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What's your favorite food blog?

tastytamarind Feb 7, 2007 02:26 AM

I'm a pretty new food blog reader and I haven't found any that really wow me. Ideally, I'd like to regularly read a blog that has recipes, info on new restaurants, trends, chefs, etc, and reports (with photos!) from recent culinary travels.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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    meat_eater RE: tastytamarind Feb 7, 2007 12:35 PM

    The one i like the most is crash test kitchen - http://www.crashtestkitchen.com/
    It's mostly recipes. They usually have a video accompanied by a blog post. Its a lot of fun.
    It's not as well rounded as you might like, but you could try to see if you like it.

    Blog: http://foodlava.com/blog/

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      FoxyWiles RE: meat_eater Mar 8, 2007 02:11 AM

      I've watched the Crast Test Kitchen video podcasts. They are amateurs (i.e. they have to make a roux but have no idea what is it and don't bother to do the research before filming) , but they do have moxie.

    2. kloomis RE: tastytamarind Feb 8, 2007 02:41 PM

      I like Simply Recipes- the right side has links to other blogs and the left side has some really great tips and tools to use in the kitchen. http://www.elise.com/recipes/

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        cooknKate RE: kloomis Feb 13, 2007 11:11 PM

        Even being a food blogger myself, I love Elise's site. Very comprehensive, very well done and very clear and intelligent posts. I love her consumer alerts and links to articles and food happenings.

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          puppymomma RE: cooknKate Mar 23, 2008 09:52 PM

          I already had Elise's site bookmarked, but I will have to visit more often. I totally admire her photography also.

          I just visited and my mouth started watering at the picture of the Irish Soda Bread. Yum!


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          emery_jc RE: kloomis Feb 20, 2008 06:34 AM

          I second this recommendation. I regularly consult Elise's blog for her cornucopia of recipes - meat, veggies, and desserts. Her instructions are straight forward and easy to follow. I also regularly turn to her archives for advice on cooking techniques. Even if I'm not going to use a particular recipe, I like to check to see how Elise recommends cooking a particular thing. For instance I successfully cooked a leg of lamb on a charcoal grill thanks to this post:


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          nosh RE: tastytamarind Feb 9, 2007 03:25 AM

          I'm in Los Angeles, and by far the most useful blog for me is "The Great Taco Hunt," by Bandini. www.tacohunt.blogspot.com. I have tried several of his recommendations, left feedback comments, and have passed on a couple of suggestions to him.

          For recipes, or more specifically for cooking techniques, I regularly go to the website for Melinda Lee, who hosts a weekend call-in cooking show on KNX 1070-am. While not a blog, her website has a "recipe archives" and some basic technique explanations, and a good search mechanism. It is www.melindalee.com.

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            tastytamarind RE: tastytamarind Feb 9, 2007 07:44 AM

            thanks, i'll check them out.

            1. yumyumyogi RE: tastytamarind Feb 9, 2007 07:45 PM

              My most recent favorite is amateurgourmet.com. His "Thursday Night Songs" crack me up.

              I also like food section of Gothamist.com

              1. spigot RE: tastytamarind Feb 10, 2007 02:25 AM

                Oooh I'll play :-)

                - My hands-down favourite is The Food Whore. A caterer blows off steam. No recipes, no food porn, but HILARIOUS. http://www.thefoodwhore.com/

                - Cooking For Engineers. The Cook's Illustrated/ATK of the blog world. Experiments in bacon, etc. http://www.cookingforengineers.com/

                - http://sousvide.wordpress.com/
                - http://thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com/
                - http://www.iheartbacon.com/

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                  troutpoint RE: spigot Feb 20, 2007 03:57 PM

                  I second the Food Whore...Funny, funny, funny!
                  She also has links to other blog sites. Some with recipes.

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                    Chocolatechipkt RE: spigot Mar 6, 2007 03:44 PM

                    I love The Food Whore too!

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                      troutpoint RE: Chocolatechipkt Mar 6, 2007 04:15 PM

                      You have to read yesterday's post! O-M-G! Can you believe some people's behavior???

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                        Chocolatechipkt RE: troutpoint Mar 6, 2007 06:48 PM

                        I know! CRAZY!

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                      choctastic RE: spigot Mar 7, 2007 03:21 AM

                      re the food whore, I think i have met the budget bride as well...

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                        sparkalina RE: spigot Feb 26, 2008 09:43 PM

                        Thanks for recommending the food whore....I owe my boss like 100 hours of work now because I could NOT STOP reading!!!

                      2. kloomis RE: tastytamarind Feb 10, 2007 05:53 AM

                        Saw this one the other day: http://www.taquitos.net/

                        All snacks, all the time.

                        1. ramensaurus RE: tastytamarind Feb 14, 2007 03:33 PM

                          Not so much about recipes, mostly about gorging:


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                            brooklynmasala RE: tastytamarind Feb 18, 2007 08:35 PM

                            I like chezpei and chubbyhubby.net

                            1. jen kalb RE: tastytamarind Feb 20, 2007 03:53 PM

                              I dont have a particular fave I follow but just wanted to mention that there is a world of fascinating indian food blogs out there - here is a link to the bloglist of one of them, mahanandi


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                                howler RE: jen kalb Mar 7, 2007 04:47 PM

                                jen, here's one for your collection that is one of the better ones i've seen for maharastrian cooking:


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                                piccola RE: tastytamarind Feb 21, 2007 02:00 AM

                                I love The Girl Who Ate Everything. It's a fun read, and the pics are gorgeous.

                                1. steve h. RE: tastytamarind Feb 21, 2007 02:09 AM

                                  bunrab, becks and posh get my nod.

                                  1. Mawrter RE: tastytamarind Feb 25, 2007 09:07 PM

                                    Some I like:

                                    The Hungry Cabbie: http://www.famousfatdave.com/blog/
                                    Knife-Wielding Feminists: http://feministfoodies.blogspot.com/
                                    Le Hamburger et Le Croissant: http://tetellita.blogspot.com/
                                    Stella Bites: http://stellaland.typepad.com/stellab...
                                    Bomboniera: http://bomboniera.wordpress.com/
                                    Eating the Philly Foodshed: http://phillyfoodshed.blogspot.com/
                                    Toast: http://www.lindystoast.com/

                                    1. dave_c RE: tastytamarind Feb 25, 2007 09:16 PM

                                      One of my favorites is Real Thai: http://realthai.blogspot.com/
                                      It's a photographer's culinary journey through Southeast Asia. Not many recipes, but good descriptions of places and dishes he eats. What I really enjoy are the pictures. His photos are very spectacular... While some blog have pictures of their food, his pictures are really bright and vibrant where it actually does the food justice by making the dishes look very appealing.

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                                        dave_c RE: dave_c Mar 6, 2007 10:24 PM

                                        A blog I've just started reading - Michael Ruhlman's blog (the author of Charcuterie). Also, Anthony Bourdain posts a few guest articles every once in awhile... He and Anthony were denigrating Food TV. Very amusing.. http://blog.ruhlman.com/

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                                          marlie202 RE: dave_c Mar 6, 2007 10:37 PM

                                          thanks for the rec--it's a great blog-makes me wish I was there--

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                                          lisa13 RE: tastytamarind Feb 25, 2007 09:36 PM

                                          this is my current favorite - a feast for the eyes and some very nice recipes too


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                                            littlegreenpea RE: lisa13 Mar 3, 2007 07:43 PM

                                            I second La Tartine Gourmande (Bea's Kitchen). Innovative, a pleasure to read and fantastic photography.

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                                              debbiel RE: littlegreenpea Mar 14, 2007 07:48 PM

                                              Also one of my favorites, and I agree that both the writing and the photography are fantastic.

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                                              BackyardChef RE: amkirkland Mar 7, 2007 05:08 PM

                                              Good one! Thanks for that.....my stomach is grumbling, now!

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                                                marlie202 RE: amkirkland Mar 27, 2007 11:40 PM

                                                this blog is great!!!thanks

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                                                  Miss Needle RE: amkirkland Feb 20, 2008 12:04 AM

                                                  Beautiful food porn!

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                                                    alkapal RE: amkirkland Mar 15, 2008 08:48 AM


                                                  2. Mawrter RE: tastytamarind Mar 3, 2007 11:54 PM

                                                    I also like:


                                                    1. mrbunsrocks RE: tastytamarind Mar 5, 2007 08:47 PM

                                                      I love reading food blogs (like half of the CH'ers, it seems, I'm a food blogger as well).

                                                      My current favourite is smitten kitchen - www.smittenkitchen.com - she's witty and writes about both sucesses and failures. Always a great read.

                                                      I also really enjoy Jumbo Empanadas - http://jumboempanadas.blogspot.com/ - she's always doing crazy things like smoking her own bacon, curing her own salmon. Very inspiring for more lazy louts like me. :)

                                                      1. whs RE: tastytamarind Mar 5, 2007 09:03 PM

                                                        For Thai food & gorgeous photos: http://realthai.blogspot.com/

                                                        1. davina RE: tastytamarind Mar 6, 2007 10:32 PM

                                                          There are so many good ones. I like the industry insider ones -- Michael Bauer and Frank Bruni, but also:
                                                          he's working on opening a restaurant in SF and the travails are fascinating.

                                                          SF biz reporter with a great voice

                                                          owns a restaurant up in Mendo county

                                                          writes about working in restaurants

                                                          Plus Chez Pim
                                                          Becks and Posh
                                                          and Heidi Swanson

                                                          Of course I can't not mention the Grinder.

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                                                            CeeBee RE: davina Jul 26, 2008 02:22 AM

                                                            101 cookbooks is one of my favorite. Heidi is inspirational!
                                                            Others I frequent:
                                                            Simply Recipes
                                                            The Amateur Gourmet
                                                            The Paupered Chef
                                                            The Char Makes (food and crafts)
                                                            Chez Pim

                                                          2. whs RE: tastytamarind Mar 7, 2007 03:47 AM

                                                            In the Pantry--life in a picture-perfect New England town: http://www.inthepantry.blogspot.com/

                                                            1. bothrops_asper RE: tastytamarind Mar 8, 2007 03:58 AM

                                                              no body breaks digests the world of food journalism and new york eating in general better than regina shrambling with her www.gastropoda.com blog (as well as her la times articles). warning, if you don't subscribe to every newspaper food section and food related periodical, some reference may fly overhead, but even when the references are too osbcure she's fun reading...

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                                                                marlie202 RE: tastytamarind Mar 8, 2007 11:42 PM

                                                                I really like quite a lot of them but Mattbites.com is a great one

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                                                                  ctl98 RE: tastytamarind Mar 13, 2007 12:14 AM

                                                                  One of my favorite is by a Filipino foodie who's not formally trained but just has a passion and love for food. He travels quite a lot and experiments in his kitchen a lot too. He focuses on specific ingredients and will try recipes again and again until he gets them just right. Very good food porn too!


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                                                                    flipkeat RE: tastytamarind Mar 13, 2007 12:27 AM

                                                                    I like the following:


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                                                                      Cinnamon RE: tastytamarind Mar 13, 2007 02:34 AM

                                                                      Not a blog but I found this to be a great update of what chefs are opening new restaurants etc., in major cities.

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                                                                        gjetost RE: tastytamarind Mar 15, 2007 08:53 AM

                                                                        OMG. NYC Nosh! Totally. http://www.nycnosh.com

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                                                                          corinaci RE: tastytamarind Mar 16, 2007 01:53 AM

                                                                          2nd Bea's Kitchen.

