I have 155 blogs saved in my Feedly index, and so any one day about 200 new entries appear. Of those, I probably actually read about thirty, skim another thirty, and glance at the headlines of the rest. As a result, I a) am fairly well-informed about most things you can learn about from the Internet and b) am semi-frequently asked to recommend blogs to friends who are looking for more things to read during the day. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to go through my favorites by category, starting with food because it is very low hanging fruit.
If I were to clean up my Feedly, food would absolutely be the easiest category to edit down. There are only four blogs that I would actually miss content from:
- Smitten Kitchen. I’m honestly not even sure why anyone else is trying to have a food blog. Or buys regular, non-specific food category cookbooks. It’s all on Ms. Kitchen’s website for free, is easy, and turns out exactly the way she says it will.
- Naturally Ella, the best source on the web for vegetarians and CSA subscribers. Erin, the site’s author, most notably has an amazing section that focuses on seasonal vegetables (click on “Seasonal Fare” and then choose your season to select a type of produce). Most of my favorite fancy-but-not-too-hard CSA recipes come from her site–or, occasionally, from a link she’s put from her site to one of her favorite recipes for that vegetable. She also has a great bulk bins section where you can browse recipes by non-perishable grain/legume/etc.
- David Lebovitz‘s blog is a rare bird on my favorites list because it contains little-to-no practical information for me–just check out his suggested list of things to bring as a houseguest to see why. (I know I always travel with my own jar of tinned mackerel.) That said, he lives in Paris, travels to amazing places, eats amazing food, and writes about it beautifully. Sold.
- The newest entry on this list is the FUSSYlittleBLOG, whose author, Daniel B., covers the local (Capitol Region) food scene through a sane, high-standards lens. My only disappointment with this blog is that I didn’t subscribe to this when we still lived in NYC–I’m not someone who spends time going back through the archives of blogs, and I know that I’ve missed years of tips on places to go and dishes to try.
Honorable mention goes to Amateur Gourmet, which I almost listed as #5. However, I could take or leave the food coverage on this blog, and mainly just enjoy the author’s writing style.
Next week I’ll list my favorite “current events” blogs, but first I have to figure out what exactly constitutes a current event.