Want to discover new food blogs for recipes and stories? Here’s a cookbook that shows you the passion and diversity of food bloggers who love to cook, from Vegan Visitor’s Cedar-Smoked Asparagus Soup in Toronto to The Suitcase Chef’s Orangette Tea Sandwiches in Vermont.
The folks at Foodista held a contest for the best blogger recipes and received 1500 entries in just three months. They counted votes from the Foodista community and announced the winners, compiling the top 100 into this large paperback, the Foodista Best of the Food Blogs Cookbook.
You’ll find a number of unusual recipes, such as Lovage Spritzers, Vegetarian Scotch Eggs, and Chef Wally’s Baked Papayas. While most entries are American, enthusiastic blogger recipes also come from Canada, England, Turkey and Germany. Each recipe includes a bio of the blogger and a link. Some headnotes tell you about the dish. Others tell stories about high school, culinary travels, and dishes inspired by restaurant meals and even Starbucks drinks.
Publisher Andrews-McMeel hired me to edit the recipes, a trying job (sorry) which resulted in two controversial posts: 7 Most Common Recipe Writing Errors, and 7 More Most Common Recipe Writing Errors. While the Foodista folks did not test every recipe, they definitely worked on those with unclear directions to smooth out the kinks.
Yes, you could print them all out, unedited, on the web, but that would be a pain. Why not apply to win this cookbook instead? Please enter by midnight PST on October 31, 2010. I’ll pick a winner at random. In appreciation of the cookbook’s international tone, this giveaway is open to everyone.
Update: The winner, chosen by Random.org, is Elyse Friedman.