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Easily one of the most renowned and trusted names in home, gardening, food and lifestyle matters, Martha Stewart offers the same in-depth, informative and yet simple approach that made her various television programs so popular to her online recipe site.

Though it lacks the community features and site organization strengths of Epicurious and Chow, the Martha Stewart online recipe site does provide some excellent resources, along with a wealth of information from affiliated sites and companies. Though a recipe-centric emphasis may be counted as a strength by many sites, the breadth of MarthaStewart.com, which includes lifestyle, home, garden and other related topics provides a full package to go along with food and recipe interests. Where else can you receive helpful advice for table setting, presentation and etiquette along with your recipe?

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Recipe Archive and Organization
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7.5/10
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AllRecipes
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10
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8.8
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7.5
7.5
8.8
5
7.5

MarthStewart.com features detailed recipe listing that is organized by several methods, including dish, ingredient, holiday/event, skill level etc. Though most recipes featured on MarthaStewart.com fall use everyday ingredients with few gourmet finishes or touches, there are plenty of exotic, challenging and gourmet recipes to found on the site.

Culinary Appeal
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7.5/10
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8.8
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7.5
5
7.5
7.5
6.3
3.8
5

MarthStewart.com features detailed recipe listing that is organized by several methods, including dish, ingredient, holiday/event, skill level etc. Though most recipes featured on MarthaStewart.com fall use everyday ingredients with few gourmet finishes or touches, there are plenty of exotic, challenging and gourmet recipes to found on the site.

Community
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6.3/10
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Chow
Food & Wine
AllRecipes
Cooking Light
Martha Stewart Living
Food Network
Recipezaar
iChef
Simply Recipes
10
8.8
3.8
7.5
7.5
6.3
3.8
3.8
6.3
2.5

Though not its strong suit, MarthaStewart.com does host user discussion forums and frequently holds contests for user-submitted recipes. However, given the direction that other online recipe sites like Epicurious and Chow are moving in, this seems to be a severe disadvantage for the site at large.

Resources
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8.8/10
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7.5
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8.8
10
3.8
5
3.8

When it comes to resources and learning aids, MarthaStewart.com has it in spades. Whether you are looking for a helpful tutorial video, an informative blog or article, a photo slideshow of a recipe at various stages of development, insightful newsletters or other materials, MarthaStewart.com provides a wealth of materials to assist you. Also, the Martha Stewart Living network offers additional resources for home, garden and lifestyle matters, providing a full package.

Help/Support
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10/10
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AllRecipes
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10
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10
10
10
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6.3

MarthaStewart.com hosts a very detailed FAQ section for technical and site-related issues, such as problems streaming video, viewing pictures or other script errors. MarthaStewart.com also provides a detailed site map for simplified portal and feature location. MarthaStewart.com also provides an email address for additional assistance and site feedback.

Martha Stewart Living Summary:
7.8/10

Though by no means as content-focused or community-driven as Epicurious and Chow, MarthaStewart.com and the Martha Stewart Living Network do provide a more complete package that many online recipe sites lack with its cornucopia of home, garden and lifestyle-related sites and resources. However, if you are looking for an online recipe site that offers a strong balance of recipe listing and organization, helpful resources and learning materials, restaurant and bar listings and reviews, as well as a participation-oriented online community, your best bet would be to try out Epicurious, Chow or Food & Wine.

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