A couple of weeks ago, The Times Online published their list of the 50 of the World’s Best Food Blogs and while The District Domestic didn’t make it (I can’t imagine why not?), some of my favorite regular reads did. Here’s my current reading list, which made their list (along with the clips The Times wrote about them)…
Orangette The ultimate food lovers’ blog. The seductive powers of food writing are not to be underestimated – Molly Wizenberg’s words even helped to find her a husband. I cooked for almost 12 hours straight after discovering this blog – recipes range from the simple to the delectable: tomato sauce, hasselback potatoes, chickpea salad, chocolate granola. Wizenberg redeems the most uninteresting food – her cabbage gratin is one of my culinary hits of the year.
David Lebovitz – Another megablog, this witty food reportage by the established cookbook author and ex-pastry chef David Lebovitz has up to 25,000 visitors a day. Now based in Paris, he covers recipes, restaurants and interviews with other foodie heavyweights. Head to his FAQ page for all the culinary secrets on Paris you could wish for.
Serious Eats Practially everything you need to know about food can be found on this multi-contributor food website, started by New York Times journalist Ed Levine. The focus is on American foods such as hot dogs, there are restaurant and gadget reviews, food videos and recipes, including an easy recipe every afternoon to inspire that evening’s dinner.
101 Cookbooks One of the most established food blogs, five years old and counting; this is the chronicle of a blogger with an overindulged habit of buying cookbooks. This Californian blog is primarily a conduit for savoury recipes, mostly vegetarian, and using natural foods – the most popular include caramelised tofu, black bean brownies and lemon-scented quinoa salad. It’s technologically literate, too, with i-Phone compatible recipes, and there is a convenient index of recipes by ingredient, and by category (ie gluten-free, cookies, drinks etc).
Smitten Kitchen A combination of writing/photographer skills add up to culinary excellence in this well-established blog, covering recipes cooked in author Deb Perelman’s tiny New York kitchen. A Facebook group, Flickr photo pool, and Twitter following – this is a slick operation.
Chocolate and Zucchini If you haven’t heard of multi-lingual Chocolate and Zucchini by now, you’ve obviously been living in gastronomic purgatory. If reading for recipes doesn’t always appeal, Paris-based Clotilde Dusoulier has recently started a series on French food idioms, and her blog is full of Parisian gastronomic delights, with a book to accompany it, appropriately titled Edible Adventures in Paris.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks Home-cooking and home-schooling Ree Drummond is a real-life frontier-living cattle rancher. With Little House on the Prairie warmth and passion for the hearth to match, Pioneer Woman has garnered a huge following from responsive readers – almost 800 comments on her latest “Thanksgiving, Deconstructed” post. Impressive.
Dorie Greenspan With more than 20 years food writing experience, multi-cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has gourmet credentials. Her passions are pastry and Paris – this continental commuter (between New York, Connecticut and Paris) is an authority on all things bake-related.
The Kitchn Part of the hugely popular interiors blog Apartment Therapy, this satisfies all manner of kitchen cravings; featuring stylish kitchen tours, recipes and answers to such burning questions as “How to clean a toaster” and “What is the difference between non-stick and cast iron pans?”
Bitten: New York Times – news, views and recipes from the Big Apple’s kitchens
Steamy Kitchen – modern Asian cuisine by media savvy blogger
The Bitten Word – a charming duo tackle recipes from a back-catalogue of food magazines.
Image from The Times Online