Best 30 Food Blogs in 2020
Food blogs are where cookbooks meet lifestyle magazines. The bloggers range from home cooks who enjoy sharing their favorite creations, to the famous top chef who uses the virtual space to share their ultimate recipes and top tips.
Take, for example, the famous duo Anders Husa and Kaitlin Orr , who have made food blogging a daily endeavor, a travel destination, and, ultimately, a life style.
Or Hami Sharafi, one of the most dedicated Persian food ambassadors, who shares his first-hand knowledge of his family-operated restaurant and courses in cooking and hospitality in his blog “from the inside”.
What is common among them all is that they were born out of a passion for food. Without a doubt, the world is a better place now they are in it – and definitely a more delicious one.
Now packed with stunning photography and detailed recipes, food blogs have come a long way over the past decade or so to meet the exacting demands of virtual food lovers.
You might think food blogging is an easy, free time hobby, but creating such informative, visual treats is no easy task. In fact, it is an art (most of the time, anyway), and, as with any serious art, it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Any cook who wants to give their recipes a twist that stands out needs not only culinary expertise but also a talent for photography (an image speaks a thousand words, remember) and the art of a wordsmith.
And that’s only the basics. Food blogging today takes culinary stories to a whole new level, covering much more than delectable recipes: food travel, product placement, ‘brave’ kitchen experiments, introducing new restaurants. So demanding is it that some famous food bloggers have become the new connoisseurs of the culinary world, with invites to critique some of the best and hottest places to eat around the world.
From the humble platform for sharing recipes, food blogging has become highly competitive. Some bloggers have managed to build productive businesses out of their passion for food, and they come from around the world.
Whether you look them up for dinner inspiration, or to indulge yourself in great-great grandma’s century old recipe, or simply to feast your eyes on the tantalizing pictures, there are myriad food blogs out there to serve your needs.
Here are our best 30 food blogs of 2020. And maybe, who knows, you’ll get inspired and develop your own food blog to make this unpretentious, but nonetheless exacting, cut.
When it comes to the ‘official version’, so to speak, of food blogging, the culinary magazines are on top. This is literary the case with Food52, which ranks amongst the gods of the social media food show with no less than 2.7m followers on Instagram. Like all the respected magazines out there, Food52 has its “how to” perks – we can assure you, you won’t get enough of it.
Here you can find how you can preserve your favorite type of pumpkin, the latest trends in home design, and a hearty recipe for a cheesy green Shakshuka – all packed into beautiful stories, sufficiently long enough to keep you company over your morning coffee, and delivered to you directly by expert chefs and artistic decorators.
And when you’d have had enough of indulging in the mouth-watering recipes and heart-stealing pictures, Food52 has a shop area prepared for you, also packed with home and kitchen goodies.
2. Serious Eats
Here is a packed food and drink award-winning culinary website that began life in 2006, “a leading resource for all food and drink”. The authors pride themselves on coming up with only “meticulously tasted recipes that really work” – and that’s one good reason to check this one out rather than many other food blogs that feature the recipe you’re looking for.
You’ll also find a bit of explanatory science for the cooking techniques involved here, so the avid reader can get a better grasp of what’s really happening while making their favorite dish. If in doubt about what and what not to eat and if eating healthy is your main concern, Serious Eats’s “scientific approach to cooking” makes it your knowledgeable advisor.
3. Deliciously Ella
Initially intended as a personal project, Deliciously Ella (DE) is living proof of how a simple personal blog can become a business, while changing your life and the lives of millions in the process. Ella, author and owner, started small, creating her blog as a part of adopting a plant-based diet. She was determined to create a fully delicious vegan experience with zero compromise on the taste front.
Ella’s flavor- and color-filled diet, has taken here simple food blog to another level: a no.1 smartphone app, “the best-selling ever debut cookbook in the UK”, product lines, a posh London-based deli, and even a podcast. With the help of the DE tasty enterprise, you can have a full wellbeing experience, guiding you in creating all those delicious vegan meals (blog and cookbooks, for a more classical experience), managing your daily stress levels with yoga, creating meal plans and shopping lists (via the phone app and podcast), and even easing your busy schedule and taking those doses of nutritious health with you (if you buy the snacks or frozen products).
And if you find yourself in London, you should pay the Deliciously Elladeli a visit and enjoy the tastiness first hand.
4. A Pinch of Yum
Even though she’s not teaching 4th graders anymore, Lindsey, the soulful magician behind this classic food blog, has kept her desire to teach, inspire, and engage with others through her homemade recipes. But also through sharing important and heartfelt bits of her private life, such as traveling, motherhood, family home project, etc.
