Don’t Blame the Blogs

by paige on October 14, 2009

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YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW I FEEL about the end of Gourmet. But let me be clear: Unlike many mainstream media outlets that covered this story, I don’t blame food bloggers. I love food blogs, and what I glean from their shiny digital pages is totally different than what I sought in Gourmet‘s glossy ones. So with my favorite food mag now history, I find myself seeking comfort from fellow foodies and passionate cooks. If you, too, need some emotional sustenance during these dark days, be sure to check out these sites, which are full of the vibrant joy of cooking well for yourself and others.

Shauna of Gluten Free Girl

One of our early profiles, one of my favorite online foodies, Shauna is a bundle of love and joy and can make you feel instantly better, about everything, at the click of a key. Read this, and see if you don’t believe me.

Marilyn of Simmer Till Done

Marilyn was one of my first new digital sisters after the launch of TSP, and I treasure her writing, her recipes, her sense of humor, and our frizzy-haired kinship. She let me write for her once. She even wrote for us once. And she makes scones. I LOVE scones.

Julie of A Mingling of Tastes

Julie’s having a special celebration of Gourmet this week, a great addition to her regular line up of simple, accessible recipes like grilled pizza and shepherd’s pie. And she’s from my hometown, Chicago, which makes her extra special.

Aran of Cannelle et Vanille

Hands-down, one of the most gorgeous food blogs around. Seasonal, special and always inventive, Aran’s recipes are unique and beautiful. And she makes marzipan ice cream–what could be better?

Matt of MattBites

One of the SummerFest crew, Matt is funny as can be, loves cocktails as much as carnitas, and is a master when it comes to styling and photographing his culinary triumphs.

Julie of Dinner with Julie

Julie, another thanks-to-TSP digital sister, describes her site as “a sort of reality cookbook” which it is, if your reality includes things like Pumpkin Stout Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting. (Thanks to Julie, that will soon be part of my reality, too.)

Dorie of In the Kitchen and On the Road with Dorie

Yes, Dorie Greenspan. Yes, she writes for that other food magazine, but we won’t hold that against her, since she’s a goddess of baking, and a wonderful storyteller.

Luisa of The Wednesday Chef

I’ve never met Luisa, never corresponded with her, make no claim to sisterhood at all–but hers was the first food blog I ever read, and I love her. Read her, and you will, too.

Elana of Elana’s Pantry

Another profilee, another home of gluten-free goodness, with a healthy dash of environmental consciousness thrown in for all our good measure. Don’t know about you, I can’t wait to drown some sorrow in these Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Heidi of 101 Cookbooks

Now that Gourmet’s Cookbook Club is kaput, I’ll be extra reliant on Heidi’s savvy book picks, not to mention her elegant vegetarian recipes. I’ve been dying to make this Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash.

Gwen of Pen and Fork

I found Chef Gwen thanks to Twitter, and love her accounts of her dining experiences (don’t miss her luscious photographs of the legendary roast chicken at San Francisco’s Zuni Café) and her simple, original recipes, often with a southwestern flavor.

and…Renee of

Finally, a special shout-out to the lovely writer Renee Schettler, who was inspired to create a site where we can say “thank you” to Gourmet for all it’s given readers over the years. Renee was kind enough to include my remembrances of Gourmet, and I hope you’ll visit the site and add yours to the list. (The image above is from her beautifully designed Be sure to check it out.)

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Pat Steer (Gaelen) October 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I agree – it isn’t bloggers who made it impossible for Gourmet to refine its niche, nor is it bloggers who decided it was more cost-efficient to shutter the shop than take stock and correct course.
I’m happy to say I read most of the blogs you’ve mentioned, along with Darya at Summer Tomato; Linsey at Cake and Commerce; the various folks blogging at Canning Across America: Canvolution; Erin at A Crafty Lass; Marisa at Food in Jars; Charmian at Christie’s Corner — those are just some of the food blogs (and sisters) who inspire me to do my best in my kitchen. What we write and how we write is different from magazine writing and aimed at a more immediate audience.

millie rossman kidd October 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Thanks for this. I love intros to Gwen and Renee, and found Shauna and Marilyn through you as well.

I actually have had the pleasure of working with Luisa when she reviewed a book for Dinnerwhere a few years ago. I agree, read her, and you’ll love her too. (And I thought she had a weekend escape in the northern Berks, no? No that would be a fun tweet up.)

millie rossman kidd October 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm

*now* that would be a fun tweetup.

Marilyn October 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for the lovely words, Paige. I’ll miss Gourmet and what it means – but the blogs mean something else. You’ve pointed to some remarkable people here, all of whom cook, bake, teach and write their hearts out in the kitchen. Where there’s food there’s feeling, and these bloggers are willing to share. Wonderful list!

Chef Gwen October 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Paige, I loved your previous post on the demise of Gourmet — you wrote a lovely, personal story, and I felt every emotion you described.

Thank you for including me in this list — I’m so grateful. I see some of my favorite sites — and I see a couple new ones that I need to seek out. That is what this new media is all about, I think: sharing, giving, receiving — and repeat.

Helen October 15, 2009 at 12:20 am

Beautiful post! And yes Shauna is as every bit special and wonderful in real life as she is on her blog. A special being.

TexasDeb October 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

A stellar list. Many familiar names here but what fun! Some new territory to cover as well. Thanks for this roundup of some of the best of the best.

Cheryl Arkison October 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

This is a great list, thanks!
And I agree, food bloggers aren’t destroying the magazine world, despite what any bowtie wearing guys are saying!

the purcells October 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm

a great round up of inspiring food blogs that i read often and have now discovered a few more – thank you!

Luisa November 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Thank you so much, Paige. I’m really touched!

kellypea January 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

You’ve got some excellent food blogs here that I enjoy as well, but I few I’ve not visited, so thanks! As far as the demise of any food magazine goes, blaming it on food blogger is hilarious. So many of them had subscriptions to, cooked from, talked about, and blogged on the recipes. I call this free marketing…

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