This is a listing of 126 sites that legally offer free Cooking, Food & Wine ebooks, recipes online and food blogs.
There is also a listing here of
All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute. 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.
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 books on Cooking, Food & Wine at the sites listed there, but they are not categorized at the sites. There are also links to other genre pages at those sites.
Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for children. To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help: Library Information
This page's listings can be accessed as follows:
2020k (CFW) Large collection, nicely divided into sub-categories, available for download in a variety of formats. Note: Most of the links here are working, but there are a number that lead to BookRags, which are not free anymore. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling where the link goes until you click the link. Since they did fix the issue with archive.org links, hopefully they will fix this. Thanks to Marie99 for pointing this out.
All Free Crafts has 6 free cookbooks available for free download in PDF without registration.
Amazon This link is to the best sellers at Amazon in the Cooking, Food & Wine category, which also lists the top 100 free offerings in that category. There are other free offerings at Amazon which would best be found using the information in the Best Free Online Books For Kindle page here at Gizmo's.
Antilope a poster at the cooking.com fora, has put together a great list of links to cookbooks from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The links go to a very nice read in your browser format and you can click there to go to Open Library (of Archive.org) to download in a wide variety of formats.
Archive.orghas a large collection of classic cookbooks available in its cookbooks and home economics section. Download and viewing options vary, but most are available in a wide variety of formats.
Author Marketing Club monitors Amazon (USA) for daily free ebook offerings. The amount listed varies from day to day. They do offer genre selection within each daily listing. All of the dates that I looked at had at least 1 entry for Cookbooks, Food & Wine.
Bargain Briana offers the free cookbook, Betty Crocker, Best of 2011, for free download in PDF without registration.
Barnes & Noble has 915 free ebooks in its Books>Cooking, Food & Wine genre available for free download in EPUB. These are also broken down into several sub-genres. Free registration is required.
Bartleby has the famous 1918 Fannie Farmer The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book available for online viewing.
Book Goodies For Kids monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free children ebooks offerings. There is a nice category selection with a couple of free ebooks per category. This link is to Children's Cookbooks.
BooksShouldBeFree has 7 unique free cookbooks. Although this is an audiobook site, there are links to text copies at Project Gutenberg.
Bored.com (Cooking) has 70 cookbooks available for online viewing. Searchable by title. Some interesting entries.
Bookyards (CFW) 23 interesting cookbooks available in pdf download.
Calibre Open Books has 2 free ecookbooks . Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite. These are recent works, not classics
Centsless Books monitors Amazon (USA) for the top 100 free ebooks in the Cooking, Food & Wine category. Updated hourly.
Chest of Books has a large collection of unique cookbooks available for free reading online without registration.
Classicly has a large collection of classic cookbooks. These are available for download in PDF or KINDLE. Thanks to Tyler G for this suggestion.
CreativeHomemaking has a number of free cookbooks available for download in pdf. Some interesting entries here, including "How to Make a Gingerbread House".
Daily Free Books (UK) monitors Amazon (UK) for its daily free offerings. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit). They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only). They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed. This link is to the Food & Drink genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords. There were 160 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.
Daily Free Books (USA) monitors Amazon (USA) for its daily free offerings. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit). They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only). They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed. This link is to the Cooking, Food & Wine genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords. There were 132 free ebooks listed at the time of this post
DailyLit has 7 free cookbooks available. These are delivered in their usual method, chapter by chapter to your email. These are recent cookbooks, including one by the now famous Emeril.
DigiLibrarieshas 106 free books in its cooking category. Most are available for free reading online as well as free download in PDF, MOBI or EPUB.
