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The W Hotel in Los Angeles wants you to learn how to prep, cook, and dine

Starting next month, there will be a whole new reason to book a room (for out-of-towners) or valet park the car (for locals) at the W Hotel in Westwood. Chef Dakota Weiss is hosting monthly cooking classes where guests and locals can learn to prep, cook, and dine on a seasonal menu with cocktail and wine pairings. Called, simply, "PREP.COOK.DINE.," the class runs $135 per person, which includes wine pairings, and is available for up to eight of your closest friends (or best-looking hotel guests).

As you walk into class, you may recognize chef Dakota Weiss — she was on the most recent season of Top Chef, in Texas. Her first cooking class’ menu includes a grilled artichoke appetizer with three dipping sauces; a whole roasted beef tenderloin with brown butter spring carrot purée, English peas, and a port wine reduction; and a roasted white chocolate and lemon-infused bread pudding with raspberry cocoa vodka sauce. The available dates are limited to April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, and August 8, so book quickly. The hotel is billing this new offering as the perfect team-building exercise or a special occasion celebration.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

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Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Note: This website is made possible through financial relationships with some of the products and services mentioned on this site. We may receive compensation if you shop through links in our content. You do not have to use our links, but you help support CreditDonkey if you do.


Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners: Top Experts

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Cooking Blogs for Beginners have been announced. Grab your apron and a spatula - it's time to start cooking.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

Top Cooking Blogs and Resources for Beginners

Many cooking blogs have popped up in recent years for novice cooks, but only the very best cooking bloggers offer the tastiest meals and greatest ideas that are also doable for any newbie.

Fire up your iPad, zero in on the bloggers on the list below, and you can whip up something grand in no time. These bloggers know that cooking can be intimidating and overwhelming. That's why they've created simple recipes plus hand-holding tips to get you through the meal-making process and get good food on the table.

At CreditDonkey, we want to help you save money fast and make savvy financial decisions. You won't be busting your food budget - these blog recipes are simplified for beginners. Fewer ingredients mean fewer things you have to buy. And by following the blogs on this list on a regular basis, you can plan your meals ahead of time - another key way to save money and avoid impulse splurges at the grocery store.

These bloggers help you get into the cooking habit slowly - just a few steps at time - and they give you practical advice so can impress your spouse, family, and friends with your new skills.

Best Cooking Blog © CreditDonkey

    Love & Olive Oil

Love & Olive Oil, the creation of couple Lindsay and Taylor, brings quick and flavorful recipes that don't hurt your wallet.

Why Love & Olive Oil is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to browse Love & Olive Oil's recipe index for some unique creations like spicy veggie sushi bowls and sweet potato pancakes.

Why Food Wishes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chef John's specialty are his YouTube video recipes, which he shares regularly on Food Wishes.

Becky Hardin, the Cookie Rookie, started her blog at age 30 when she decided she must learn how to cook.

Why The Cookie Rookie is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are just learning how to cook, you can definitely find The Cookie Rookie's recipes helpful and easy to follow.

The Meal Makeover Moms are registered dietitians who are on a mission to help busy families eat better, healthier meals.

Why The Meal Makeover Moms is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out these moms if you want to learn about healthier recipes that your kids will love.

SheSimmers was created in 2008 to provide authentic Thai recipes to cooks living in the United States.

Why SheSimmers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the Thai Pantry section on SheSimmers if you want to establish a great selection of Thai ingredients for your kitchen. Also, consider Leela's first book, Simple Thai Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014) which has an extensive glossary geared for novice cooks.

Olga Massov created Sassy Radish after ten years on Wall Street and a newfound career as a cookbook publisher.

Why Sassy Radish is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Sassy Radish has amazing tips and recipes for beginner chefs, especially those with smaller kitchens.

Everyday Maven is a (mainly) gluten-free and dairy-free recipe blog that is frequently updated with new creations.

