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What's your favorite food blog?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: meat_eater

      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. 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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      1. re: kloomis

        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.

        1. re: cooknKate

          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!


        2. re: kloomis

          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:


        3. 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.

          1. thanks, i'll check them out.

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

              I also like food section of Gothamist.com

              1. 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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                1. re: spigot

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

                    1. re: Chocolatechipkt

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

                    2. re: spigot

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

                      1. re: spigot

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

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

                        All snacks, all the time.

                        1. Not so much about recipes, mostly about gorging:


                          1. I like chezpei and chubbyhubby.net

                            1. 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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                              1. re: jen kalb

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


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

                                1. bunrab, becks and posh get my nod.

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: dave_c

                                        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/

                                        1. re: dave_c

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

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


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                                          1. re: lisa13

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

                                            1. re: littlegreenpea

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

                                            1. re: amkirkland

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

                                                    1. 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. 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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                                                          1. re: davina

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

                                                            1. 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...

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

                                                                1. 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!


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

                                                                        1. 2nd Bea's Kitchen.

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

                                                                          1. 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. 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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                                                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                  Thanks for that one, tata. That was hilarious!

                                                                                  1. re: tatamagouche

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

                                                                                    1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                      "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!

                                                                                      1. re: Chocolate Toe

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

                                                                                      2. I love Homesick Texan for recipes and writing style.

                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                            1. re: abs294

                                                                                              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.

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

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                                                                                                  1. Hi tastytamarind,

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

                                                                                                      1. 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. 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. hollyeats & taco joournalism

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

                                                                                                              1. 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. 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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                        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. Amateur Gourmet
                                                                                                                        Smitten Kitchen
                                                                                                                        David Lebovitz
                                                                                                                        The Pioneer Woman Cooks

                                                                                                                        =my favorites