DigitalBookIndex links to a large collection of cookbooks and general cooking information. Viewing and download options vary as these are links to various sites.
eBookDBhas around 150 free books in its cooking, food & health category. Links are offsite so download and viewing options vary, but the ones I looked at were all available for free download in PDF.
eBook Junkie offers 30 free cookbooks for free download in PDF without registration.
eBooks@Adelaide has links to about 20 cookbooks dating from the 1600s to the 1900s. An interesting and unusual collection. Some are downloadable and available to read online, others are read online only.
e-booksdirectory has several interesting free cookbooks available for download in pdf (click on sub-categories on page).
eBooks Free Net has 10 interesting cookbooks available for free download in PDF.
eBooks-Junkie has 20 free ebooks in its Cooking, Food & Wine genre listings. These are gathered from sites around the web, so download and viewing options vary. A mix of classic and new.
eBooks On Everything has 19 free cookbooks available for free download in PDF.
e-cookbooks.net has 14 smaller cookbooks available for free download in pdf.
EdenSong has 28 free cookbooks for free download in PDF without registration.
eReader IQ due to the changes in Amazon policy, they now offer an "abbreviated" listing of the limited time free book offers from Amazon . They have a nice selection of genres to narrow the listings. This link is to the Cookbooks, Food & Wine genre listings with Adult content blocked (you may click on the button on the upper right of the results to show Adult works).
eReader Love monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings. This link is to their non-fiction Cooking genre listings and at the time of this post, there were 8 free ebooks listed.
eReaderPerks monitors free releases at Amazon (as well as for Nook and Kobo) and has very good category listings. This link is to their Lifestyle genre free ebook offerings. There are some non-cooking entries included here, but there are a good number of cooking related releases posted daily. Offers email updates. Thanks to Lorie for this listing. Subscribers can now get customizable, genre-specific emails with the very latest freebie offers and the second addition is a daily list of the top 43-45 free book finds in all genres posted every morning on the homepage for a quick grab at the newest top-rated gems. (For Kindle, Kobo & Nook).
FeedingAmerica offers an excellent collection of close to 80 cookbooks. These are available for reading online or for download in PDF. Thanks to Susan B for this suggestion.
FKB Monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in their Food category. Note that if there are no free books in the food category, the site will list the general free offerings, so just go back to the older entries for the latest free food ebooks.
Foboko has over 2400 free ebooks divided into various categories for free reading online or free download in TXT, PDF, EPUB, MOBIPocket and direct send to Kindle. Free registration is required (I have received no spam) and there is a limit of 5 downloads per month (no limit on reading online). There are some unique entries here. This link is to the Food & Drink genre listings, which had 24 free ebooks at the time of this listing.
Free & Discounted Books this link is to their listing of limited time free Cookbooks at Amazon (USA).
Freebook Sifter lists both recent limited time offers and always free ebooks from Amazon. Ranks listings by average user rating. This link is to the listings for Cooking, Food & Wine.. Thanks to Rob Schifreen of our site TSA for this link.
Free Books Hub UK monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings with a Cooking tag..
Free eBooks Blog monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free offerings in its posts tagged Cookbooks.
Free eBooks Daily monitors Amazon (USA, UK, CA) for limited time free ebook offerings in their Cooking category.
Free eBooks.info (CFW) 18 books available for download in varying formats
Free eBooks Net has 92 free ebooks in its Food/Recipes category. All are available for free download in PDF after free registration. There is a limit of 5 free ebooks per month with the free membership.
Free Kindle BooksDeha Solutions provides a listing of free Cooking, Food & Wine ebooks at Amazon (USA).
Free Kindle Books UK monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings. Posts a large listing daily. The listing is separated into many genres, but there is no link to each genre. Search for Cook to find several free ebooks daily.
Free Quick Recipes 3 cookbooks available for download in pdf and a large amount of recipes for online viewing as well as other information on kitchen and diet.
Free Read Feed (UK) has over 5,000 free ebook listings from Amazon (UK). They monitor recent free offerings as well as showing some that are always free. Like their USA counterpart below, the site offers sorting by genre, time offered, length and popularity. This link is to the Food & Drink listings, which had 145 free ebooks at the time of this post. Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.
