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What's your favorite food related blog and why?

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  1. http://breadbasketcase.blogspot.com -- Marie Wolf, a lawyer from Minneapolis, is baking every bread in Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible. This woman has a terrific writing style and a great sense of humor.

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    1. re: Nancy Berry

      Nancy, thanks for recommending the breadbasketcase blog. It's an engrossing read. Well written. Good photos.

      1. re: val ann c

        nancy, that is a nice blog. i laughed at the photo of rose levy berenbaum's cousins sitting on each end of the sofa, not entirely gleeful in aspect.

        1. re: val ann c

          mattbites.com is great food, humor and, of course, photography. check this photog site by the same matt: http://www.mattphotographs.com/

        2. re: Nancy Berry

          I couldn't agree more, Nancy. I discovered her blog a while back and it's both informative and entertaining. I make all my family's bread and wasn't familiar with Berenbaum's book until I found this blog. The recipes are wonderful.

        3. There's a website run by a lady on a travel board I visit (mostly re Italy) - she calls her blog Food Porn - it's mainly just pictures of food - here's the flickr version


          and here's the Italian version


          I can spend hours looking at the pix

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          1. re: ElizabethS

            Those are great pictures, I just wish I could read Italian.

            1. re: rcheng

              You can plug the URL into Babel Fish and it will translate into English, roughly. I love Babel Fish because it always reminds me of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" radio and TV shows, as my cell phone always reminds me of Star Trek.

              1. re: steinpilz

                I tried the Babel Fish for this site just to see what would come up, and it was hysterical! I guess that too much Italian food language is un-translatable. I love the Babel Fish suggestion, though, and I can't wait to try it out on some other web pages.

              2. re: rcheng

                rcheng, by the time you read the captions for all of the dishes, you'd know the italian language for food, backward and forward!

                the site inspires me to eat all different kinds of italian --- branch out! thanks for the site.

              1. re: ChristianZ

                great food wordsmith! and the photos are excellent. you really know the blogger is a true chowhound and an artist! and the food looks delicious. i wonder what kind of camera elmo is using?

              2. megnut.com - Interesting opinions and news about food. (Plus Anthony Bourdain weighs in with comments from time to time.)

                  1. re: bryan

                    chocolate and zucchini is *beautiful*

                    1. re: PseudoNerd

                      And David Lebovitz is a good read.

                    2. re: bryan

                      I"ve been reading Amateur Gourmet for several years, and find it entertaining as it has evolved. However, I find the constant references to his "boyfriend Craig" are becoming tiresome.

                      1. re: Cheflambo

                        I agree it is like so what your gay...it is not a big deal


                        1. re: Cheflambo

                          You know... you rarely hear things like that in reference to het blog writers... sorta odd

                          1. re: rozz01

                            I give you Amanda Hesser, who wrote the Food Diary column for the New York Times 9ish years ago, and "Mr. Latte." Good lord, that was annoying. Although it wasn't a blog, so maybe it doesn't count.

                            1. re: small h

                              personally, I don't like the whole "DH" thing myself.

                              1. re: bigjeff

                                Seconded. Nor any of its ilk. If you're so damn fond of your significant other, show him or her you really care by taking three seconds to type an actual word. (I've probably used SO a few times myself, but I'm trying to stop.)

                                1. re: small h

                                  Amen, small h, but you are an almost lone voice crying in the wilderness. That is, "AmN, small h, bt U R an almst lone voice crying in th wildRnS".
                                  Every time I see LOL, I COTI (cry on the inside) ;>)

                                  1. re: greygarious

                                    OMG ROTFLMAO. It's a sad state of affairs. I once spent 15 minutes wondering what 'girlfriend pasta' was. And srsly, that was not a good use of my time.

                                  2. re: small h

                                    I'm not really into using names in the Internet (I know that sounds dumb). So I just say J in my blog. I hope people don't find that annoying. Every once in a while I've used BF but sometimes I even say that while talking. I do dislike the DH etc. Not everyone in my family is so "dear" haha!

                                    1. re: melpy

                                      J is more of an alias than an abbreviation, and aliases don't bother me. A good thing, too, 'cause my real name is not small h.

                                2. re: small h

                                  Gods, I'm the only one sick to death of Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man? (I actually don't read it anymore.)

                                  1. re: shanagain

                                    I enjoyed her website at the beginning, but now it's like a big ad. I give up on blogs that monetize.... same with Steamy Kitchen.

                                    Don't get me wrong... I believe in capitalism, but going for the $$$ a blog loses it's original lustre of doing it for the love of food, which is why I read food blogs.

