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Who are the top 5 food blogs?

I was reading the "Over rated Food Blogs" thread and was struck by how few actual blogs were mentioned. Many were referred to with initials. I am a novice foodite and am curious who are the top food bloggers? I realize this may be a bit subjective, but that's ok. Just looking for some indication of what's out there. And feel free to throw in one you like even if they're not famous.

Thanks,
jb

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    1. Is this one? http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/ The NY Times seems to think so. I love the Rag├╣ di Pesce that she describes and plan to make it soon, but I don't care for her writing style. It's a bit melodramatic for me.

      As a side note on the mix she gets at the market. My wife and I took a cooking class while in Sicily a few years back and it included a walk through the Capo Market. We bought octopus, swordfish, sardines as well as some vegetables for our meal. Several vendors had piles of pre-cut mista di mare. Our Chef told us never to buy these as they were the older bits cut up to sell. Maybe she has a special place in her area that makes nice fresh mixes, I don't know.

      jb

      1. I think it is all about taste in food and personal preference. For example many people adore The Pioneer Woman, but I would say only 1/3-1/2 of the things she makes are my style of cooking/eating, which wouldn't put her at the top for me. For a long time I really love Closet Cooking but sometimes Kevin gets on a leftovers kick and everything is made with the same basic ingredient or previous recipe, for example kimchi. (No offense Kevin! Still love the blog). Many people are fans of Smitten Kitchen and the Bitten Word, both of which I read.

        My favorite food blog right now is more of a social activist blog Fed up with School Lunch. I also enjoy Crepes of Wrath and Dishing up Delights (along with about 25 others). I also like to read my own blog, which I think is kind of sick but I don't care.

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        1. re: melpy

          I laughed when I read your last line. It's not sick at all. You work so hard to put out your posts, no one better to appreciate them than their creator. But, I agree totally depends on your cooking style. Smitten Kitchen covers so many different styles of cuisine that it's safe to safe that site would appeal to a vast proportion of foodies.

          1. re: melpy

            While I like her site, I an not a fan of PW's recipes. Some are in my go-to file but I find many to be, at best, safe and sort of boring, the type of thing I could find in any old cookbook. And that is ok, obviously there is a market for her type of cooking.

            I cook of off Simply Recipes all the time.

          2. I'm not a huge food blog fan, but I do admire a lot of them for their passion in cooking and the time they spend blogging. I've identified maybe 10 or so that I sort of like (and roughly match my taste), but I don't read them daily, weekly -- or even monthly. Maybe once a year I will go through an entire year's recipes on one site, pluck out my favorites, and make a few of the dishes.

            After doing this, I get a feel for the blogs better too and know if I want to keep reading them or not.

            Some off the top of my head are: Lottie + Doof, Eat Make Read (because it has cocktails), Food Wishes (has videos), La Tartine Gourmande, Gastronomer's Guide, Coconut & Lime, and the videos Cooking with Dog.

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            1. re: smkit

              Thank you for recognizing the passion, time, expense and dedication it takes to run a food blog. I did for 2 years, and it's not easy!

              1. re: monavano

                Is yours no longer up and running? I checked your profile, but no blog listed. Agree wholeheartedly with you, by the way...and trying to put your own stamp on things rather than simply blogging other people's recipes is an even bigger challenge...and I've only been doing it 8 months...not sure where I'll be in the blogosphere in 2 years.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  I haven't blogged in about 2 years-it's just exhausting and I got tired of being beholden to it. I feel more relaxed just going to farmers markets and cooking without feeling the pressure. So when folks put down blogs (hey favorites are fine) for whatever reason, I assume they have never put in the work it takes to put forth a blog.

                  1. re: monavano

                    Agreed. I just started keeping a food blog. I blogged previously, but when I had lulls in my professional life. I am at that point again. The food blog though, I feel, serves a functional purpose for me, and as a result I may be more likely to keep it going through the years posting more infrequently as time goes by. It's a great way to store your recipes and to keep notes on what worked and what didn't work, to keep the pictures of how things are supposed to look along the way. All of that stuff is important and you forget it over time. Also, that is the reason blogs are appealing, maybe more so than cookbooks. There isn't a publisher cutting off the amount of color pictures we can include that help people to understand what's supposed to be going on.

            2. I like several food blogs especially if there is a recipe I'm interested in and they provide a photo. I like the following at the moment...

              Someone's In the Kitchen With Brina (okay she's a friend so I cheated)
              Joe Pastry
              Serious Eats
              Ciao Chow Lidia
              Dorie Greenspan's blog