Free Read Feed (USA) regularly posts, throughout the day, the limited time free ebook offerings at Amazon (USA). This is an extensive listing of the free ebook offerings, showing the genre (with option to eclude that genre or show only that genre in results) and the length of the ebook. They have some filtering options, length of ebook and date of free offering as well as a large genre listing option to exclude genres (click on Pick from a list). This link is to the Cooking, Food & Wine listings, which had 138 free ebooks at the time of this post. Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.
Georgia Download Destination has 169 free classic ebooks in its Biography & Autobiography genre listing available for free download in EPUB without registration. These are works from Project Gutenberg, but the easy layout and quick download here will appeal. You have to press the Cooking & Food genre link on the left as they do not allow links directly to the genres.
Get Free Books (Cooking) This has grown to a large and interesting listing of cookbooks and bartending books.
Get Free PDFhas 3 free books in its cooking books category. Despite the name of the site, download formats may vary.
Globusz (cooking) 6 cookbooks available for online viewing or download
GoogleBooks has a large number of free cookbooks under its "Cooking" category available for download in pdf. There are about 400 listings all together under that category and about half are full cookbooks.
Heidoc offers search by genre of the limited time free offerings at Amazon (USA). Daily updates by email are available and you have the option to select updates only for certain genre(s). This link is to their Cookbooks, Food & Wine free ebook listings.
Hundred Zeros CA monitors Amazon (Canada) for the catalog of "best sellers" free ebooks and offers genre selection and RSS feeds for the individual genres. This link is to the Cookbooks, Food & Wine genre listings.
Hundred Zeros UK monitors Amazon (UK) for free ebooks in the Cooking & Food genre.
Hundred Zeros USA monitors the "Best Sellers" free ebook list at Amazon (USA and India). They have individual genre listings and they have RSS feeds for the individual genres. They offer RSS and eMail updates. This link is to the Cooking & Food Recipes genre listings.
iLove eBooks monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in their Cooking category.
Indie Author Club nice collection for free ebooks at Amazon (USA). Excellent selection of categories and also languages. This link is to their Cooking, Food & Wine free ebook selections. They do have email alerts for new free ebooks. Thanks to Shawn for this site.
Internet Archive has over 1300 free ebooks under its "Cookery" heading. many are from the 1800s and while age has not much bearing on recipes, the books have an older view on a woman's place.
Library and Archives Canada has two 19th century Canadian Cookbooks available for free reading online without registration. Also available is a search function to find recipes within the cookbooks.
Library of Congress has a collection of 100 classic cookbooks in its Gastronomy Books collection in the Rare Book collections. All are available for free download in PDF as well as free reading online (digital pictures of the novel pages) without registration.
Librophile known mostly as an audiobook site, they also have links to free downloads of classic novels. All of the links I looked at were to Project Gutenberg, which means they are available for free download in several formats as well as free reading online without registration. This link is to the Cookery collection.
ManyBooks (Cooking) 145 cookbooks available for download in a variety of formats
MeatBook has an online cookbook image of the Ground Meat Cookbook available for online viewing.
Medieval Cookery In addition to offering a selection of medieval recipes, this site has a large listing of links to online medieval cookbooks.
MemoWare (Food and Nutrition) 272 works, including cookbooks and nutritional information available for download in varying formats.
Mr Food offers his free cookbook, Easy Weeknight Dinners: 20 Recipes For A Busy Cook, for free download in PDF. There will be prompts to enter your email, but that is not necessary to download the ecookbook. Also for free download in PDF is his Cheese Lovers eCookbook.
Nancy'sKitchen has a nice size collection of small cookbooks available for free download in pdf.
Nobooko has 39 free ebooks in its Food & Drink genre listing. Most link to Kobo and are available for free download in EPUB after free registration (no credit card needed) at Kobo. Since Kobo does not offer genre listings for its free ebooks, this is an excellent resource. There are some Smashwords links in the results also.
obooko offers 4 free cooking books by self publishing authors for download. Free registration is required.
One Hundred Free Books monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has a genre selection feature. This link is to the free Cooking, Food & Wine genre selections.
Open eBooks Library has 10 free cookbooks available. About half are from Gutenberg and have the usual wide variety of viewing and download options. The other half are unique to this site and are available in PDF.
Open Library (Classic Cookbooks) Antilope a poster at the cooking.com fora, has put together a great list of links to cookbooks from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The links go to a read in your browser format. In the upper left hand corner is a link to go to Open Library, where you will have the MOBI download and the Send To Kindle option mentioned above. The forum site is no longer up, so this link now takes you to the Wayback Machine image of the page. All links from the page are still working. Thanks to Bast for the update on this site.
Overdrive provides direct free downloads of 169 free ebooks in its Cooking & Food genre. Although Overdrive is generally for use with a library membership, these are direct free downloads in EPUB.
PDF Books World has 7 free ebooks tagged Cookbooks, Food & Wine collection.. All are available for free download in PDF after free registration (no credit card needed). I have received no spam from them. Some unique entries here.
PDF Titles has 90 free ebooks in its Cooking category Despite the name of the site, these ebooks are all available for free download in a wide variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB and Kindle compatible formats. There is a large selection of sub-genres where additional works might be found. A very nice collection with some unique entries.
Project Gutenberg (Cookery) Large collection of cookbooks and other informative food books available for download in several formats.
QuickFound has links to many and varied free online cookbooks for viewing and for download in pdf. Definitely worth checking out.
Read Free Book has over 20 free ebooks in its Cooking collection. Links are offsite, so available formats vary. Unfortunately, the links to Smashwords are not working, but there are about half of these unique entries available.
SifyBawarchi has 43 free cookbooks for primarily Indian but also Pakistani, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine. These are available for free download in PDF. The site also features a large collection of recipes with an intelligent search system.
Smashwords has about 25 original cookbooks. These are available for download in a wide variety of formats, including KINDLE, EPUB and PDF among others, as well as for online viewing.
Snick's List monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has the nice feature of separate genre listings for these free ebooks. This link is to the Cooking, Food & Wine genre free offerings.
SparkPeople offers Chef Meg's cookbook for free download in PDF without registration.
Squidoo has a large listing of free cookbooks available around the web. Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.
StoneSoup offers a free cookbook of "minimalist" recipes, with 5 ingredients and less than 10 minutes to prepare, for free download in PDF without registration.
The Book Depository has 72 free ebooks in its Food & Drink category available for free download in PDF without registration. You will see prices listed for each of the books, but that is for hard copy. Look for the green Get Free eBook to click on and then the green Download Free eBook PDF on the book listing page.
The Foods of England has links to classic English cookbooks from Medieval times through the 1900s. Links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary.
Thousand Eggs provides online links to historic cookbooks from the 1400s to the 1900s. Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.
Vintage Cookbooks has links to, and downloads of, vintage cookbooks from around the web. These range in date from the 1700s to 1939. Some children and ethnic cookbooks are also offered. Download options vary as some link offsite.
Vitalita The Vitalita Culinary Group is offering two free vegan cookbooks for download in text. A Taste of Vitality and Desserts of Vitality include pictures of the finished dishes.
WHSmith a UK site that teams with Kobo to offer ebooks. This link is to their collection of free ebooks in their Cookery, Food and Drink ebooks collection. All are available for free download in EPUB after registration.
WikiSourcenice collection of cookbooks from the 19th century and early 20th century for free reading online.
Witguides (Cooking&Recipes) 32 cookbooks available for download in pdf (zipped).
I was not originally going to list recipe sites, but a few visitors listed recipe sites in the comments and I thought I would start this section. Only sites suggested by visitors will be listed here.