                                    If I wanted ads, I'd subscribe to magazines. :-)

                                    1. re: dave_c

                                      Good observation dave c. More and more food bloggers are becoming mainstream authors; ad revenue is one indicator. In many but not all cases bloggers who start out journaling in their spare time have no idea that their "voice" will capture a live and responsive audience. Once popularized a fortunate blogger is faced with a delicious fork in the road ie: marketing and advertising revenue, publishing deals, media attention, etc. Should a blogger ignore the opportunity to grow, sell their original work, earn a living?

                                      Blogs are the new magazine...which ironically also post blogs for their own readership thru the magazines main website. I'm not crazy for all the ads, but they are here to stay...and often pay for the experience we enjoy gratis.

                                    2. re: shanagain

                                      I really believe she's becoming a victim of her own popularity. Lately I'm finding her quite banal. I hardly visit the site anymore, although I do visit her sister site, Tasty Kitchen, quite often.

                            2. I rather like these two from local-LAish hounds:

                              (she posts as tokyoastrogirl too


                              I have no idea what sort of job he must have to be able to travel so much, but I think it's pretty awesome that he gets to!

                                1. http://www.101cookbooks.com/
                                  for great ideas and recipe experiments, sweet and savory
                                  Photos are good, and she has a terrific manner

                                  very NYC-centric, good food writing links

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                                  1. re: pitu

                                    I too love 101. Have you tried http://smittenkitchen.com/ or http://simplyrecipes.com/? They are not veggie, but the women have similar familiar and inviting ways of writing. Love them!

                                    And then there is my fall back food porn site when I am needing mealspiration: http://www.tastespotting.com/

                                    I love David Lebovitz. I do not always adore his recipes, but most are pretty amazing and inventive. He also answers questions.

                                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                      Tastespotting and Foodgawker I keep on my bookmarks tab. It really is a food porn site. Do not view when hungry! Or at least, only view when hungry if places are still open and you can get there quick for something vaguely similar.

                                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                        I learned of smittenkitchen last month and was well, smitten. What a great site!

                                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                          I read Lebovitz, too. His recent report on the truffle tour made me smile for days.

                                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                              I am aware of it! It's not a single food blog but a collection...slightly different.

                                          1. http://famousfatdave.com/blog/

                                            I enjoy Dave's blog and am not even from New York.

                                            1. Solo Blog - with some of the greatest running conversations. Be sure to subscribe to the feed for the comments as well as the blog.

                                              Acciental Hedonist


                                              Group Blog
                                              The Well Fed Network


                                              1. http://orangette.blogspot.com/

                                                is utterly sublime. Top drawer storytelling and recipes.

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                                                1. re: relizabeth

                                                  Love it! On my "favorites"! Thanks

                                                  1. re: pixlpi

                                                    She actually just got a book deal, and very much deserved, I think.

                                                    - Lea

                                                2. Don't forget Asian blogs. Here are two that make me green with envy for all the food we can't find in the US.

                                                  On Malaysia by a frequent Chowhound poster:

                                                  On the Phillippines:

                                                  Here are 2 others I dont know as well.


                                                  1. Great pictures from restaurants in LA (but not much written content):

                                                    Great baking website:

                                                    Fun NY blog with delicious pictures:

                                                    1. I cannot look at a blog with crappy photography, I just can't. If you're a bad photographer and a good writer, use those powers of description!

                                                      Matt Bites for design, photography, and content. LA-based. Find the post on snails and you'll see why I was hooked instantly.

                                                      StephenCooks.com: recipes, recipes, recipes, and great execution of design, content, and photography. Based in Maine, and the gratuitous references to lobster and other fresh East Coast seafood makes me dizzy with jealousy:

                                                      The Ethicurean is my favorite group blog. Their "Glossary of Terms" is very good reading:

                                                      So many good ones are out there. I vascillate between wanting sheer porn and really wanting to know who is connected to their food. Fancy restaurant blogs don't really do it for me: any rich person with gadgetry and the means can show up and take pictures (bad or good) of their meal. I like knowing what people do with good ingredients, themselves. Please do not take this to mean that I myself don't like to go to fancy restaurants. It's just that a blog comprised of nothing but that is nothing I would subscribe to.

                                                      1. I love http://www.piedayfriday.com Frankly, I'm a pie-aholic, and it's very funny and has great stories and, more importantly, RECIPES for delicious pies.

                                                        1. At the moment, I've been reading NewsYouCanEat, primarily because of the comments. The substance isn't bad either . . . if you like Starbucks, ice cream and soda!



                                                          1. http://creampuffsinvenice.typepad.com...

