How did we ever manage to cook before the arrival of the internet? I suppose we had to rely on cookbooks, cooking tv shows, and knowledge handed down from our grandmothers. Of course, the more daring would experiment in the kitchen, remembering the successes, and mercifully forgetting any culinary disasters.
Nowadays we have a multitude of food blogs offering mouth-watering recipes, suggestions, and vivid photography, sending us straight to the kitchen … or the supermarket. There are hundreds of food blogs to tempt your taste buds. Here are 12 of the best food blogs, offering a variety of food types.
12 of the Best Food Blogs:
1. Love and Lemons
Love and Lemons has been created by Jeanine Donofrio and her husband, Jack Mathews (“#1 taste-tester”). The blog’s name comes from the fact that Jeanine loves seasonal food, often finished off with a squeeze of lemon.
Most of the recipes on the site are vegetarian.
The blog was founded in 2011 and has been recognized by prestigious food magazines like Food & Wine, Food52, Refinery29, SELF Magazine, and Oprah Magazine. It was named Readers’ Choice Best Cooking Blog by Saveur Magazine in 2014 and won a Saveur Editor’s Choice award in 2016.
If you are looking for a recipe, you can filter your search by season, holiday, special diet, meal type, or ingredient. Surprisingly there are only six recipes under the ingredient, lemon.
2. Cookie and Kate
Cookie and Kate is all about celebrating good food. Kate is Kathryne Taylor. Cookie is her dog – which Kate describes as a “mystery mutt,” or as a DNA test found, half schipperke and half dachshund/Australian koolie mix.
Kate is a photographer and cook from Oklahoma. She created the blog in 2010 and now works on it full-time.
Like many of the other top food blogs featured here, Cookie and Kate features vegetarian and whole food recipes.
The site makes it easy to search for recipes. You can look for recipes by Course, Cuisine, Diet, Everyday, Ingredient, or Season.
3. Minimalist Baker
Minimalist Baker is one of those sites where the name says it all. It shares plant-based recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. It publishes a new recipe every three days, with a mixture of savory and sweet dishes.
Dana Shultz is the recipe developer and blogger. She has a deep love for recipe experimentation and food photography. She has even expanded into creating a Essentials of Building a Great Food Blog Course.
Despite the use of the word “baker” in the site’s name, it covers many different types of (predominantly vegan) cooking – sweets, entrees, breakfast, snacks, sides, and beverages.
4. Smitten Kitchen
Smitten Kitchen features delectable images of meals demanding to be eaten. Therefore should be no surprise that Smitten Kitchen has found great popularity with serious food fans.
Smitten Kitchen summarizes itself as being “Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City.” It was created by Deb Perelman who obsessed with the intricacies of food and cooking. As she says on her About page, she loves being able to wake and cook whatever she feels like that day.
The recipes are the heart of this site. There is a particular emphasis on stepped-up comfort foods. The site also includes numerous tutorials on topics as diverse as how to poach an egg and how to make tart doughs that don’t shrink up on you.
Deb makes a point of only using commonly available ingredients.
The Recipes page splits all of the site’s recipes up by type, with additional subdivisions for Fruit, Meat, Sweets, and Vegetables.
5. 101 Cookbooks
Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks focuses on providing healthy everyday recipes. It currently features over 700 vegetarian, whole food, vegan, and instant pot recipes.
Heidi began the blog in 2003 when she looked at her vast collection of cookbooks and decided that it was time to stop collecting and start cooking. She was sick of repeating the same recipes over and over again. She felt it was time to explore the books in her collection.
As Heidi worked her way through her cookbooks, her skills and cooking knowledge improved, and she built her own repertoire of successful recipes.
Nowadays, Heidi chooses and writes about recipes that intersect her life, travels, and everyday interests. Often these are from her cookbook collection, but sometimes not.
Posts/recipes can be organized by categories (e.g., whole grain, vegan, pasta, chocolate, etc), by ingredients, or by season.
6. Budget Bytes
Budget Bytes aims to provide delicious recipes designed for small budgets. It recognizes that we can’t all afford to use expensive ingredients and cook recipes that take hours to prepare. It tries to cater to those with “Instagram taste and a peanut butter budget.”
Budget Bytes is the creation of Beth Moncel. She wants to help people shop, cook, and eat smart. She provides numerous recipes on her blog, along with their cost analysis, preparation time, alternative preparations, and step-by-step photos of each recipe.
