Where do you start when you’re asked to talk about your 5 favourite food bloggers? There are so many it’s very difficult to know where to begin. For me, it was easy. I headed straight to my Instagram feed to see who I followed because although the writing is obviously crucial to developing a great food blog it’s the photographs that draw me in. If you can crack that then you’re on your way to food blog super stardom!
The following 5 blogs are ones that I love, primarily as the content really interests me and secondly the photography is above and beyond brilliant. The writers are passionate about their subject matter whether that’s cooking the latest Hemsley and Hemsley recipe or recreating their Granny’s apple crumble. Anything goes. Grab a coffee and a snack of choice and indulge yourself in these lovely blogs.
FOOD TO GLOW
If pictures speak a thousand words then Kellie Anderson has written several books already.
An ex-pat American living and working in Edinburgh her blog is informative on all sorts of levels – nutrition, advice, recipes, alternative ingredients, vegan and gluten free all feature and she takes the most amazing photographs too. Kellie is a nutritionist working closely with Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
She’s a fantastic person who glows with positivity which comes across so well when you read her blog. She draws you in with her writing style so you never want to leave and while you’re reading and drooling over her pictures you’ll actually learn something too. It’s all about ‘feel good food’ and food which does just that once you’ve eaten it. Hop over to her Instagram feed for even more spectacular photos and get a glimpse of her on her travels too.
THE FOODIE TEEN
A new kid on the food blogging scene, Alessandra (just turned 17) already has a book coming out and is friends with David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer.
Diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2012 she taught herself how to cook using real food from scratch and became a total geek about nutrition. I guess you could say she’s the new Deliciously Ella in some ways even but 8 years younger!
A brilliant photographer and recipe writer but be aware, only venture into her world if you’re mad about nut butters, prefer cacao to cocoa and are keen on grain free dishes. And you should check out her Instagram feed too, she’s a busy girl with thousands of followers who love what she’s all about.
JOY THE BAKER
It’s all about the cakes. And more cakes. Joy the Baker is somewhat of an institution in the States and she has plenty of followers all over the world. With a couple of books already published, a YouTube channel and 340k Instagram followers she’s a food blogger done good. What I like about her though is she is exactly that, she started the blog back in 2008 due to her obsession with brownies and cakes. A self taught baker turned professional baker turned food photographer and now author. Originally from California but now settled in New Orleans her inspiration comes from her location, she lives and breathes the culture around her and her writing and recipes reflect that.
There’s decadence, lots of smoky, salty, sweet treats, cheesecakes, ice cream, doughnuts but then there’s also a lot of good humour, an insight into her lifestyle and one of the best travel guides to New Orleans you can get. ‘Let it be Sunday’ her weekly newsletter email is an email to look forward to, unlike the other 50 you get over the weekend which you really should unsubscribe to!
This type of blog makes me very jealous. For me it’s perfect. Great photography, great layout, fantastic content. Nina lives just north of Amsterdam close to the coast. She’s originally from Sweden and the Nordic influences come over in leaps and bounds in her blog. Her diet is plant based so meat eaters may click away but they shouldn’t.
This blog proves that vegan and vegetarian diets can be the most colourful, nutritious, mindful food that you can eat. They will make you feel better and live longer. Fed up of hearing the phrase ‘eat clean’? You shouldn’t be as the trend for cooking from scratch with the best possible ingredients is here to stay. Nina calls it ‘mindful eating’ as the feeling you have from eating food that’s full of health and happiness is a positive one. It’s food that’s best for you, best for the environment and let’s face it, it looks brilliant on Instagram. LIKE.
When I dipped my toe into the world of serious bread making earlier this year it was this blog that was my main source of inspiration. Can you really just make a loaf using only flour and water? Yes you can! And a mighty fine loaf at that. If sourdough is your ultimate bread of choice then click through and be inspired.
‘How to’ videos are there to guide you every step of your bread making way so you’re never alone on your intrepid journey. And what a journey it can be. Ed & Marieke, based in the Netherlands, will help you to make the best bread you’ve ever ever made. They will explain the health benefits of sourdough, how to look after your ‘starter’, feed it, nurture it, and share tips on ingredients, flour, temperatures, what equipment you need, and much more. A great starting point for anyone who wants to start or improve artisan bread making at home.
So that’s my current top 5 favourite food bloggers. It’s a moveable feast, literally. Next month I’m sure someone else will make the list but I really love all of the ones mentioned above so will continue to cook their recipes, eat their amazing ideas and drool over their photographs.
This article was written for the May 2016 issue of ION magazine and is the unedited version.