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Top Social Networks for Would-Be Cooks

Food-related social networks allow cooks to share recipes, review restaurants, and read interviews with celebrity chefs.

Foodies Cook up Cuisine-Centred Social Networks
Thanks to the Internet, chefs, cooks, and food enthusiasts are getting together online to share recipes, cooking tips, and restaurant reviews. With the proliferation of food-related blogs and social networks, any cook can find a site that will spice up his or her relationship with the Internet.

Opensourcefoodcom
Open Source Food is a beautifully designed site offering a collection of recipes and cooking instructions, complete with mouth-watering photos of the final products. You can also create a profile and meet other cooks and foodies on Open Source Food.

Starchefs.com
Star Chefs is a social network hosted by the world's greatest chefs. In addition to gourmet recipes, Star Chefs features interviews and tips from celebrity chefs.

Epicurious community
Epicurious.com is known for its extensive recipe bank, but now with the Epicurious community, cooks can also meet online and share their thoughts on gastronomy. The Epicurious community allows you to create an online recipe box and to comment on other recipes. The site also links to cooking articles and blogs.

Yelp.com
Yelp is an online community of reviewers who use the network to evaluate the good and the bad in their city. An essential part of Yelp is restaurant reviews. Cooks can browse and write entertaining reviews of all kinds restaurants on Yelp. Reviewers gain credibility with the number of spot-on reviews they write.

Chowhound.com
Chowhound is the cooking social network that has it all. The site features notice boards arranged by geographic region and by topic, a blog, video and photo sharing, and stories from dining experiences. Chowhound can help you find a reputable restaurant whether to eat at or to work in.

Sources:
Chowhound
Epicurious
Open Source Food
Star Chefs
Yelp

About the Author
Caitlin Sanford is a consultant and freelance writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University.

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