A technophobe, I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into the digital world.
Assisting me in what began as a painful process but one that is fast reaping its happy rewards is my young social media mentor Melissa Leithwood. In fact, with her ongoing help, I now find myself tweeting, blogging, surfing the ‘Net and, in particular, seeking out other blogs specializing in my passion of almost 40 years: food.
Here, in no particular order, is a list of blogs that I find entertaining, educational and, at their best, exciting. I consider it a given that most people interested in food know about sites like epicurious.com, foodnetwork.com, jamieoliver.com, and their ilk.
1. Food 52 (http://www.food52.com) : This terrific site is the brainchild of New York foodies Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. It is a fantastic recipe source, in particular Hericot Verts à la Dijonnaise, Le Bernardin’s Crispy-Skinned Fish and Late Summer Plum Cake. Watch for Food 52’s cookbook coming out in the fall of 2011.
2. Orangette (http://orangette.blogspot.com/) : Lovely stories accompany excellent recipes from young, talented chef Molly Wizenberg, co-owner of Delancey pizza restaurant in Seattle. This popular site is a lively mix of words, sounds and photos. Check it out.
3. Honest Cooking (http://honestcooking.com/) : This comprehensive, professional site beautifully blends food and travel complete with gorgeous photos and great recipes. A section dedicated to taste tests tackles such culinary conundrums as the relative merits of New York versus Montreal bagels.
4. Good Food Revolution (http://goodfoodrev.com/) : Co-founders Malcolm Jolley and Jamie Drummond are on the cutting edge of Canadian food stories and trends with their online food magazine. Their focus is artisanal food and those who produce it. An excellent eclectic mix of videos, the written word, photos and recipes.
5. Eat Like A Girl (http://eatlikeagirl.com/) : Energetic ex-pat Irish woman, Niamh Shields, lives in London but always seems to be savoring food in some far flung place, then reporting on it in her food and travel blog. Good recipes and lots to enjoy! She has a new book Comfort & Spice.
6. Ms Marmite Lover (http://marmitelover.blogspot.com/) : Unstoppable Kerstin Rodgers is a pop-up restaurant innovator living in London, UK. An avid tweeter (@MsMarmiteLover) and social media aficionado, she is a fantastic cook and author of the gorgeous cookbook Supper Club. See the interview with her on my blog: http://www.marionkane.com/foodies/ms-marmite-lover-is-londons-most-influential-foodie/
7. Chocolate & Zucchini (http://chocolateandzucchini.com/) : A delicious assortment of recipes, restaurant stories and personal culinary experiences from young Parisian Clotilde Dusoulier who has written several cookbooks including one called Chocolate & Zucchini. Her Chocolate and Zucchini Cake is one example of the tasty pairing these two ingredients make.
8. Smitten Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/) : The photos and recipes shared here by New York freelance writer and avid cook Deb Perelman are way above average. This is unpretentious home cooking at its best.
9. Oh She Glows (http://ohsheglows.com/) : Here, young Torontonian Angela Liddon, who has a master’s degree in psychology, shares healthy vegan recipes and a wealth of information on body-image, stress, and inner-beauty. An unusual and lively site.
10. Serious Eats (http://www.seriouseats.com/) : A communal, comprehensive site that includes contributions from food bloggers and others in the food community. Recipes, restaurant reviews and culinary exchange are all on the menu here.