Since blogging has become a source of income for her family, in 2013, Lindsey and her husband, Bjork, built a community called ‘Food Blogger Pro’ – “a place to teach people everything we’ve learned over the last 7-8 years in this industry”.
Now A Pinch of Yum is not just Lindsey but a whole team working on developing recipes, video production, and media scheduling, just to mention a few. If you’re not here “on business”, trying to get a better glimpse of how to develop your own income creating food blog, then you’re here for the real goodies – Lindsey’s recipes. And, oh my!… you’re in for a treat!
5. Balanced Bites
A practical combo of online food shop and blog, this one gives you recipes, freshly prepared meals delivered directly to your door, and a blend of spices for even more flavor – all of them, you’ve guessed it, balanced. Balanced Bites acts like your own professional nutritionist, the virtual version, helping especially the busiest of us, those who don’t have any time left for cooking but who won’t compromise on the whole foods and eating healthy front either.
Still, if you find yourself in the kitchen willing to prepare a good balanced meal, the recipes are also provided, ready to impress the cautious foodie in you. And because life is more than food (go figure!), Diane Sanfilippo, the author, invites you to tackle life’s latest in her Diane: Direct.
6. Cookie + Kate
A whole foods vegetarian blog filled with delicious freshly made goodies, Cookie + Kate is essentially the product of a love affair between the passion for cooking and photography. Based in Kansa, Kate, the owner and creator of this hidden culinary gem, and her equally lovely dog, Cookie, are the Dorothy and Toto duo of delicious vegetarian food.
The magic that Kate wants to create in her recipes involves whole plant-based foods and a real interest in sustainable living. Her recipes have it all: method, table of calories and nutrition facts, important tips, making-of video, and let’s not forget the mouth-watering photos that come with. If you want Kate’s recipes always at hand, her cookbook Love Real Food might be a good idea as well.
7. The Recipe Critic
Born in the summer of 2012 from Alyssa Rivers’ passion for food and cooking, this “family-friendly” – as presented by the author herself – blog has now reached millions of foodie hearts and has on board an entire team of tasty food specialists – the critics.
Using the Index, you can find practically anything here, whether it’s a particular ingredient you’d like to cook with, a diet recipe, a seasonal or holiday dish, or even a particular cooking method. Moreover, Alyssa assures us from the very beginning, all her recipes are tested and approved by family members – the best of food critics there is, we’d say.
8. Minimalist Baker
Apparently, less is more is also an appropriate maxim in the gluttonous realm of food and cooking. Especially if you’ve pledged your allegiance to the vegan gluten-free lords. And this one is really worth checking out if you’re the kind of cooking-foodie who easily gets scared by complicated recipes, has no time or energy to take on elaborate cooking, is on a budget, or simply loves… minimalism in all things, meals included.
On Minimalist Baker (MB) things tend to keep themselves rather simple: no more than 10 ingredients per recipe, 1 bowl, and no longer than 30 minutes to get it done. MB is more than just a food blog – on the ‘Blogger Resources’ section, you can find a free list of tolls, meant to help you create your own or, if you already have a blog, to make a successful business out of it.
9. The Kitchn
This “daily food magazine on the Web”, as The Kitchn describes itself, is already famous amongst foodies, we’d say. Here you’ll find 20 new cooking-and-kitchen-related articles, published daily, featuring cooking lessons, kitchen design, and product reviews.
As with any well-established magazine, this New York-based website prides itself on its serious team – editors, writers, recipe developers, photographers, and lots of contributors – happy to make your kitchen life easier and your cooking experience a delicious joy. Also, if you care about the quality of your food and are interested in a sustainable way of living, this is the place for you. The interior design advice for a functional but equally beautiful kitchen is a plus.
10. David Lebovitz
This is an exceptionally long-lived blog, a true Methuselah of the food blogs. The creation of professional cook, baker, cookbook author, David Lebovitz (who surely shares some of the talent of the famous author who also bears the same name) was launched in 1999, when most of the now bloggers, if already born, surely hadn’t heard about food blogging. The blog was intended as an offshoot meant to support the launch of David’s first cookbook Room for Dessert. In 2019, Saveur magazine honored it with their first-ever ‘Blog of the Decade’ award.
His early years as a cook and baker in California and training as a pastry chef in Belgium and France should be enough to recommend David and his food blog. To those immersed in the world of professional cuisine, he is a famous name in the culinary arts arena, with numerous cookbooks, nominations, and culinary shows.
