There are thousands of cooking blogs -- each week, we bring you highlights from the best.
Sometimes nothing beats good content well-displayed. And, by "sometimes," we mean always. So, in an online world bubbling over with food blogs on just about everything but the kitchen sink (probably that too!), we were thrilled to come across one with a less-is-more approach. FayeFood is a beautiful blog full of crafted writing on this particular foodie's way of life: Faye Hess. From the subtle but chic design to the quality of the written content, we have Faye to thank for this straightforward but ever-interesting blog. We love FayeFood's look, tone, and most of all, food ethos: "She encourages everyone she meets to cook and enjoy eating." We couldn't agree more.
With a book to her name (FayeFood) and an extremely impressive food resume under her apron tie, Faye is well-seasoned at resolving the conundrum of what to make for dinner (and she would know -- she's cooked for the likes of Bill Cosby, Shirley MacLaine, and Yoko Ono!). And so, with brand-spankin' new year of menu-planning before us, we turn to Faye who keeps her readers up to date on "what to make and how to make it all taste good." Her approachable recipes flow easily out of the lovely little essays on life and food that are her blog posts. You'll find yourself engrossed in Faye's stories and the way in which she approaches food as it is embedded in culture -- "Beans" and "Recipe: Gingerbread" are two real gems.
Her gorgeous design is understated and calming and the intimate diary entries are addictive, like a quiet conversation between close friends (this is on the internet, mind you.) Not only will you want to keep reading, but Faye's musings, culinary and otherwise, will make you laugh, cry, and smile and your stomach rumble. We also love her charming, if a tad neurotic, manner that comes out in her instructional videos (the "Food in Marriage" video is especially quirky and entertaining.)
This column is entitled "Reciprocity" because it gives us a chance to give back to the online food community. What could be more reciprocal than a look at a site where food, writing, and design come together like butter? Faye: we like your style.