.
Meal Planning Feature: No
Although there is not a meal planning feature on this site, food.com does have a selection of ‘menus’ for different occasions main dishes. There is also a menu planning forum, so that you can ‘chat’ with others about menu planning and get advice.
Source of recipes: All recipes are submitted by members
You can view all recipes whither you have a food.com account or not but cannot add recipes without setting up an account. While the recipes are not guaranteed they are rated and reviewed by users (and you can select an option to view them by highest ratings.)
Special feature: There is so much to this recipe site, and I have only begun to scratch the surface of everything. There are all sorts of discussion boards where you can ask questions and communicate with others. There is a food.com blog, a kitchen dictionary, thousands of recipes, suggested menus, measurement converter and more!
In case you missed it here is what I made: