The EpiCentre features an Encyclopaedia of Spices with some good tips on how to get the best out of them.
The Food Reference Website is an exhaustive reference site with articles on food history, its usage; short food facts and trivia; an extensive collection of quotes; who’s who in food; cooking tips; culinary humour, poems & crossword puzzles, and a Culinary Calendar. Recipes, modern, classic and historical are also presented.
The Food Timeline is a great site for those interested in the historic evolution and invention of various foods in cultures across the globe.
New Scientist magazine has an excellent set of questions & answers on everyday scientific phenomena about food & drink.
Food Product Design magazine is a must-have for people who like to design and analyse food products. Well written articles, not just for Chefs.
The Chocolate FAQ includes its history, how it is made, as well as some concoctions and trivia.
The Vegetarianism FAQ has the low-down on vegetarianism including definitions, which foods can be categorized as vegetarian, plus some links to vegetarian information resources.
The Beer FAQ has definitions of various types of beer, terms in the brewing industry, handling tips, miscellaneous snippets of information and a few resources.
The Coffee & Caffeine FAQ is mostly about caffeine, its presence in foods and effects, plus a few recipes.
The Tea FAQ includes tea basics, its origin, the varieties, its production and gradation.
A foodie who believes, “Life is one long buffet table”, started Grab Your Fork for other foodies. It offers information about Australian markets, places to eat at, recipes, and a large number of photos not all related to food.
NutritionData tells you, in simple terms, what’s good and bad about the foods you eat, and helps you select foods that best meet your dietary needs.
Foodlink is an excellent site on Food Safety created by The Food & Drink Federation, UK, in conjunction with every possible relevant government department and agency on the subject.
Yahoo! Food is a portal on what food you can eat and where, chefs who make it and how.
iLoveCheese is the best place to learn all about cheese.
The Cooking FAQ contains information on ingredients and methods, weights & measures, culinary terms and other snippets of information... Reminiscent of Thangam Phillips’ book “Modern Cookery”.
Cooking for Engineers has recipes and articles on cooking with a scientific slant. A method to the art of cooking... perfect for recipe standardization.
The Recipe Link has hundreds of recipes contributed by readers, arranged by geographic location and categories of food. It even has a “copycat” section which attempts to deconstruct certain popular aspects of dishes in well known American restaurants.
allrecipes has more than 40,000 free recipes created, tested, reviewed & approved by home cooks worldwide.
Epicurious offers recipes with an advanced search engine.
Good Cooking! this site has recipes and a food & wine dictionary.
Food columnist & author of the “Good Food Guide”, Rashmi Uday Singh’s website features some of her articles and cooking workshops for food enthusiasts. A few Mumbai based caterers, tiffin providers & sweet makers have posted their contact details.
Guten Apetit India was created by the CMA (Central Marketing Organisation of German Agricultural Industries) to promote sales of German agricultural raw and processed foods in India supported by recipes and shows.
Culinary Delights has a few but interestingly authentic Kashmiri Pandit recipes by Kumud Rangroo.
RestaurantEdge is a knowledge bank for the food service industry, with innumerable tools and resources that range from food service research to downloadable business documents and a multitude of other interesting information.
The Stained Apron is filled with stories and incidents, some entertaining and happy, some disgusting and sad. It shows the perspective of some food servers towards their guests as well as responses from the guests themselves.
Woopidoo provides motivational quotes by some well known entrepreneurs for that sometimes much needed boost, as well as some good articles for those seeking business inspiration.
Foodservice.com has International Restaurant News, Articles on Food safety, Chat groups, Culinary School Listings, and Market Reports.
DinerSoft includes articles, stories, FAQs, useful links and books for and by restaurant professionals. The sobriquets section has an unusual collection of F&B business names.
Restaurant Report has a large number of outstanding articles, some great answers to some of the perennial industry questions, and amongst many other things, a list of their top 50 hospitality websites.
The Catering Complete website includes a free e-book on the management of a catering operation, plus a few tips on important aspects of the business, as well a few related links.
Restaurant Business covers information and analysis of key issues and trends affecting the food service industry via news snippets, articles and reports.
Nation’s (America) Restaurant News has current stories and trends that offer food for thought. The site requires you to go through a 2 minute free registration process but is well worth the effort.
Trade Secrets has several good articles and links that provide solutions to common problems in food service.
Slow Food is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food.
The online publication of the World of Food India exhibition is focused on updating potential exhibitors and visitors with food industry developments.
Tulleeho is an India based one-stop shop on alcoholic beverages that offers information and services to consumers, marketers and retailers. From bar tending workshops to brand ideation; from bar design to wine trails.
