Like it or not, we live in the âblog ageâ. In a country where just about anyone has the option, with the click of a mouse, not only to consume but also to create content, it seems that anyone with an opinion to express has taken their laptop and started a blog. . This is obviously nothing new (as anyone who had a Xanga account can tell you), but the very fact that anyone, anywhere, can create a platform and instantly reach millions of readers is worth it. to be celebrated. So, for the fourth year in a row, we’ve ranked the top 25 food-focused blogs, ranked by readership and social media following.
There is plenty of time to discuss the merits of what makes a great food blog, whether it be the amount of breaking news, the quality of the recipes, the layout, the usefulness to the industry, or a wide range. appeal, but for the purposes of today (and previous years), we took a very objective approach: we researched nearly 200 leading food blogs, using ‘best-of’ lists of sites. such as Flavor and Babble, then compiled four data points on each of them: the average number of monthly visitors for the past year (using data from Compete.com) and the number of Twitter, Facebook and Twitter followers. Pinterest.
To arrive at the last 25, we took into account the average number of unique visitors (which represented 50% of each blog’s score) and data from the three components of social media (which represented the remaining 50%). The blogs with the highest total scores were selected.
While the list hasn’t changed dramatically from last year, there were a few notable differences. The Kitchn went from number six to number two, and Picky Palate went from number 12 to number five on our list. Skinnytaste, who placed third last year, has fallen to number 10 this year, and David Lebovitz, whose star continues to rise, has gone from number 11 to number six. Simply Recipes retained the top spot for the fourth year in a row.
There were also several new arrivals, while others disappeared from the list altogether. This year we welcome Bakers Royale, Chocolate & Zucchini, Elana’s Pantry, Food52, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, Simple Bites and Thug Kitchen to our list, while we say goodbye to Annie’s Eats, Gluten-Free Goddess, Mommy’s. Kitchen, Our Best Bites, Pinch My Salt, TasteSpotting and a year of slow cooking. The fact of not appearing on our list does not in any way indicate a decrease in quality; the reasons vary from blog to blog. Some have slowed down the pace of publication of entries; others have simply been overtaken by other blogs in terms of traffic.
The blogs on our list offer everything from recipes and the latest restaurant news to simple thoughts on life and food, but they’re all worth being on your radar if you’re into food.
1. Simply recipes
A virtual recipe box of founder Elise Bauer’s favorite homemade dishes, Simply Recipes features her proven recipes, as well as those developed by family and friends. Bauer started the blog in 2003 in order to document the recipes she grew up with and the ones she developed. Simply Recipes claims first place on our list for the fourth year in a row.
Average monthly unique visitors: 2,130,665
2. The kitchen
The Kitchn is the food-focused arm of Apartment Therapy home improvement site. The Kitchn believes that “simplicity and luxury are not mutually exclusive” and provides readers with simple tips, procedures and recipes. Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan is the founding editor-in-chief of this blog, however, Faith Durand (pictured) manages The Kitchn on a daily basis.
Average monthly unique visitors: 1,043,813
Facebook: 72 123
3. The pioneer woman
Trailblazer Ree Drummond documents her life as a âdomestic country woman,â with photos and recipes she prepares for her husband and four young cowboys. Two years ago, Drummond went from blogger to TV host, bringing her âcowboy-friendlyâ dishes to Food Network.
Average monthly unique visitors: 162,477
Twitter: 423 685
Facebook: 841 945
4. Cake wrecks
Standing at number four, Cake Wrecks documents the most outrageous, silly, and creative cakes. Users submit snapshots of the cake wrecks they come across, and the best are handpicked by founder Jen Yates and posted.
Average monthly unique visitors: 38,325
Pinterest: n / a
5. Difficult mouth
Started by Jenny Flake in 2007 after retiring from her job as a dental hygienist to spend more time at home with her sons, Picky Palate is packed with recipes designed to appeal to picky eaters of all ages. The dishes that appear on the blog tend to be family-friendly and are interspersed with occasional giveaways and product reviews. The first Picky Palate Cookbook came out last year.
Average monthly unique visitors: 80,043
6. David Lebovitz
Acclaimed former professional pastry chef David Lebovitz has a food blog full of recipes, reviews and everything related to Paris. With seven cookbooks to his credit, Lebovitz uses his blog as a place to share his thoughts on his travels and new recipes.
Average monthly unique visitors: 90,770
Facebook: 45 959
7. Serious meals
Serious Eats founder Ed Levine has assembled a team of experienced food writers to explore everything from grabbing a perfect steak to distinguishing between styles of pizza, with recipes, restaurant reviews, testing of taste and many other food-oriented contents mixed. There is also a very active commentary community and coverage has expanded to 12 cities.
Average monthly unique visitors: 528,944
8. Gluten-free girl and the chef
Shauna James Ahern has been living a gluten-free life since 2005, and on her blog, she has written about her experiences living with celiac disease as well as recipes and cooking videos from her husband, “The Chef.” She has published three books and their site has become a must-visit for anyone interested in a gluten-free lifestyle.
Average monthly unique visitors: 33,101
9. Rasa Malaysia
Bee Yinn Low, the author and professional recipe developer behind Rasa Malaysia, has been posting authentic and accessible Pan-Asian recipes since July 2006, and the blog dropped from number 24 last year. Low’s Easy Chinese Recipe Cookbook was published a few years ago. The blog has one of the largest collections of Asian recipes available online.
Average monthly unique visitors: 97,817
10. Lean taste
Skinnytaste offers recipes developed by author and founder Gina Homolka. Skinnytaste’s recipes are âhealthy dishes that sacrifice no flavorâ of their high fat counterparts.
Average monthly unique visitors: 358,778
See The Daily Meal’s 25 Food Blogs
More From The Daily Meal
101 best restaurants in America
The 30 best restaurants in the world for sunset
10 reasons avocados are the best things ever
10 reasons to drink apple cider this fall