                                                            I love this site! She's from Canada. She has the best photography. If the pictures stink I won't bother to read the blog. Her pictures make you feel like you can reach out and touch the food. Scroll down to the Rustic Tart and What A Peach on the first page for example. Don't forgt the archives. Makes me want to start a blog if I had the patience.

                                                            1. www.sautewednesday.com Good writing and links to everything foodie.

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                                                              1. re: lotech

                                                                FYI, an update. Bruce Cole is no longer working on SauteWednesday.com, as he is now the editor for Edible San Francisco. His blog, still wonderful, can be found here:


                                                              2. Thanks for all these blogs. Looks like I will never have to read a book again...

                                                                He loves the "molecular gastronomy" stuff (El Bulli, Alinea, etc) and documents meals really well, so I can live vicariously. Great for helping me decide where my next $300 meal will be. Lots of typos.

                                                                Written by a friend of mine, food, travel, recipes, musings.

                                                                Nicely written by a friend-of-a-friend who is a pastry chef.

                                                                1. One that I enjoy is http://kitchen-notebook.blogspot.com/
                                                                  -beautiful photos and oh how I'd love that life in France...

                                                                  1. I stumbled on this one while on the Chicago board- his photos of the 24 course "tour" at Alinea are something beyond food porn....


                                                                    Chicago based but travels a fair amount.

                                                                    1. I really enjoy and live vicariously through:

                                                                      Tasting Menu.. :)


                                                                      1. I love Looka!


                                                                        Chuck Taggart is from New Orleans and a lot of his posts deal with the city and it's people, food, and culture. He also just wants real iced tea, which is something to which I can relate:

                                                                        He has an entire section of his web site devoted to authentic creole and cajun recipes. His red beans and rice recipe is one I use on a regular basis to rave reviews:


                                                                        1. I just found obsessionwithfood.com

                                                                          1. Oh my gosh there are so many good ones! Cream Puffs in Venice, Orangette, Chocolate and Zucchini, Nordljus and Chez Pim are among the best and most famous. There are also specialty blogs like Meathenge (guess what it's about?), Chockylit (cupcakes), Eggbeater (pastry chef musings), The Wednesday Chef (cooks out of the LA times and NYTimes food sections each week) Farmgirl Fare (great stories)etc. There are great pictures and good writing on all of these. I have culled a list of my favorites on my blog, and of course I like to think mine's not half bad - though it mostly pertains to San Diego and is not nearly as slick as most of these. You can really lose yourself for hours! Here's a link to mine, which will lead you down the rabbit hole...


                                                                            1. Here are some more I'm into at the moment:

                                                                              Michael Bauer: Between Meals:

                                                                              NewsYouCanEat,if you like Starbucks, ice cream and soda!

                                                                              Good for London restaurants and recipes/ wine:

                                                                              Good industry news blog

                                                                              For those with a methodical approach to cooking:

                                                                              Site initially comprised from materials supplied by Honors Students enrolled in a Summer 1999 Seminar at Washington State University:



                                                                              1. I really like Gutenberg's Daily Feed:


                                                                                especially because Gutenberg visits a lot of places in Marin where I live. The photos always make my mouth water! There are actually three blogs on the site, but Daily Feed seems to be updated the most frequently.

                                                                                1. I really like Midtown Lunch. It's a great review of inexpensive lunchtime restaurants, with photos and commentary. I don't live in New York, but I'm constantly adding to my list of places to try when I visit, and I really like having access to a list of great but not expensive lunch places; it gives me the "inside track."


                                                                                  1. Here's some more good ones that weren't mentioned.

                                                                                    Opinionated about Food, global fine dining with great pics:

                                                                                    Chez Pim, thai cooking and travel:

                                                                                    Chubby Hubby, Singapore chow and good pics:

                                                                                    FoodPornWatch, a foodporn link site!

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                                                                                      1. re: steinpilz

                                                                                        I enjoy them, too.

                                                                                        also, this one, which has GREAT photographs.

                                                                                        1. re: steinpilz

                                                                                          I stick by these three, the best for Japanese - which is all that I regularly follow.

                                                                                      2. I like Dessert First. Good photography, great recipes.


                                                                                        1. I like www.thefoodgeek.com - very candid, somewhat Alton Brown-ish (in relating food science & trivia), cool podcasts too.

                                                                                          I also enjoy Sara Moulton's blog http://www.saramoulton.com/ even though it is a bit irregular in frequency of postings in the blog. (Her Website does have a "kitchen shrink" section where she'll answer variou culinary questions---updated more regularly.)

