Chowhound was started in 1997 as a message board for people to trade information about where to find good food. You can read more about the early days of Chowhound in Calvin Trillin's 2001 New Yorker story "New Grub Streets" (full article available to subscribers only).
In 2006, CNET Networks bought Chowhound and combined it with a San Francisco–based print magazine called CHOW. In 2008, CBS acquired CNET Networks to form CBS Interactive. Over the years that followed CHOW.com grew to host more than 10 million unique visitors each month to its recipes and the Chowhound community.
In 2015, CBS Interactive re-launched Chowhound.com, again placing the world-renowned Chowhound community front and center, with award-winning recipes and writing from the Chowhound staff featured contextually throughout the site.