One of my biggest indulgences is reading personal food blogs. For a while, I was lucky enough to interview bloggers for a column here. The following sites are the ones I read most often and that inspire me for a variety of reasons.
For when I’m looking for something virtuous to eat.
Feed Me Phoebe. I used to edit Phoebe Lapine’s recipes and they are the real deal. She’s a terrific cook and I love reading what she has to say.
101 Cookbooks. Heidi Swanson has a way of looking at food and style that just astounds me.
Sprouted Kitchen. Sara Forte’s food is so damn healthy and beautiful but also so delicious.
My New Roots. After looking at Sarah Britton’s site, I feel like I’ve been to the spa.
Green Kitchen Stories. I’m always in awe of the recipes and photos created by this Scandinavian couple. Plus, they have a daughter named Elsa like I do!
Naturally Ella. I love Erin Alderson’s take on grains and her grounding approach to vegetarian recipes.
The Year in Food. With her book, Vibrant Food, and with her site, Kimberly Hasselbrink proves that food can be as beautiful as it is delicious.
For when I want a good read (and maybe a laugh!) about food and life.
My Name is Yeh. Molly Yeh’s youthful exhuberence, life in North Dakota and quirky Asian-Jewish mash-up recipes stood out from the moment I discovered her blog.
The Wednesday Chef. I always love reading about what Luisa Weiss is cooking. Plus, we both have a, ahem, spirited, child born within a few weeks of each other so I can always relate to what she has to say.
The Yellow Table. Anna Watson Carl is of the loveliest people I’ve met in NYC. We both share incredible (perhaps sometimes unhealthy) drive and a (much healthier) love for sitting around a table.
A Sweet Spoonful. Megan Gordon is another kindred spirit. She’s not just a writer and cookbook author but an entrepreneur making a product. (She created the beyond fabulous Marge Granola).
The Amateur Gourmet. Reading Adam Roberts’ blog reminds me that witty words can still trump great photos.
Dinner, A Love Story. I just love Jenny and Andy’s pragmatic approach to feeding a family and their humor.
Tales of a Recipe Goddess. I was quite familiar with what a genius cook Grace Parisi is (I worked with her at Food & Wine for eight years) but rarely got to read her writing. It’s a treat.
Chocolate and Zucchini. Clotilde Dusoulier and I are about the same age. She started her blog in 2004 just before I started culinary school. I’ve loved watching her journey from enthusiast to professional and I adore her recipes.
For when I need a sugar hit.
Nothing in the House. I only recently discovered Emily Hilliard’s blog, entirely devoted to pie, and I’m in love.
Apt. 2B Baking. I just love Yossy Arefi’s grown-up approach to desserts. Also, lucky me! She is the photographer for my book!
729 Layers. A fellow food editor, Sacha Madadian blogs about what moves her but I’m always drawn to her sweets.
The Faux Martha. I had trouble classifying Melissa because she does so much more than bake. She cooks beautiful healthy food as well, shares smart cooking tips and is the designer of my site.
For when I’m fantasizing about living in Australia (Not really. But the approach to design and food there is so appealing, isn’t it?)
Cook Republic. Is there anything Sneh Roy can’t do?
The Sugar Hit. I enjoy Sarah Coates energetic approach to food and design.
My Darling Lemon Thyme. Emma Galloway blogs about cooking for her kids with food allergies with such beauty and grace.
For when I’m trying to get out of a Mediterranean food rut.
Viet World Kitchen. Andrea Nguyen is an incredible cookbook author. I want to be like her when I grow up.
Naomi Duguid. An intrepid traveler, photographer and cook, Naomi goes to places no one else will. (For example, she’s traveling to Iran for a book about Persian food). I want to be like her in my next life. She is awe inspiring.
Appetite for China. A cook, teacher and an artist, Diana Kuan is multi-talented. I love seeing what she’s up to.
ABCDs of Cooking. Chitra Agrawal uses New York produce to make delicious South Indian inspired dishes. Her site just makes me want to cook and eat.
For when I want to look at pretty things.
Design Sponge.I used to read Grace Bonney’s site to discover up-and-coming artisans. Now I look at it for home inspiration and for pure pleasure.
Kaufmann Mercantile.I never knew that even cleaning brushes could be so beautiful.
Lady & Like. I discovered Anna Jepson on Instagram and am so inspired by this young, lovely hustler.
For when I’m seeking entrepreneurial inspiration.
A Beautiful Mess. Yes, this site also has pretty things, but I’m more in awe of the way the sister founders have turned their design blog into a $1 million business.
The Fresh Exchange.This creative couple has managed to turn a lifestyle blog into a cult following.
Good Food Jobs. Here’s my little pro tip: I used to discover a lot of great food stories by trolling this site. This is where the up-and-coming companies seek employees.
Marie Forleo. It took a few months for Marie to grow on me and now I can’t get enough. She’s my Oprah.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Everything about Jeni’s company makes me smile, from her incredible ice creams to her aesthetic to her constant drive to make her product better.