When food is ‘bae’, we can’t resist the eager to search for new recipes and gourmet other fellow foodies are into. Rather than turn to heavy cookbooks, many have turned to online blogs and their much-loved bloggers for those new casserole ideas and must-try Thanksgiving recipes.
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If you are new to this, a blog is simply an online journal thus food blogging can be explained as online journals whose content is inspired by everything to do with food.
It is the representation of gourmet interest in cooking with a combination of blogging and photography. Such a blog may comprise of anything ranging from cooking styles, recipes, types of foods, food testing, reviews about different types of food, healthy eating, and food photography. The majority of blogs have photos that are taken by the authors of the blogs who are called bloggers for better illustration of what you are about to get.
The essence of food blogging may be characterized as:
Cooking and Posting Blogs
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Cooking and posting blogs focus particularly on bloggers who make food and journalize their cooking experience and tell their stories with mouth-watering pictorials. They can be anything too original or authentic recipes or exotic dishes from Italy, Mexico, India and even African cuisines.
Blogs like these are very popular as we count on them when searching for places to dine; be it in a new city or just a few blocks away from your house. They provide restaurant reviews in terms of food quality, ambiance, service, prices, and anything that makes the eateries stand out positively or negatively. Restaurant review blogs are a more comprehensive version of the “eat out” guide which usually includes tales about the love or hate of the restaurant experience, especially the food. Giving stories of hands-on experience, such blogs may either lead to rising or fall of a restaurant.
The Super Niche Blogs
These are blogs that focus on a specific subject within the food itself e.g. vegan blogs, gluten-free blogs, sugar-free baking blogs. These blogs follow eating habits according to lifestyle choices. They tell stories and provide recipes alongside the food a particular group eats.
These blogs are dedicated to the provision of recipes. They are more general in nature and are numerous too. Different authors share recipes, how to eat the food, and what it goes well with on their pages. It is mostly for people who want to explore new cuisine, different menu items or cooking novices.
Cooking Book Reviews
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Just like any other book review, this type of food blog focuses on cookbooks, cooking guides and manual reviews. The authors talk about certain cookbooks that they have read and rated them accordingly. With everything on the internet now, it is rare to find cookbooks being used. However, for book lovers, these blogs are the perfect guide to what books to read, for a better experience in cooking, or learning about cooking from books.
Today, there are many online food journals strewn across the World Wide Web. It would be an exercise in futility to try and name them all. Nevertheless, the next few paragraphs will endeavor to list a few of the big names in food blogging.
List of Top Food Blogs
1. Sweet as Honey
The name of the blog fits perfectly with its content promoting low-carbon baking without refined sugar and simple carbohydrates. The author of Sweet as Honey is Carine Claudepierre, a low-carbohydrate baker, food photographer, and filmmaker :). Carine wants to make low-carbon baking simple for everyone and tasty, at the same time. Thanks to its recipes, it encourages everyone to change their lifestyle, change their diet, without losing their taste. You can eat healthy and delicious at the same time.
2. Sprouted Kitchen
The authors of this food blog are Sara & Hugh Forte. Sara cooks for pleasure, but also to feel good, slow down the mind, focusing on one task, take care of relationships – gather people at the table. She is interested in the concept of wellness – food, exercise, mental health, relationships, mindfulness. According to Sara, taking care of yourself and others through nutrition is a big part of this wellness puzzle. In turn, Hugh is a self-taught photographer and is responsible for photos posted on the blog.
So far, they’ve created two cookbooks and a weekly meal planner, Sprouted Kitchen Cooking Club. It’s worth taking a look at Sprouted Kitchen for great recipes and daily inspiration.
3. Cookie and Kate
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Cookie and Kate is an online food journal that is maintained by self-proclaimed chef Kathryne and her dog Cookie. The twosome endeavors in blogs that celebrate good food, showcasing their personal experiences with food.
The blog allows its consumers or subscribers to access a variety of recipes by ingredients, cuisine, diet, or course. The idea was conceived in 2010 and quickly turned into a reality. Vegetarian meals make up the bulk of Kate’s blog. In her spare moments, the author doubles in photography, a skill that goes well with her other passion.
