There was a time when I hit the magazine racks once a month to choose a magazine out of the Gourmet, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine selection. I never knew which title I would want each month. I bought them for inspiration and the fabulous photography (who doesn’t love some good food pr0n?). But I have to admit, I’m wondering why I would spend the money on magazines at all when I can barely keep up with excellent posts from food bloggers.
There are so many blogs where the photographs are great, the culinary ideas delicious, and the writing down to earth. Not to mention that in the foodiesphere, it is participatory, i.e. you can have a conversation or send someone a smile through comments, email, or a vote on sites like Foodbuzz. I admit that we currently have subscriptions to Food & Wine (which used to be my least favorite, but may actually now be my most favorite) and Gourmet, but I have to wonder for how long. How do those magazines raise the bar to compete?
I now have 55 food blogs in my RSS feeder (luckily food blogs are much easier to scan and follow than other blog categories), and it continues to grow. Here are a few links to recipes over the last week or so that I want to try (in no particular order):
- Chefs Gone Wild: Catalan Coca with Sweet Onions, Piquillo Peppers, Olives & Aged Manchego Cheese
- 101 Cookbooks: Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe
- The Pink Peppercorn: lovely, luscious lemon curd with cream
- Lucullian Delights: Italian Vegetable Terrine with Basil Sauce
- smitten kitchen: napa cabbage salad with buttermilk dressing
- wrightfood: Braised Pork Belly, Dragon’s tongue and fava beans, pickled shallots,, braising liquid sauce. (or Pork and Beans!)
- Bitten: Grilled Flank Steak With Provencal Herbs
- Bitten: Chard Stuffed With Risotto and Mozzarella (and video)