Whether you’re an accomplished chef or attempting to make your very first meal in the kitchen, the Web is chock full of inspiration to fuel your culinary creations. Here’s a list of the 10 Best Cooking Blogs to help you on your gastronomic journey.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Cooking Channel, the sister channel to Food Network, which features fan favorites Giada DeLaurentiis, Emeril Lagasse and Paula Deen, as well as newcomers Chuck Hughes and Nadia G — just to name a few. The network’s blog makes featured recipes easy to find, categorizing them by interest. If your top goal this year is to lose weight, check out the Meal Makeover section.
Do you enjoy home cooked meals? (Who doesn’t?!) Then, head over to The Italian Dish, which showcases kitchen adventures in delicious Italian food. The recipes are easy to follow and accompanied by beautiful, mouthwatering photographs. A tried and tested dish perfect for the cold winter months: Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Pancetta.
Don’t be misled, Lemons & Anchovies is so much more than its name suggests. A top Foodbuzz publisher, this blog regales readers with interesting travel tales while cooking up healthy, rustic comfort food. This Roasted Tomato Soup will keep you warm all winter and, no, it doesn’t contain any lemon or anchovies.
If it’s down-home goodness you’re after, check out the musings of Ezra Poundcake. Not only is the name super clever, the recipes are of equal brilliance and will leave you begging for more. From decadent desserts to Meatless Monday to reviews of kitchen gadgets and products in “Things We Love,” this one’s got it all. For a can’t-miss dessert, try the Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Bars.
As its name suggests, blogger Heidi Swanson not only whips up recipes from her 101 cookbooks, she’s also got a couple of her own — Super Natural Cooking and Super Natural Every Day. The blog 101 Cookbooks, her “recipe journal,” features healthy, good-for-you dishes made from natural ingredients that are illustrated with original, imaginative photography. Need proof? Here’s a Mac and Cheese recipe (infused with broccoli and basil) you can feel not so guilty about eating.
Smitten Kitchen just had to be featured among the best cooking blogs for its fun, fresh, seasonal recipes, tongue-in-cheek writing and luscious photography — all cooked up in a tiny Manhattan apartment kitchen. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to warm up on a cold winter’s day with these Mini Key Lime Tarts?
Trying to cook your own meals, eat healthy and save money? Then, check out Pinch My Salt, a blog that offers fun recipes featuring fresh ingredients. This Butternut Squash Hash with Mexican Chorizo and Eggs looks like the perfect Sunday brunch dish for a cold winter day.
There’s a popular notion that if you’re a great cook, you’re probably not a great baker — and vice versa. This blog proves you can be both! Written by a self-proclaimed foodie, recipes are presented with step-by-step instructions and scrumptious photos. Don’t miss these delightful (and easy) Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting – the most e-mailed recipe on the site.
9. The FN Dish (Food Network)
A list of cooking blogs would not be complete without Food Network’s FN Dish. After all, Food Network is, arguably, the source for all things food. At FN Dish, you’ll find the best of the best – cooking heavyweights Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Rachel Ray, among others — as well as recipes featured in Food Network Magazine. Go ahead, take a look at the America’s Best: Top 10 Comfort Foods.
Ever wondered what life would be like on the frontier? Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks is an intriguing — and downright delectable — glimpse into life on a ranch. From the simple, comforting recipes to the instructive, yet artful photos, it’s easy to fall for this one. She’ll have you at Twice Baked Potatoes.
From appetizers to desserts, these 10 blogs are great sources of inspiration for all of your kitchen adventures. Do you have a favorite?
Lisa Camerlengo is The Rescue Baker (@TheRescueBaker), a blogger on a mission to “rescue” non-bakers one at a time, and make baking easy and fun again.