60 Top Food Blogs That Inspire Something New For Dinner
Are you looking for inspiration for what to make for dinner tonight? These 60 top food blogs will get you out of the fast food line, into an apron and cooking up something delicious.
There are sooo many food blogs on the Internet, it can be overwhelming, so I have spent quite a few hours finding the very best.
There is something here for everyone: Meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, paleo, gluten and dairy-free diets, bakers, grillers and and even some blogs for the home mixologist. Whether you are just venturing into the kitchen or simply want to advance your already skilled culinary know-how, there are blogs here for you.
To make it easy for you I have categorized each blog by what I think each blogger does best. These categories are not meant to fully define each blogger's repertoire, because they all do more. The categories just identify what catches my eye in each blog.
- Opulent (food that looks amazing and has no particular dietary restrictions)
- Quick and easy
- Whole foods
- Writing style
The 60 Top Food Blogs That Inspire Something New For Dinner
1. Serious Eats
Kenji Lopez’s blog Serious Eats is truly unique. He gets down into the science, the techniques and the whys and why-nots of cooking like nobody’s business. If you want to improve your cooking and not just accumulate recipes, Serious Eats is the site for you. There are plenty of great recipes on the site, but the gold is Kenji’s cooking knowledge. He indefatigably tests recipes and techniques to get to the essential truth and along the way dispels many culinary sacred cows. This is my go-to site on the web when I want to learn a new technique.
Check out Kenji's recipes here.
2. Smitten Kitchen
Deb Perlman’s Smitten Kitchen is a deep website that goes back 8 or 9 years and some 900+ recipes. It is loaded with cooking tips, generous but not fussy recipes and Deb’s many opinions on cooking and non-cooking subjects. For a dish your family will love try her Better Chicken Pot Pies. If you were around in the 60’s and 70’s like me you likely have fond memories of frozen chicken pot pies, but would be horrified to feed your family these highly processed meals. Try Deb’s from scratch chicken pot pies and you will merge your memories and your predilection for whole food cooking into one delicious meal. Her Crispy Frizzled Artichokes are pretty amazing too.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Comfort, Entertaining, Italian, Kid-friendly, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Deb's recipes here.
3. 101 Cookbooks
Heidi Swanson’s blog focuses on whole, natural foods. Heidi’s recipes are curated from many cookbooks as well personally developed. She has written three cookbooks Near and Far, Super Natural Every Day and Super Natural Cooking. Try Heidi’s Thai Zucchini Soup for a flavorful, healthy meal in 20 minutes or her Pomelo Noodle Salad for a meal in less than 10 minutes.
Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Entertaining, Gluten-free, Low-carb, Quick and easy, Seasonal, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Heidi's recipes here.
4. Simply Recipes
Simply Recipes is a site started for many of the same reasons I started Something New For Dinner -- to document family recipes. Elise Bauer started her blog way back in 2003 and now attracts millions of visitors to her site every month. Her recipes are whole food oriented and she has a similar approach to food as I do in that she focuses on a varied diet and doesn’t shy away from real butter or real cream. Try her Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce.
Categories: Gluten-free, Kid-friendly, Low-carb, Paleo, Quick and easy, Vegetarian
Check out Elise's recipes here.
5. David Lebovitz
In another life I hope to be David Lebovitz. I admit it: I am envious. He is an American living in Paris, is an accomplished chef who once worked for Alice Waters, has written nine cookbooks and has a wonderfully quirky writing style. Even if you are not a baker or much of a cook, but have the good fortune to visit Paris, definitely check out his site before you go. His “My Paris” section includes an exhaustive list of his favorite places to eat in the city. You can link to his app that will help you discover 350 wonderful places to buy pastry. He also offers great tips for bridging the Franco-American culture gap, including the one I always share with travelers heading for France. Always great the shopkeeper with “Bonjour Madame” or “Bonjour Monsieur” before you say anything else. You will be surprised how friendly and accommodating the French will be when you extend this simple courtesy. David Lebovitz gets Paris and generously shares his perspective.
David's most recent book My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories is beautifully written and photographed and contains both traditional and unexpected Paris cuisine.
Categories: Baking, Cocktails, Comfort, Entertaining, French, Sweets, Writing style
Check out David's recipes here.
The London Times named Orangette the best food blog in the world. Written by Molly Wizenberg, this is not your normal foodie blog. First and foremost it is a well-written stream of consciousness that details her life and perspective and the ways in which both happen to frequently intersect with food. Molly and her husband own two restaurants in Seattle. Molly is the author of Delancey and A Homemade Life: stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table. You will definitely want to give this one a read.
