23 Fabulous Cooking Blogs I Love to Read

by Valerie on Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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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. I’d love to share some recipes for diner. Enjoy!

Aarti Parti

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.

Almost Bourdain

“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”…

Burnt Lumpia

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.)

Cannelle Et Vanille

Two words.  Food.  Porn.  Apricot raspberry what the hell.

Chocolate and Zucchini

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.

Cook Sister

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.

David Lebovitz

So many amazing looking recipes, you can get lost for hours.  Do not look if hungry: sweet and crispy chicken wings.

Delicious Days

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“.

Homesick Texan

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!

Indian Simmer

Unbelievably beautiful photographs and inspiring recipes and stories.  Check out these veggie parathas for a taste.

Just Hungry

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.

Korean Cuisine

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.

Lawyer Loves Lunch

Hilarious and fun with an extremely healthy attitude towards/obsession with food.  I want these scallion pancakes right this second.

Laylita's Recipes

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 Bites

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.

No Recipes

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.

Rasa Malaysia

This is an absolutely enormous resource of Asian food recipes.  Just check out Bee's recipes and you'll see what I mean.

Souvlaki for the Soul

More food porn.  Peter shares amazing Greek and Greek-inspired recipes like this outrageous cinnamon braised lamb shank ohhhh my lord.

Smitten Kitchen

Gorgeous photographs and recipes to make you drool.  And cook.  Check out Deb's skirt steak salad with blue cheese.

The Bitten Word

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.

The Traveler's Lunchbox

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.

Turmeric & Saffron

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.

The Spinning Plate

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.



Karen November 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

I don’t know about the “not necessarily gifted culinary half”… but ditto on the rest!

Valerie November 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

Well… “the-one-who-burns-the-cookies-and-opts-too-often-for-sandwiches”. And proud! 🙂

LimeCake November 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

thanks for this round-up! i love discovering new food blogs!

Valerie November 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

So do I… and yours is fab!! Look at your dumplings!!!

Azita November 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Thank you so very much for adding Turmeric & Saffron to your fab list! I really appreciate it! 🙂

Valerie November 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Always! Thanks for doin’ what you do!

Dining Minx November 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Great list … quite a few to add to my own directory. Recently stumbled across your blog and love it! Good luck with it!

Valerie November 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

You’ve got a great blog… you crack me up! Plus YUM. It’s insanely hot in LA right now… I’m sweatin’ my face off and dreaming of this summer soup!

Tanvi November 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

Thanks so much for the wishes Karen.Really appreciate it.
Thanks also for compling a wonderful list of blogs..they all are superb!

Lawyer Loves Lunch November 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

This is so unbelievably kind of you! I also read many of these blogs and it’s such an honor that you’d put me on the same list as them. And to think, I didn’t even have to bribe or blackmail you for it. Cheers to your friendship and your fabulous blog, ladies! 🙂

Jennifer November 5, 2010 at 1:45 am

What a wonderful list, I love discovering new blogs and there are a few new ones to add to my reading list. Thanks 😀

matt November 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm


Did I say THANK YOU?

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen November 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Thats a list. I follow many of those blogs and can invariably agree with all you said. Yet got to check out some of them.

You know that first picture will kill me right? Well, just know it did.

Isaac Kojima November 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

Hi! My name is Isaac and I’m food blogger too. But I write in Portuguese because I think there are blogs in English enough about what I write and almost none in my language
Anyway, I’m here just to suggest some blogs I visit too.
Aeri’s Kitchen (http://aeriskitchen.com/). From a Korean girl who is residing in US. Plenty of classic Korean dishes.

Kitchen Wench (http://www.insanitytheory.net/kitchenwench/). Photographer, Ellie Won make some amazing pics, and color is something that she know how to work. In her blog, she introduces recipes and food pics tips.

Maangchi (http://www.maangchi.com/). Not exactly a blog, but a site with tons of information about Korean food.

Rasa Malaysia (http://rasamalaysia.com/). Food from Asia. Whole Asia.

Secret Food Project (http://sfp.adrianopetrich.com/) This guys is a geek, really geek. And that’s the reason his blog is so technical and precise. Just take a look how he handle a piece of beef (http://sfp.adrianopetrich.com/post/great-sous-vide-hack-picanha)

Despite my background, I don’t know many blogs about Japanese food, at least in English. Only Just Hungry, which you guys, already know. Most part of my sources about Japanese food is in… Japanese. And maybe because of that I never tried hard to find blogs in English. Plus, I lived in Japan for a while and I am pretty confident about my skills in Japanese cuisine (Ok, I’m was such a jerk).

Valerie November 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Wow, thanks for these!

Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} November 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

I love the list you’ve got here! A lot of them are some of my current favourites (Oh Delicious Days, why did you change the layout? Sigh.) And I’m only too happy to go and explore the others that are new to me.

Prerna@IndianSimmer November 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

WOOOT??? U found me worthy enough to be listed with such gorgeous and lovely blogs?? THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! I’m loving you SOOOO much right now 🙂
That’s such an awesome list of bloggers, I love almost all of them already except the few which I’m now gonna visit and then start loving I’m sure.
BTW this space right here deserves to be on the list too!! Good Luck to you and Happy Blogging!

KC November 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

thank you for linking me. i truly had no idea my blog was being read by so many people. =P

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul November 15, 2010 at 3:23 am

Thank you very much for including me in this list! I am very honoured!

JanJan @ Cooking for My Love November 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I love your list! Very nice blogs 🙂

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) November 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Thanks for selecting me for the list!! Super honoured 🙂

Hazel February 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

I found this blog and its fun, inventive and awesome cooking ideas.

Ceri Wilkin November 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

So excited to check out all these great recommendations – I am from New Zealand, live in Arkansas and have the food blog – recipedoodle

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