                                                                                          1. Can't believe nobody has mentioned NYCnosh http://www.nycnosh.com so far!

                                                                                            It's gorgeous, the pics are fab, and the writing is wonderful. Best local blog by a very long distance.

                                                                                            1. I like gastropoda and also gurgling cod.

                                                                                              1. I feel inclined to offer some much due props to Robyn's The Girl Who Ate Everything food blog:


                                                                                                Lovely pictures, frequent updates, and an exuberance for food. What more could you ask for?

                                                                                                She represents us young NYCers quite well :-)

                                                                                                1. One of my favourites, which I stumbled upon purely by chance, is the Greek Food Recipes and Reflections blog by the Greek Gourmand, Sam Sotiropoulos, see: http://greekgourmand.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                  The pics are excellent, the background info on each recipe is always interesting, the recipes themselves are straightforward, and the food is tasty! What more needs be said? A++ Check it out!

                                                                                                  1. So glad I found Chowhound - WHERE have I been all this time? I love:

                                                                                                    http://orangette.blogspot.com/ for all the Francophile-ness.

                                                                                                    http://velvetlava.blogspot.com/ for the writing, so far.

                                                                                                    http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/ for the variety.

                                                                                                    http://www.thefoodpornographer.com/ for the pics, obviously :).

                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                          She is a favorite of mine as well.

                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                            I third Carol Blymire's blog! Her How to Cook Tripe entry ( 5.15.08) is hysterically funny.

                                                                                                        2. I will forever have this link in my favorites. Oh, and a vote for Pioneer Woman as well. :)

                                                                                                          1. Great pictures and recipes - my personal favorite


                                                                                                            I just find these two guys pretty interesting:

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                                                                                                            1. re: Dave O

                                                                                                              I love the Paupered Chef blog. Nick and Blake are cool.

                                                                                                            2. Cooking for Engineers is an interesting and informative site:


                                                                                                              1. for ridiculous photography: kuiadore (www.brandoesq.blogspot.com
                                                                                                                )for sheer entertainment value: grocery eats (www.groceryeats.com)

                                                                                                                1. I really enjoy frenchlaundryathome. But my favorite is http://smittenkitchen.com.

                                                                                                                    1. Interesting site - not necessarily best but, you know:


                                                                                                                          1. Funny blog, lots of bacon recipes and reviews of weird Upstate New Yorks stuff.


                                                                                                                                1. Hilarious and informative about what people around the world eat.


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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shane Greenwood

                                                                                                                                    That was one of the best eye-watering laughs I've had in quite awhile. Thanks for that link.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Shane Greenwood

                                                                                                                                      I have been laughing at The Sneeze all morning..oh gawd, the Urkel-o's! !!!

                                                                                                                                    2. Also a fan of http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/
                                                                                                                                      "Do You Know the Muffin Man" blog is a baker's dream blog
                                                                                                                                      Smitten Kitchen, Pioneer Woman Cooks--fun, entertaining, easy to follow recipes
                                                                                                                                      I also enjoy some of the blogs that focus on cocktails, spirits and mixology like:
                                                                                                                                      Adventures with Cocktails & Food

                                                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                          I love the pics at Nourishing Gourmet, but I like the writing at http://www.foodrenegade.com better. It's a like-minded site -- dedicated to wholesome, nourishing, traditional foods sourced from pastured/organic/local suppliers.

                                                                                                                                          In fact, those two sites recently joined up with some others to create http://www.realfoodmedia.com, which also looks like it has promise.

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                                                                                                                                            JohannaM, thanks for sharing foodrenegade.
                                                                                                                                            Realfoodmedia.com didn't work for me..

                                                                                                                                            Nourishing Gourmet appears to be a fairly new blog. I'll be curious to see how she develops the topic.

                                                                                                                                            So many food blogs, so little time!

                                                                                                                                        2. One that I stumbled upon that seems new and I really like is http://thebitessite.com

                                                                                                                                          1. I'm sure you have a whole raft to go through here. There are 3 sites that only have pictures of what is on other blogs and a link to each. You can spend hours drooling over the stuff!


                                                                                                                                            Foodgawker and Tastespotting are similar but each has unique elements. I should note that in a little over 2 years, Tastespotting has over 33,000 entries!

                                                                                                                                            1. I like C&Z, 101 Cookbooks, and Smitten Kitchen. I don't read most food blogs regularly, though- I go through phases where I'll read either religiously or rarely.

                                                                                                                                              I'm not a huge fan of food blogs are too... precious and twee. There are definitely many of those out there.

                                                                                                                                                1. It's pretty much single issue, but "A Hamburger Today" provides lots of interesting (dare I say it?) tidbits about everyone's favourite one-handed meal, including the awesome burger made with not one, but two, grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches in place of the bun. Also stories about people consuming 5 and 6 lb burgers in a single sitting! It's burger excess and awesomeness at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                  1. http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/

                                                                                                                                                    amazing tumblr of everyone's secret indulgences and dreams/nightmares

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                                                                                                                                                    1. http://bestbyfarr.wordpress.com/

                                                                                                                                                      This is a blog (not really updated very often) by chef/butcher Ryan Farr (SF-based) and has great recipes (although many are out of reach) for various offal and pig-centric fare. great instructions and pictures tho, almost makes you feel like you could make his pig-face terrine, etc.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Phoo_d

                                                                                                                                                          Phoo_d, your Glazed Chicken with Porcini and Crisp Potatoes was killer-good!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                            Did you make it!? We really enjoyed the flavors too. I think roast chicken is one of my ultimate comfort foods.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Phoo_d

                                                                                                                                                              Why of course, that's why I'm vouching for the delicious recipe. Thank you for testing the recipe, providing photos (which I really appreciate for when I give a new recipe a try). My family enjoyed the flavors and leftovers in a quick cook recipe later that week.

                                                                                                                                                              I enjoy reading your blog.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                That's wonderful! I'm so glad it turned out for you too. Thanks very much for reading. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually tries the recipes! =)

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Phoo_d

                                                                                                                                                            These are some of my favorites too. (as well as Phoo-d's blog -- you should check it out!)

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.smittenkitchen.com is an old favorite
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.thekitchensinkrecipes.com has some great stuff too.


                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Phoo_d

                                                                                                                                                              I too love Joy the Baker. Once I mistakenly stumbled onto this site http://www.joyofbaking.com when looking for Joy the baker. I think I may like it even better.

                                                                                                                                                            2. I really enjoy Noble Pig.
                                                                                                                                                              Her stories are amusing and I love the pictures of all the necessary ingredients.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: meremere

                                                                                                                                                                I am wrapt by her adventures in vineyarding and cute stories about her family.

                                                                                                                                                              2. I just discovered this "how to" blog that was posted here on the FM&N board but seems to have been removed: http://how2heroes.com/blog/

                                                                                                                                                                It seems to be MA-based, what with the demos in the video blogs mostly being from local chefs and food bloggers. Haven't had a chance to check out a lot of the blog submissions yet, but it looks interesting!
                                                                                                                                                                ETA: Having found a list of the "heroes" who have submitted videos/recipes, it seems that the contributors are from all over - local Boston chefs; NOLA bartenders, test food kitchen directors for magazines, and just people who submitted How-To videos.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I read as many food blogs as I can get my hands on.

                                                                                                                                                                  My new favorite discovery is: http://kissmyspatula.com/

                                                                                                                                                                  New to the "scene", it's refreshing and witty with music pairings and incredible photography to boot!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: eatlocalfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                    eatlocalfoodie, you are absolutely right. beautiful blog. thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. i haven't read this thread in a while, so i don't know if "devil and egg" has been mentioned.
                                                                                                                                                                    it has beautiful photos, varied food-obsession content, easy on the ears writing style. just very nice to pass the time, and dream and eat vicariously.

                                                                                                                                                                    reading this today, i discovered WHY everyone is CRAZY about in-n-out burgers (WOW!) and learned that i must get to hoboken on a saturday for fiore's fresh roast beef sandwich on an italian roll with gravy! ;-). http://www.devilandegg.com/2009_03_01...

                                                                                                                                                                    i've bookmarked this blog into my favorites! thanks caroline & leslie!! (who is "egg"? with a codpiece?! -- oh, no....er....that's an apron! LOL!).

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my goodness. I have never seen an In and Out Burger before. I am so glad I hadn't. I always thought those fanatics were a bunch of nutters! No more I tell you!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. this is a fabulous blog on chinese food, from a talented lady with a very interesting background: http://appetiteforchina.com/about

                                                                                                                                                                      1. http://www.the-feedbag.com/category/l...

                                                                                                                                                                        Feedbag "sections" to the left side of the screen will keep any food blog lover busy for hours!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I love this site, it is so very focused on its parameters: everything must be out of a jar or be about to be put into a jar: It's called, of course, FOOD IN JARS:


                                                                                                                                                                          1. this is my favorite blog lately. cake wrecks. warning, if you're at the office: it'll make you cry from laughing, and coffee shoot out your nose. http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2008/0...

