My Favorite Cooking Blogs

by paige on April 15, 2009

bloggyloveI HAVE A LITTLE problem. I love cookbooks, and cooking magazines. The piles mount; something has to give, my husband says. Do I really need all this paper in order to cook? Well, no, I don’t, I guess, but cookbooks make me feel at home, bring me solace, and inspire me. Thankfully, the sisterhood and brotherhood of passionate cooks I’ve met the last three years in the food blogosphere provide a glimmer of light at the end of this paper tunnel. Meet my most recent culinary muses:

It all started for me with this 2006 Los Angeles Times article, and the then-anonymous blog The Wednesday Chef. One site led to another, and down the cooking blog rabbit hole I went. Here are some places you’ll find me in the comments:

Paige’s Favorite Foodie Blogs

1. The Wednesday Chef

Luisa started my food-blog love affair, and I cook her recipes constantly. Since I, too, have overflowing files of newspaper recipe clippings, I found her concept (cooking through those piles of clippings, and rating the results) totally brilliant, but her writing kept me coming back. She introduced me to the no-knead bread craze (back in the days when I was still eating wheat regularly–sigh) and I love her writing about Italy, ingredients, the recipes that work and the ones that don’t…everything about her voice and her cooking enthusiasms just charms me.

2. Gluten Free Girl

I don’t need to tell you about Shauna, do I? You’ve already read the profile of her over in the TSP Galleries; you’ve visited her glorious site; maybe you’ve even baked some cupcakes. Me, I’ve wracked my brain to figure out how I found Shauna, but no matter the path, I’m so glad I landed on her virtual doorstep. Even if you don’t avoid gluten (and I do) her recipes work and her joyful attitude is one I long to emulate.

3. Elana’s Pantry

Another gluten-free site (also dairy- and sugar-free) with delicious recipes and beautiful presentation. Oh, and a beautiful author, to boot. One look at Elana, and you think, “Damn! I want to eat that way, too!” Elana’s also a personal hero of mine because she convinces her kids to eat the healthful food she prepares. Try her recipes, and you’ll see why. One new dish I’m planning to try is her Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes.

4. 101 Cookbooks

Possibly the most gorgeous of my fave food blogs, this site by Heidi Swanson is also a destination for healthful recipes. I found the site searching for recipes using soba noodles, a favorite of my husband’s. I found this recipe, and never looked back. When I want a super-healthy, vegetable-intensive main dish, 101 Cookbooks is the first place I look.

5. Anapestic

See? I promised a brother in this group. I don’t know this writer’s real name, and sadly, he has not posted this year. I’m hoping he’ll come back, because I love his meandering way of writing, the way every recipe is a story and then some. I found him searching for information about legendary food writer Laurie Colwin and her take on the near-mythical Black Cake, and kept coming back for his wit, and his palate. Dig around, and you’re bound to find a delicious dish wrapped up in a delectable, hysterical anecdote.

6. The Town Tart

Here’s another blogger who leaves something to be desired when it comes to consistency-of-posting, but I love TTT’s sweetly snarky wit, succinct and honest cookbook reviews, and the fact that once upon a time, she used to live right here, in the exact remote part of the country where I live now, and she now lives in Venice Beach, where, once upon a time, I used to live. There’s some kind of poetry there, I have to believe. That, and the star of her kitchen is a bright red Aga, the stove of dreams. What’s not to love?

7. Bitten

The only corporate blog in this list, Mark Bittman’s Bitten is just lovely, and totally useful. I cook from it all the time, because it is exactly in tune with my cooking sensibilities: Use fresh and local whenever possible; be as healthy as  you can; experiment with flavor; err on the side of simplicity. I love Bittman’s columns for the New York Times, most of his cookbooks, and this eminently useful blog.

8. Gastrokid

My buddy Hugh Garvey is a real-deal foodie, an editor at Bon Appétit, a super hipster, and a proud papa of two cute kids. All of these characteristics inform this site, in which he and his writing partner, Matthew Yeomans, chronicle the culinary exploits of adventurous eaters with kids along for the ride. Gastrokid mercifully doesn’t fall into the icky “hide the vegetables in the brownies” trap, and thus offers recipes that adults and kids can try without cringing.

9. Simmer Till Done

This blog holds a special place in this list and in my affections, because it’s the first food blog I discovered because of The Sister Project. Marilyn came commenting, I clicked back over to her site, and fell in love. A professional baker, Marilyn’s also a fantastic writer, whose stories about food and cooking are deeply personal and instantly relatable. She’s got her own sister stories to tell, too, some of which will make you laugh; others will break your heart. But with so much comfort food on offer (check out the four sisters’ versions of noodle kugel) Marilyn can make you smile through the tears. She even draws beautifully. I think I want to be Marilyn when I grow up; I definitely want to bake like her.

