Monday, October 1, 2018

AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE - What's your favorite food blog? #Giveaway

LINDA WIKEN: I admit that I'm a food blogger junky! And I doubt there's a 12-step for that, although I really don't want one. Half my incoming email is from food blogs or digests I follow and I always look forward t to reading through them. It's hard to choose one to share but I thought, maybe not too many foodies have heard of this one. It's Word of Mouth with Leiti Hsu. Each day I find a short and interesting blog awaits me. It starts with the Today's Word, followed by a variety of photos of the same dish from different parts of the world. It then cites a short story of food interest, possibly some links, and finishes off with a recipe. Try it, you'll like it. Just google Word of Mouth.

So are you a food blog lover -- admit it?  What's your favorite go-to? I'd love to add some more to my list.


Lucy with David and chocolatier Frederic 
LUCY BURDETTE: I love food bloggers too, Linda, though I try not to get too many coming to my poor cluttered inbox. Hands down my favorite is David Lebovitz. He's an American living in Paris (former pastry chef at Chez Panisse) and an author of cookbooks and memoir, most recently L'Appart, the delights and disasters of making my Paris home. He posts about French food, customs, restaurants, and lots of recipes. If you are a Francophile, don't miss this one. In fact I'm just back from a tour arranged by him and it was food heaven. Think wine, cheese, chocolate, fois gras...oh my... That will be a post for another day!


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CLEO COYLE: Lucy, your foodie trip to Paris sounds like Heaven on Earth! (And speaking of the afterlife... :)) One of the offbeats food blogs I enjoy checking out is the Hungry Ghost (a food and travel blog).  Two more... 

NPR's Food for Thought blog covers food news that you likely won't hear anywhere else. Another blog I enjoy (the food nerd in me) focuses on the science of food, aptly titled The food universe is wide open, and I always find it a fun and fascinating way to explore our great big beautiful world. 


LESLIE BUDEWITZ:  Oh, Lucy! You went on a food tour of Paris with David Lebovitz? I am so envious! I'm glad Cleo mentioned NPR. My next Spice Shop book touches on the role of immigrants in the food business, and I've learned so much from the stories NPR has told about immigrants and food, and about sexism and harassment in the restaurant business. The NY Times "What to Cook This Week" blog is a great mix of standards and trends; happily, many recipes are available without a subscription. I'm also a big fan of Williams-Sonoma Taste; recipes come from both WS books and other cookbooks, so there's variety, along with seasonality, taste, and recipes an actual person with a real life can make for dinner. Score! 


SHEILA CONNOLLY: I have a confession to make: I don't read food blogs, except for MLK (I read that every day!). It's not that I don't love food, and I'm always looking for new recipes, but there just isn't enough time in the day to read a lot of blogs, after I've checked out the ones I'm part of plus a few where friends are regulars. I do read the food sections in the Boston Globe and the New York Times (Sundays only), which have provided not only great cooking ideas but good models for writing about food. I collect cookbooks, old and new, and save clippings from the past. For years I subscribed to Gourmet and Bon Appetit (and I still have a few treasured copies). I've been known to try to duplicate memorable recipes I've eaten in restaurants in a variety of countries. But, alas, very few food blogs.


DENISE SWANSONLike Sheila, I don't read a lot of blogs. Once I check in at MLK and a few of my friends, I've run out of time. One that I do occasionally read is A Couple Cooks. I like this blog because it ticks off a lot of boxes on my list. It is healthy food, gives me ideas for my Meatless Monday plan, and has a married couple who cook together, which is what my husband and I like to do.


KRISTA DAVIS: Honestly, I don't have a lot of time to read blogs these days, but I do subscribe to, which features an assortment of articles each day. As the name implies, it's about food but the articles range from taste testing olive oils or butters, to intriguing recipes, to fascinating people in the food field. And I love Kim Davis's Kim tries tries out recipes that are in mysteries. She can make anything look absolutely beautiful!


PEG: Is there a difference between a food blog and a recipe blog? I tend to follow (although I don't ever seem to get skinnier!)  The recipes aren't really "diet" per se--rather recipes lightened up a bit.  You still have to watch your portions.  For instance, if the traditional recipe calls for a stick of butter, the recipe will be toned down so that you only use two tablespoons.  


DARYL:  I don't read a lot of food blogs with regularity, but I love Cinnamon, Sugar, and a little bit of Murder. Kim makes great recipes using those found in authors' books. Love it!

How about you? Do you have a favorite food blog?
And, yes, feel free to mention our own...
Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. 

