Here's a list of recommended resources that I've personally used.
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- Blender: Oster, Dual Action Blender BLSTRM-DZ 600 watt Brushed Stainless Steel
- Chef's Knife: Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Pure 8-Inch Chef's Knife
- Food Processor: Hamilton Beach, 10 Cup Food Processor with Compact Storage
- Microplane: Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
- Tofu Press: TofuXpress, TX1 Gourmet Food Press
I typically find starting points for many recipes all across the internet, not just from one or two sites. I can't say I have one that I love the most. However, I typically find pretty reliable recipes on these sites:
Here are a few cookbooks that I've learned a lot from:
- Perfect Vegetables: Part of "The Best Recipe" Series
- The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen
- Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule
Cooking Video Production
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
- Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
- Remote Control: Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller - This enables me to focus while I'm in front of the camera.
- Digital Audio Recorder: Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder
- Lavalier Microphone: Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone
- Tripod: Sunpak Ultra 7500TM Tripod/Monopod
- Lights: Fancierstudio 3000 Watt Digital Video Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit 9026S3 Fancierstudio
- Cutting Board: Martha Stewart Collection Cutting Board, Dark Bamboo - I only use this cutting board when I record.
- Software: iMovie
- How to Make Professional Looking Cooking Videos: Make cooking videos that are so good your audience can't wait for your next video, even without a film crew
- Edit Professional Looking Cooking Videos in an Hour or Less: Learn the streamlined workflow that I've followed for years that saves me time and actually watch me edit a video live
- Udemy: Udemy is an online learning marketplace where anyone can create an online course and sell it. Over one million students are taking courses on Udemy in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. Each of their 18,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.
- Screenflow: ScreenFlow made creating my courses and my "10 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet Deliciously" video very easy. Some people use it to edit all of their videos.
- Keynote: I use Keynote to not only create the slides for my courses, but also to create the graphics within it. I also use Keynote to create all of my thumbnail images for my YouTube Channel.
- Audacity: This is free, open source audio editing software that's super easy to use for quick editing.
- Microphone: Heil Sound PR40 Dynamic Microphone (Carrying case included)
- Microphone Stand: On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand, Black
- XLR to USB Converter: Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
- Cover Design: OctagonLab - I was extremely pleased with the artwork I received from this comapny. It needed very minor tweaks and they delivered the product fast.
- Layout: Pages
- Editor: Tami S. Parker
- BlueHost: I've used BlueHost since I created my first website in 2007. It's reliable and reasonably priced.
- WordPress: WordPress is my preferred website platform. It's open source, which means that developers all over the world are creating cool plugins and themes for it. You do have to host it on your own server, but that's where BlueHost comes in. They make it super simple to install WordPress and get your website up and running right away.
- Genesis Framework for WordPress: This is a framework for WordPress sites. It's extremely flexible and there are many people who make child themes for it.
- Foodie Theme: This is a child theme for the Genesis platform. I recently installed it and really like it. It's clean and has been relatively easy to customize so far.
- GoDaddy: I have purchased all of my domains through GoDaddy since the beginning of time (2007). After the CEO killed an elephant, I meant to transfer them, but feared something would go wrong with one of my websites in the process. I've never encountered any problems with them and their prices are reasonable. At some point, I will move my domains for purely ethical reasons. I hear Hover is good. Leo recommends them and he's a brilliant tech guy, so I trust his opinion :)
- 99 Designs (Logo Design): I love this site! When you work with a single designer one-on-one, you may only get 2 or 3 ideas for your logo and then be limited with the number of revisions you can make. With 99 Designs, the possibilities are so much greater. I had 15 designers submit a total of 77 designs for my contest and most of them were really beautiful!
- SendOwl: SendOwl is the tool I'm using to sell my cookbook. So far, it's great. It has wonderful reporting features and a nice interface from the customer side and the administrative side. You can use it to sell any digital goods from your own website, blog or social media pages – whether it’s an ebook, game, video, infographic, design template or magazine. I learned about it from Daniel Gold's book, Make it Happen: How to Write, Publish and Sell Your eBook.