EGullet is an eclectic food site, with myriad rabbit holes: in addition to forums, there are recipes (to date, 1991 recipes submitted by 496 members), blogs, spotlight conversations (Dorie Greenspan, José Andrés, etc.) and short pieces written by members, like one called The Kitchen Scale Manifesto. (They even have their own store.) For those weary of the hegemony of many food sites, eGullet has interesting range.
Among this morning's topics, in addition to World's Best Cookbooks: Bing cherries, Fine Dining In Kracow, London hog roast recommendations, wine bargains, distilled apples, and (my favorite) What's Your Favorite Teapot?
EGullet, which bills itself a Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, can also act as an online test kitchen. When cookbook author and eGullet member Paula Wolfert was working on the revised edition of her 1983 classic, "The Cooking of Southwest France," a few years ago, she enlisted eGullet members to test recipes. How's that for a communal kitchen?
Although you do not have to become an eGullet member to travel its site, membership in the not-for-profit society is free.