orange juice, China via Fremont, California
Betty Liu started orange juice to document her mother’s traditional Shanghai-style recipes so that she could prepare them independently. “I grew up eating traditional Chinese food, especially from the Shanghai area, and when I left for college in the Midwest, I suddenly found myself without authentic, home-made Chinese food,” he said. Liu told SBS. “When I came back for tours and breaks, I begged my mom to teach me the basics as well as her signature dishes.” Of all the recipes in her repertoire, Liu says that the red-braised pork belly is the most popular with the crowd.
Wait: Many traditional Shanghainese-style recipes, such as steamed spring onion buns, small wonton soup, and sweet potato mochi cakes.
Fix Feast Flair, LA and Hawaii
Alana’s Los Angeles-based blog draws inspiration from her upbringing in Hawaii, her Japanese heritage, and her culinary experiences in general. Part travel and food blogging, there’s a healthy dose of escape in Fix Feast Flair (warning: FOMO may ensue), which was named Saveur Magazine’s Readers’ Choice for Best New Voice in 2015.
Wait: Fresh fusion recipes with a good base in Asian cuisine and lots of pastries.
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Vikalinka, Russia via London
Julia Frey started her food blog, Vikalinka, to record family recipes passed down to her for her children. “I didn’t want our Russian recipes and traditions to be lost, so I thought an online food journal was the answer,” she told SBS.
Wait: Well-known Slavic dishes such as golubtsi (cabbage rolls), blinis (pancakes and sharlotka (apple cake) as well as the more obscure tastes of keks stolichniy (Russian cake).
Matters of the Belly, Egypt via Australia
Born and raised in Egypt, Noha Serageldin and her husband packed their life and moved to Australia in 2013, sparking a passion for her home cooking. Serageldin has also used cooking to fight anxiety and chronic illness – the focus is on whole foods throughout the blog.
Wait: A bunch of lovingly created Egyptian recipes with modern, global touches, like pumpkin and feta donuts, Taameyya (the original Egyptian falafel), and roasted carrots with harissa and maple.
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Green Cooking Stories, Stockholm, Sweden
Contrary to popular belief, vegetarian food isn’t always easier on the purse, with the array of exotic ancient grains (with their exotic price tags) now in stores. But Green Kitchen Stories makes it simple. It follows the vegetarian food feats of husband and wife team David and Luise, who create delicious recipes using very humble ingredients. The couple met in Rome while studying and moved to Stockholm to start a family, which explains their global culinary influences.
Wait: Colorful foods made from grains and plants, such as banana coconut pancake cake, fall kale salad, and raw lime mousse.
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Sweet potato soul, NYC
Georgia Peach is a New Yorker who loves sweet potatoes, chocolate and the great flavors of the south. The blog is full of indulgent vegan recipes that will challenge what you know about the vegan lifestyle (donuts and sausages abound). Peach is also the co-founder of an online vegan meal planning service called Buddhalicious.
Wait: Indulgent vegan comfort foods like sweet potato fritters and vegan sausages, plus lighter fare like southern Buddha bowls with green limas.
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My blue and white kitchen, Finland
Finland’s Sini Ellen follows in the footsteps of other great Nordics in Denmark (ahem, Rene Redzepi), defending foraging. She frequents the woods for fresh berries and mushrooms, and does almost everything from scratch with her loot. Her favorite recipe? Finnish cinnamon rolls.
Wait: Fresh, seasonal, and simple Nordic and European dishes like plum pancakes, pulla (Finnish rolls with cardamom spices – below), and lemon mushroom salt.
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My tamarind cuisine
A first generation Pakistani born in Karachi, Sumayya Usmani’s parents were among the many Indian Muslims who migrated to the new Dominion of Pakistan in 1947. Many small ethnic communities who settled here centuries ago combine in ways. unique and eclectic, ”she writes on her blog. As such, its recipes are a melting pot of these cultures.
Wait: Popular family recipes, such as firni (rice pudding with cardamom and saffron), daal aur chawal and flavored seafood curries.
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