It’s time to do something other than cook, write & photograph obssessively. So, I thought, why not digest other blogs for eat like a girl’s readers degustation? Reading food blogs/sites is another form of sensory indulgence & a very pleasant one. It’s also quite passive and perfect for lazy days like today!
There are many, many food blogs out there. Most of them are excellent. Some are very well established – e.g. 101 Cookbooks, La Tartine Gourmande, Chocolate & Zucchini, Chez Pim… and on and on. I am intensely jealous of all of these bloggers! They are all extremely talented and are absolutely fantastic at what they do. There are so many of them, too many to write about right now, so, I’ll start with some of the ones that inspired me to get going.
Heidi at 101 Cookbooks is a San Francisco based photographer, designer & author and blogs at her award winning vegetarian food blog featuring recipes from her cookbooks, travels, friends and family. Heidi has published two books – Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients & Cook 1.0: A Fresh Approach to the Vegetarian Kitchen. I haven’t bought them yet but they are at the top of my wish list and get great reviews. Her recipes are wonderful and the accompanying photos are great. A favourite from 101 cookbooks is Thousand Layer Lasagne Recipe – a fantastic interpretation of veggie lasagne which I confess I have yet to attempt, it looks fabulous though.
Bea at La Tartine Gourmande is a French ex-pat living in Boston and an award winning food blogger and food blog photographer. She’s a wonderful food stylist & her photographs are often breathtaking. Her writing is filled with great stories and recollections and her recipes are divine. Pasta Disguised in Risotto is a great post. I hadn’t heard of cooking pasta like risotto before and have been doing it regularly since.
Clotilde at Chocolate & Zucchini writes about food from Paris on her award winning blog. Her food is influenced by some time spent in the San Francisco some years ago, and this is where her interest in food evolved. She has just published a book of the same name, Chocolate & Zucchini, and is currently on the book tour. Clotildes strawberry and basil pesto recipe is dazzling. I had had strawberries with basil previously in a great restaurant in Amsterdam, they’re a fantastic combination and I have paired them together quite often since, however, pairing them in a pesto is a great idea and one to be tried!
Pim blogs at her award winning and much publicized blog, Chez Pim. Pim has eaten everywhere foodies want to go, from the Fat Duck to the French Laundry and her writing & travels are inspiring. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area she now writes professionally for many publications. She’s currently in Spain and having great food adventures from what I have been reading. Read her review of Rias de Galicia in Barcelona here.
Another one to watch is on Guardian Unlimited. The Observer Food Monthly has launched a food blog – Word of Mouth. I love Food Monthly itself and that Sunday once a month where I not only get to read Nigel Slaters column in the Observer magazine but I have a whole food magazine to go through over my lazy brunch and coffee is one I look forward to. It’s always good, so, it’s likely that the blog will be too.
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