Updated September 2006
When I began writing The Cooks Cottage, I had not read a single other blog, let alone a food blog. I knew nothing of the blog world and even less about the Food Blog World. My main interest was to learn the basics required to express myself and within a few days I was up and running.
It was exhilarating to have no interfering hand in the process of publication. I did what I liked with the pictures, had fun with language and often made statements which I might have held back in the intimidating and long lasting world of print.
I mean have you ever been in a dentist's office and read about someone or something you know, in a vague little article written 7 years ago in a faded magazine , kept for anxious readers waiting for the worst, and realising nothing can be worse than the story of someones life or something which is very old hat, written by a novice, in an ancient magazine. Can you hear the sound of toothless laughter emanating from that sanitised grey coldness of the waiting room?
So my spat is over with magazines editors who want " no 'gyan' (knowledge), just recipes", those being the very words of one of them.
Now several months later I realise I have been on a journey of discovery without taking a breath. Finding and devouring wonderful food blogs written by people with a passion and often a great sense of humour.
Things are not terrible earthshaking in the world of cooking. I mean the worst that can happen is that a souffle collapses or the bread burns, the rice becomes pulp and the curry solidifies. All quite shreikworthy but controllable disasters. Cooking to share just feels really good. And the greater the number to share with the more heartwarming it is.
I am taking a breather here to list some of the best blogs, ones I keep returning to, for inspiration, a daily dose of laughter, observations about ingredients, interesting slices of history and culture, or a recipe beautifully laid out with mouthwatering photographs. Plus many new food blogs worth getting to know.
P.S. all the blogs about Indian food are listed in chilli red.
Anne's Food In her own write-"I just love food. I love reading about food, writing about food, cooking food and.. not surprisingly, eating food.'
A Spoonful of Sugar Angela in Scotland " much prefer(s)getting creative with desserts, breads, cakes and drinks."
Bakingsheet Nic bakes everything..vegan cheesecake, zucchini cornbread..you name it....
Becks & Posh High jinks in California. Meet the inimitable Sam Breach.
BiblioCook Caroline from New Zealand with an Irish slant "It's a much more personal way of learning about food rather than just looking at the bare bones of a recipe. And for me, food is all about context." Loves reading cookbooks as much as cooking.
Brownie Points MCauliflower is a fusion girl!
Chili und Ciabatta Lovely baking blog in German.
Chocolate & Zucchiini The most famous of them all, with a French accent, turns 2 this month.
Chocophile More than you ever wanted to know about chocolate.
Chubby Hubby Musings on food, wine and marriage. Potentially explosive.
Cook Sister Food by the multitalented Jeanne from South Africa.
Cucina Testa Rossa Take a culinary journey through France with Laura.
David Lebovitz Trained at Chez Panisse, leads chocolate and bakery tours in Paris and is a best selling author.
Deep end Dining Daring, Different, Delicious.
Delicious Days Just the most delicious looking site by Nicky and Oliver.
Delicious Delicious A scriptwriter chronicles her life in food.
Dilek'ce Nice Turkish food blog.
Desserts First An Obsession with Desserts-
Edible Tulip Daphne Randall, a chef for an Art Retreat Centre in the hills south of Georgian Bay documents the challenges of cooking for 12 - 30 people daily
Eggbeater "Shuna Fish Lydon can be spotted at any bay area farmer's market buying seasonal fruit, grean leafies, cheese and jam. Having once had an extensive collection of eggbeaters, is down to a few choice favorites, and has sometimes identified strongly with the Luddites ". Now podcasting and doing amazing things.
Eggs to Apples Recipes from a girl who likes to cook from Kate in Michigan.
Epicurious The largest recipe collection. Commercial site. Fairly good Indian recipes with a twist for western taste.
Esurientes Australian food and wine.
Farmgirl Fare Susan follows her dream with an artisan bread bakery on her farm.
Feeding Dexygus Seconds Jottings of a former vegetarian.
Food & Thoughts Zarah Maria , Copenhagen says 'because it might be "just food" - but you have to eat every day, so why not do it well?
Food Blog Kiplog cooks,eats and drinks and his blog is a showcase of recipes, food blogs, restaurants and photography.
Foodcraft Savoury cuisine from Steffles in S'ingapore.
Food, in the Main Shyamala Ramathan Edwards writes from the UK "Former singleton, present wife, future - er, oldie? But always and forever a foodie! "
Food Migration Cindy thinks the world would be a cold, dead place without garlic, ginger, chiles and Nutella.
Hooked on Heat A Indian food blog from Meenakshi in Canada.
I Heart Bacon One of my favourites from Seattle
Il Forno My personal favourite . A great baking blog.
In My Kitchen Nice recipes- check Cashew Chicken Curry Indian style.
Indian Food Just recipes from Nidhi Rai
Indian Home Cooking website of the chef and author Suvir Saran, who promises to give you any recipe you ask for.
In Praise of Sardines Good multicultural and Indian food to be tasted here. Brett (and Namita ) started this blog "to discuss all the foods I crave and the people who grow and harvest them, the cooks that prepare them, the restaurants that serve them and the writers and their cookbooks that describe them.
Is My Blog Burning THE Centre for Food Blog happenings, now beautifully reorganised to make it easy for all interested including beginners .
Jamfaced From Britain, One man and his Kitchen
Kuidaore One of the most beautiful blogs on the sphere.
Leite's Culinaria 'Hot Food, Dry Wit"
(Lima) Beans and Delhi Cha(at) Indian food blog from Delhi
Mahanandi Indira writes about great Indian fare from the U.S.Recipes galore.
Movable Feast Diary of an Itinerant Chef. From Louisa Chiu, a working chef.
Noshetaria Adrienne, foodstylist and caterer writes from Berkeley, California
One Hot Stove Nupur writes about Indian Food and lots more from New York. Always a nice read.
Ono Kine Grindz Reid eats and writes
Oswego Tea Michele in PAris says its all about food
Pastry Life Trials and Tribulations in the life of a pastry student
Saute Wednesday Lots about food in the media.
She who Eats Chica writes from back in Japan, quietly hiding somewhere up there... taking, out of this world, photographs.
Shiokalicious Simply recipes
Snackish From Suebob in California.
Spittoon Andrew writes about wine so well you can taste it ten thousand miles away,especially in places where no wine worth its vine exists.
Taste Everything Once In honour of appetizers.
The Adventures of Pie Queen Freelance foodwriter from Brooklyn
The Delicious Life
The Experimental Kitchen Recipes and techniques for the home chef from Rebecca, a culinary student chef in Vermont
The Passionate Cook -Really good food from an Austrian living in London.
The delicious Life Sarah writes engagingly from L.A.
The Domestic Goddess Needs no introduction! Super
The Fresh Loaf Floyd from Portland, Oregon gives news and information for amateur bakers and artisan bread enthusiasts
The Food Section Josh Friedland writes out of New York City about culinary news, recipes foofd writing and photography.
The Scent of Green Bananas Santos from Guam is fun to read.
Toast Lindy whose toast is always crisp and warm.
Too Many Chefs A blog by Meg in Paris, Barrett in Chicago and Todd A.
Who wants seconds Moira whose favourite words are 'melee' and 'obstreperous' writes a mighty nice blog.
Wine Recipes Lots of fruit and vegetable wine recipes by Carl Cleveland in NSW, Australia. Homemade wine is such fun to make especially when it turns out clear and jewel toned.
Hope all the links work.