AnnaMaria'sOpenKitchen is a site devoted to recipes for Italian cuisine. Also, a nice listing of the best of various Italian food stuffs. Suggested by Richey.
AsiaSociety has a good size collection of Asian recipes as well as information on Asian cultures and travel information.
BBC Food has a database of over 10,000 recipes that can be searched by recipe title, chef or program. Also has feature of entering up to 3 ingredients for compatible recipes. Suggested by Torresmagnifico.
CookBooks.com supposedly has over 1 million recipes in its database that can be searched in every way imaginable, including ingredients. The only problem is the number of hits you get, so you have to get pretty specific. Information provided by Phil.
Dede Med a free Mediterranean recipe site, suggested by Midnight Cowboy, who says: "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."
EatingWell offers information and recipes on healthy eating. They have a nice category listing, including vegetarian, children and drink recipes among others. In spite of being healthy, the recipes look tasty. Thanks to Mrs. J for this.
EllySaysOpa the very tempting recipes and and ramblings of a Greek cook who also offers Mexican/TexMex recipes. Elly resides in my former home town of Chicago, where the Greeks are well known experts in the restaurant business. Suggested by Midnight Cowboy, who says everything he has tried here has been excellent.
Epicurious has a large database of recipes that can be browsed in a good variety of ways.
Food.Com DDebbbie suggested this site and I am not sure how I could have missed it, given its name. A large selection of recipes (over 450,000), with the option to create your own cookbook or read cookbooks created by others.
Foodista bills itself as the food encyclopedia that everyone can edit.. This wiki approach has resulted in a large number of recipes available as well as other cooking and dining information. Suggested by mrsound.
FoodNetwork I found this site a bit difficult to get around and originally did not include it in my listing. But when redforever suggested it, I realized that if you follow the food network, or one of its shows, you could get to something you want quickly. So here it is thanks again to redforever.
GodeCookery is a medieval history website dedicated to the food & feasts of the Middle Ages & Renaissance. Here you will find information on medieval cooking, instructions for preparing authentic feasts, hundreds of recipes, image collections, a medieval cooking discussion group, graphics, photographs, and history resources.
MedievalCookery offers a large selection of medieval recipes, information on spices for the period and where to get the spices as well as other general information on medieval cooking. This site has a large listing of links to online medieval cookbooks. (See link above in cookbook section)
RecipeLand Another suggestion from DDebbbie and another nice find. Large collection of recipes with the nice feature of sorting world cuisine by region and also a special diets section.
This section was inspired by and is a collection of sites from a post by redforever. These first four sites cull recipes from a number of food blogs and present a picture of the final result. If you like the picture, click on it and off you go to the recipe. The fifth site is a search engine for recipes at 3000 blogs. The final site is a blog that has the unique feature of video presentation of the recipes.
FoodGawker 2230 pages with about 50 pictures per page makes for a lot of temptation and recipes.
FoodPornDaily not as many pictures (recipes) at once, but a nice collection that I assume changes regularly.
PhotoGrazing another tempting site with a large collection.
TasteSpotting 3491 pages of pictures (recipes) and they throw some good looking desserts right up front.
FoodBlogSearch Just a plain site with a search engine that allows you to search for a recipe through 3000 food blogs.
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".
Top Ten Food Blogs A listing of the favorite food blogs of Rhiannon, a regular contributor here at TechSupportAlert. Some good information in the comments also.
DrinkNation has a large database of alcoholic drinks that can be browsed in a variety of ways. They also have a "Your Bar" feature where you enter all the drink ingredients that you have and it gives drink recipes for those that can be made from your bar. This information can be saved there if you register.
QuickFound has a large listing of free books on wine available for download in pdf.
TheWebtender has a good size database of alcoholic drinks that can be browsed, searched in various ways and they also have an "In My Bar" feature where you enter in all the ingredients that you have and it will list all the drinks that can be made from those ingredients.