STOP THE PRESSES -- Leave a comment and your name goes in the draw for a surprise book giveaway! Be sure to leave your contact info, also. Winner's name will be chosen Tuesday at 6 PM


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  1. Of course Mystery Lovers' Kitchen is a daily stop for me! I love reading about new mysteries with recipes. I also like Christina's Cucina and I've got David Lebowitz's blog on my list to read. I subscribe to Vegantastic, Low Carb Yum, and Essentially England (great blog with travel stories & recipes from England ).

  2. MLK is the only food blog I read. I do read the food section of our newspaper. And all the food articles in Southern Living.

  3. This is the only one I read. I really enjoy it. ckmbeg (to) gmail (dot) com

  4. Molly Yeh, The Nosher, and Tori Avey. Love these. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Caramel and Kale is lovely. I enjoy MLK everyday. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. Oh, Krista, glad you mentioned Kim Davis's Cinnamon & Sugar blog. It's such a treat to see her recreate our own recipes -- she's even done video how-to's of a few!

    Okay, I'm hungry now.

  7. I love food blogs, and also recipes in author newsletters. I follow a couple of food blogs on Instagram as well as you ladies. I may not comment all the time, but I read and make the recipes. Tonight I'm going to make the peanut butter cookies Jessica posted yesterday. :-)

  8. There are a lot of them out there. One that I stumbled upon some time back entertains me. It is called Lady and Pups. The recipes are often Asian with a twist and not traditional. Good stuff!
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  9. Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, of course! I get newsletters from Kitchn and The Stay at Home Chef and follow some sites on FB, but I am a simple cook liking to improvise as I go along. I love the recipes here because there is always a fun story to go with it, detailed instruction, and great pictures, even of the failures!

  10. MLK is my go-to. And then I have some favorites from your Blogs We Love list.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  11. Your blog is the only food-related one I read on a regular basis. I do stumble across others when I'm searching for recipes, but I couldn't name any off the top of my head. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  12. MLK is what I read, as well as Cinnamon/Sugar. I love the way she displays her treats! I haven't done any food blogs - now I may have to check one out!! Thanks for a chance to win!

  13. Of course Mystery Lovers Kitchen is a food blog I read. But to say there is actually a food blog that I intentionally go to often to read -- well, I can't think of one. Usually the food / recipes I go check out are first mentioned in my fb feed- usually by an author, or by a friend. MLK I go to most days just on my own. Oh, and the Cinnamon & Sugar one is also one I visit frequently.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  14. Natasha’s Kitchen
    Southern Living
    Martha Stewart
    Pioneer Woman
    King Arthur Flour
    Yours-of course


  15. I didn't know about some of these food blogs--ty for the ideas.

  16. Mystery Lovers' Kitchen - read it every day.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  17. Besides MLK, I follow Ina, Ree Drummond, Tori Avery, Carla Hall, Ellie Krieger, and Mary Ann Esposito! MLK is hands down a favorite!

  18. This one, of course. I also like NY Times Cooking & Kitchn.

  19. I agree who has time to read everything I'd like to. UCLASara (at) yahoo(dot)com

  20. I love food blogs! I don't usually remember to look at them regularly but I like one called My Bizzy Kitchen.

  21. I read this one, of course, but my favorite food blog is Budget Bytes ( I really like the way Beth shows the costs and had many recipes for using up the bits and pieces of things that get leftover from other recipes. And I love the step-by-step photos. (ellieanne at email dot com)

  22. Mystery Lovers' Kitchen is my favorite! I love the authors, your books, and the recipes you share. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. I make it a point of checking Mystery Lovers' Kitchen and Cinnamon and Sugar blogs. I like to see the recipes that the authors post.

  24. This one, Cinnamon & Sugar, Simply Stacie has some great recipes. There are others but those are my favs.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  25. I love cooking and reading :) !
    1. MLK I check this blog several times a week,I love reading your posts and Recipes.
    2.Monica at yummy life
    3.Dying for Chocolate ( Found about the blog ,from here! )
    4.BuzzFeed Tasty
    5.Katie Workman
    6.Stephanie O'dea (Year of Slow Cooking)
    8.Cinnamon and Sugar


  26. I don't read food blogs, but I do read Cinnamon, Sugar & a Little Bit of Murder. I do enjoy America's Test Kitchen & Cook's Country on PBS & Alton brown. I loved his Cutthroat Kitchen. Right now I have Halloween Baking Championship on. Halloween Wars is great too.

  27. The only food blog I read is Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen!
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

  28. Mystery Lover's Kitchen is my favorite. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  29. Mystery Lover's Kitchen. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom