This site did not show evidence of storing passwords in plaintext.
This site does allow secured connections (https)
This site did show a clear way to unsubscribe from their emails
This site does verify your email address.
Below is a sample of the emails you can expect to receive when signed up to Gourmet Sleuth.
This is the last step to complete your registration. Please follow this link in order to confirm and complete your membership: https://www.gourmetsleuth.com/account/verify?user=71fc4e63-d3eb-49e1-80fe-57639636a370&provider=Default
If for some reason the link does not work you may also copy and paste the link into your browser.