Some of the best and most interesting food writing appears on personal blogs, especially if you are looking for food and recipes outside of the mainstream. Be warned though, personal blogs are hard to maintain and most successful ones become a joint effort. Make sure you check out the "Blog Roll" on these blogs to find even more blogs!
Food Blog Awards & Directories
Gives an annual best food blog award.
Food at the DailyBuzz
Check out this community of food lovers for links to their blogs. Each day they choose 9 top postings from among hundreds of food blogs. Photography counts.
James Beard Foundation Awards
Awards an annual food blog prize, among many others.
IACP New Media Broadcast Awards
The awards for the best Culinary Blog in 2012 went to:
Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Awards 2012
Their staff reviewed 40,000 individual plugs for websites, narrowing them down to six finalists in seventeen categories. The readers then picked the winner in each category.
Voilà! The Top 40 French Cooking Blogs
It is always nice to peruse cooking blogs. This list was posted on March 14, 2011 by the Culinary Arts College blog and guide.
Selected Food Blogs
You will find other food blogs that deal with specific cuisines or courses (eg baking) on their corresponding pages.
Heidi Swanson is a San Francisco-based photographer, cookbook author, designer who looked at her collection of cookbooks one day in 2003 and decided it was time to stop collecting and start cooking. Her blog has garnered numerous awards and mentions in the food press.
This Bon Appetit blog by Andrew Knowlton was a 2009 finalist for the James Beard Foundation award for a blog focusing on food, beverage, restaurants, or nutrition.
Bay Area Bites
A food blog produced by KQED San Francisco commenting on the food scene in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out the trends.
A former Chez Panisse pastry chef who now lives in Paris.
A Travel/Food blog from Robyn Eckhardt, freelance food and travel writer and David Hagerman, photographer.
The Food Section
Josh Friedland has been blogging The Food Section since July 2003, a pioneering weblog about food, wine, and travel.
Covers the food scene.
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast
This food blog by Hank Shaw was a 2009 finalist for the James Beard Foundation award for a blog focusing on food, beverage, restaurants, or nutrition. It specializes in wild food. He has also written a book: Hunt, Gather, Cook
In My Kitchen Garden
In 1994, at 26, FarmGirl Susan sold her little bakery cafe, packed up 200 boxes of books & antiques, waved goodbye to her native California and moved to a farm in the middle of nowhere (Missouri). This is her Kitchen Garden blog.
James Beard Foundation Blog: Delights & Prejudices
In addition to their own posts, they link to significant food articles in the online media.
David Leite (pronounced leet) is the author of The New Portuguese Table, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. Other well-known contributors also post so there is a variety.
Lettuce Eat Kale
How can you not like a blog with a name like this? Berkeley food writer Sarah Henry posts on school food, urban eats, food banks and other sustainable food issues (Alice Waters and Michael Pollan dominate the tag cloud).
Cleveland native and author/co-author of many books about food and chefs. He has a blogroll of Chefs' blogs.
The Old Foodie
"From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, The Old Foodie gives you 400 words each weekday on a topic related to the day, plus a historic recipe, and sometimes a menu. And how much fun is that!" (Ah, but alas, no photos...)
Katie Parla, a travel writer, food historian, and sommelier based in and around Italy, chases down the best food in Italy and elsewhere in this blog.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
This award-winning blog is written by a woman who lives in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch and whose days are spent "wrangling children, chipping dried manure from boots, washing jeans, and frying calf nuts."
This community food blog will keep you posted on what's happening in the food world, especially in New York City. Related food blogs include "slice" for pizza and "A hamburger today".
Elise Bauer of Carmichael, California started this family recipe blog in 2003. Simply Recipes was voted Best Food Blog Overall in the 2006 Food Blog Awards. Her photos are particularly good.
"What you’ll see here is: A lot of comfort foods stepped up a bit, things like bread and birthday cakes made entirely from scratch and tutorials on everything from how to poach an egg to how to make tart doughs that don’t shrink up on you, but also a favorite side dish (zucchini and almonds) that takes less than five minutes to make...What I’m wary of is: Excessively fussy foods and/or pretentious ingredients."
La Tartine Gourmande
This blog by a French woman living in Boston has stunning food photographs.
Posts by Melissa from Seattle who travels around Europe posting beautiful photographs.
Pittsburgh / Pennsylvania
A Pittsburgh food blog by Jesse Sharrard, a classically trained chef with an English degree.
A blog by four young Pittsburgh women who share a love for food in and around Pittsburgh.
A new food platform created by people in the audience and the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
New cookbook authors are increasingly getting their start by blogging. Want to learn how to food blog? Go to Camp Blogaway!
As the first grassroots cookbook to emerge from social media, The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook features competition-tested recipes from the website Foodista.com. "More than any other type of food writing, food blogging gives us intimate snapshots of a diversity of lives and kitchens."
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
David Lebovitz based this IACP nominated book on his Paris blog.
Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!
McCann started from the Vegan Lunch Box blog. Blogs are great for alternative lifestyles! She has also written Vegan Lunch Box Around the World.
Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen : how one girl risked her marriage, her job, and her sanity to master the art of living
TX649.P66 A3 2005
This is the book based on the blog by Julie Powell that became the Julie and Julia movie.
Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables
Rule has been writing the 5 Second Rule blog since 2007. She arranges this vegetarian cookbook by color. Check out her blogroll.