When I decided give up my Swanson's TV dinners (I'm dating myself again ain't I ? :) and learn to cook, I started lurking in various food/cooking newsgroups.. specifically rec.food.cooking (which is the most frequented group); alt.cooking-chat; alt.cooking-chien; alt.food.barbecue; rec.food.equipment; and rec.food.recipes.
There are also ethnic specific groups such as Mexican, Chinese, etc... and alt.coffee if you're really into the science of making a good pot of coffee and/or pulling a good shot of espresso.
I'm curious as to how many of you also peruse these newsgroups?
BTW: I've asked this question elsewhere and usually get a response "What are newsgroups?"
This is interesting because virtually all IP's offer newsgroups (you're already paying for them), although few IP's advertise their groups... You need a special binary newsreader to effectively access the massive Usenet 100,000+ topic database... I use the Agent newsreader from http://www.forteinc.com
, but Windows already has a free newsreader in it, so you're already set.. I'm not sure what it's called or how to use the Windows one though. You can view many text group postings by using "Google" then select "Groups" to get a taste of what they have by topic.. but that's only the tip of the iceburg of information available.
I find these food/cooking newsgroups to be another great Internet source of information on cooking and food.. you might consider checking them out if you haven't already.