Besides top-notch recipes, his blog is a very good reference point for recommendations on the best new places to eat in Paris, along with good advice on how to go about getting a reservation, what to expect, etc. His Paris Pastry Shop section is a must-read if you really want to indulge in the best desserts the international capital of fine pastry has to offer.
11. Smitten Kitchen
Well, this one is what I call an honest food blog, with all the goodies ones heart might desire and, the best part, mostly made from scratch. Smitten Kitchen’s creator, Deb Perelman, prides herself in having a normal, rather small kitchen that she calls her ‘playground’. So if you come here wanting to be dazzled by some state of the art cuisine (and be left envious about it), forget it.
But if you’re looking for hearty, tasty food made with accessible unpretentious ingredients, then you’ve found your perfect inspiration spot. From her New York kitchen, Deb does all her “fearless cooking”, for which she hopes the foodies of the world will not only forgive her, but come back for more (I know I will!). Besides the copious recipes on her sinful blog, Deb Perelman is the author of two fairly delicious cookbooks. Keep them coming, Deb!
12. My Name is Yeh
A former New Yorker trained at Julliard (oh my!), Molly Yeh lives on a farm and loves baking. That would be a quick, very quick, impression. But here is the thing, Molly’s kitchen desserts are not merely some recreations of traditional recipes, but are a continuation of her simile – like a batch full of marzipan joy one cannot get enough of. So if you “suffer” from a sweet tooth, or simply want to feast your eyes in yummy colours,
My Name is Yeh is definitely the place to be, actually… to reside. It’s the place to go if you have young children and are looking for some sweet, colorful, delicious inspiration. I don’t know if her former musical training has given her the recognition food has – besides her cookbook, Molly has appeared on famous TV food networks and various TV shows – but her beautifully inspired fairy tale desserts, ephemeral pieces of art, surely have!
13. Damn Delicious
Talking about taking simple and fresh ingredients and turning them into sophisticated dishes… no, we are not going to talk about French cuisine but about the elegant looking meals of a Korean heritage food blogger.
Like all good blogs, Damn Delicious (DD) was initially just the expression of the owner and creator’s, Chungah Rhee, passion for good food. Now, after nine years and a cookbook later, DD is more of a team effort, where all the members create Asian and American cuisine-inspired recipes in step-by-step video tutorials, to make the life of any lover of fresh but delicious food a lot easier.
14. Skinny Taste
Going strong on whole foods and eating seasonal in moderation philosophy, Gina Homolka’s blog presents itself with a little bit more than just utterly delicious recipes – for once arrived here, the curious foodie may also find some very interesting travel destinations.
So while checking Gina’s meal plans, special diets section, and maybe even ordering one of her three cookbooks already on the market, you may also get really motivated to get in better shape after reading the weight loss success stories you can find on her blog. The story behind her house remodeling might come in handy, too.
15. 101 Cookbooks
A vegan and vegetarian space, Hidi’s blog aims at celebrating cooking, home cooking to be more precise, as the author herself states in the description. The story of 101 Cookbooks begins in 2003 when, after realizing she owned a huge cookbook collection already but was preparing almost the same recipes every time, Hidi decided to stop buying new cookbooks and instead to start cooking new things, her own recipes this time.
Her home cooking is centered around whole foods, natural ingredients, and sharing with the ones you love. Since 2003, with four cookbooks of her own, Hidi has also become a New York Times Best Selling author. And if you, too, own one of these kitchen tools designed to ease your life, then you must check out the Instant Pot section, where you can find various recipes to ease your cooking process even more.
16. Sweet as Honey
A space, contrary to its seemingly dessert-only related name, where all Keto diet worshipers can find heaven. And a healthy delicious one nonetheless. The Keto diet’s one main “selling-point” is that of keeping carbs at bay, which is not necessarily a culinary endeavor one might desire feverishly to embark upon.
This is exactly where Carine Claudepierre’s blog will befriend you, and change your mind forever, for her blog is filled with sweet and salty low-carb baked goodies, so you, as a Ketoer, won’t have to give up anything on the tasty side of good food – pizza, and cookies included.
17. My Moroccan Food
Keeping one’s cultural heritage alive is no easy mission sometimes, especially when you’re living in a different country with a completely different culture. Yet what better cultural ambassador is there than food? Likely Nagrisse believes this herself and, along with her passion for food, her Moroccan legacy has found a place to reside and flourish: My Moroccan Food.
Besides her personal blog, chef Nagrisse Benkkabou has gathered her mouth-watering and colorful recipes in three equally flavor-filled cookbooks. On top of that, she’s also been invited to create the menu of L’Mida Marrakech – “a place where ‘my’ modern Moroccan food and wonderful views meet in harmony!”, she says.