Category: Writing style
Check out Molly's recipes here.
7. Joy The Baker
Joy Wilson is a self taught baker, blogger, food photographer and cookbook writer. While she has a knack and predilection for baking, she also does some mean savory. Check out her Tomato Cobbler With Blue Cheese Biscuits. But you should not miss her amazing cakes. I’m intrigued with her Chocolate Beet Cake With Beet Cream Cheese Frosting. She also pours some creative drinks, such as her Lavender-Infused Mom Collins. She has two cookbooks out Joy The Baker Cookbook and Homemade Decadence. You will love her gorgeous pretzel-garnished cake on the cover!
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cocktails, Entertaining, Gluten-free, Opulent, Sweets, Vegetarian
Check out Joy's recipes here.
8. Steamy Kitchen
I heard Jaden speak at a Blogher Food conference in Miami a couple years ago and was captivated by her healthy approach to eating. Surprisingly, she advised a room packed with food bloggers to cook less and eat more fresh salads, a strategy she employs with her family. Jaden and her family grow much of their food using aquaponics and hydroponics. Wouldn’t that be cool? Steamy Kitchen, with 1000+ recipes, many with an Asian bent, is chock full of healthy recipes, cooking tips and videos. Try Jaden’s Vietnamese Pho: Beef Noodle Soup or her recipe for Chinese Steamed Buns.
Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Kid-friendly, Quick and easy, Seasonal, Vegetarian
Check out Jaden's recipes here.
9. Green Kitchen Stories
Green Kitchen Stories is the joint effort of husband and wife David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. David is a Magazine Art Director by day and Luise is studying to become a nutritional therapist. They live in Stockholm and chronicle their vegetarian, organic, whole-food life style. Luis cooks and David beautifully styles and photographs their recipes. Try their Shaved Brussels Sprout Christmas Salad and Aubergine and Lemongrass Curry. The couple has published two cookbooks: The Green Kitchen and Green Kitchen Travels.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Opulent, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out David & Luise's recipes here.
10. White on Rice Couple
White on Rice Couple is produced by husband and wife team Todd Porter and Diane Cu. In addition to being food bloggers they are professional food photographers and have a wonderful cookbook, Bountiful, that is inspired by their garden. I was fortunate enough to take one of their food photography classes where they not only taught us about food styling and photography, but they fed us really well. Todd and Diane have a playful and casual approach to food that makes you want to plant a garden, make a fruit-infused cocktail ice pop and invite your friends over to enjoy it all with you. Check out their Blackberry Mojito Cocktail Drink Ice Pops and Sweet Onion Crack Dip.
Categories: Asian, Cocktails, Entertaining, Grilling, Quick and easy, Paleo, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Whole foods
Check out Todd & Diane's recipes here.
11. Kalyn’s Kitchen
I met Kalyn at a food styling and photography class given by Todd Porter and Diane Cu. Kalyn is a veteran food blogger with 10 years of food blogging under her belt. She started her blog after losing over 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet. Since then she has become an expert at low-carb cooking. Her recipes are straightforward and family oriented. She has a huge collection of slow-cooker recipes that are perfect for busy days when you have no time to cook. Check out her Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots for a healthy take on an old family favorite.
Categories: Low-carb, Kid-friendly, Paleo, Quick and Easy, Seasonal, Slow-cooker, Vegetarian
Check out Kalyn's recipes here.
12. Sprouted Kitchen
Hugh and Sara are the couple behind Sprouted Kitchen. Sara focuses on accessible, vegetable-dense whole foods and Hugh captures her work with his photography. Check out Sara’s Braised Leeks and Muscovado Lentils (a savory marriage of two of my favorite foods) and her Lentil Soup With Chipotle Yogurt. They have published two books: The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take On Whole Foods and The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon, which focuses on recipes served from a bowl.
Categories: Breakfast, Gluten-free, Quick and easy, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Hugh & Sara's recipes here.
13. Gimme Some Oven
Longtime Kansas City blogger Ali Ebright has a very deep website packed full of what I call classic family-style cooking. You can find casseroles, soups, pastas, tacos, enchiladas and slow cooker recipes. Her recipes are beautifully photographed, straightforward and unintimidating. She provides excellent step-by-step photography that will keep you on track. Take a look at her Turkey Enchiladas, 5-Ingredient Sausage and Kale Baked Ziti and her Brain Power Salad (Spinach Salad with Salmon, Avocado and Blueberries.)
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cocktails, Dairy-free, Entertaining, Gluten-free, Quick and easy, Sweets, Vegetarian
Check out Ali's recipes here.
