Have I mentioned Wolfboy on this blog? I’ve definitely mentioned him on Twitter. Wolfboy is my nephew (so nicknamed due to his astonishing size and presumed lycanthropy). I show him off constantly, assuming others will find stories of his physical prowess just as interesting as I do. I’ve decided that I’m going to try my best to bake him a birthday cake every year, starting with this weekend, which marks his first birthday. My brother and my sister-in-law are trying to keep him sugar-free and gluten-free for a little bit, which made finding and adapting recipes a pleasurable challenge. The quest sent me hitting up all my favorite food blogs, and I thought I’d share a few with you this bright Sunday morning. I’ve highlighted some fictional food blogs, but these are just the regular kind.
Deb Perelman is everything. The only thing I asked for for Christmas was a copy of her new cookbook, pictured above. I then immediately bookmarked every recipe I wanted to try, which is how I discovered that I adore sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries. Essentially, Smitten Kitchen nails everything I want in a food blog—a balance between personal stories and recipes, lots of process photos, unfussy and accessible ingredients, and, of course, delicious food. For Christmas, I made her bittersweet chocolate and pear cake, and my mom is still trying to trick me into making it for other people’s birthdays so she can have some.
Serious Eats has a lot of content—between the contributors and the fantastic community, it covers everything from taste tests, just the right way to imitate a Chik-Fil-A chicken sandwich (so I no longer have to eat my biscuits in shame), and, of course, tons and tons of delicious recipes. I perk up for almost every new installment of the columns Cereal Eats, Cookie Monster… well, all of their columns, really. Plus, one of their contributors is local to Atlanta, which means I occasionally get recommendations I can actually use! Given how New York-centric a lot of this stuff can be, I appreciate that angle.
Cybele celebrated her blog’s eighth (!) birthday last week. As the name suggests, Candy Blog reviews candy—chocolatey, sweet, and everything in-between. Ever wondered about all the kinds of Kit-Kats available in Japan? Cybele’s got you covered. As I’ve started cooking more and more, I’ve started trying to eat mindfully, and looking at candy from a very selective angle is a great way to change the way I see candy. (I used to obsessively eat gummi bears. I still obsessively eat sour gummi worms, but in a much more healthy, appreciative way.) Plus, I get introduced to candy I never knew existed and probably wouldn’t seek out otherwise.
This week… well, I’m graduating soon and I feel like I’m being pulled in about eight different directions, so I’m trying to differentiate reactionary desires to be a hermit with actual needs to be on my own. I’ve got a lot of work to do today to make up for the past few days, but it was worth it. Today, I’ll be celebrating my nephew’s birthday and getting to brass tacks, with perhaps a reward of another Bond film at the end of the day. Yes, that sounds lovely.
This week’s links:
- Aja Romano at the Daily Dot asks us to remember that Roger Ebert was a fan, too.
- Rachel Rostad’s “To J. K. Rowling, from Cho Chang” has been getting a lot of attention, as well it should: slam poetry examining Cho Chang as orientalized love interest in Harry Potter. Dig it.
- Alexandra at Feministing explains how Dove’s latest Real Beauty ad reinforces problematic notions about beauty and women instead of actually empowering women.
- Buzzfeed’s “The 22 Most Iconic Book Covers of All Time“.
- Kate’s Butch Please column at Autostraddle is always worth a read (WRITE A BOOK!), but this week’s installment, about sorting through problematic issues in sartorial butchness, includes the line “masculinity is a tricky weapon to try and handle without firing.” She’s amazing.
Do you have a favorite food blog?