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Tell me some food blogs with great photography, please!

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raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 08:20 AM

I've been cooking for about 6 months now, and all of the cookbooks I've either bought or inherited lack the visuals I need to turn from a novice to someone with more skills. I'm one of those ADD kids that needs constant visual stimulation to get anything done, I'm afraid. (Visual stimulation and a regular dose of Adderall, that is.)

Which food blogs would you recommend to someone that likes pretty, pretty pictures to match up with some well-written recipes? I've been searching around Google and the like and haven't come up with much.

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  1. Jadore RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 08:53 AM

    Haha, you sound like my brother! He's so smart, but if you're not regularly keeping him entertained, he zones out quickly.

    Here are my favorite blogs from a visual standpoint:

    Spoon With Me http://spoonwithme.wordpress.com/
    - She's a fairly new blogger, having just started in February, but her site looks so promising. I found her when I was looking for variations on my favorite new recipe, No Knead Bread, and was impressed with what I saw.

    Steamy Kitchen http://steamykitchen.com/
    - Quite possibly my favorite blog in terms of pictures. Go look at the galleries of her recipes alone and you'll see what I mean. I don't know if she processes them in Photoshop or what, but they're really beautiful.A nice variety of healthy but fun meals to try, with Asian, French, Indian, Spanish, Greek, and Italian recipes.

    Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/
    - Another huge favorite! She looks at food like art, and does a lot of clean close-ups of everything from breathtaking baskets of strawberries to shots of her hands forming tart dough. Bonus: Seriously adorable pictures of her beautiful, smiley baby boy!

    Serious Eats http://www.seriouseats.com/
    - Colorful with great commentary, you'll find more than just recipes here. I love their columns, taste tests, and their active community.

    Tartelette http://www.mytartelette.com/
    - Mainly a baking site with a small collection of savory recipes as well. You can't NOT look at her photos and swoon; everything she snaps a shot of, I instantly want to make.

    Pioneer Woman http://thepioneerwoman.com/ and her cooking community Tasty Kitchen http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitc...
    - I should warn that some here on Chow don't care for Ree Drummond, the creator of both sites and the PW cookbook. Her dishes aren't the height of gourmet sophistication, but when I'm looking for a break from my favorite French recipes or am tired of seafood and sushi, I turn to her page for some simple home cooking. Also, she's hilarious, and doesn't take herself seriously in the slightest. Her photos are wonderful, and she really helps beginning cooks by following a step-by-step commentary.

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      ttoommyy RE: Jadore Jul 13, 2010 01:03 PM

      "Pioneer Woman http://thepioneerwoman.com/ and her cooking community Tasty Kitchen http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitc...
      - I should warn that some here on Chow don't care for Ree Drummond, the creator of both sites and the PW cookbook. Her dishes aren't the height of gourmet sophistication, but when I'm looking for a break from my favorite French recipes or am tired of seafood and sushi, I turn to her page for some simple home cooking. Also, she's hilarious, and doesn't take herself seriously in the slightest. Her photos are wonderful, and she really helps beginning cooks by following a step-by-step commentary."

      I second this. And a pox on those CHers who don't care for Ree!

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        itryalot RE: ttoommyy Jul 15, 2010 05:03 AM

        I like her specifically for not being too seriousl. Her jalapeno snacks have become a staple at parties and her sticky buns photos make me salivate. Link below.

        http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

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          raspberry sorbet RE: itryalot Jul 16, 2010 12:48 PM

          I'm having a major Homer Simpson 'Mmmmm, donuts' moment over those buns right now.

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        raspberry sorbet RE: Jadore Jul 16, 2010 12:47 PM

        I appreciate your time, helpful links and sympathies towards my ADD-addled brain. :P

        And Pioneer Woman's photos look beautiful. Chow snobs need to get over themselves, honestly. I almost quit the first night I signed up for this place, because one guy was so damn pretentious.

        Anyway, I'm on Steamy Kitchen now and I can't...stop...gazing...sensory overload! Thanks a million, Jadore.

      3. corneygirl RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 09:09 AM

        I'm with Jadore on Smitten Kitchen and Pioneer Women. I'll raise with Cooking for Engineers
        http://www.cookingforengineers.com/
        The home page is cluttered but there are lot's of pictures and step by step instructions.

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          Jadore RE: corneygirl Jul 12, 2010 09:15 AM

          Cooking for Engineers looks great - I'm bookmarking this one myself!

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            itryalot RE: corneygirl Jul 15, 2010 04:59 AM

            I adore this site for not only the pictures but for the postings.

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              raspberry sorbet RE: corneygirl Jul 16, 2010 12:49 PM

              My boyfriend's an engineer, so I think I need to link him to this ASAP. Thanks! :)

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              morwen RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 09:17 AM

              http://icecreamireland.com/
              http://www.savingtheseason.com/
              http://www.alineaathome.com/
              http://www.laundryetc.co.uk/2010/03/
              http://tigressinajam.blogspot.com/

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                raspberry sorbet RE: morwen Jul 16, 2010 12:48 PM

                Alienea At Home looks so amazing, and I'm looking forward to the rest as well. Thanks.

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                wattacetti RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 12:49 PM

                FoodplayerLinda's Playing with Fire and Water (http://www.playingwithfireandwater.com).

                The recipes that she does post are remarkably clear, but you'll go there just for the pr0n (just admit it).

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                  raspberry sorbet RE: wattacetti Jul 16, 2010 12:50 PM

                  Hmmm I can't get the site to load for some reason? Dammit, I want my food pr0n, and I want it now!