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                              You recommended that on the thread for the person who was having ugly cake anxiety. I went there and fell in love instantly! The female reproductive cakes had me entranced. People are so creative.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                teeheeeheee! ;-). <and *she* thought she had an "ugly" cake! HA!>

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I actually think following restaurants, food critics and lifestyles companies on Twitter is much more convenient. I live in Tokyo and just started following Park Hyatt's New York Grill. If I wasn't on twitter I wouldn't have known Mark Lapico from Jean George would be cooking there. I searched on their website and wasn't able to find any information or anywhere else online. Not even on any blogs. It was only through twitter that I came across it.


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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bkkelectro

                                                                                                                                                                                  Great point. There are some 'food trucks' in L.A. on Twitter, and they post their schedules that way. It's kind of a variation on the flash mob theme.

                                                                                                                                                                                  (By food trucks, I mean we've got taco trucks, Korean-taco trucks, sushi trucks, organic trucks, etc. ... not sure which of these had the schedule I saw but I think several do that.)

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Here's some healthy ones. There are great pictures and good recipes on all of these.

                                                                                                                                                                                  vegetarian blog

                                                                                                                                                                                  vegan blog

                                                                                                                                                                                  healthy eating blog:

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. http://paninihappy.com/cheddar-apples...

                                                                                                                                                                                    When you've exhausted your panini play list, visit this site!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                      YOU ROCK, HillJ! Now I know what's for dinner - just need the bread. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG, that is too funny! I love the Smaller-Than-Your-Thumbwich!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                        hillj, thanks! i love sesame semolina bread, and i'd forgotten all about it till the panini blog reminded me. <now *where* did i get that bread? harris teeter?>

                                                                                                                                                                                        as to the paninis, i'm thinking about how to combine scuzzo's "eggplant on the wafflebaker" concepts with the panini ingredients......

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                          wafflebaker concept,,,great idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Came across this thread and was surprised that the "Julie/Julia Project" wasn't mentioned, seeing that it was recently made into the movie "Julie & Julia" with Meryl Streep.

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's a relatively old blog (2002-2003), with no photographs, but is an interesting read as Julie cooks her way through every recipe in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Link takes you to the first entry:

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Having enjoyed the book, "Confections of a Closet Master Baker" (jeez, I've been mistakenly calling it Confessions for months!), I also like the author's two blogs, http://confectionsofamasterbaker.blog... and http://notesfromfreegrace.blogspot.com/ , which have lovely photos and tempting recipes, although the light purple text is hard to read against the blue background.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm almost through Confections and have really enjoyed it. Thanks for the blog links, grey!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. There's a new blog started by a young CIA grad who each week is cooking an elaborate meal from a different country. 195 weeks, 195 countries. She's done Afghanistan and Albania, next stop Algeria. She gives the recipes and they seem both authentic and doable.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Brian S

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's a fun blog. Thanks for the post!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2010/0...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lately, it's Food Wishes
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gentleman combines recipes, blogging, videos step by steps in a approachable, fun way. A blog I gladly recommend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This entry for Mother's Day kept me coming back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I'm plus one for 101 cookbooks and smitten kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also like:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: corneygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      rasamalaysia has got some great recipes and writing, yup!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. cbites.com in Connecticut is a great new blog. Lots of restaurant info, recipes, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      oops...yes, ctbites.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. nominees for Saveur's inaugural food blog awards (in 9 categories) should be good fodder for top blogs:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bigjeff

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The photos in the "cannelle et vanille" blog are just beautiful. Thanks for the link.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Saveur Magazine has the awesome Blog awards this month and i came up with the most interesting group of new blog prospects for my favorites.


                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I love:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ulterior Epicure - high end dining worldwide

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me So Hungry - ciasual dining in NYC

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vegan Dad - not that I'm vegan, but I find the concept of a "vegan dad" fascinating

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Word of Mouth - casual ethnic dining in NYC

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Market Manila - a Philippine perspective on worldwide cuisine

