Blogs are a constant source of inspiration for me as a cook. I am blown away by the creativity, culinary expertise and photography/styling skills of so many of the bloggers out there. When I don't know what to make for dinner? I peruse through some of my favorite food blogs. When I'm sick of everything I normally make? I check out Pinterest to see all the cool recipes I've saved. I wanted to share with you some of the blogs that I am particularly fond of. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.
1. The Ravenous Couple is a Vietnamese food blog by Hong and Kim. Some of the best food I ever had was in Vietnam so I was excited to discover this blog and to learn more about cooking Vietnamese food. In it they share the exciting, fresh flavors of Vietnamese food and their recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients that are not too hard to find. I love the mixture of flavors, and the fresh herbs and light vinaigrettes that offset the heaviness of the meat and noodles. The dishes manage to taste both light and decadent at the same time.
2. The Bojon Gourmet is a seasonal cooking blog that reflects the way I love to eat. Alanna, a recovering pastry chef, is influenced by spices and ingredients from around the globe, but she uses the local ingredients that she finds in season to create new and exciting dishes. Her writing is lovely and her photos make me want to invite myself to dinner.
3. My Korean Kitchen by Sue offers easy and approachable recipes to begin to delve into Korean cooking. I like that she often times explains the dishes and the history behind them. Something that I love about Korean food is the balance of flavors: salty, sweet, pungent, bitter, etc. - you taste them all. I was excited to discover Sue's blog and to begin to learn how to make the Korean dishes that I already love and to discover new ones as well.
4. Muy Bueno features Latin-inspired dishes from a Texas native. When I lived in Paris, real Mexican food was one of the things I missed most. I feel so lucky to live in California where I have access to amazing Mexican food, and to have traveled in Mexico and tasted so many delicious dishes. I love discovering classic Mexican recipes and new creations on Yvette's blog.
5. Rachel Cooks Thai is written by an American girl with a Thai boyfriend. She fell in love with the food from his homeland and has been learning to cook Thai, and writing this blog to allow us to follow along. I like that her recipes are easy to follow and approachable. You have the feeling that if she can do it, so can I!