14. My New Roots
My first introduction to My New Roots was during my year of experimenting with going gluten-free. The experiment lasted about a year before I succumbed to my bread and pasta loving ways. I discovered Sarah Britton’s website and her recipe for Life-Changing Loaf of Bread and I was so grateful for this delicious recipe. Gluten-free or not, this is a great loaf of dense, seedy, nutty, healthy bread. It makes delicious toast, particularly when spread with a little butter and jam. Sarah is a Holistic Nutritionist who focuses on plant-based recipes. My New Roots provides a lot of education for healthy eating and cooking and Sarah’s photography is beautiful and inspiring. Sarah has published a cookbook entitled My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes For Every Season.
Categories: Gluten-free, Seasonal, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Sarah's recipes here.
15. Closet Cooking
Kevin Lynch is the author of Closet Cooking. He began cooking simply because he was tired of eating boring food. He jumped into cooking with both feet and chronicles his prolific culinary efforts in his tiny kitchen. His photographs are bright, colorful and mouth-watering. Take a look at his No Crust Pepperoni Pizza and Creamy Mushroom and Brie Soup. Kevin offers a bundle of e-cookbooks, some healthy, like Summer Salads and Tasty Soups and some very guy-friendly titles like Melty Grilled Cheese and Game Day Party Food.
Categories: Comfort, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Opulent, Quick and easy
Check out Kevin's recipes here.
16. Spoon Fork Bacon
This is a joint effort by photographer Teri Lyn Fisher and food stylist Jenny Park. They have a fun site full of tasty food with great categories such as Every Day Recipes, Party Food, Best Ever and Happy Hour. Their Breakfast Tart and Green Chilaquiles look good enough for dinner to me and I can’t wait to try their Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonic in my quest for the world’s best G & T’s. They have published a cookbook called The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take On Recipes For Morning, Noon and Night.
Categories: Cocktails, Entertaining, Opulent, Seasonal, Sweets, Whole foods
Check out Teri & Jenny's recipes here.
17. Not Without Salt
Ashly Rodriguez began her culinary career plating fancy desserts at Spago’s in Beverly Hills. Her plans to become a pastry chef changed and she moved to Washington to raise a family. She wrote a cookbook to celebrate her new lifestyle called Date Night In which provides a roadmap for creating your own at home date nights. Ashly’s Arroz Con Pollo With Chanterelles makes for a great weeknight one-pot meal and her Dutch Apple Pie With Muscovado Toffee Sauce looks like an indulgence none of us should miss. Oh, and did I mention her food photography is fabulous?
Categories: Baking, Cocktails, Entertaining, Quick and easy, Seasonal, Sweets, Whole foods
Check out Ashly's recipes here.
18. Cookie and Kate
Kate is a vegetarian blogger and Cookie is her very cute rescue dog. Kate does vegetarian, particularly baked goods, breakfast and cocktails very well. Her entrees provide a roadmap for adding more Meatless Mondays to your life. I love her Asparagus Frittata and her Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria. Brunch anyone?
Categories: Breakfast, Cocktails, Entertaining, Seasonal, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Kate's recipes here.
19. Love and lemons
Created by Austin couple, Jack and Jeanine, their mostly plant-based recipes are a study in “how to eat your colors.” Their recipes are beautifully shot and inspiring. Ingredient lists are not too complicated and instructions are clear. They provide good notes on ingredients, instructions and variations. If you are looking to jack up your produce intake, this is the site for you. Start with their Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce.
Categories: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Jack & Jeanine's recipes here.
Shutterbean is a food and photography blog created by Tracy Benjamin. She combines beautiful photography, recipes and snippets of her daily life. I am drooling over her Baked Corn and Tomato Risotto and Candied Ginger Bacon.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cocktails, Gluten-free, Opulent, Quick and easy, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Tracy's recipes here.
21. Half Baked Harvest
Written by wunderkind Tieghan Gerard, who started her blog at 16, this blog will grab you and pull you in. You are going to want to make her Simple Baked Italian Oregano Meatballs and her Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup. Don’t miss the barn she renovated that serves as her studio and workspace. Tieghan is a gal to keep your eye on. I am sure her creativity has just begun.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Entertaining, Gluten-free, Opulent, Slow-cooker, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Tieghan's recipes here.