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. saltycook.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It offers recipes, foodie events, as well as restaurant reviews in LA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: shanagain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    +1 for closetcooking and I'll add (though she's probably already mentioned upthread somewhere) smittenkitchen.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      closet cooking is nice. excellent photography, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Sadly, one of my favorites just shut down last month:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm in Toronto and frequently visit Buffalo, NY (2 hours away) for shopping, or just passing through after crossing the border (either to drive onward or fly out of the airport) This food blog has been great at pinpointing local places to visit when I don't have a lot of time to be "looking around". The owner of the site said he'll keep the content up but just won't update it, so it's worth a look if you're in Western NY State or Southern Ontario.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. steamykitchen.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've only actually cooked one recipe from it so far. Xiao long bao aka soup dumplings. Her instructions were precise and they turned out great. I'm probably not qualified to even nominate because I rarely look at blogs, food or otherwise. I find most of them silly with most of the comments along the lines of "sound great" which isn't the same as actually cooking something. I'm going to check out the sites listed here and I bet I'll be changing my mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. joepastry.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I didn't see it mentioned here, so I wanted to put in a plug. I just discovered it recently, and he's quite prolific (always highest # on my google reader).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He'll take a recipe or topic and post several smaller posts detailing the history, trivia and variations of said recipe, and also answer reader questions about anything from the physics and etymology related to the topic. It takes a bit of paying attention, as each post is usually a continuation of the topic, but I've really learned a lot just in the past month. Highly recommended, especially if you're into the minutiae of baking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sgogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when i see "bavarian cream" first, i'm hooked.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks, sgogo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My pleasure. I'm dying to make the Tomato Tarte Tatin from 7/23/10, it just looks perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sgogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the tiramisu looks great, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. http://www.fritosandfoiegras.blogspot...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This blogger is so funny and makes weird food that I would never think of. So yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: eatingtreat33

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for this link...never saw this before. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have always loved TSOGB for its international perspective and beautiful photos http://scentofgreenbananas.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I just emailed the guy who writes http://beefpiranha.wordpress.com/ and he is totally charming. *Blush*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. "Some of my favorites:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hunter, Angler, Gardener cook, he goes to great lengths to "find the forgotten feast" everything is from scratch, often hunted, caught or gathered himself. Also, the recipes and photos are worth visiting his blog for on their own!:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Orangette: I actually read her book "A Homeade Life" first so I was already pretty commited before I even got to the blog, her writing stays clear and always well thought out and her photos and recipes always have me intrigued

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I've been reading "3 Hungry Tummies" for a few months now and think it's one of the best for recipe writing and photography. Really global cuisine but seems to be predominately Asian. She's based in Melbourne Australia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also like:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AGLIO, OLIO & PEPERONCINO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael Ruhlman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The recipe blog from The Telegraph UK

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    today's uk telegraph recipe for veggie glass noodle salad looks terrific!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I happened to see this blog link in my local paper, and had fun scrolling through this morning. A bit of food from all over the world.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoyZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm enjoying looking through this blog. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogsp...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When you find yourself searching for a fun and easy bar idea, the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen can be just the ticket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Try What Would Cathy Eat? http://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/ She calls it hearth healthy food with an attitude. It basically means how to cook really great food without tons of butter, cream and suger. Plus there are lots of vegan recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Overall the writing is very engaging, and if you're into food porn, get ready to be pleased -- the photos are exquisite and really nicely styled. If you check it out, make sure you go back a few months, her holiday recipe ideas for low fat version of foodie food were really great. I bake her cookies like these Vegan Cranberry Walnut cookies for my kids whenever I can. http://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2010...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I am shocked Cooking Issues hasn't been noted yet. (I don't think I missed it. Sorry if I did) It gets my vote.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for mentioning this site - it is fascinating!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. If you're a bean lover, http://ranchogordo.typepad.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                full of great tips on beans and recipes that really make the most of bean-based ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. http://dessertstalking.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If your searching dessert specific this site pinpointing dessert entries from food bloggers is a daily delight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. http://emilyludolf.blogspot.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Urban Gorilla Cooking Blog by Masterchef finalist Emily Ludolf"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I highly recommend this blog! She makes cooking haute cusine fun and accessible to anyone, even me as a hobbyist. She's a brilliant (Oxford Graduate), early twenties chef who cooks with the limited tools of any recent college graduate (tea kettles, etc.).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In one episode, this UK Masterchef-finalist "wunderkind" cooked in world renowned French Chef Pierre Gagnaire's Paris restaurant (Pierre Gagnaire, per wikipedia "an iconoclastic chef who was at the forefront of the fusion movement"). She never had any professional training in cooking and that's part of the reason I'm drawn to her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I heard she'll be making an appearance on UK Masterchef this season (any day know) as a guest judge. Looking forward to it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    her wikipedia page:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a'pal...that really is a great blog...thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Val, aren't their photos fantastic. I really enjoy that blog. I'm glad you and alk found it to be interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yesyes...photos are tops! love them! thank you and a'pal!♥ ♥ good job!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. exilekiss.blogspot.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of L.A.'s best, these posts have it all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JEN10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For anyone who loves reading about Paris restaurants, Alex Lobrano's Hungry for Paris blog is a real treat, www.hungryforparis.com He's a really wonderful writer, and his posts have a literary quality that is completely missing on most other blogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. cakewrecks is insanely hilarious but not technically a food blog I think

