As you may or may not know, I am the not-necessarily-culinarily-gifted half of Globetrotter Diaries. I love cooking, I love eating and I love exploring cultures through food, but on Fridays I leave the cooking up to Karen and serve as occasional sous chef and photography assistant (and taste tester, of course).
One of the things I've loved about blogging is discovering the vast community of food bloggers out there who come armed week after week with incredible stories, heart-stopping photographs, and delicious and diverse recipes to share with us all. This is what I love so much about the internet – we can create something online for the entire world to see, and we can bounce around from person to person, website to website, and country to country learning new things from each other about cooking and foods from around the globe every day.
So I thought I'd create a list of some of my favorite cooking blogs in hopes that the community continues to expand. Maybe you'll find something sweet whether you're a chef, a foodie or just a food-lover like me. Now since I don't have favorites, I'll just list them in alphabetical order and include one post from each blog that I particularly love. Enjoy!
I fell in love with Aarti when she was on (and won) The Next Food Network Star. She's not only a total sweetheart, but she's an insanely creative cook who adds an interesting flair to every dish she makes. She's always smiling and she's always sharing something this side of ingenious. Check out her “I Ain't Chicken” Chicken for a sample of her unique talent.
“I travel, I cook, I eat.” A brilliant way to live, don't you think? Ellie's recipes are eclectic and she brings a refreshing sense of humor to her delicious looking dishes. Ever heard of KFC? That's 'Ellie' for “Korean Fried Chicken”…
Marvin cracks me up like no other. Check out his post on chicken feet. The image captions alone should win you over. If the title of the post doesn't already: “My Adidas”. (Warning: Not for the faint at chicken feet.)
Two words. Food. Porn. Apricot raspberry what the hell.
Down to earth but full of passion, Clotilde Dusoulier has been sharing her wealth of recipes and insight for over seven years. Check out her perfected remake of her own old classic: fregola sarda with zucchini and parm.
Since I spent almost two years in Cape Town just recently, I get wildly homesick for it from time to time. So I run to Jeanne for my South African fix. Check out her classic bunny chow.
So many amazing looking recipes, you can get lost for hours. Do not look if hungry: sweet and crispy chicken wings.
Nicky's motto is: “I eat merely to put food out of my mind.” I love it! Check out her self-admittedly bold but fantastic post, “The-Salad-You-Must-Make“.
Her amazing green chile chorizo casserole post starts, “My grandma thinks I am incapable of making any recipe without chile peppers.” Lisa, you're my kinda gal!
Unbelievably beautiful photographs and inspiring recipes and stories. Check out these veggie parathas for a taste.
This is mostly Japanese food, some with an awesome twist. I love the way Maki walks us through the classic recipes in depth, like in this fantastic looking beef curry.
She walks you through the classics with tons of photographs that make it easy to follow along and very engaging to read. Plus, she's got a post tagged “FUCK CANCER“. Cheers to that.
Hilarious and fun with an extremely healthy attitude towards/obsession with food. I want these scallion pancakes right this second.
Truly worldly and oh so inspiring. Layla offers recipes in English, Spanish and French, which means ever more people get to enjoy recipes like her ooey gooey amazing looking fried cheese empanadas.
Matt's a genius. He shares outrageous photographs of mind blowing recipes that he collects and adapts from all over the world. He calls himself “a man obsessed with food, drink, and everything in between” so I should probably get to marrying him. Or maybe I'll just marry these blood orange caramels.
Marc always shares the fascinating background of classic Japanese dishes before walking you through the recipes. But it's his more inventive dishes that get me. Check out his shiso pesto pasta with uni if you're looking for something a little different.
This is an absolutely enormous resource of Asian food recipes. Just check out Bee's recipes and you'll see what I mean.
More food porn. Peter shares amazing Greek and Greek-inspired recipes like this outrageous cinnamon braised lamb shank ohhhh my lord.
Gorgeous photographs and recipes to make you drool. And cook. Check out Deb's skirt steak salad with blue cheese.
Clay and Zach write hilarious posts that strive to create (or do their take on) a dish from a cookbook, cooking magazine, or online recipe. The results are always both fun and inspiring. Check out their response to Superbowl Sunday with this pulled pork recipe.
All about travel and food – my kind of blog. Very engaging. I can get lost in here for hours. This post made me look into flights from LA to Singapore: Singapore Fling.
Persian food is one of my favorites on earth, so I use this blog to hold me over between fixes. Azita shares classic Persian recipes, sometimes with a modern twist. Her tah-chin looks out of this world.
Angela has a great sense of humor woven into the stories that accompany her recipes. Check out her musings on pork fat (and life and death) for a glimpse into what she's all about (and not to mention a brilliant recipe).
If there's a cooking blog out there you think we'd all love, do pass it along in the comments and if you're a blogger yourself, please say hello!
Image from here.