As part of our Series on CSA’s and eating locally, it’s important to recognize that a great way to preserve your health, wallet and have more control over what you consume is by being aware of the food industry, culture of consumption and of course, cooking finger-licking food!
There are so many people out there making their mark by sharing their stories, resources and recipes, so we picked out our favorite 10 sites that are of high quality and offer something unique. From home cooks and traveling bloggers to endless videos and helpful How To’s, here is our list of favorite food blogs covering issues of sustainability, green living, eating organic (or close to it) or generally living conscientiously.
Green Kitchen Stories
Green Kitchen Stories is a husband and wife team that take amazing pictures of their healthy vegetarian recipes. Some posts are also written in Swedish as that’s where David, Luise and Elsa live.
Civil Eats is a large site with articles written from their 100+ contributors about US food policy, political issues concerning food and food production, and stories on large and small agriculture. The writing style is varied because of their numerous writers so you’ll find a range from the humorous, to serious, academic and philosophical, to conversational.
Standout series: The Food Policy thread, a series of posts by various contributors about food issues, policies, processes in cultures outside the US.
Smitten Kitchen is the personal blog of chef and writer, Deb who loves bourbon, artichokes, things that taste like burnt sugar and baked goods with funny names. Smitten Kitchen has been around for a few years and is a go-to in the food blog world. The recipes are great and use realistic ingredients all of which is cooked in Deb’s tiny kitchen in New York. The photography is also a gorgeous attraction for the prolific blog.
Nourish Me is an Australian based food blog with spectacular and dramatic photography, written and shot by Lucy. Primarily vegetarian, the occasional meat inclusion is bought with responsibility and care. The blog seems to be a major source of creative inspiration for Lucy who pays attention the details in her every day. Gorgeous.
Cooking Up A Story
Cooking Up a Story is an online television channel and blog about people, food and sustainable living. The site features original short form videos about farmers, food artisans, experts in food policy, science and culture, How Tos, recipes, cooking demonstrations and the list goes on and on. Beware, you could get lost on this site.
Plainly written and short form, perfect for quick consumption, fooducate writes anecdotal horror stories about the food industry in the States. A little scary yes, but probably all true. These are the type of links that make the facebook and twitter rounds. Take a quick tour and if you were eating fast food before, you probably won’t now.
Scariest story: Guess What’s In the Picture [food like substance]
Most obvious, but needed to be said story: Why 20 McNuggests for 4.99 is actually a bad deal for you
KCRW’s Good Food
This blog which is part of KCRW, online public radio that streams independent music and news from NPR, is edited by Evan Kleiman. Almost a culinary anthropological site, Good Food writes on topics including unheralded restaurants, the politics of consumption, and the explorations of cultures through food customs. They also offer a restaurant map and a free podcast that you can grab on itunes.
The folks behind Eat Boutique focus on how food nurtures relationships and thusly, everything they do is centered on this thesis. They celebrate local and comfort foods with gorgeous recipes and How Tos, they create gift boxes of handmade food products for sale, create food guides and travel itineraries for handmade food and share stories about food producers. They also host events so check back to their site for an updated list.
Edible Communities is the mother of eating locally. A franchise, local publishers and editors license a particular location and produce a print magazine and sometimes a website. They have 70 publications (and growing) in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada, with local writers, photographers and editors covering their hyper-local culture. Each publication charges differently and some are free, set out in stacks in your neighborhood’s relevant shops. Edible Communities also host’s their own blog and weekly radio show.
Standout Edible Radio Episode: # 85: Kitchen Sync with Kim O’Donnell on her book, The Meatlovers Meatless Cookbook (ed. note Kim is a a meat lover, and as a meat lover myself, this was really interesting)
If Edible Communities is the mama, Mark Bittman is the daddy. He has regular cooking instruction videos on MSNBC and publishes the popular and awarded How to Cook Everything series. His main gig is with The New York Times, with an Opinion column on food issues and a food column in The Times magazine, having recently ended his 13 year stint as the Minimalist in the Dining Section. Although we miss his fun and funny Minimalist videos and bountiful “101 recipes of [salads or grilling or appetizers, etc]”, you can luckily access a selection of videos on his site. He’s earnest and accessible, totally smart and awesome.
Top image courtesy of blogs.suntimes.com