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Blogosphere's menu full of food
By Janet Keeler, Times food and travel editor
Published October 10, 2007
These days, anyone with a computer can be a food writer.
The Internet is overflowing with food diaries, or blogs, where writers share their views, and often photos, about the food they eat, takeout or homemade. There is commentary on the way we eat, how our food is grown, cookbooks and magazines, chefs we know by name, cooking techniques and equipment. And Spam. The food, not the unwanted e-mail.
The nature of the blog is a bit mysterious. Sometimes it takes some digging to find out who the writer is. Often they just divulge a first name. That doesn't keep them from getting famous in blogosphere, where a clever name (Smittenkitchen) has more cachet than whatever name Mom came up with (Deb).
For our time, the best food blogs make us laugh or tell us something we didn't know. Here's a handful that do one or the other, or both.
Jaden Hair's kitchen is steamy all right, what with all those sensuous food photos and provocative shots of her. But it's also pretty funny. Especially when Hair, who teaches cooking classes in the Tampa Bay area, puts her head on the bodies of celebrity chefs. See her as a naughty Rachael Ray in the infamous FHM photo shoot or as a beclogged Mario Batali on a parody book cover. It's all great fun with seriously good recipes, many of them a nod to Hair's Asian heritage.
The explainer: "Fresh, hot, delicious food content served up daily."
Ed Levine and his cadre of contributors aim to keep us informed and entertained about anything having to do with food. TV chef and restaurateur Mario Batali is a regular commentator. You can't help feeling smarter after a quick run through this site. For instance, did you know that boxer Evander Holyfield will be challenging George Foreman with his own grilling machine? It will be called the Real Deal Grill.
Amanda and Tyler live in San Diego. They like to cook, take photos of what they make and banter about it in "he-said-she-said" style. Nobody can go on and on like them about meatballs, pork ribs or whatever. Luckily, the back-and-forth is entertaining. Better yet, Amanda shares her recipes, many of them original.
The explainer: "Devouring the food chain one bite at a time."
Sam Fromartz, journalist and author (Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How they Grew) deconstructs the business behind the organic food movement. This is a good jumping off spot for other blogs about sustainable agriculture and how (and how far away) our food is grown. Prepare to do some deep thinking.
There's a lot to take in on this site written by a team of foodies. It may have been a grass roots blog at one time but now it's quite corporate with lots of advertising, which suggests a ton of people are looking at it. Nevertheless, there's goofy commentary to be read including a recent post about the "Tornado Potato," a spiral cut potato on a stick photographed on a street in Seoul, South Korea. "This is what we need more of: food shaped like weather events."
Professional chef Shuna Fish Lydon has some serious cooking chops. On her resume are stints at Mesa Grill, Bolo and Gramercy Tavern in New York plus French Laundry, Bouchon and Citizen Cake on the West Coast. She's a freelancer now, so she has plenty of time to give advice to fledgling chefs and write food poetry. For example, her thoughts on a busy kitchen: "We are a ballet and a mosh pit./A platoon and an Olympic team./Tournament and Be In./Welcome to my home. Allow me to feed you delectable elixirs/ and sublime flavors tinged with evocative perfumes."
The explainer: "Exploring cookbooks, one recipe at a time"
San Francisco photographer and writer Heidi Swanson has a lot of cookbooks and for about five years, she has been sharing her favorite recipes from them. There's always a gorgeous photo plus interesting commentary about the recipe and the cookbook. The site has won many awards and gets tons of hits. You know that when a recipe for Cottage Cheese Muffins elicits 51 comments.
Chief blogger Deb's real kitchen is just 80 square feet on the fourth floor of an 1870 New York walkup. In those cramped quarters she makes some impressive food, including bagels. Who would make their own bagels with the variety that can be bought in New York? Someone who is really smitten by food. Her enthusiasm is catching. Thank husband Alex for the fantastic photos.
Kalyn Denny of Salt Lake City lost 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet and shares the recipes, some original, that helped her reach her goal. Besides cooking, she also ferrets out interesting low-carb products, such as the peppadew feta dip she found at Costco. Kalyn's level-headed and so is this blog. Very informative.
The explainer: "Eclectic reporting on all things food."
Tom Hughes and Meredith Sayles Hughes write this blog as on offshoot of Foodmuseum.com. If something is happening in the food world, they report it with their own spin. Recent blog postings are interesting because the Albuquerque, N.M., couple was in St. Petersburg. They wonder why they can't find much Florida seafood at the grocery store and drool over a visit to "legendary" Mazzaro's Italian Market on 22nd Avenue N.