Top 10 List for Foodies: Blogs, Books and Shows we like (and a few we don’t)

I’ve got to admit that it’s rare I cook from cookbooks – I’m more of an instinctive cook: I look at what’s in the fridge and kind of work from there… I have friends who will scour the city for one particular ingredient that an obscure recipe requires… I don’t have the patience for that, and frankly, any ingredient that I need to look that hard for should most likely probably remain hidden…

Olio Radino - Boccasile

Original 1950s Olio Radino Poster – Boccasile

That having been said: here are a few blogs that make us smile, inspire us into the kitchen (even on days like today when its beastly hot and the thought of turning on the oven and increasing the temperature even one tenth of one degree is soooo scary…)

My second-in-command Miss Kristina – who has yet to cook for me, come to think of it – recommends these three food blogs:

1. What Katie Ate

What Katie Ate Blog

What Katie Ate Blog!

2. Happyolks

happy yolks food blog

Happyolks: Food for Happy Folks!

3. Smittenkitchen

When I do look at cookbooks, these are the one’s I like:

4. Bill’s Food

Bill's Food

Bill’s Food!

The food isn’t complicated but it is pretty, easy and because it is Australian, the take is a bit different than the typical North American/European view of cooking…

5. Anything by Tessa Kiros

Tessa Kiros

such beautiful books!

6. Claudia Roden’s encyclopedic knowledge of cooking is impressive – and more impressive, at least to me, is the fact that she makes her recipes easy to follow, failsafe and pretty.

Claudia-Rodens-The-Book-of-Jewish-Food

Claudia-Rodens – The-Book of Jewish Food

I can’t watch too much Food Network (although I will admit that Iron Chef makes me giggle), but the shows that I do like include:

7. She’s hot, she’s from Montreal, and she can cook. No, we’re not speaking of yours truly, but rather, Miss Nadia G… . Nadia G’s BItchen Kitchen.

bitchin kitchen

Bitchin’!

We warn you, she’s addictive…

8. Chopped.
It doesn’t seem too manufactured, and I like the concept of cooking from a restricted set of ingredients rather than a truckload of imported and expensive produce and poultry…

9. Anthoy Bourdain.
If he was ever anything less than a self-congratulating son of a witch, I haven’t seen any evidence of it, but I do have to say that this show is informative, entertaining and good grist for the food mill… if you can tolerate the host.

10. Last, but most definitely not least, Faulty Towers. Anything Faulty Towers – like this.

fawlty towers

Basil, Sybil & the crew.

… and, not so much:

I can’t stand Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, anything where folks get yelled at as part of the learning curve (although listening to the dubbed Italian version of Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey yelling ‘Cazzo’ over and over again is hysterical), or fabricated shows where celebrity bake-offs are part of the scenario. If I’m going to watch other people cook, let’s keep it interesting, edible, and a little bit fun. Otherwise, I’m just going to turn it off and head to the kitchen… for a little cooking of my own!

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