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.offalgood.com/chris-blog by Chris Cosentino is very interesting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.youtube.com/user/BitchinKi... is Bitchin Kitchen's youtube channel which has many great videos - they don't have a blog :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. www.foodwishes.com .... Chef John is amazing instructor. His videos are of professional and he's a funny guy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: darrentran87

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Couldn't agree more I posted Chef John's blog above Feb 2010. He's got a great sense of humor and I love his unique voice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another vote for Foodwishes.com. Chef John's voice is so soothing and makes you happy to watch his videos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I would not say these are the BEST, but I enjoy them:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wholewheatgourmet.com (tasty whole what recipes, try the banana bread)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              amateurgourmet,com (amusing and informative)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              simplyrecipes.com (not a blog, but straightforward and recipes posted there are solid-at least all the ones that I've tried!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. http://www.foodinjars.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With so many of us focused on canning our jams, jellies, etc. I thought I would add this blog/resource. Always inspires me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Best Caribbean food blog is http://elfogoncito.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you prefer to read it in English (original site is in Spanish) then go to http://elfogoncitoinenglish.wordpress...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. shesimmers is a new one to me -- and it is lovely thai food, written about and photographed in a charming and enlightening manner


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 9-year old food blogger Martha Payne's NeverSeconds blog: http://neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The blog received recent controversy when the local council banned her from photographing her school lunches (the topic of her blog), only to reverse the ban amid popular uproar. The reletively new blog is quite interesting, and includes photos of school lunches submitted by readers from around the world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: canmark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Over 1700 comments on her "Goodbye" post! When past posts got 20-30 comments. WOW - the uproar was a good one. Quite an amazing young girl, getting those donations for the charity as well. I love her ratings, such as this one on the Coronation Chicken lunch:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Food-o-meter- 9/10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mouthfuls- 42
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Courses- main/dessert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Health Rating- 7/10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Price- £2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pieces of hair- 0 again!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wristband- Yellow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also love the school lunches sent by other children around the globe. I'm not a big blog reader, but I've bookmarked this one. Thanks! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Martha's blog was featured on NPR's news this afternoon. Her father mentioned that how a 9yr old rates healthiness of a meal does not necessarily agree with grown-up assessments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But actually, this child seems to be a good eater who appreciates a variety of tastes and textures - kudos to her parents! It should be noted that the dual purpose of this blog is to help raise money for student lunches in Malawi, and as a way for Martha, who aspires to a career in journalism, to learn about writing and media.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A classic case of why socialism with "Powers to be" doesn't work. A hot lunch for all, a great idea. But let one individual question the merit of what is received and the powers to be try and shut it down. Not investigate to see if it could be improved. Not try and rationalize what it does.............just repress. The socialist schoolboard or whatever they are should be ashamed and castigated,. Kudos to this 9 year old who has not only tried to show "the truth", but who has also raised so much money for lunches elsewhere. I just hope some of the money raised actually gets down into food and not into the salaries and per-diems of the NGO overseers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: canmark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That blog brought tears to my eyes. What a great, gifted kid. Thanks so much for posting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. There's a great midwestern one called Slackingfool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. For me it's a toss up between Deb Perelman's brilliant Smitten Kitchen and Amanda Hesser's equally brilliant Food52.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Great lists guys. Not that I needed any more blogs to be reading, but lots of good stuff listed in this thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. While my food blogging mainly consists of reading and contributing to this site, after checking menus for any restaurant l am interested in going, always check
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://endoedibles.com from our own uhockey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Okay here is my new favorite. From the Food Stylist that puts together all that food on Hannibal


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fascinating reading on how things really work behind the scenes. I also learned a lot about ham.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I really like

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Framed Cooks: http://www.framedcooks.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Galley Gourmet: http://www.thegalleygourmet.net/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And Not so Humble Pie (even though it doesn't really get updated anymore. http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Wednesday Chef! Hands down! She is such a good writer, so smart and also approachable. Also, her choices of recipes just go well with my own taste. I always want to make everything she posts, and her recipes always work out great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kmanihot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me too! Her writing was so enjoyable and like you I'm a fan of the recipes. Such an interesting life and look at where blogging took her!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know! I love food memoirs (Ruth Reichl, MFK Fisher) and I think she's on a par with them. She's a real food writer (which I don't think is the same as a food blogger--no offense to food bloggers). Plus yes, the recipes are great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kmanihot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the suggestions, kmanihot. Nice blog!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            great, I'm glad you liked it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. i am really loving Nick Malgieri's blog ! http://www.nickmalgieri.com/