                  /Veruca Salt

                2. agoodbite RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 01:04 PM

                  http://yummysupper.blogspot.com/

                  Her photography is beautiful and her recipes are seasonal and simple.

                  http://www.alexandracooks.com/

                  Alexandra's kitchen is a different take on the same formula for yummy supper.

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                    raspberry sorbet RE: agoodbite Jul 16, 2010 12:52 PM

                    I am seriously going to make the homemade foccacia I saw on Alexandra's Kitchen this weekend. That is mouth-watering to look at. Thank you!

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                    Johnny L RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 12, 2010 04:27 PM

                    Tastespotting is a good way to get a visual aggregate of the food blogging community in terms of what is recently being posted and if you use their crappy search engine, how everyone is cooking things.

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                      asiansupper RE: Johnny L Jul 13, 2010 11:04 AM

                      and foodgawker is another similar site

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                        jmckee RE: asiansupper Jul 16, 2010 09:31 AM

                        Oh I LOVE that site. One of the first foodie sites I regularly visited.

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                          raspberry sorbet RE: asiansupper Jul 16, 2010 12:52 PM

                          Cool, thanks for both recs, Johnny L and asiansupper!

                      2. buttertart RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 13, 2010 07:26 AM

                        fxCuisine is/was a fantastic site (last updated in Oct 2009, do not know what happened) - all kinds of food prep and food-related travel photos. Excellent written content and photography. Quirky and fun.

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                          raspberry sorbet RE: buttertart Jul 16, 2010 12:54 PM

                          Wow I love this guy's site! A shame he hasn't posted in so long; maybe he'll come back? I hope he's okay. Thanks for the rec, I'm bookmarking this one for sure.

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                            buttertart RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 16, 2010 12:59 PM

                            Yeah I've been wondering, too. Hope so!

                        2. Kagemusha RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 13, 2010 07:46 AM

                          The NYT food blogs. Try this one for HK food:

                          http://chaxiubao.typepad.com/

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                            raspberry sorbet RE: Kagemusha Jul 16, 2010 12:56 PM

                            Thank you! I'll check it out, so appreciate your help.

                          2. jmckee RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 16, 2010 09:30 AM

                            I really like the photography on "Noble Pig" -- http://www.noblepig.com

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                              raspberry sorbet RE: jmckee Jul 16, 2010 12:45 PM

                              OMG he had me at 'Beer-Battered Green Beans with Tarragon Aioli'!!!

                              Thank you, thank you so much.

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                                alkapal RE: jmckee Jul 17, 2010 07:31 PM

                                i want those carnitas! http://noblepig.com/2009/05/01/you-wo...

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                                purple bot RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 16, 2010 12:18 PM

                                Try this one: http://simmerboston.com a friend sent me a link to this recently and the photos are gorgeous. Haven't utilized any of the recipes yet, though.

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                                  raspberry sorbet RE: purple bot Jul 16, 2010 12:46 PM

                                  Amazing photos, really. Thanks.

                                2. trolley RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 16, 2010 01:40 PM

                                  http://www.101cookbooks.com/

                                  healthy cooking!

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                                    Johnny K RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 17, 2010 08:06 AM

                                    I'm a big fan of Michael Ruhlman's blog-- http://ruhlman.com/

                                    His wife does the photography and it is amazing.

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                                      Kagemusha RE: Johnny K Jul 17, 2010 07:03 PM

                                      She's got waaaay too may hotspots on the food shots--not pretty.

                                    2. alkapal RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 17, 2010 07:58 PM

                                      i enjoy and have bookmarked:
                                      chez pim http://www.chezpim.com/blogs/
                                      cream puffs in venice http://www.creampuffsinvenice.ca/
                                      straight from the farm http://straightfromthefarm.net/
                                      leite's culinaria http://leitesculinaria.com/17592/recipes-salt-cod-potato-spread.html
                                      cupcake bake shop by chokylit http://cupcakeblog.com/
                                      the wednesday chef http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_wednesday_chef/
                                      cafe chocolada http://www.cafechocolada.blogspot.com/
                                      culinary in the country http://desertculinary.blogspot.com/2009/12/savory-homemade-crackers.html
                                      matt bites http://mattbites.com/
                                      stephen cooks http://www.stephencooks.com/
                                      rasa malaysia for easy asian recipes from various countries/cuisines http://rasamalaysia.com/recipe-fried-shrimp-balls-with-wonton/

                                      ooh, this cherry tea cakes is a very promising new-to-me blog: http://www.cherryteacakes.com/2010/05/peach-fritters-with-peach-honey-syrup.html

                                      and the best photos are in:
                                      minimally invasive http://chimeraobscura.com/mi/category/vegetables/

                                      ~~~
                                      that's enough for now! ;-).

                                      oops, i forgot cake wrecks! http://www.cakewrecks.com/

                                      and if you're in the mood for guffawing: http://www.cakewrecks.com/2010/07/the-men-of-marvel.html

                                      but i totally lost it with "let freedome ring." http://www.cakewrecks.com/2010/07/wha...

                                      1. kukubura RE: raspberry sorbet Jul 18, 2010 05:41 AM

                                        A couple more:

                                        Tasty Trix: http://www.tastytrix.com
                                        The Little Teochew: http://thelittleteochew.blogspot.com/

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                                          msjess RE: kukubura Jul 18, 2010 01:36 PM

                                          My favorite food porn is use real butter http://userealbutter.com/

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