22. Oh My Veggies
Easy, seasonal, vegetarian food is the focus of Oh My Veggies. Kiersten Frase is the founding editor and works with a team of editors, photographers and contributors. Oh My Veggies includes an extensive array of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan recipes and a very cute, but instructional series of illustrated “How To’s” like A Hamster Shows You How to Make Miso Soup and A Debonair Cat Shows You How To Chiffonade. The recipes are designed to celebrate vegetarian ingredients and not to impersonate meat. Check out Asian Lettuce Wraps and Beer-Marinated Mushroom Tacos.
Categories: Breakfast, Gluten-free, Quick and easy, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Kiersten's recipes here.
23. I Am a Food Blog
Stephanie cooked and ate everything in Momofuku cookbook, one of my favorite cook books. What a delicious way to spend your time and up your cooking game! Stephanie features fun, easy and modern comfort food, with a nod towards Asian flavors because as she says, “they are just so darn delicious.” Stephanie’s Spicy Chicken Meatballs And Grilled Cheese Skewers combine two of my favorite comfort foods and her Vietnamese Fish Tacos With Quick-Pickled Carrots And Daikon make for an easy weeknight meal. Stephanie also publishes a cookbook called Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook.
Categories: Asian, Cocktails, Comfort, Entertaining, Opulent, Quick and easy, Sweets
Check out Stephanie's recipes here.
24. Paleo Leap
If you are interested in paleo eating and lifestyle this site is a wonderful resource. More than recipes, it includes education on the benefits of eating a paleo diet, exercise and sleep. In addition to their free content they offer a 30-day paleo program to help you plan, shop and prepare a month of paleo food.
Categories: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low-carb, Paleo, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Paleo Leap's recipes here.
25. Lottie and Doof
The site Lottie and Doof comes to us from Chicago and is written by Tim Mazurek, a witty writer and obvious lover of all things food. The name Lottie and Doof is first about his grandmother who ironically was not inspired by her kitchen and second, “doof” is food spelled backwards. Tim’s food is beautifully photographed and I particularly enjoy the way he writes about what inspires him in the kitchen. Check out his Toasted Barley Risotto with Spinach and Herb Puree and his Chile-Cumin Lamb Meatballs With Yogurt and Cucumber. He also has a great Chicago Guide for planning your next trip to the windy city.
Categories: Baking, Cocktails, Entertaining, Sweets, Writing style
Check out Tim's recipes here.
26. 5 Second Rule
Cheryl Sternman is a Silicon Valley based food writer. She writes for many food magazines and recently published Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at How to Make, Bake, Sip and Chill the World’s Healthiest Food, a gorgeous book that will expand your yogurt world whether you make your own or use store-bought. 5 Second Rule is a well-written blog that is woven together with personal stories, a definitive point of view and yes, of course, great recipes. I like her Avocado, Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad and her Inverted Caramelized Apple Muffins.
Category: Writing Style
Check out Cheryl's recipes here.
27. Noble Pig
Noble Pig was started by Cathy Pollak as something to distract her from the hard labor and slow progress she was making when she first cleared land to start her vineyard. I’m glad she felt in need of distraction. Cathy’s recipes are enticing with wonderful step-by-step photography, but what I like best about the Noble Pig are Cathy’s entertaining posts, and particularly her supper club posts. Cathy knows how to entertain and she is not afraid to go over the top. Check out her wild Easter table setting. Cathy is a mom in the thick of raising a family and she is comfortable discussing a variety of subjects from picky eaters to her 13-year old son’s decorating style. Check out her recipe for Sticky Asian Chicken Spaghetti, which is a great ruse for getting your family to eat more broccoli!
Categories: Breakfast, Cocktails, Entertaining, Grilling, Kid-friendly, Slow-cooker, Sweets, Vegetarian, Writing-style
Check out Noble Pig's recipes here.
28. The Beeroness
Jackie Dodd marries her love of good food and craft beer in her website The Beeroness. Jackie’s food is food I know my sons will love. I know what I’m cooking the next time they are home. Take a look at her Stout Bolognese, Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers and Epic Chocolate Stout Cake with Chocolate Bourbon Sour Cream Frosting. Jackie has published two cookbooks: The Craft Beer Cookbook and Craft Beer Bites Cookbook.
Categories: Baking, Comfort, Entertaining, Opulent, Quick and easy, Sweets, Vegetarian
Check out Jackie's recipes here.
29. The First Mess
A Savior Magazine Best Food Blog 2014 Editor’s Choice winner of Best Special Diet’s Blog, The First Mess is written by Laura Wright, a Canadian chef who has worked in restaurants and comes from an agricultural family. Laura focuses on seasonal, fresh, local and natural ingredients. If your goal is to increase your intake of vegetables, her site will lead the way. Try her Busy Lady Bowl and Easy Ginger Miso Gravy, Mushroom and Stout Pot Pies with Sweet Potato Crusts and vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Salty Date Caramel and Coconut Cream.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Opulent, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Laura's recipes here.
