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Tell me some food blogs with great photography, please!

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. 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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    1. re: Jadore

      "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!

      1. re: ttoommyy

        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...

        1. re: itryalot

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

      2. re: Jadore

        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. 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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        1. re: corneygirl

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

          1. re: corneygirl

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

            1. re: corneygirl

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

              1. re: morwen

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

              2. 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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                1. re: wattacetti

                  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. 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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                  1. re: agoodbite

                    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!