Trying to whittle down our pick of the best food blogs was… a tough one. There are just so many to choose from. We could narrow it down to Italian food writers to make the job just slightly easier but, as you’ll see, we spring off course almost immediately. So in no particular order…
First up is Evie Saffron Strands. Her blog is inspirational to anyone with a love of food, the writing beautiful and the photography, well, just delicious. One of her favourite haunts is 40 Maltby Street (40maltbystreet.com) and any dish she writes about or photographs from this London eatery makes us want to go immediately. Beautiful Instagram pictures as well – thank you Evie for your inspiration and kindness.
Rachel Roddy probably needs no introduction to most food lovers: her book Five Quarters (Amazon.co.uk) won the Andre Simon Award and is the most wonderful journey through a Roman kitchen. My girls and I were privileged enough to stay in her flat in Testaccio enjoying first hand so much of what she writes about and photographs in this beautiful area of Rome. I will always remember our pizza together at da Remo on our last evening – savouring every bit of our conversation over one of the most delicious pizzas I have eaten outside Naples while admiring her son Luca’s dinosaur drawing on the paper table cloths. It was October and still warm enough for the children to have water fights in the Testaccio fountain late in the evening! Stuff of memories…
Life Love Food
Now to the north of Italy for Valeria Necchio’s almost edible food blog, Life Love Food. Valeria is from the Veneto and is deeply influenced by the region she grew up in not far from Venice. She always has her camera to hand as you will see from the wonderful photography that accompanies all that she writes about. Her English is immaculate and through her beautiful and flowing prose she has an amazing knack of taking her chosen subject, dish or ingredient and working right into the nitty gritty of it – making you want to buy, make or eat what she is talking about at the first possible opportunity.
Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen
Lastly, but by no means least, is Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen. There’s nothing that Annie doesn’t know about Spanish food, her passion for her subject spills over into her cookery classes in Vejer which are renowned for their depth of knowledge, fun and delicious creativeness. Annie’s blog is more of a directory on where to go, what to eat, what to cook and what and where to drink in Spain, a definitive guide to anything do with Spanish food.
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