Would you care to nominate someone special for number 10? Let me know!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Anastasia April 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

This is a great resource, Paige! Next time I’m looking for a solid recipe I’m going to poke around here. I also love the graphic you put together.

Luisa April 15, 2009 at 11:17 am

Thank you so much! What a lovely mention.

Marilyn April 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I love the phrase “came commenting,” like I showed up in white gloves holding a Bundt cake. Wish I had, because you deserve nothing but sweet things. Thanks for sharing all these great voices, and for letting me share their company.

paige April 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Anastasia, some of these sites were just meant for you. You’ll love them (and thanks for the nod to my Picnik-y graphic, too.)

Luisa, welcome! So glad you stopped by. It’s all true; you were my first foray into the food blogosphere and still my first stop every day. Thank YOU!

Marilyn, as always, happy, happy to have you here. And thank goodness you didn’t come with a bundt cake, because I might have eaten the whole thing!

Ann April 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Delicious! Thanks for all the lovely linkage–I’m looking forward to poking around in all these.

shauna April 21, 2009 at 12:45 am

Oh Paige, thank you for this. I’m so behind on commenting, but I appreciate this so. I never knew, when I started that blog, that anyone would ever read it. But to find a community of like-minded women (and men) who love to cook and share stories and inspire each other? That’s the best reward. After all, that’s how I know you.

Julie Reinhardt April 21, 2009 at 2:34 am

Thank you for this wonderful list! I found you through a post by Gluten Free Girl. And the circle continues (or is that more of a spiral?).

paige April 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

Ann–Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you cook up from your clicky travels.
Shauna–So happy you came by, and yes, the digital bonds are incredible, in so many ways.
Julie–Welcome, and so glad you found us. Come back, and let me know other blogs (food or otherwise!) you love.

Mark November 25, 2009 at 1:31 am

Thanks for posting these great sites. I am always hunting the net for quality food and recipe sites. You have done the screening work for the rest of us. Thank you

April November 28, 2009 at 9:12 am

I like this new food blog – the writer is funny, like all women she has a lot on her plate (haha, that’s a food pun!) ….and the recipes are easy but delicious.
http://frannyscooking.blogspot.com/

Natasha Kravchuk December 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I have a food blog thats new, but I will be updating it often. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Cooking with Kids December 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I love this list! I came across this while searching for new flood blogs to explore. Thanks so much – these are all wonderful blogs and new to me. I love anything food related and my daughters and I are always looking for new recipes to enjoy!

Belinda

paige December 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Welcome Belinda! I’m so glad you stopped by, and I envy you the experience of getting to discover all these truly wonderful writers and cooks for the first time. They’re all masterful in the kitchen, and a pretty fantastic sisterhood, to boot. Enjoy, and I hope you’ll come back again!

Savannah @ Kitchen at 9th and 9th December 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

This is a great list of resources… I have spent many an hour on almost all of those sites… :)

sweet cooking January 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Hello,
I have my own blog @ sweeetcooking.blogspot.com
and I was wondering if you would advertise my website on your blog. If you want I can even advertise your blog on my website. If you want to get a hold of me please leave me a comment and we can chat.
Thanx for your time
Sweet cooking

paige January 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

Hi Sweet, and welcome! We don’t advertise other blogs, but I will certainly encourage our readers (especially those with kids) to check out your great blog, all about cooking from a kid’s point of view. Congrats to you on starting your writing and cooking careers! I can’t wait to read more of your recipes, and hope you’ll let me know if you try mine.

foodlovers March 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

great information for bloggers like us

Sherry H. Mandin March 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Such an interesting and innovative site.
I would be delighted if you would take a glimpse @ my blogsite and give me your feedback.
Thanks!

joy smith April 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Like the others thanks for the tips!!
I love to cook. I don’t think I am the best but enjoy doing it.:)

The Bush League Cook April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

What a great list! Thanks!

Sheila May 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm

This is a great resource. I love reading about cooking and learning new techniques. Just today I watched an awesome video from one and my knifeskills improved dramatically with one small change. Amazing! :)

Virginia February 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Love these blogs, for fun and healthy recipes check out virginecuisine.blogspot.com, I’m sure you’ll love it!

zoomse July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

great list for food lovers,I found some very interesting recipes from this blog list.Thanks! also check my blog http://www.americancookingrecipes.com I’am sure I have some interesting recipes too

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