I recently read an article that attacked the food blog community, stating that it is a threat to the well-being of “real” food professionals. I won’t bore you with the angry onslaught, yet let me say this…
An irrational claim against a group as a whole, is a dangerously muddled cocktail of vanity and fear.
If culinary journalism can be taken down by a group of food enthusiasts, then I say it’s a pretty shoddy industry to begin with.
We food bloggers are a sorted lot.
Some of us blog as a hobby, after a long day at work. Some of us have managed to turn our passion into a home-based business. Some are talented photographers that blog about food because they love to shoot the things they eat. Some are chefs or extraordinary home-cooks that have had to learn how to use a camera. Some of us write about travel and restaurants. Many spend countless hours developing recipes, photographing meals before letting anyone touch them, writing long thought-provoking pieces, or short funny blurbs. Not to mention the time we spend spreading the word about our latest dish.
The point is, food bloggers are as different as our blogs, but we are all passionate about food. No one in their right mind would spend this unthinkable amount of time obsessing over it, without passion.
Many of us feel this is our contribution to humanity.
I’ll never win the Noble Prize, or find a cure for cancer, but if I can help someone across the country confidently create a sensational dinner, that brings smiles to their family, I’m a happy girl.
So I want to celebrate the food blogging community.
You provide steaming-hot inspiration to the home cook, and fresh weekly waves to the web surfer. I love you for it!
Today I’ve put together my very own blog crawl. Some of these sites display incredibly elegant food photography, others tired-and-true easy-to-follow recipes, still others great personality and fun reads.
All of these offer something unique and are worth your time. …And in my mind, only improve the culinary community and industry.