The Daring Kitchen was the home of The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks. The premise of both groups was to create one recipe each month, given to us by a monthly host. We all created the same exact recipe and then posted about it on our personal blogs on a designated date.

In November 2006, Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice decided to challenge themselves to bake pretzels for the very first time using the same recipe. They each went ahead and posted about it on November 18, 2006. Having enjoyed that experience tremendously, they decided to try it again the next month, this time choosing to bake biscotti. And to make matters even better, they were joined by a few more food bloggers.

As the months went by, their baking group continued to grow, until it was finally decided that this little baking group had to have a name and The Daring Bakers were born!

The Daring Cooks were formed in 2009 as a way to learn how to become better home cooks. The idea spread like wildfire and thousands of people who also wished to learn more joined in on the monthly challenges. Due to a number of reasons, the site changed hands a few times over the years, with the current administrators taking the helm in 2014.

As with all internet sensations, as time passed membership and activity fluctuated and eventually the interest fizzled. But after all those years, the Daring Kitchen’s recipe archive had grown to become an enormous cookbook and resource hub. When the current administrators of the site accepted that the time had come to close the doors of the kitchen, we also realized that the recipe archive was too valuable to lose, so here you find it in all its glory!

Each recipe has detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures to help you recreate the recipe. Measurements are given in a range of styles (cup, spoon, gram etc), variations are proposed, storage instructions are included… everything you could ever need in a cookbook!