Why Everyday Maven is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are so many 3-ingredient recipes from Everyday Maven that will save you from running to the store when you are running low on food.

Cooking and Beer blog combines recipes with types of beer, like a new-age sommelier.

Why Cooking and Beer is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cooking and Beer? Do we need to say any more?

Katie's Cucina is a blog where Katie shares her recipes, baking creations, and foodie insights.

Why Katie's Cucina is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Katie's Cucina is updated multiple times per week, and is a great blog to follow for continuous inspiration.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a culinary adventures blog that features recipes, classes, books and giveaways.

Why Eat. Live. Travel. Write. is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mardi, the owner of Eat. Live. Travel. Write., has lived in several countries and brings her international experience to every recipe.

What's For Lunch, Honey? is a recipe and food photography blog run by Meeta, who was born in Bombay, India and now resides in Weimar, Germany.

Why What's For Lunch, Honey? is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the "Bollywood Cooking" section if you love Indian food - you will not be disappointed.

Marla Meridith is a lifestyle writer and food blogger who moved from Long Island, NY, to the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

Why Marla Meridith is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Marla Meridith features cooking tips, new recipes, travel, fashion, reviews, and much more.

What Jew Wanna Eat is a food blog that focuses on Jewish cuisine - latkes, brisket, challah and more.

Why What Jew Wanna Eat is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are looking for any Jewish food recipes, What Jew Wanna Eat is the best place to start.

Peanut Butter & Peppers blog was created by Jennifer, a part-time blogger and fitness enthusiast, who wants to bring healthy recipes to people looking to lose weight.

Why Peanut Butter & Peppers is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Peanut Butter & Peppers offers kitchen tips as well as lifestyle, diet, gardening, and homemaking tutorials and inspiration.

Chez Us, created by a couple living in San Francisco and cooking in a 20 sq. ft. apartment, is meant to be an inspiration so that anyone could learn to cook with minimal tools and space, showing that the real star is the ingredients.

Why Chez Us is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chez Us has recently started to document their "fit at fifty" weekly series, and gives inspiration to 50-something cooks who want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Why Back Road Journal is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: When you grab a recipe from Back Road Journal, you also get a short review so you know what to expect, which is very useful for amateur cooks.

Honey & Birch blog focuses on easy recipes and fun cocktails for the novice cook.

Why Honey & Birch is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Jenny B of Honey & Birch describes her first cooking experience as a disaster, and now creates new dishes and cocktails - you can learn too.

The Bitten Word blog is run by couple Zach and Clay, who started it in 2008 when they noticed that they had too many unread cooking magazines around the house.

Why The Bitten Word is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Zach and Clay have branched out since starting in 2008, and now feature their own original recipes and other foodie content.

My Man's Belly blog exploits the best way to a man's heart - through delicious food, of course.

Why My Man's Belly is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Don't let the name deceive you - Pamela of My Man's Belly blog also creates healthy dishes that will fit into any diet regimen.

Kelsey is The Naptime Chef, a mom, and a foodie who shares her family-friendly recipes, travel articles, and favorite lifestyle tips.

Why The Naptime Chef is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever known a mom/foodie hybrid, you know that you should check out The Naptime Chef for tips and tricks in the kitchen.

The justJENN recipes blog features incredibly creative creations from Jenn Fujikawa, who has been featured on sites like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and recently the cover of Food Network Magazine.

Why justJENN recipes is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you want to make some supernatural, anti-possession cookies, or maybe some dragon wing cupcakes, make sure to hit up justJENN recipes.

DominicanCooking.com and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com are a collaborative effort from a pair of friends who share their love for the culinary life in general, and Dominican food in particular.

Why DominicanCooking.com is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: DominicanCooking.com recipes incorporate homestyle cooking, frugality, and all of the delicious Dominican recipes like empanaditas and dumplings.