                                                                          Here, great stories and recipes: http://www.travelerslunchbox.com/

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                                                                            heightsgtltd RE: tastytamarind Feb 16, 2008 06:30 PM

                                                                            In doing a search for this topic, I found 2 threads so I thought I'd post to this one as well :)

                                                                            There are a bunch that I like. I guess I go to different blogs for different reasons. I read the big ones like eater and seriouseats for general info. Then there are blogs for specific food interests.

                                                                            I like www.curdnerds.com for cheese related info.

                                                                            I like www.augieland.blogs.com for restaurant reviews but he has been kinda quiet lately.

                                                                            I also like http://www.thecookbookaddict.com. It's a cookbook review blog where the blogger tries out recipes and gives opinions that do not just praise like others. It is really witty, and has beautiful pictures.

                                                                            http://www.nordljus.co.uk/en/ has unbelievable photos of mostly desserts

                                                                            1. fmed RE: tastytamarind Feb 16, 2008 06:33 PM

                                                                              Rasa Malaysia http://www.rasamalaysia.com/

                                                                              1. tatamagouche RE: tastytamarind Feb 16, 2008 08:23 PM

                                                                                Aside from my own (address in my profile), my favorite isn't a food blog...I still think Steve, Don't Eat It! over at thesneeze.com, which I was first introduced to here on CH 3-4 years ago, is one of the funniest things I've ever read. The entries on natto & on huitlacoche, especially, kill me. & the one on how to make your own prison wine.


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                                                                                  linguafood RE: tatamagouche Feb 16, 2008 09:17 PM

                                                                                  Thanks for that one, tata. That was hilarious!

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                                                                                    fmed RE: linguafood Feb 16, 2008 09:45 PM

                                                                                    I can't stop reading!

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                                                                                    diablo RE: tatamagouche Feb 16, 2008 11:02 PM

                                                                                    Hysterical! Freakin' hysterical! I've got to try making my own prison wine...

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                                                                                      alkapal RE: tatamagouche Feb 17, 2008 02:32 AM

                                                                                      "I've read that U.S. farmers consider it a disease and destroy it. Farmers in Mexico put it in cans and sell it as a delicacy. I travelled far and wide to find my own precious can of Cuitlacoche. Okay, it was at my supermarket, but I had to drive like two miles to get there and got stuck at a couple of lights."


                                                                                      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Steve Don't Eat It!
                                                                                      and best to you, tatamagouche, for this fabulous link!

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                                                                                      Chocolate Toe RE: tastytamarind Feb 16, 2008 09:20 PM

                                                                                      I like
                                                                                      www.roboppy.net/food (the girl who ate everything

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                                                                                        tatamagouche RE: Chocolate Toe Feb 17, 2008 12:15 AM

                                                                                        Oh, I do love roadfood too, though does that really count as a blog? Well, whatever, it's a fine site.

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                                                                                        Pampatz RE: tastytamarind Feb 16, 2008 10:36 PM

                                                                                        I love Homesick Texan for recipes and writing style.

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                                                                                          abs294 RE: tastytamarind Feb 17, 2008 01:52 AM

                                                                                          I love LOVE The Pioneer Woman Cooks! at http://www.thepioneerwomancooks.com/. Wonderful pictures of each step, and she's hilarious too. Her regular blog's worth a read too, even though it's not food-related.

                                                                                          I just recently started reading The Wednesday Chef - http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_... - so I haven't tried anything yet but I'm planning on it in the next week and am very excited.

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                                                                                              chocchipcookie RE: abs294 Mar 22, 2008 05:02 PM

                                                                                              Totally agree with Pioneer Woman!! I was waiting for someone to mention her. Her photos are beautiful and she is so funny. I have made the Marlboro Man sandwich and now it is on the regular dining plan. Every recipe she posts is fantastic! I read her blog every day as well.

                                                                                            2. fgf RE: tastytamarind Feb 19, 2008 03:05 AM

                                                                                              Experience Hong Kong.


