Molly Wizenberg has a bachelor's degree in human biology, a minor in French, a master's degree in cultural anthropology, and an uncanny ability to write about food in a way that makes even the most unappealing vegetable sound dreamy and romantic. You'll want to make pretty much every recipe that she writes about, especially the Gateau au Chocolat Fondant de Nathalie or "The Winning-Hearts-and-Minds Cake" - it lives up to its name.
Brandi Henderson's goal is to make everything she eats from scratch - and she means everything. Pork buns, sesame seed bagels and cream cheese, grape jelly, puff pastry - you name it, Brandi's made it. No recipe is too daunting for this former architect turned pastry chef! Her enthusiasm for cooking is undeniably contagious, so bookmark her site and read it whenever you're feeling kitchen fatigue (hey, we've all been there). When you're too tired to cook, reading about Brandi's adventures in making things like flour tortillas and raspberry marshmallows from scratch is a great way to get fired up again.
Evan's Kitchen Ramblings
Singapore-based food blogger Evangeline loves to bake, and she's been writing about it since 2005. We love her blog for her beautifully styled and drool-worthy photographs. Whether she's writing about making simple pineapple tarts or baking more complicated, multi-component creations from the Japanese and French patisseries she admires, Evan's Kitchen Ramblings is pure eye candy. Sweet!
Connie Veneracion learned how to cook by spending time in the kitchen with her dad and her grandparents when she was a young child. That love for cooking still holds strong years later. Now a retired lawyer, she comes up with her own recipes and writes about them (along with anecdotes about her own family and other kitchen adventures) on her blog. We love her recipes for their practicality - as a busy mom and wife, Connie understands the demands real life can pose, but never lets these get in the way of cooking at home. After all, nothing says love like a mother's commitment to cooking delicious dishes for her family every day.
We admit to being a tiny bit biased because Joey de Larrazabal-Blanco is one of our columnists. But the truth is, we'd been reading her blog long before she came on board! Joey is adorably candid when it comes to writing about food. A recent recipe she posted for pimenton fried eggs instructs the reader to "swirl the pan so the pimenton spreads and the oil takes on a red-orange hue," and to expect that, "the smell will be amazing, be ready for weak knees." This kind of writing is exactly why we bookmarked her blog when we first found it years ago, and why it's still one of our favorites today. Click to see Joey de Larrazabal-Blanco's recipes on Yummy.ph
This blog is all about the good old-fashioned art of food preservation: canning, pickling, making jams and jellies, preparing food for future consumption. Food writer Marissa McClellan is a staunch supporter of home canning and eating seasonally. After reading her blog, you'll no doubt want to give it a try too. Check out her "Canning 101" series for basic recipe run-throughs, FAQs on equipment, and general tips on how to get started.
He's the photographer and she the wordsmith. Husband and wife team David Hagerman and Robyn Eckhardt run what is probably the best travel blog dedicated to Asian food. Based in Penang, Malaysia, the couple travels extensively around Asia for both work and pleasure. Their blog posts are impressive in both depth and breadth, covering more exotic locales such as Chengdu and Luang Prabang. Robyn and David always try to eat where the locals eat, making their blog an indispensable guide if you're traveling around the region.
Pastry chef David Lebovitz is one of our favorite food writers and cookbook authors. Now that he's based in Paris, his blog has become even more of a must-read. Going to France? Let David steer you in the right direction - read the many posts he's made on what to eat, where to go, and what to buy in the City of Lights.
A man of many talents (he recently released his first cookbook), Matt Armendariz got his start as a graphic designer and art director for US chain Whole Foods. Several years later, he's one of the most respected food photographers in the industry. What we love the most about him is his ability to always capture the beauty of food in its natural state, but his knockout sense of humor isn't so bad either.
French expatriate Beatrice Peltre inherited a love for the outdoors and all that is natural from her grandparents, who were farmers. Writing from her Boston kitchen, she frequently posts recipes featuring fresh produce (she even has a section dedicated to gluten-free dishes) and shares stories about her family's travels. Her photographs are always bright, beautiful, and so very charming.
Lara Ferroni stumbled upon food photography by accident. But now she's made a career out of it, thanks to a combination of natural skill, a deep love for food and cooking, and a penchant for collecting all manner of plates and serving ware (her studio looks like it fell out of a Crate and Barrel truck, she says). As any good photographer knows, it's all about the light - and Lara always captures it so well. Check out the posts in her "Still Life With" section, where she talks about her photography gear and shares resources for shutterbugs and stylists alike.
Katie Quinn Davies spent many years as a graphic designer before realizing she hadn't found her true creative calling yet. Having always loved food, she decided to explore food photography - waking up early every morning to cook, style, and shoot photographs to get a portfolio together - and that's when all the pieces fell into place. Now she shoots for the likes of Martha Stewart Living, her trademark style always featuring mood lighting, vintage utensils, and rustic backgrounds. We're happy she's found what she was born to do, and even happier that she started a blog to share all her stunning photos with us.
For some of us, breakfast is the most hectic meal of the day, usually eaten in a rush or sometimes even skipped altogether. This is why photographer Jennifer Causey's blog is a breath of fresh air. For the past five years, Jennifer has been posting almost-daily photos of what she eats for breakfast: a steaming mug of coffee, a bowl of baked oatmeal, a slice of toast. But it's not so much about what Jennifer eats as it is about the spirit in which she does the project. The relaxed and unhurried vibe of her photographs makes us think that a proper breakfast is perhaps a luxury we can all afford, and one that we owe to ourselves. Jennifer Causey's latest project focuses on artisans, people who make things with their hands. Look at the lovely photos and read the interviews at www.themakersproject.com.
Manila-born and Sydney-based Trissa Lopez's blog effortlessly weaves together mouthwatering recipes, beautiful food photography, and anecdotes about her life. Writing about how her childhood gymnast dreams leads into a recipe for strawberry and watermelon cake; another post about buying a new house segues into an award-winning recipe for chocolate bombe alaska. Reading through her archives with a cup of coffee in hand is a wonderful way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.