Yummy Books was created by Cara Nicoletti, a former pasty chef and current butcher, who has evolved her book club blog into a full-blown supper club.

Why Yummy Books is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Cara won Chopped's Battle of the Butchers challenge and shares all of her recipes, cooking tips, and sausage making tutorials.

Viet World Kitchen blog is run by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, whose "aim is to (1) capture the human connections to food and (2) demystify Asian food without dumbing it down."

Why Viet World Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you have ever wanted to make dumplings but don't know where to start, Viet World Kitchen is the place to go, with an entire section dedicated to dumplings.

The Tiny Urban Kitchen was created by Jennifer Che when she lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. She now cooks out of a slightly bigger kitchen, but still loves to explore and create recipes that you can make in any kitchen.

Why Tiny Urban Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you like Asian food, make sure to check out Tiny Urban Kitchen's 'Chinese Recipes Gallery' for a quick and photo-filled way to learn new dishes.

A Communal Table is a recipe and food blog created by Nancy Buchanan, where she serves up her globally inspired food, photography and fun.

Why A Communal Table is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Communal Table has recipes that range from cocktails to Middle Eastern cuisine and everywhere in between.

The Redhead Baker is Coleen, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who shares her love for cooking and baking in her spare time.

Why The Redhead Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Start with The Redhead Baker's archive so you don't miss some amazing posts such as white chocolate macadamia nut blondies and salted caramel apple pie.

The Merry Gourmet was started by Merry-Jennifer as a food and recipe blog to share her creations with the world.

Why The Merry Gourmet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on The Merry Gourmet is filled with a variety of recipes that will help you to cook like a professional chef.

Hong and Kim are The Ravenous Couple, and live by the motto Cooking Life Together.

Why The Ravenous Couple is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Ravenous Couple believe that food brings us together, so make sure to hit up their date night section for some ideas that will surely impress.

The Almond Eater blog offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and plenty more, and they all take 30 minutes or less to make.

Why The Almond Eater is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The most common excuse for not cooking is not enough time, which makes The Almond Eater an invaluable resource.

The Coconut & Lime cooking blog was created by Rachel Rappaport to showcase her recipes and creations.

Why Coconut & Lime is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Rachel of Coconut & Lime has written two cookbooks, and shares all of her recipes, with plenty of easy slow cooker and vegetarian options.

Rebecca Subbiah, creator of Chow and Chatter, is a registered dietitian in both the UK and the U.S. who focuses on healthy eating.

Why Chow and Chatter is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Chow and Chatter has a ton of resources for anyone who wants to start their own food blog and/or social media presence.

Simply Fresh Dinners is a unique, healthy dinner recipe blog, with the requirement that all dishes must be made of fresh ingredients, under 500 calories per serving, under 45 minutes to make, and easy.

Why Simply Fresh Dinners is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Simply Fresh Dinners weekly meal plan to make sure that you are eating healthy all week long.

A Side of Sweet is a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan who shares recipes, DIYs, style, travel, fitness and design tips that fit into your busy lifestyle.

Why A Side of Sweet is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: A Side of Sweet features easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining, date night, dinner and more.

Bright Eyed Baker blog is dedicated to recipes for breads, muffins, pastries, rolls, cakes and other delicious baked goods. You can also find savory recipes and drink recipes on the site.

Why Bright-Eyed Baker is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index features tons of new ideas for baking, including dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options.

Living Sweet Moments is a blog that features delicious recipes that are easy to make and perfect for a busy household.

Why Living Sweet Moments is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Living Sweet Moments is a food blog that showcases all kinds of delicious recipes and travel tips.

Baked by an Introvert features recipes for baked goods and desserts, all with savory options and easy-to-follow recipes.

Why Baked by an intriovert is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: If you are new in the kitchen, check out the Baking Basics on Baked by an Introvert blog.

Mummy, I Can Cook is a food and recipe blog that showcases the creations of Shu Han, proving to her mum that she really can cook. Her recipes tend to be more Southeast Asian while making use of British ingredients.

