I am not a trained chef, but I enjoy cooking and am always interested in trying new recipes. I always start with a recipe, but I often like to play with it – adjust it for what I like or what’s in season or what I have in the refrigerator. I have always read cooking magazines – Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated – and tearing pages out to try later. Now, though, I’ve discovered food blogs, and I don’t have to wait for a monthly fix. Here are some of my favorites…
Serious Eats – This is the most content-laden blog about food, a collection of articles from other media which runs the gamut from video-links of the Saturday Night Live parody of Top Chef (hilarious! and I love that show) to AP reports about research labs on animal diseases, with lots of links to recipes thrown in. Grits with cheddar – could be a new breakfast dish!
Bitten – This blog is by Mark Bittman, a food writer of the Minimalist column for the New York Times and cookbook author. Since we lived in Manhattan for a few years, I enjoy reading his take on the dining scene in New York City and his recipes. He also posts about his travels and dining oddities, like the restaurant in the air. (Like everyone I know, my main concern about that is – restrooms?)
Tea and Food – This blog is a recent discovery, found by following links from another food blog. That’s a fun way to while away an afternoon, let me tell you. I am a tea drinker (never have touched coffee and am unlikely to start now) so I was immediately intrigued by the title. Then I discovered that the main contributor is from Somerville, the town outside Boston where we lived before buying the Inn. The focus is on tea and food, of course, but the bloggers also talk about local buying and sustainable eating. It’s good stuff.
Orangette – This blog is food-lit more than recipes or information, but I enjoy the style of the author and I love her stories, including the tale of meeting her now-husband through her food blog. It’s very romantic, and she has a good eye for her photos. I predict this will be the next blog to go the way of Julie & Julia – a blog turned into a book for author Julie Powell, about her year of cooking Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Said book was a well-received Christmas present from Jim, and I liked it!
I hope you all might enjoy some of these blogs as well, and try out some of the recipes that are in them. Happy cooking!
Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV