While I’m the first to tell you to shop at your local grocery, farmer’s market or even warehouse store, there are times when you really want to find that one perfect ingredient to help you perfect a dish or to help you recreate a favorite meal enjoyed at a fancy restaurant. Here you will find online sources for ingredients from cheese to chocolate and from tea to truffles.
Not all of us can afford to go to The Culinary Institute of America, but there is still plenty of ways we can learn to cook and learn more about cooking. Cookbooks, ecookbooks and cooking magazines all offer instruction and inspiration. And to help you find the ones that will fit your needs best, there are also cookbook reviews to help you make your decision.
If you are looking for anything related to cooking or food or anything else you might purchase at Amazon.com, I urge you to start here at The Reluctant Gourmet. I have an affiliate program with them that generates revenue to keep this site operational. Whether it's a new food processor or DVD, please support this site by starting your shopping here. Thanks!
If you are a fan of The Reluctant Gourmet, show your support by wearing some of my gear. I have aprons, tee shirts, mugs and more, all featuring the cartoon RG in some sticky cooking situations including my favorite: “It’s not burnt! It’s Cajun!” grilling tee shirt. That cartoon makes me laugh every time I see it!
Here you will find a whole array of food, drink and cooking-themed posters in a wide range of styles. You can get them framed or unframed, and there are so many available, you will be sure to find one that matches your décor. Mexican-themed kitchen? How about a chile pepper poster? Deco-era kitchen? Try an Art Deco Samovar print. Whatever your décor, I bet you can find a poster that will fit in perfectly.
Everyone likes to receive a nice gift basket, especially if filled with all of their favorite stuff. Gift Baskets are great when you're too busy to go to the mall and find a gift. They're also perfect for corporate giving or for sending to a friend or relative on special occasions and holidays. Choose from Gourmet Foods, Fruit and Chocolate Baskets.
Not only does this section contain links to shopping sites, but you’ll also find a collection of “caught my eye” articles highlighting some cool gifts that I would like to receive. Read up on why I think kindles and ipads are both the wave of the future in cookbooks, and find some unusual gift ideas that you may not have thought of otherwise.
Here is a collection of coupons for some of my favorite online ingredient and dining sources. If you like to eat out, try a coupon from Restaurants.com. If you’re more interested ingredients, check out the deals available from LobsterGram.com and Amazon.com. For a wider selection of coupons, follow the Coupons link to find deals from Amazon.com, Omaha Steaks, My Wines Direct and more.