30. Seven Spoons
Tara O’Brady is a Canadian food blogger who started her blog 10 years ago with the idea of cataloging her recipes as an online recipe file. Ten years later she is a widely acclaimed and award-winning blogger who has a deep list of baked goods and dessert eye candy, as well as savory options. I am partial to her Chorizo and Lentil Soup and her Espresso and Chocolate Fondants. Her recently published cookbook Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes For Any And Every Day has become a national bestseller.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Comfort, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Sweets
Check out Tara's recipes here.
31. A Couple Cooks
Husband and wife team Sonja and Alex started their blog to document their transition from a diet of processed food to healthy home cooked, mostly vegetarian Mediterranean-style meals. Their professional photography, graphic design and technical writing make this website shine. Take a look at their Tomato Artichoke Soup.
Categories: Breakfast, Entertaining, Mediterranean, Opulent, Quick and easy, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Sonja and Alex's recipes here.
32. Oh Lady Cakes
Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free and sometimes raw recipes never looked so gorgeous. Ashlae’s irreverent approach to food, blogging and travel will capture your attention and persuade you to try her on-the-edge creative recipes. For something healthy try her Baked Pumpkin and Tofu With Kale, or Broccoli and Sunflower Seed Ravioli With Cashew Vodka Sauce. For something a little naughtier I can’t get her Chocolate Mousse Pie With Peanut Butter Whip and Pretzel Crust out of my mind.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Comfort, Opulent, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Ashlae's recipes here.
33. The Faux Martha
This website is a great read for anyone who has been intimidated by Martha Stewart-esque food and lifestyles. Melissa gave her website a tongue-in-cheek name based on her childhood nickname, Martha. A self-described minimalist, her cooking strategy is minimalistic during the week and more expansive on the weekends. She loves whole food and doesn’t eschew milk, cream, eggs, butter or flour. She offers great meal planning posts for busy weeknights, such as her Back To School Dinner Ideas, and does baked goods and cocktails really will. Check out her Sweet Potato Taco Soup, Mambo Taxi Margarita and her Hummingbird Cake.
Categories: Baked, Kid-friendly, Quick and easy, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Melissa's recipes here.
34. Reclaiming Provincial
Reclaiming Provincial is a food blog by Carey Nershi, based out of Burlington Vermont. Carey has a farm-centric focus on real, mostly, but not exclusively, vegetarian food. Take a look at her Chickpea and Pomegranate Dip and her Flourless Mexican Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.
Categories: Baking, Opulent, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole Foods
Check out Carey's recipes here.
35. The Kitchy Kitchen
Claire Thomas’ lifestyle blog covers all the good things: cooking, travel and fashion. She does desserts particularly well. Check out her Epic Pistachio Layered Cake garnished with profiteroles! It is way over the top, but just the thing if you want to really impress. She does savory really well too. I’m drooling over her Vietnamese Inspired Grilled Eggplant & Leek Salad. Claire has published a cookbook The Kitchy Kitchen New Classics For Delicious Living.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cocktails, Comfort, Entertaining, Opulent, Quick and easy, Sweets
Checkout Claire's recipes here.
36. Souvlaki For The Soul
Peter is an Australian food blogger of Greek heritage who combines his love for food, travel and photography in his blog Souvlaki For The Soul. His photography is generous, bold and beautifully lit. My mouth is watering for his “Greek-ified” Pumpkin Soup with Feta Dumplings and his three different recipes for Fried Saganaki Cheese. But his repertoire goes way beyond Greek. See his Asian Mushroom Noodle Salad and his Orange, Ouzo and Pistashio Cake.
Categories: Baking, Comfort, Entertaining, Greek, Mediterranean, Opulent, Sweets, Vegetarian
Checkout Peter's recipes here.
37. Brooklyn Supper
Brooklyn Supper is the collaboration of Elizabeth Stark and Brian Campbell who chronicle seasonal recipes for the food they source from local producers and CSA’s. They have relocated from Brooklyn to Charlottesville, Virginia, but continue their focus on seasonal local produce. Brooklyn Supper was the Editor’s Choice in Saveur Magazine’s Blog 15 Awards for Most Delicious Food. The food is gorgeously shot and mouthwatering. Take a gander at their Roasted Zucchini and Fennel Dip with Chipotle Tabasco. Brooklyn Supper offers a weekly recipe guide based on the contents of their CSA share. If you’ve ever wondered what am I going to do with all this squash when you open your CSA box, this is the site for you.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Entertaining, Mediterranean, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Elizabeth & Brian's recipes here.