                                                                                              1. Cookiefiend RE: tastytamarind Feb 19, 2008 06:28 PM


                                                                                                not really food, but lovely poetry

                                                                                                1. Miss Needle RE: tastytamarind Feb 20, 2008 12:06 AM

                                                                                                  I'm surprised nobody mentioned chocolateandzucchini. Is it too obvious? I love her writing and her pictures are gorgeous.

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                                                                                                    heightsgtltd RE: Miss Needle Feb 20, 2008 04:11 PM

                                                                                                    I love that one too :)

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                                                                                                    gemann RE: tastytamarind Feb 22, 2008 09:29 PM

                                                                                                    Hi tastytamarind,

                                                                                                    I really like http://www.eatwellslivewells.com/ . its fairly new but simple and good insight. I hope you enjoy it.

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                                                                                                      Cinemaverite1 RE: tastytamarind Feb 22, 2008 10:21 PM

                                                                                                      I really enjoy visiting Use Real Butter


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                                                                                                        HillJ RE: tastytamarind Feb 22, 2008 11:19 PM

                                                                                                        I also enjoy Smitten Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman Cooks and just stumbled upon Do you Know the Muffin Man and Foodaphila blogs recently.

                                                                                                        Great wit, useable recipes and a narrative that makes me coming back for more is a great food blog formula. My hats off to you talented folks!

                                                                                                        1. yumyumyogi RE: tastytamarind Feb 23, 2008 05:01 AM

                                                                                                          101Coobooks is my favorite, followed by SmittenKitchen and LaTartineGourmande. They both have amazing food photography and well-described recipes that work. Also:

                                                                                                          For recipes and good food picts:
                                                                                                          http://www.davidlebovitz.com/ By a former Chez Panisse pastry chef who now lives in Paris

                                                                                                          For endless random food knowledge:

                                                                                                          And if you're in NYC, the latest news on restaurants and chefs:

                                                                                                          1. Passadumkeg RE: tastytamarind Feb 25, 2008 04:20 AM

                                                                                                            hollyeats & taco joournalism

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                                                                                                              tinarina RE: tastytamarind Feb 26, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                                                                              Check out lastnightsdinner.net. Nice recipes, good prose, and great photos. Particularly useful if you live and shop in NYC...

                                                                                                              1. Jimmy Cantiello RE: tastytamarind Feb 26, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                My favorite food blog is written by a friend of mine. He lives in Brooklyn and he knows food. It's very well written and once in a while he throws in stuff other than food such as travel and personal anecdotes. He's very well versed in the NYC dining scene with a decided emphasis on Asian restaurants. That's not to say that he hasn't eaten extensively outside of NYC. Anyway, his blog is informative as well as entertaining.


                                                                                                                1. pilinut RE: tastytamarind Mar 15, 2008 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                  The best blog--and I have dozens bookmarked--is, hands down, Eating Asia. http://eatingasia.typepad.com/eatinga...

                                                                                                                  Written with passion, intelligence, and open minds (and palates!), and exquisitely photographed, by two people I unfortunately don't know, it ranks with the best of my food and travel books. I would be insufferably pleased with myself if I could come up with a blog half as good as this one.

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                                                                                                                    aladria RE: tastytamarind Mar 25, 2008 09:35 PM

                                                                                                                    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. carswell RE: tastytamarind Jul 22, 2008 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                      New to me but an instant favourite: Cake Wrecks. http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                        chef_max RE: carswell Jul 25, 2008 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                        Not really a typical food blog, but I like Kathleen Flinn's blog. http://kathleenflinn.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                        She writesa about food news, food books, etc. but rarely posts recipes. I thinks he is doing more food newsy stuff because I read that she is now the chairwoman of the food writers portion of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

                                                                                                                      2. Chew on That RE: tastytamarind Jul 25, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                        Amateur Gourmet
                                                                                                                        Smitten Kitchen
                                                                                                                        David Lebovitz
                                                                                                                        The Pioneer Woman Cooks

                                                                                                                        =my favorites

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