Home cooks seeking inspiration often turn to cookbooks. In today’s world however, more and more people are turning to online sources for delicious ideas. Food blogs run into the thousands with something for every taste, and for a food blog to be successful and stand out, there must be a passionate voice driving the site. Here is a list of some of the most talented food bloggers — and their sites — based in the USA.
Betty Liu | le jus d’orange
Wanting to record her culinary experiences, Betty Liu created le jus d’orange, a visually beautiful blog — she’s also a professional photographer in Boston – featuring a variety of Chinese recipes along with other delights. Growing up in California, Betty’s mother often squeezed fresh orange juice for her, hence the name. Inspired by her heritage, Betty posts a variety of recipes from authentic Shanghai dishes taught to her by her mother to innovative dishes that may or may not use ingredients typically found in Asian cuisine. Brimming with unique flavors, her blog will inspire anyone wanting to make authentic Chinese fare and other creative dishes.
Brandon Matzek | Kitchen Konfidence
Brandon Matzek loves to challenge himself in the kitchen and hopes to help other home cooks in their quest to do the same; therefore, he started Kitchen Konfidence in 2010. Growing up in an Italian-Eastern European family in New Jersey, Brandon was comfortable — and still is — creating delicious family recipes. When he moved to San Diego, however, Brandon’s culinary world opened up even more with inspiration found all around him, including the seasonal bounty of the area along with the rich cultural neighborhoods. In addition to a diverse selection of recipes, including drinks, all of which are captured beautifully on film, Brandon’s blog also periodically chronicles his travels.
Brooke Bass | Chocolate + Marrow
Recently named a finalist in the ‘Best New Voice’ category of the Saveur Blog Awards 2015, Chocolate and Marrow is a wonderful food blog featuring a diverse selection of decadent recipes by Brooke Bass. Starting her blog at the beginning of 2014, Brooke’s inspiration comes from New Orleans — her hometown — her Cajun grandmother’s cooking, her travels along with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, as she currently resides in Portland. From seasonal dishes to Southern comfort cuisine to breakfast items to vegetarian fare to luscious desserts, there is something for everyone on this delightfully composed and tasty blog.
Deb Perelman | Smitten Kitchen
Smitten Kitchen is one of the most popular food blogs today, with over 800 recipes covering a range of cuisines. Showing that no matter the size of a kitchen — hers is 42 sq. ft. — anyone can create a delicious meal, Deb Perelman is the creative woman behind this blog. Striving to produce meals without the use of ‘pretentious ingredients,’ Deb wants her recipes to be accessible and use ingredients that are readily available. Not only does she provide sweet and savory recipes but also has many tutorials on the blog for those cooks who may not be comfortable with certain techniques. Deb also wrote a cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
Erin Neil | Spoontang Kitchen
Erin Neil is the creative voice behind Spoontang Kitchen. One day a year ago, Erin made the decision to leave her desk job behind along with her hometown in Michigan to follow her passion straight to New York. She immediately applied and enrolled in a culinary school in NYC and created a food blog to give readers a glimpse into her new life as a culinary student, along with tasty recipes. Wanting to teach those who read her blog how to cook, Erin’s posts also feature a variety of techniques that will help them recreate her dishes or inspire them to try their own.
Erika Council | Southern Soufflé
Learning how to make biscuits at the age of four, Erika Council has always had a love for cooking. Growing up in North Carolina and currently in Atlanta, Georgia, with a few years in between in Louisiana, she created her blog, Southern Soufflé, to share her recipes with the masses. Named after her nickname in college, as she was known to serve meals out of her dorm room, Erika’s blog is brimming with comforting, home-style Southern cuisine that is sure to make mouths waters. Readers will not only find classic recipes but also traditional dishes with a creative twist.
Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
Capturing the attention of Saveur Magazine’s editors, Jessie Snyder — a terrific food blogger now based in Southern California — recently won the Editor’s Choice for ‘Best New Voice.’ While this isn’t her first foray in the blogging world, Jessie launched Faring Well in November 2014, and she has garnered quite the following of foodies who wish to recreate her delicious vegan recipes. With both sweet and savory recipes, many of which contain organic and non-GMO ingredients, found on her blog, Jessie’s dishes will tantalize the taste buds of anyone from vegans to those wishing to have a meal here and there without animal products.
Jodi Moreno | What’s Cooking Good Looking
Wanting to provide a source of healthy and delicious recipes with a focus on whole, natural ingredients with great health benefits, Jodi Moreno created What’s Cooking Good Looking. A natural foods chef and recent finalist for the Saveur Most Delicious Food award, Jodi is passionate about making vegetables, many of which come from her own garden, the main star; therefore, her food blog features many tasty recipes of the vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free varieties. Between her lovely writing, flavorful recipes, and stunning photos — she has a background in photography — Jodi is one food blogger you should be following.
Lindsay & Bjork Ostrom | Pinch of Yum
Once a hobby and now a full-time job, Pinch of Yum is a very successful blog run by wife-husband duo Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom. While Bjork takes care of all the technical and income aspects of the blog, Lindsay writes, cooks, and takes photos of all the delicious food followers will find throughout the numerous posts. Located in Minnesota, Lindsay is a self-taught cook and finds inspiration all over from friends and family to restaurants to seasonal ingredients and many other places. Something for everyone, Pinch of Yum is brimming with a wealth of recipes, plus they offer a variety of ebooks, including ecookbooks.
Molly Yeh | my name is yeh
Blogging since 2009, Molly Yeh’s my name is yeh — yes, all lower caps — is a great blog where readers are not only presented with Molly’s fun personality but also an assortment of creative sweet and savory recipes inspired by her Jewish and Asian heritage. Currently living in North Dakota, Molly also invites readers to read about her life on a farm — a big change from growing up in Chicago and living in NYC — with her husband along with stories of her travels. All of these things and places have inspired Molly over the years, and her unique blog, which will inspire many, has earned her the coveted Saveur ‘Blog of the Year’ award for 2015.
By Marcelina Morfin