Cookie and Kate subscribers can also access the blog through a mobile application where interested people may be guided through cooking a few meals. Some of Kate’s most popular recipes include crispy veggie potatoes and tacos and pancakes.
4. Pinch of Yum
Pinch of yum was started by Lindsay for left her teaching job to pursue her passion for cooking and sharing recipes. The blog basically involves cooking using instructions that are easy to follow. Lindsay shares food ideas using everyday ingredients and provides other resources pertaining to cooking such as an e-book meal planner that guides you on healthy eating. Her favorite recipe is chicken tinga tacos.
5. I Am A Food Blog
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This online journal was founded by Stephanie Le after being dared Mike, her husband. Like Kate above, Stephanie is passionate about photography, writing, and food; the three constitutional attributes of a top food blogger. I Am A Food Blog won the 2014 “editor’s choice” award by Saveur magazine for the best cooking blog. The same year, Stephanie and her team took home the “blog of the year” award.
Most of the dishes on the blog are of Asian flavor. You will also find stories about travel, other recipes, and gadget related information. Her favorite recipes are Vietnamese spring rolls, bacon yakimochi, and mini scotched quail eggs.
6. Serious Eats
Serious Eats takes a different approach with what they post, the art of cooking is more their thing with an extensive section on technique. They post unique recipes unlike like seen before and they have a whole section that is dedicated to grilling different types of foods. They also have sections on food histories and know your ingredients page. Most of their techniques are also trailblazers. Like their name, they are more serious but audacious and inventive.
7. Recipe Girl
Recipe girl was started by Lori Lange in 2006. It has over 3000 recipes ranging from breakfast to sumptuous dinners. The blog was featured in top food websites like Kraft Sam’s club Pepperidge farm and many others. You can also search by several filters such as cuisine, ingredients, meal-type, and courses.
8. Add A Pinch
The Blog Add a pinch was started by Robyn Stone who is a cook who loves food. The blog mixes Southern recipes with contemporary lifestyles to create a unique experience for readers. Add a Pinch also has travel and lifestyle sections.
9. Love & Lemons
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Jeanine Donofrio & Jack Mathews have been passionately running this blog since 2011. Since then, their blog has received many honors, including 2016 Save an Editor’s Choice Award. Besides, Jeanine and Jack also published a book that received very positive reviews in the New York Times. Such distinctions give wings :).
Jeanine, who creates excellent recipes (mainly vegetarian, but not only), has a special gift for combining flavors. What’s more, perfectly prepared photos and the entire graphic design make the blog – Love & Lemons is unique.
Top Instagram Food Bloggers
Instagram, apart from being one of the most used pictorial social media platforms, also has a widespread of top food blogs.
This “grammer” uses her Instagram account as her food journal where she posts every time she eats in a different city and invites followers on her Instagram to experience her food escapades in different cities one bite at a time. She has a blog – Cannelle et Vanille that has caught the attention of leading food personalities in the food world such as food writer Avan Goyani Martha Stewart and even Gwyneth Paltrow.
The terrific duo Terry Fisher and Jenny Parks keep an Instagram account of food and styling. Thanks to Instagram, they share their photos and unusual, tempting, and original recipes that put on their best food blog – Spoon Fork Bacon. Their recipes are simple, and I must admit they look delicious :).
Andrew is a New York Times dining photographer with a blog making Sunday sauce. On his Instagram account, he captures the best meals the city has to offer. Most of the recipes on the blog are Italian and American meal recipes. The blog is dedicated to his great grandmother.
Julie left her day job to focus on her blog ‘Julies Kitchen’ and Instagram account. She started the blog and Instagram account after she created a showcase of seasonal foods for her neighborhood farmers market. Her post on Instagram mainly explores the field of plant designs and color theory. You can find her recipes on her website.
This Instagram account has over 300,000 followers and is the most popular food content creator on Instagram. It covers everything filled with American comfort food and also international cuisines.
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If you are out there looking to have a nice meal at a restaurant or prepare some exotic dishes or travel to a place where there is good food then you seek guidance from these blogs and bloggers to get a touch of that ‘foodie’ experience.
Moreover, you can create your own content too. But being new to this field, you may incline to the best food blogs and bloggers, borrowing their ‘sensei’ and ‘grandmaster’ ways in terms of design, layout, and content delivery.
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