In general, I like the idea of a community wiki listing of websites.
I wonder if, rather than a single list of sites it might be worth it to have each site have an answer of its own that is required to be neutrally worded and should follow a "fill in the form" format that requires submissions to include some base information that people who cook appreciate including things like:
- Name of site/link
- Free/pay wall
- can you create a log-in to save favorite recipes in a digital recipe box?
- country of origin/language/s
- what sorts of measurements (g/oz, F/C... etc)
- are measurements (particularly for baking) in volumes or weights
- is user commentary/rating allowed
- do they allow users to submit recipes
- Content type (written recipes, videos)
- Type of site - this can be things like
- whether the site is based on a famous person's recipes
- if it's scientifically based
- native region of the food (if any)
- if it specializes in certain types of dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten free, low-calorie, brand-specific, etc).
- associated sites
- basic site description paragraph
There are probably others I'm not thinking of but we can put the "form" in the question and tell people that answers submitted should use the form and fill in all of the blanks that they can and leave any they can't with the default N/A.
My reason for suggesting that each site be an answer is that it will give users the opportunity to "rate" the sites buy voting up sites they like and down sites they don't and allows people to leave comments specific to the site rather than to the entire list. Also, for huge sites like FoodNetwork.com, it gives more space to specify notes about some of the specific cooks featured on the site.
This could be done in a single extremely long post but I feel like one of the benefits of the SE format is being able to show some sort of support for some answers and disagreement with others. This will help users looking for good sites because the sites that have consensus for their quality will be at the top of the list while the less-liked sites will drift towards the bottom. The community wiki format would prevent people from earning rep for popular answers (which I think is good).
Perhaps it makes sense to make one topic for English sites and one for non-English?
As an example:
- Pay site
- limited free access
- $34.95-69.95/year USD
- Account required, allows users to save favorite recipes.
- Uses American measurements
- Gives some measurements in both weight and volume
- No user commentary/rating system
- No user recipe submission
- content is available as printed recipes and some is available as instructional videos
- General interest site
- based on results extensive recipe focus-group testing
- no native region
- associated with Cooks Illustrated and Cook's Country
- also recommends specific grocery products and cooking equipment based on in-house testing.
(I don't feel like writing a paragraph right now... maybe it's optional or not necessary)