One of the great things about this Internet age in which we live is the fact that no matter what you’re into, be it model trains or hang gliding or other, weirder things, you’re never more than a few clicks away from a community of like-minded enthusiasts online. Food is and always has been a big interest of mine; so it’s always a bit of a thrill to discover a new culinary blog–of which there are a seemingly endless supply.
In the world of food blogs there are a few different categories. First and foremost are the so-called “food porn” sites, aptly named for their lustrous photos of meals, desserts and beverages. If you’re hungry, these are a good place to start (or not–depending on how hungry you are). There’s Food Porn Daily, which, as its name suggests, features a new semi-erotic gourmet photo every day. Then there’s FoodPorn.net, which is essentially the same thing in a different format. The Perth, Australia-based blog, The Food Pornographer, offers a slightly wider variety of content, as well as commentary on the foods in the pictures and–unlike the other two–an occasional recipe. My favorite, however, is TasteSpotting, which combines artful photography with links to recipes of all the dishes pictured. It’s a great place to get inspired, or just while away a few minutes admiring delicious things. Mmm… squid and watermelon salad.
The second big category is food specialty blogs, which specialize in one food and one food only. There’s Bread Basketcase, devoted entirely to the baking of bread, a disproportionate number dedicated solely to bacon and many more, for everything from cupcakes to oysters. Deserving of a special mention in this category is Murray’s Cheese, run by the famous Greenwich Village fromagerie, which is without a doubt one of my favorite shops in the world.
The third category is the general food enthusiast sort, and these tend to be my favorites, as they combine the best elements of the other two. Of these, I’m quite partial to Clotilde Dusoulier’s Chocolate & Zucchini, a compendium of recipes, anecdotes and photos documenting the author’s adventures in food. Dusoulier, who is now a full-time food writer, lives in Paris and has a life of which I’m more than a little jealous.
Do you have a favorite food blog? Drop me a line if you want to tell me about it!