A little while ago I twittered about one of my favourite food blogs, and a number of people sent notes thanking me for the recommendation. I realized then that I may spend more time reading food blogs than many, and thus the inspiration for this post. Here’s a list of the food blogs I currently subscribe to, in not-quite-alphabetical order.
101 Cookbooks – I love this site. Phenomenal, inspiring, healthy, and straightforward food accompanied by great writing and fantastic photography. This is one of the first sites I will hit when searching for inspiration or recipes.
A Full Belly – It’s a little scattered in terms of content and frequency, but I keep it in my feed reader because it serves up bite-sized and interesting bits and pieces along with a smattering of recipes.
Arroz y Frijoles – This is the latest find, recommended by Melissa (who is basically awesome in all the ways someone can be awesome). It’s all about Cuban food, and while I’ve only dug through a smattering of the archives I can already tell it’s a keeper.
breadbasketcase – Marie started this blog on Dec 25th, 2005, in her attempt to bake her way through Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Bread Bible. Upon completing that noble and worthwhile goal (which I have considered doing myself), she continued blogging and baking and making all sorts of lovely food.
Chocolate and Zucchini – This is one of the A-List elite food blogs, and is worthy of the accolades. Clotilde Dusoulier, the author, has gone on to write and publish two books (a growing trend among food bloggers) and her blog continues to inspire.
Coconut & Lime – Every post is a clearly written original recipe with some minimal post-script chatter and usually at least a photo or two. A handy page lists the published recipes by category if you’re just digging around trying to figure out what’s for dinner.
Culinate – This is a multi-author mega-blog that does recipes, interviews, articles, and all sorts of other stuff. Usually good for at least 2-3 good posts per day, and absolutely worth checking out.
David Lebovitz – Cookbook author with a penchant for desserts but who writes about all sorts of food and life in Paris, among other things. From his Amazon.com mini-bio: “David Lebovitz was named one of the top five pastry chefs in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for an IACP/KitchenAid Award for his book Room for Dessert. He has been featured on Today, as well as in Bon Appetit, The New York Times, People, Cooking Light, and Gourmet. David lives in Paris, leads chocolate tours, and teaches cooking around the world.”
Epicurious.com – This site is from the more traditional/corporate side of things, having partnered with Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, but those partnerships are what makes it worth subscribing to, with its veritable barrage of recipes and interesting articles.
Frugal Cuisine – Cooking inexpensively doesn’t mean cutting quality. I don’t subscribe to this blog because of it’s money-saving tips, however, it’s just full of great, simple recipes, often with an Asian bent.
New York Times Dining and Wine Section – It’s all great and one of my must-have sites (this goes for the NYT site in general, if they ever tell me I have to pay for it, I will (within reason, mind…don’t get crazy)). The star of this particular show, in my opinion, is Mark Bittman, the “Minimalist” who wrote How to Cook Everything, which I turn to constantly for recipes and information. I have the original hard-back yellow-cover version of the book but will probably pick up the newly revised 10th anniversary red-cover version, as well.
Passionate Eater – This blog, as the title suggests, is really more about eating than cooking, but it’s well written and a fun diversion.
Michael Rhulman – Not just a food writer, but one of the great food writers. His best-known book is probably The French Laundry Cookbook (which someone actually cooked through at home, blogging all the while), with the more recent Charcuterie bringing up a close second. His blog is great and anyone interested in food and cooking should read it.
Serious Eats – Another multi-author mega-blog that publishes piles of interesting articles and recipes on a daily basis. Today’s surprise bit of wisdom? Animal Style Fries at In-and-Out Burger. Dear lord.
Smitten Kitchen – Akin to 101 Cookbooks and Chocolate and Zucchini, Smitten Kitchen is a beautiful blog with great writing, great recipes, and gorgeous photography. One of my favourite single-author food blogs. I am so making the Almond-vanilla rice pudding this weekend. Yum. Oh, and the Squash and chickpea Moroccan stew is on the menu as well. This is one of those food blogs you have to be careful about reading idly — it will make you hungry, even if you just ate.
Stone Soup – Posting is infrequent, but still worth subscribing to so you can catch the articles when they do come.
The Bitten Word – A couple of guys with a minor addiction to food magazines. The premise of this blog, in their own words: “We love food magazines and subscribe to Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated, Food & Wine, Everyday Food and Martha Stewart Living. Over the last year, we only rarely put the magazines to use, instead allowing them to form a not so tidy pile in our apartment. Inspired by this post on Serious Eats, we’re resolving to put our food magazines to work this year, cooking at least one recipe from each magazine. We’ll post our results, and show you how it turned out.”
Zaiqa – All about Indian (specifically authentic Hyderabadi) cuisine. I’m trying to learn more about Indian cooking, and this blog is a great introduction that often goes beyond the recipes to talk about life and food in Hyderabad.
So, that’s what I have in my feed reader right now. There are tons and tons and tons of great food blogs out there, I just don’t have the time to follow them all. Do you have some favourites? Leave a note and a URL in the comments!