Entrepreneur.com is a general “how to” business information site covering business management, marketing, finance etc. It also provides ideas through franchise opportunities in multiple business categories including food.
Frugal marketing is a wonderful resource that offers a number of articles and clever tips on how to market your product, service or business on a shoe-string budget.
IdeaMarketers.com is a forum for information sharing that includes a number of articles on many subjects including business and marketing amongst others.
Aman Resorts has been rated the world’s leading international hotel group in the newly released 2007/2008 Zagat Survey of the World’s Top Hotels, Resorts and Spas, an evaluation of 1,287 of the world’s best places to stay & play as well as 48 leading hotel chains.
The Kwality Group pioneered the ice cream industry in Northern India & has successfully diversified into restaurants, bakeries & hotels. Owners of the renowned Gaylord brand, they have transferred their ice cream distribution & marketing rights to Brooke Bond Lipton India Limited (BBLIL).
Panama Foods offers a variety of spice extracts and a wide range of instant foods including soups, milk shakes, vending premixes, chutneys etc.
Cumin Hospitality Services is an upcoming catering firm firm that caters to exclusive Corporate Events and also has a division that provides daily executive meals.
Profitable Hospitality is a terrific resource to help build your hospitality business. Australia-based Ken Burgin clearly understands a restaurateurs pain points and offers Management and Marketing solutions through articles, workshops, presentations and conferences.
Akasa supplies pizza ovens, grillers, fryers, warmers etc.
K.T. International offers digital electronic safes, paper shredders, note detection & currency counting machines, video door phones, security systems etc.
Kaapi Machines India Pvt. Ltd. is an Italian-German-Indian triad company offering world class espresso coffee machines, grinders, accessories, along with professional coffee training and consultancy under one roof.
Origin Corp. offers a variety of dehumidifiers that remove excessive moisture in rooms. In hotels, they prevent rooms from smelling musty and keep them crisp and odour free. In food storage or processing areas, they protect foods like dry fruit, spices, chocolate etc. from spoilage that may occur due to moisture.
Hafele offers furniture and kitchen fittings, ambient lighting options and other property development solutions backed by training centres to support their employees, dealers and carpenters in India.
The American National Restaurant Association website. It would take several days to explore the multitude of links at this site. Those in the “Running your business” section are particularly interesting.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is an industry driven business association that works with the Indian government on industry related opportunities for change in India & offers seminars on relevant issues as well.
HVS International is an international consulting firm offering numerous services. Their Indian office in Delhi at this point offers Executive Search as well as Consulting & Valuation Services.
Mahajan & Aibara is a management consulting firm offering a host of services including market studies, financial advisory solutions, performance improvement, executive search etc. They have a significant number of clients from the hospitality industry.
Chic Hospitality Consultants offer some well thought out articles on customer service as well as the management, motivation and training of Human Resources.
HRCC India, led by Avinash Keskar, offers restaurant & hotel consultancy. They also run their own restaurants, service apartments and have an in-house catering company and property management service.
Vital Concept Design Pvt. Ltd., led by M. Ram Vittal Rao, is Asia’s leading international hotel design, foodservice and laundry facilities design consulting company.
TLC Marketing Pvt. Ltd. a tie-up with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, offers a variety of marketing services as well as feasibility studies, valuations, operational & financial services.
Hospitality Consultants India Pvt. Ltd. offer market research, feasibility studies, management / collaboration / leasing / franchise agreement formulation & negotiation, project design & management, manning and systems support.
Kaiz Hospitality Services offer hospitality consultancy services, mystery shopping and software solutions for the food service industry.
MCORP is a Bangalore based Hospitality Management Consulting Company with a credo of “Dream, Believe, Dare, Do” (Walt Disney), providing comprehensive business solutions.
Progressive Hospitality is a “tourism solutions” provider, set up with the idea of delivering expert B2B services including marketing, acquisitions, operations, placements and many others.
Mango Kurry is a Mumbai based kitchen & restaurant consulting service led by Sartaj Bedi, that uses a process based methodology to deliver client’s requirements holistically.
Duff & Phelps are International Valuation and Corporate Finance Advisors with expertise in the restaurant industry, offering insights on Valuation, Disputes, M&A and Restructuring.
Country studies on India by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, though outdated provides good information on Indian history in terms of cultural influences, religion, politics and almost every conceivable aspect of the country from agriculture & natural resources to the economy and telecommunications.
Cultural India includes information on Indian religions, monuments, places of pilgrimage, national symbols, forts, history, music, architecture, crafts & dance.