This is a listing of 14 sites that legally offer free audiobooks and videos within the cooking, food & wine genre.
All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute and for you to read and/or download.. If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below.
This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums.
Most entries at those sites that offer only online listening or viewing can be downloaded with VideoCacheView. Thanks to AJNorth for this tip.
A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:
For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see
There will be other audiobooks and books on Cooking and related matters, at the sites listed there, but they are not categorized at the sites.
Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for this genre. To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help: Library Information
Free Cooking, Food & Wine Audiobooks and Online Video Instruction
AmblingBooks offers 11 free audio cookbooks. This is generally a pay site and free registration is required to download. Also, their "book player" needs to be downloaded to listen. Still this is a very nice collection with some unique entries.
America's Test Kitchen a collection of episodes from 13 seasons of this show as well as recipe, equipment and science clips are all available for free viewing online without registration.
BooksShouldBeFree offers 23 free audio books in their Cookery collection. They are available for free download in very good quality MP3 or iPod Podcast or free listening online.
Cooking Channel has a large collection of how to, cooking and recipe videos available for free viewing online without registration.
Cooking With Us has a good size collection of free audio cooking books. The ones I checked out were a MP3 in a zip file and were computer read.
Cook's Country full episodes of the show as well as recipe and equipment clips are all available for free viewing online without registration.
Dede's Mediterranean Kitchen suggested by our Midnight Cowboy, Administrator here at Gizmo's: "If like me you ever spent time in Lebanon and then missed the cooking style after getting home, then this site is for you. Denise Hazime (Dede) is the wife of a Marine veteran and is an acknowledged expert on Mediterranean cooking. She also runs her own food stand – DedeMed’s Shawarma House – on Marine base Camp Pendleton. Her style is easy to follow and the results always great."
Fine Cooking has a large collection of cooking and recipe videos available for free viewing online without registation.
FoodWishesVideoRecipes a unique video presentation of some very unique recipes from Chef John. His Mother's Day recipe is a "Potted Plant Ice Cream Cake".
Harvard University offers their course, Science and Cooking, for free viewing online at YouTube.
Internet Archive has 179 free items in its Cooking - Audio collection and 280 items in its Cooking - Movies collection. All are available for free listening or watching online. Audio is also available for free download im MP3 and often Ogg Vorbis. Videos are also available for free download in varying formats.
Kraft has a collection of "how to" cooking videos available for free viewing online without registration.
LibriVox has 21 free audio books available for download in MP3 (64kb/128kb) or ogg vorbis. All are human read.
Librophile has 33 free of audio cookbooks for free download in MP3. Most all appear to be from Librivox, but the site is easy to navigate through. The site does not allow me to direct link to a genre listing. You will need to click on the genre links (next to Latest )and select Cookery. Suggested by Philip.
Ming Tsai a full collection of 10 seasons of episodes with Chef Ming Tsai and his "east-west" approach to food. All are available for free viewing online without registration.
Taste of Home has free cooking and recipe videos available for free viewing online without registration.
The Reluctant Gourmet a collection of 25 cooking videos available for free viewing online without registration.
YouTube - Cooking & Health a listing of the Food channels at YouTube for free viewing and listening online without registration.
If you know of a site that may be added to the listings, please post in the comments for the page.
I hope you enjoy the free material available through these sites.
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