38. A Thought For Food
Like many food bloggers, Brian started A Thought For Food as a way to share his recipes and photographs with family and friends. He is a self-proclaimed pescaterian that occasionally succumbs to bacon. A Thought For Food is a great place to discover new fish recipes. Try his Chimichurri Shrimp With Lime Herb Rice or Baked Branzini with Brown Butter Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cocktails, Entertaining, Opulent, Sweets, Vegetarian
Check out Brian's recipes here.
39. For The Love Of The South
Raised in Cajun Country, Amber Wilson had dreamed of working for NASA, and on the eve of receiving a job offer, reversed course and instead followed her passion for Southern food. I love the stories and history behind her recipes. Try her Smothered Okra, Chicken Sausage Gumbo or Roasted Pecan King Cake With Buttermilk Icing.
Categories: Baked, Comfort, Southern, Sweet, Writing style
Check out Amber's recipes here.
40. Two Red Bowls
Attorney by trade and food blogger by passion, I don’t know how Cynthia does it. Her photography is stunning and her culinary repertoire is varied. She has a knack for sweets and a slant towards Asian food, particularly Korean food. She doesn’t shy away from long ingredient lists or complex preparations, but will inspire you to try something truly new and different. Take a look at her Pumpkin Bars with Maple Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting or her Charred Corn With Miso Butter, Bacon and Garlic Scrapes.
Categories: Asian, Baking, Entertaining, Sweets, Whole foods
Check out Cynthia's recipes here.
41. In Erika’s Kitchen
Erika’s tagline says it all: “Family + Friends + Food = Life.” Erika has been blogging since 2008 and her site is dense with a wide variety of recipes. I particularly like her recipes that involve her sons in the kitchen, such as Thai Fish Stew and Zucchini Puffs. She has recently added more grain-free recipes that I find particularly interesting like her Grain-free Paleo Cheese Crackers and Paleo Fried Chicken With Almond Crust.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Comfort, Entertaining, Gluten-free, Kid-friendly, Quick and easy, Vegetarian
Check out Erika's recipes here.
42. Dolly and Oatmeal
Dolly and Oatmeal is a blog started by Brooklyn-based Lindsey Love to share her gluten-free, dairy-free recipes. Beautifully photographed and vegetable-rich, her recipes will enhance anyone’s diet. Try her Turmeric Miso Soup With Shiitakes, Turnips and Sopa Noodles for a very healthy soup or her Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Romesco and Herby Black Quinoa.
Categories: Breakfast, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Lindsey's recipes here.
43. The Yellow House
Sarah Searle works in international public health by day and in her free time writes about “cooking, food, culture, rurality, gardening, travel” and whatever else strikes her fancy. This is definitely a philosophical site centered on things grown in the earth, with the occasional egg, chicken, bacon or goat cheese thrown in for diversity. I love Sarah’s writing and the way her daytime career adds perspective to her point of view. Take a look at her Charred Carrots With Griddled Goat Cheese and Coconut Lemon Macaroons, but don’t forget to just enjoy her writing.
Categories: Breakfast, Baking, Comfort, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods, Writing style
Check out Sarah's recipes here.
44. Family Spice
I love learning about new foods and eating dishes from other countries. Laura Bashar at Family Spice does many things well, but has a particular bent towards Persian food. She left her career as a graphic designer and marketing executive to raise her children and turned to blogging as a creative outlet. Her food is beautifully styled and shot, the recipes are clearly written and she offers good alternatives to difficult-to-find ingredients. Check out her beautiful Persian Yogurt and Eggplant. She also makes gorgeous fruit enhanced cocktails. See her Strawberry Lime Salty Dog and her Sake Mojito. Laura collaborated with Mary Platis of California Greek Girl to write Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil.
Categories: Cocktails, Entertaining, Mediterranean, Opulent, Persian, Seasonal, Sweets, Whole foods
Check out Laura's recipes here.
45. A Brown Table
This award-winning blog is the creation of Nik Sharma, who left his career in the pharmaceutical industry to explore his passion for food. As a pastry chef in training Nik has an enormous collection of beautiful desserts, but he also does very well in the savory department. Take a look at his Berry Lime and Cardamom Spring Cake, Chicken Sweet Corn Soup and Homemade Tandoori Chicken.
Categories: Baking, Entertaining, Indian, Opulent, Sweets
Check out Nik's recipes here.