Why Mummy, I Can Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: There are sections titled "How to Cook" and "How to Eat," which are great places to start for any cook.

Asian in America was started by Betty Ann Besa-Quirino to share her Filipino and Asian recipes and how to cook them in an American kitchen.

Why Asian in America is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The recipe index on the Asian in America blog features dinners, snacks, and desserts that range from authentic Filipino to Asian-inspired spins on classics.

Nourished Kitchen provides recipes, blog posts, and resources for anyone who is struggling with healthy eating or organizing their meal planning for the week.

Why Nourished Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: It is really discouraging to get into another unhealthy rut, so make sure to visit Nourished Kitchen next time you need some healthy motivation and tips.

Souffle Bombay is a food and recipe blog designed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and whip up some memorable dishes, with just a little effort.

Why Souffle Bombay is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Souffle Bombay features a ton of unique vegetarian options, along with traditional, for kids, cocktails, food gifts, and gluten-free recipes. The recipes look delicious and are made with nutritious ingredients.

Emily Hein, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, is the creator of Zen & Spice, a recipe blog designed to bring healthy recipes to her audience to build a positive relationship with food.

Why Zen & Spice is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: You won't have to feel guilty trying any of the recipes from Zen & Spice, since they are created using whole foods and nutritious ingredients.

Why The Food Librarian is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Food Librarian's "I Like Big Bundts" section for 30 days of bundts, an amazing collection of bundt cake recipes and photographs.

Wok Star is not just a blog - it's a way of cooking, with the goal of introducing America to the lost art of wok frying.

Why Wok Star is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Eleanor Hoh, creator of Wok Star, frequently updates her blog with new techniques and recipes that you can make in a wok, which helps to save time and money.

Mary Papoulias-Platis is the California Greek Girl who shares her love for Greek food, gardening, and coastal living through blog posts and photographs.

Why California Geek Girl is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Mary Papoulias-Platis is also the author of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, and shares her many tips and tutorials on her blog.

Andrea Soranidis is The Petite Cook, and her blog shares her food adventures, creations, and foodie news.

Why The Petite Cook is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out The Petite Cook's "Recipe by Course" section to learn how to cook meat and poultry, desserts, and everything else.

Vicki Bensinger has been teaching culinary classes since 1992, and offers her expert recipes on her blog, in addition to private and public live online culinary classes.

Why At Home With Vicki Bensinger is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out Vicki's recipes for an in-depth and comprehensive list of recipes that include a variety of cuisines.

Alison runs Cooking with Friends website and blog in addition to teaching classes in Quantity Food Applications and management at Montclair State University. She also teaches at Hunter College.

Why Cooking with Friends is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Make sure to follow the Kitchen Chronicles on Cooking with Friends to gain real insight from a cooking pro.

Why Things I Made Today is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Best Of section of Things I Made Today features indulgent and eccentric recipes for a variety of dishes.

Jonathan Melendez runs The Candid Appetite, a recipe blog that focuses on baking and cooking anything that tastes great.

Why The Candid Appetite is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on The Candid Appetite for some truly unique options to try for dinner or dessert.

Tim Hunt founded The Allrecipes Blog because he wanted to learn his mother's cookie recipe, and has now grown to include all different types of recipes.

Why The Allrecipes Blog is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: The Allrecipes Blog contains thousands of recipes and a "search ingredient" feature that will give you endless possibilities in the kitchen.

Sue created My Korean Kitchen to share her love and knowledge of Korean food and culture.

Why My Korean Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: My Korean Kitchen features hundreds of authentic Korean recipes with detailed instructions and photographs.

Alexandra Stafford is the author of Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog with mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Why Alexandra's Kitchen is a Top Cooking Blog for Beginners: Check out the recipe index on Alexandra's Kitchen for a ton of seasonal recipes and inspiration.

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