The Green Plate is always scouring the web to see what’s going on in the world of organic, sustainable, fair and tasty food. From recipes to food and agriculture policy, there are dozens of great sites that I depend on for my daily feed of information.
So here is Green Plate’s list of the best organic, smart, green, topical, tasty, seasonal and sustainable food places on the web to share with you readers:
Group Blogs – Cooking:
Food 52 was launched with a bang last fall by New York Times Food writer and cookbook author Amanda Hesser and friend and fellow food writer Merrill Stubbs. It’s unlike any other site, in that instead of telling readers what to cook, it showcases the great work of talented home cooks. It’s interactive, fun, well-designed, and full of tasty recipes. Readers can rate recipes and cookbooks, and from the recipes readers submit, the founders create an online community cookbook and recipe database.
Started by New York City food writer Ed Levine, Serious Eats combines community, recipes and culinary news into one of the most respected voices on food on the web. While not explicitly green, the recipes and news on Serious Eats are all about the news and what people want to talk about. hamburger in New York.
Culinate also has a strong community component with recipes, news articles, cooking tips, interviews, recipes, podcasts, cooking news, and blog posts. It all revolves around real food and is focused on an audience that cares about where their food comes from and how it was produced. Reports and writing are always of high quality.
The Kitchn, which is part of Apartmenttherapy.com, has writers across the country contributing recipes, product reviews, store spotlights, and news. There are also freebies, cool kitchen tours and more, all served with a strong editorial voice. The emphasis is on what people who care about good, real food cook and eat, so while not explicitly “green,” there is plenty to chew on. And always good recipes and tips.
Group Blogs – News, Politics, Stories:
The New York Times Diners Journal blog features the work of many of Time’s top food thinkers, including Mark Bittman. You’ll find news focused on New York, but also a lot of what’s happening across the country in terms of trends, as well as Bittman’s tasty, simple, seasonal, veggie-centric recipes.
Cooking Up a Story is an online television series (and blog) about people, food and sustainable living. The videos spotlight the farmers, artisan food producers and others who bring sustainable food to our tables. Many are unsung heroes and all of them are fascinating and inspiring.
Civil Eats is a blog with contributors across the country (full disclosure: I’m one of them). Here you’ll find interviews with food activists and farmers, book reviews, recipes, gardening and farming tips, policy discussions and all kinds of news. Many contributors are activists and actors in the world of fair and sustainable food, so this is frontline information.
Sustainable Table is also home to The Meatrix and the Eat Well Guide and focuses on educating consumers about food issues and building community through food. You’ll find buying guides, recipes and more at this invaluable site.
The Food section of the activist Change.org hub features thought-provoking news about issues affecting our food system. You’ll find articles on corporate mischief and excellent reporting on policy developments – plenty to chew on.
EcoCentric is the new home that combines Sustainable Table, Eat Well Guide, Daily Table, The Green Fork, H20 Conserve and Network for New Energy Choices to cover the intersections between sustainable food, water and energy. It’s a smart choice because food, water and energy are all essential to our survival. The report is extensive and interesting.
It’s no surprise that the Big Daddy of green blogs, Grist.org, is one of the most definitive food voices on the web. This is my first stop in years. The report goes beyond the parrot and digs into the problems. With leading writers like Tom Philpott, Tom Laskawy, Bonnie Powell, and Paula Crossfield (also editor-in-chief of Civil Eats), this should be the first place to go for political news, stories from across the country and the exposure of hypocrisy in high places of all kinds.
Speaking of Bonnie Powell, the blog she founded, The Ethicurean, is a must read for curated news across the web, as it features well-researched and original feature articles and stories about cooking and farming.
Combining culinary and political news, The Atlantic’s Food Channel focuses on smart food journalism.
With the chatty, tabloid tone of the rest of the Daily Beast, Hungry Beast is a fun, but not always bright, destination for food, recipe, and feature news.
Individual Blogs – Kitchen:
Simply Recipes Uber blogger Elise Bauer migrated from the tech world to be one of the first full-time food bloggers. His site is one of the web’s best home cooking treasures.
Another early entry into the world of food blogging, 101 Cookbooks, tops the blogger charts. Created by 2.0 tech and media whiz Heidi Swanson, who is also a cookbook author and professional photographer, 101 Cookbooks is one of the most beautiful and useful food blogs on the planet. All of Heidi’s recipes are vegetarian and healthy, but she doesn’t really talk about it. It’s just. I like this.
Captivating writing, beautiful photographs and creative, delicious and achievable recipes are hallmarks of Smitten Kitchen. This is where I come for inspiration and just to bask in Deb Perelman’s beautiful kitchen.
Individual Blogs – Politics and News:
Sam Fromartz, author of Biologique inc., one of the first books on “great bios” and how things are REALLY working in food policy and business, has a blog called Chewswise. It’s refreshing and idiosyncratic. You’re just as likely to get a recipe for Sam’s famous chopsticks as a serious discussion of the Farm Bill, but there’s always something to think about.
James Beard Award winner and former Contributing Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Review, Barry Estabrook reports on food policy in Politics of the Plate. Alternating between food story news from the web and the kind of hard-hitting features he’s become known for in the Gourmet, Barry’s site is a great place to catch up.
Josh Friedland’s The Food Section is a rich stew of food news from the web, reviews, features, and new product news.
Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite foodie stops on the web!
This is the last installment of Vanessa Barrington’s weekly column, The Green Plate, on environmental, social and political issues related to what we eat and how we eat.