46. Slim Palate
This website chronicles the journey of Joshua Weissman, who candidly shares his struggles, victories and peace making with food. At 15 he was substantially overweight with accompanying health problems and made up his mind to shed 100 pounds by embracing a paleo diet. His website and his Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook have been inspirational to many. In a recent post he shared that over the past year he purposefully regained 70 pounds of lean muscle after realizing his weight loss focus had morphed into unhealthy body dysmorphia. I’m rooting for this focused young man and his effort to find food balance and health. His recipes and whole food philosophy are inspiring. Check out his Paleo, Pesto and Prosciutto Pizza that uses a grain-free crust and Sautéed Radishes with Bacon and Rosemary.
Categories: Baking, Gluten-free, Low-carb, Paleo, Quick and easy, Sweets, Whole foods
Check out Joshua's recipes here.
47. The Tomato Tart
The Tomato Tart is a gluten-free food blog by Sabrina Modelle. Sabrina made the switch to gluten-free after some health issues. She is located in Sacramento, the heart of Californian Farm-to-Fork philosophy. She is a first generation American in a French family with a grandmother who was a chef in Biarritz. Sabrina’s site has great gluten-free recipes and tutorials for items many GF people miss, like her Flakey, All Butter, Gluten-Free Pie Crust. Her Blood Orange Marmalade conjures up all kinds of possibilities from a slather on simple toast, to dressing up crostini, to panna cotta topping. Take a gander at her gluten-free and paleo Barbecue Roast Beef with Cherry Relish which is made on the barbecue. It is calling my name.
Categories: Baking, Gluten-free, Paleo, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Sabrina's recipes here.
48. The Candid Appetite
LA photographer and food lover, Jonathan Melendez’s The Candid Appetite is a tribute to all things food. He is not squeamish about fried foods, sugar or fat. His pictures are colorful, whimsical and enticing. He provides wonderful step-by-step photography so you never get lost when making one of his recipes. Try his Chicken Meatball Tortilla Soup or one of his more decadent concoctions, Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cocktails, Gluten-free, Opulent, Sweets, Vegetarian
Check out Jonathan's recipes here.
49. My Blue and White Kitchen
Sini draws culinary inspiration from her childhood in Finland and her travels backpacking the world. Her food is simple, fresh and Nordic-inspired. Her Salmon Salad with Wasabi Dressing and her Toscakaka - Nordic Caramel Almond Cake look divine!
Categories: Baking, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Sini's recipes here.
Ali Mafucci discovered spiralized vegetables through her mother. The first time she made a spiralized dish her boyfriend, now husband said “You should quit your job and build a community around this.” Two months later she did just that. I met Ali when she commented on one of my first zoodle recipes. I immediately bought her book Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables Into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals and learned that spiralized food went way beyond zucchini noodles. Spiralizing is a delicious strategy for increasing your plant intake and reducing carbs, and nobody does it better than Ali.
Categories: Gluten-free, Low-carb, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Ali's recipes here.
51. Dinner Was Delicious
I love the name “Dinner Was Delicious.” This quirky, irreverent, food-obsessed site is a collaboration between Chicago-based writer Rachael Adams and photographer Lucy Hewett. They recently attended something fabulous called Eat Retreat that sounds a little like nirvana to me. I love their in-your-face, over-the-top recipes including: Pumpkins Stuffed With Everything Good, Strawberry Pretzel Salad and Cauliflower Gratin With Ham Breadcrumbs. As you would expect, they take the same flamboyant approach with their cocktails. See their fully-loaded Bloody Mary spiked with a good splash of stout and Beergarita Popsicles With Smoky Chili Salt. Warning -- if you have sensitive ears, this is not the site for you.
Categories: Baking, Cocktails, Opulent, Quick and easy, Sweets , Vegetarian
Check out Rachel & Lucy's recipes here.
52. California Greek Girl
Mary Platis is an educator, chef, cookbook writer, cooking instructor, food blogger and caterer. She collaborated with Laura Bashar on their book Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil. Mary looks to her Greek heritage for a healthy eating lifestyle that is reflected in her blog and her cookbook, where she advocates physical activity, communal eating, naps, social activity and the occasional glass of wine. How can you go wrong with that? Check out her Roasted Cauliflower with Blood Orange Olive Oil or her Zucchini Olive Oil Muffins With Berries and Fruit.
Categories: Entertaining, Greek, Mediterranean, Quick and easy, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Mary's recipes here.
