Being more of a wordsmith myself, I always am impressed with blogs that effortlessly tell stories through images. I discovered Elephantine through the author’s kitchen shop, Mignon Kitchen Co, and was instantly attracted to her foodie (and seemingly francophile) style.
What I like best about Elephantine is its not-entirely-posed aesthetic. Dishes are shot in preparation; mouthfuls, just moments before being consumed.
Rachel’s training in design and appreciation of simple, grey days (influenced, I’m sure, by her Seattle stomping-grounds) pervades her motley assortment of posts – which feature far more than food. The vibe is more calm “staycation” than ravenous world traveler – a visual (re)treat in the truest sense.
There’s really nothing like a delightful little blog that doesn’t take itself too seriously. When I first heard of the NumNum Chronicles, I personally envisioned a Narnia-esque journey through an imaginary edible forest. And well, the result of Caroline & Lisa’s multi-talented musings is not too far from the mark.
Those with a penchant for paper goods will quickly be coveting their “Communal Table“, while the tastespotters among us will fall for their homey, accessible-but-lustworthy photos (like the oh-so-casual “spilled” pasta).
Oh, and if you weren’t already impressed enough with this duo’s publishing efforts, they also run Supper Club – an enviable series of delicious evenings at the hands of some very skilled NYC culinarians.
Warm Endive & Fennel Salad, Honest Fare
In the blogosphere, I find there are two main types of websites: (1) that we like to peruse and (2) that we actually use. This seems especially true with cooking – as everyone-and-their-mother vies to be bookmarked in the limited attention span of the public’s food-porn reel.
I’m a total peruser. I can spend hours on TasteSpotting, tagging photos linked to recipes – sometimes in languages I don’t even understand – that I would never in my wildest dreams actually want to cook. Part of this stems from the fact that, in reality, I don’t even like recipes. I tend to use them as inspiration, rather than actual instructions. But every once-in-a-while, I fall upon a website that straddles the two worlds – fun to peruse and practical to use.
I discovered Honest Fare the week that Hurricane Irene was heading toward NYC. My photographer sister and I decided that if we had to hunker down for a few days, we might as well dine like kings. After a cyclone of a shopping trip through Eataly (there were literally women buying shopping carts full of high-end water bottles), we cooked our first apocalypse-worthy supper : my grandmother’s anchovy/walnut pasta & a warm endive and fennel salad from Honest Fare.
"Favorite Little Lunch" Tartine, Honest Fare
On Saturday, friends living in the flood zone came to join our Midtown camp-out. Again, we turned to Honest Fare, this time to an easy-to-assemble vegetarian tartine.
From there, we drank wine, sang songs, watched reruns and tried to remain sane. Irene never (really) came, but we had still feasted like gourmet peasants - upon the fresh, simple (and well, honest) food of Honest Fare.