Beth has developed six principles to keep her grocery budget low and reduce waste:
- Plan your meals
- Use ingredients wisely
- Portion control
- Don't be afraid of leftovers
- The freezer is your friend
- Shop wisely
7. Closet Cooking
Closet Cooking chronicles Kevin Lynch’s efforts to cook and develop recipes in his closet-sized kitchen. Kevin found cooking became his passion and obsession in his quest never to eat a boring meal again! Kevin considers it fun coming up with creative ways to serve tasty meals from a small kitchen!
Kevin has developed 2,600 recipes since he began the site. He gives pride of place to a Top Recipes section where he highlights his 100 most popular recipes.
Some of his recent posts include:
- Shawarma Seasoning
- Sicilian Pizza
- Strawberry Lemonade Bars
- Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Balls
- Pan Seared Balsamic Strawberry Chicken and Brie
8. Damn Delicious
Damn Delicious is the online home of Chungah Rhee (and her crazy corgi sidekick, Butters). Although Chungah grew up in a traditional Korean household, she comes from Queens and is now based in Los Angeles.
She began sharing her favorite recipes online in 2011 on a Tumblr account which in time grew into her Damn Delicious blog. The site has since attracted a team of individuals working together to create the best possible recipes.
It includes recipes, step-by-step tutorials, and videos showing visitors how they can make quick and easy meals as an everyday cook.
9. Green Kitchen Stories
Green Kitchen Stories features healthy vegetarian recipes by the Swedish-based couple, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. Luise describes herself as the hippie-health-minded one, while David considers himself a vegetarian, food stylist, and photographer.
David and Luise chose the name for their blog to represent their efforts to come up with healthy vegetarian recipes using whole food and organic products. They aim for their recipes to be as simple and pure as possible.
They split their recipes into:
- Breakfast & Brunch
- Main Dishes
- Cakes & Desserts
- Cookies & Sweets
- Drinks, Juices & Shakes
- Side Dishes, Jams, Spreads & Appetizers
10. Serious Eats
As its name suggests, Serious Eats takes a considered approach to the art of cooking. As well as the usual selection of recipes (split into Chicken, Pizza, Cocktails, Pasta, Burgers, Sandwiches, Desserts, and Salad) it includes an extensive section on Techniques. There is an entire section of the website devoted to grilling different types of food.
Serious Eats includes a fascinating Features section. This includes pages ranging from Know Your Ingredients to Food Histories to guides to both steak and eggs.
Serious Eats searches for definitive recipes, demonstrates trailblazing techniques and hard-core science and provides innovative guides to essential food and drink.
The website describes the “serious” in its name as meaning “impressive, audacious, inventive, well-made, or just seriously delicious.” Despite the name, they don’t believe in taking themselves too seriously – just doing things well.
Serious Eats takes pride in not posting a recipe until they are absolutely sure theirs is different from and/or better than anything you’ll find elsewhere.
11. Sprouted Kitchen
Partners, Sara Forte & Hugh Forte, work together to create Sprouted Kitchen. The site is as much about Hugh’s sumptuous food porn photography as it is about Sara’s mouth-watering recipes.
They firmly believe in the benefits of eating seasonally. “A peach from a farmer’s market at the end of August tastes exactly like a peach should.” They aim to make healthy-ish food that fits into your everyday life, using mostly produce, whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sugar alternatives.
Sprouted Kitchen now features an extensive collection of recipes, across a wide range of food categories. There is also an interesting section focusing on the equipment you can use – both cooking equipment used to make the food and the photography equipment Hugh favors.
12. Two Peas & Their Pod
Two Peas & Their Pod is the blog of Maria Lichty and her husband, Josh. They share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. They create recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. The site includes sweet and savory recipes, indulgent and healthy recipes, and recipes for every meal and occasion.
Two Peas & Their Pod is particularly proud of their Cookie section, which currently includes over 200 cookie recipes.
You can search for a recipe by category, occasion, season, or diet.
One unique section of the website is Sweet Peas Meals. This is a paid section of the site where people receive a new meal plan every week. Each meal plan includes six dinner recipes, a shopping list including all the ingredients needed to make each recipe, a guide helping with meal prep throughout the week, and a printable cheat sheet recapping all of the meals for the week. The plans include breakfast & lunch ideas that use similar seasonal ingredients as the dinners.