53. Bona Fide Farm Food
Tom Hirschfeld has an interesting life story that includes photojournalist, concrete worker, truck driver, culinary degree, restaurant worker, almost restaurant owner and stay-at-home dad. He started Bona Fide Farm Food to showcase his recipes and photography. Tom shares recipes, writing and photography and professional cooking tips. Check out his Seared Cauliflower Steaks With Salsa Verde and Almonds and his Greek Shrimp in Tomato Sauce + 10 Tips for Better Sautéing.
Categories: Comfort, Entertaining, Opulent, Technique, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Tom's recipes here.
54. Food by Mars
Focused on clean, healthy recipes based on seasonal ingredients. Alison Marras modified her diet to deal with health issues and found blogging about her food helps her adhere to a healthier diet. Her blog incorporates a mix of healthy diets including gluten-free, lactose-free and vegetarian, but does not exclude meat. Mars employs clean ingredients with straightforward instructions. Her Roasted Garlic Soup with Mushrooms, made with coconut milk and turmeric looks divine and just what the doctor ordered.
Categories: Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Alison's recipes here.
55. Chocolate and Marrow
Brooke Basse’s beautiful photography will inspire you to cook her seasonal, savory, sweet, Southern-influenced and sometimes decadent recipes. Cooking is clearly in her blood as her grandmother is the narrator on Great Chefs. Check out her Bread Salad w/Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraiche Dressing.
Categories: Breakfast, Cajun, Cocktails, Entertaining, Opulent, Seasonal, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole foods
Check out Brooke's recipes here.
56. Jessica Burns
Jessica dedicates her site to her mother who inspired her to cook. Jessica has a flare for entertaining and has a nice collection of recipes as well as posts on flower arranging, event design and celebrating in general. Try her Pulled Pork with Apricot Molasses Barbecue Sauce.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Comfort, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Opulent, Quick and easy, Sweets
Check out Jessica's recipes here.
57. Salt House
Salt House is a lifestyle blog by Sarah Ashley Schiear. Sarah excels at entertaining and you can peruse her blog for beautiful party themes, ideas and recipes. I was looking for Halloween recipes and came across one of her posts entitled “A Halloween Menu That Doesn’t Suck.” I instantly liked Ashly, because I agree there is a ton of Halloween junk on the Internet that totally sucks. Check out her beautiful and healthy Roasted Carrots With Avocado and Black Garlic for a healthy Halloween alternative. Ashley does great table settings, gorgeous cocktails and amazing aprons.
Categories: Cocktails, Entertaining, Opulent, Whole foods
Check out Ashley's recipes here.
58. The Feisty Kitchen
Natasha began a paleo and gluten-free diet to address a history of poorly diagnosed health issues that eventually led her to a Hashimoto’s diagnosis. She attributes a gluten-free, paleo and low-carb diet to huge improvements in her health. Her blog is a creative outlet for sharing her healthy recipes. Her enticing photography will inspire you to cook. Natasha’s recipe instructions are clear and unintimidating. Check out her recipe for Vietnamese Pork Meatballs.
Categories: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low-carb, Paleo, Whole foods
Check out Natasha's recipes here.
I met Rafaella at a Blogher Food conference a couple years ago. Rafaella is a Cordon Bleu trained baker. Her food is gorgeously shot all on an IPhone. Rafaella knows baking inside and out, her cooking has a Mediterranean and Lebanese slant and she leans heavily on her garden for ingredients. One of her specialties is breakfast, which she highlights in a series called “Ode to breakfast.” Check out her Tomato, Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart or her Lemon Yogurt Cake.
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Entertaining, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Sweets, Whole foods
Check out Rafaella's recipes here.
60. Best Drink Recipes
If you are looking to up your cocktail game, this is the site for you. The site offers recipes, how-to videos and podcasts by Eliah Mountjoy and Will Wernick. I find the videos particularly helpful in learning new bartending skills like when to lightly shake and dump a drink vs. a vigorous all-out, arm jiggling, over-the-head shaking. Best Drink Recipes will add to your cocktail repertoire. Next up on my list is their Italian Paloma made with Aperol, tequila, lime and grapefruit juice. Yum!
Categories: Cocktail, Entertaining
Check out Eliah and Will's recipes here.
These 60 amazing food bloggers have put their heart, soul, kitchen, families and an enormous mountain of dirty dishes into their craft. They bring an abundance of talent to their work including: cooking, food styling, photography, writing, technology and internet savvy.
Some are making a decent living with their efforts and others are doing it simply because they love the art and joy of cooking. I hope you enjoy their perspective, talent and generosity.
I am very confident they will answer the perennial question, “What do I make for dinner tonight?”
What food bloggers provide your inspiration?