18. Love and Olive Oil
A virtual space where you can find (yes, you know that already) almost anything your foodie hungry heart might desire – even vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free range recipes.
Love and Olive Oil is the delicious “love child” of Lindsey and Taylor, a couple from Nashville that love a good home-cooked meal and the whole enjoyable process that comes with it. Preferring to eat at home, sometimes 5-6 times a week, and cook that dinner themselves, plus their know-how in designing logos and websites, translated easily in a food blog – followed by three cookbooks – where this lovely masters-in-their-kitchen duo put their passion for food.
19. Closet cooking
The name of this one is not an attempt to allure the passer-by with some crafty word-play, but is the literal description of the blog creator’s cooking place – a closet sized kitchen. But don’t let yourself be fooled even for a long minute by an incredibly tiny kitchen, for the foods which have been created there could put to shame even the fanciest of kitchens ruled by the best of chefs. Having on display some favored-by-men recipes, decadent sandwiches, and crazy delish-looking wraps, Kevin’s dishes – by diet, by pan, or by time – are anything but boring.
The creator of this blog is definitely a brave man (and we all love one of those!), for he doesn’t shy from experimenting in his tiny kitchen, and with spectacular results, even the richest and most varied cuisines of the world. Bonus: if you choose to become a Closet Cooking subscriber, you’ll get Kevin’s inspired recipes in the form of his e-cooking book, for free.
20. Simply Recipes
Initially a personal food blog created by Elise Bauer as a virtual index for her parents’ delicious cooking, Simply Recipes has evolved into a place that now reaches millions of food lovers every day, and has a whole team of professionals behind it.
The site is a helpful tool for all those who suffer from various allergy restrictions, and for those who want to cook well from scratch. Their featured recipes are seasonally inspired, tested out first in the kitchen, and are meant to make cooking “more enjoyable” and life in the kitchen simpler. And if you prefer going beyond your borders, the world’s cuisines are also well represented here.
21. The First Mess
Laura, the creator and cook behind this one, is a lover of the simple things in life. And when it comes to cooking, things are no different: Laura’s blog is about her love for all natural, seasonal plant-based wholesome foods shared with the entire family. The name of the blog has a special ring to it, being “stolen” from M.F.K. Fisher’s cookbook, An Alphabet for Gourmets.
Nominated for Best Food Blog awards and featured on the most renowned journals, such as Huff Post, The Guardian, The Washington Post – not to mention an array of foody publishing – The First Mess is a true gem for all vegans out there and anyone else. No matter whether you calling yourself vegetarian or not, Laura’s recipes are filled with so much yumminess that you’ll want to start cooking one right away. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
22. Half Baked Harvest
Tieghan Gerard started her blog back in 2012 because the tasty wonders shaped by her hands had to find immortality, to linger on for future inspiration and delight, after being the source of some yummy nourishment for her large family of nine… to whom she practically owes her passion for food and cooking.
Tiegan is continuously inspired by what she loves most – people and places – and she keeps her recipes simple, seasonal, and full of wholefoods. On Half Baked Harvest you’ll find thousands of her recipes featured on prestigious food and cooking media channels, while her blog has won some equally important awards. Some of her Colorado-mountain-kitchen-barn-deliciousness can be also found in her two cookbooks.
23. Budget Bites
When the passion for cooking meets problem solving and a love of art and science, you can expect a practical approach to cooking and, of course… to budgeting. And that’s always wise, especially these times that we’re all trying to gracefully navigate through. With a BS in Nutritional Science, after a period of budget cutting and meticulous meal planning, Beth started her blog in 2009, determined to share her recipes and especially her philosophy about eating nutritious savory food without leaving a hole in your pocket.
Besides recipes and meal plans, the truly inspiring and valuable information you’ll to find on Budget Bits is Beth’s precious advice on how to eat better, healthier, and cheaper while still enjoying delicious meals. You can take her Budget-Friendly Recipes at Your Finger Tips with you in the form of a mobile app.
24. Sally’s Baking Addiction
Bread, cakes, cookies, cupcakes… need I say more? Well, this one is an upfront temptation for all diet-wannabes out there, and a yumminess heaven for all those blessed with a sweet tooth, plus some welcome baking tips – Sally shares in her personal blog the importance of how to bake, not only what to bake, “lessons on baking basics”, and “baking from scratch”.
There is good salty food, too, so you can prepare a whole meal before the well-deserved and awaited dessert. Now, with three published cookbooks, followed by a national (US) book tour, and hiring two assistants, Sally can call her Baking Addiction a well-established business.
25. Sprouted Kitchen
Mediterranean cooking has found its rightful place in the world’s heart, but mostly on the kitchen table of Sara’s lovely family. Besides being a place filled with savory aromas and mouth-watering dishes, Sprouted Kitchen is entirely a family affair: Sara is the ingenious cook behind all the recipes found here, while Hugh, her husband, is quite a skilled, “completely self-taught”, photographer, giving her cooking even more life with his imagery.
Want to put this kind of tasty food on your table as well as having a plan at hand for further meals? Then the Sprouted Kitchen Cooking Club is the one you want to join. And, for more goodies to keep your kitchen inspiration afloat, as a “side dish”, you can pay a visit to the Shop section.
26. Recipes from a Pantry
When you find yourself with cookers’ block, and especially if you’re a true believer in constant creativity in the kitchen, Bintu’s personal food blog is here to help and, what is more, to inspire. Growing up helping the most important cooks in a large family – her grandmother and her aunt – Bintu knows the importance of cooking fresh, colorful, full of flavor, and, as she says, “a dash of spice” recipes, all made with real ingredients and a lot of passion for good tasty food (with a plus if you’re into the delish of Southern US cooking).
Getting well-deserved media recognition in Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The Kitchn, etc., Recipes from a Pantry has everything needed – from healthy recipes to decadent desserts – to get your creative cooking juices flowing anytime you get cooking.
27. The Pioneer Woman
Another perfectly good example of something “started on a whim” – as Ree Drumond, the master mind (and cook!) behind this blog, says – this blog kept on developing and, 15 years’ later, The Pioneer Woman is not only still here but has evolved into a magazine, with its own team of editors. It has many tasty, yummy things for you to discover and try out yourself, from dog treats to beautifully tasteful kitchen and dinner table items.
Here you’ll also find, besides recipes, design ideas, shopping tips, and Ree’s stories about her life on a cattle ranch. The Pioneer Woman is the version of a Hallmark cowboy movie, only delicious, flavorful and… real!
28. Love and Lemons
Here is another cooking-loving foodie couple, Jeanine and Jack, ready to share with the rest of the world their passion for yumminess that, in their case, comes with… Love and Lemons – a blog for all veggie and vegan dessert lovers out there. So, most of their recipes are vegan and gluten-free, if you live in Chicago or in the nearby area, you can also visit the best local markets the couple buy their fresh ingredients from.
After developing Love and Lemons’ recipes (that would be Jeanine’s cooking genius at work), Jeanine & Jack, have also created two bestselling cookbooks that have been received extremely well by prestigious publications such as The New York Times and Bon Appétit.
29. Green Kitchen Stories
And our last, but certainly not least, food blog choice is also a plant-based cooking one, for the simple fact that not only are veggie diets trending really hot right now but they have also proven to be healthy and a way of life for many young families, as it is for this Scandinavian couple, David and Louise of Green Kitchen Stories (GKS). Louise, a lover of everything green and edible, is also a trained holistic nutritional therapist, while David has been a vegetarian for more than 20 years, and is a cookbook and recipe apps’ author.
And when you’ve had enough (like that’s even possible) of their incredible, amazing-looking veggie recipes, you can go on to enjoy this almost unbearably charming duo’s blog: travel stories, beautiful videos, and even buy some of their funny temporary tattoos – all food and cooking related. GKS is a piece of art – the Scandinavian passion and talent for beautiful design is well represented here, too – their Life & Travels section is a real gem when it comes to nice places to eat and drink, listed and reviewed.
30. Chef in Training
A friendly, down-to-earth blog created from the book and featuring the classics: recipes, accompanied by good pictures and descriptions, often with the story behind the recipe. The author, a young homemaker and mother, candidly expresses what made her blog come to life as her newly discovered passion for food and cooking developed since becoming a mom, and admits that she’s still in training, “teaching herself how to cook one recipe at a time”.
On Nikki’s blog you can find anything from appetizers and rich main dishes to all sorts of desserts – baked and raw. You’ll find her blog to your taste particularly if you’re into Italian cooking (the International style) and Mexican food – Chef in Training has a pretty large amount of enchiladas recipes – but she doesn’t shy from Asian cuisine as well. Her Korean Beef Bulgogi is definitely worth a try, not to mention her Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding that looks like something every sweet-toothed indulger needs on their Heaven table. Healthier stuff, designed to satisfy your every craving, can be found here, too.
Nikki’s work in the kitchen is also a good source of inspiration for those suffering from auto-immune conditions and having to adopt a special diet.