Jul 22, 2011

Blog Notes: Food Edition

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.   And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on food blogs. Truthfully, my focus is always a little bit tuned to food. In fact, after finishing this blog post, I’m heading straight to a picnic. After all, it’s the summer. Food should be on our minds, or, at the very least, our plates. So kick back, relax and enjoy this brief roundup of some of the best food blogs I’ve seen lately.

Five And Spice is all about fitting real food into real life.  This blog is about food, yes, but the author is also a heavy-weight academic, having gained a masters in nutrition and working on  a master’s in food policy.  (Something to keep in mind if ever pitching a story to her site. ) But again, it’s about the food. If you don’t believe me, check out this bacon, lettuce and cherry sandwich, (or a “BLC”). Check out the full review here.

“I’m Not A Foodie” is for the food lover who may or may not know how to cook, but certainly loves to eat. However, what’s really great about I’m Not A Foodie, what’s really the thing that sets it apart is the author’s possibly insane, definitely awesome attempt to eat an entire pig in the calendar year of 2011. If I were pitching this blog, I might keep it pork-related. Either that, or I’d just send him bacon.  Check out the full review here.

Local Kitchen reminds me that at one time all the food humans ate was local. And that moving back to that “trend” maybe isn’t the worst idea. The  site promotes the economic and environmental benefits of eating locally. But, as the author is quick to point out: Local food tastes better. If I were pitching this blog, I might avoid anything to do with fast and/or frozen food.  Check out the full review here.

The $120 Food Challenge is a great food blog, but maybe even a better story. Woman quits her day job with $120 (Australian) in her budget to feed her family for two weeks. Quite the challenge indeed. This site is a great reminder that we don’t have to break the bank in order to fill our plates. If I were pitching this blog, I’d start with stories on how to stretch dollars in the kitchen. Check out the full review here.

Kiss My Spatula is a blog about food. But it’s also a collection of amazing photographs. It’s also the story of one woman balancing her Vietnamese-upbringing with her new life in the Pacific Northwest. This might be one of my favorite, not just food, but anything blogs.  If I were to pitch, I might look for stories that sit at the intersection of food and travel. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations.

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