We’re counting down the best blog posts of 2010, organized into five fun categories, as our way of highlighting food bloggers who keep us interested, feed our obsession for beautiful, creative, delicious-looking dishes, bloggers who make us think and compel us into our own kitchens, and who always seem to have the right recipe at the right time (how do they always know?).
We’re kicking off the countdown with posts you wish you could Eat with Your Eyes: The most beautiful food styling and photography. Visit Tuesday for our picks for 2010's best Kitchen Stunts: Cooking feats of silliness or extreme daring and another chance to vote and win.
Cannelle et Vanille: Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad
There’s something so calming about these photos by Aran Goyoaga; I can feel my blood pressure going down just looking at them.
—Jennifer Armentrout, senior food editor
Use Real Butter: Italian Meatballs
Meatballs can be a real challenge to photograph well, but this photo series of Jennifer Yu making meatballs is just beautiful.
—Denise Mickelsen, associate editor
|Canelle et Vanille: Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad||La Tartine Gourmande: Colorful Gratin Dauphinois||Use Real Butter: Italian Meatballs|
Desserts For Breakfast: Black Forest Gateau
Blogger Stephanie Shih makes a Black Forest Cake that's inspired by her black and white collection of forest photography. It's a strikingly gorgeous cake; the cherry-studded insides are bracingly red against the black and white post.
—Evan Barbour, editorial assistant
Bake or Break: Chocolate and Salted-Caramel Cupcakes
Mississippi-based blogger Jennifer McHenry obviously believes that closer is better, and she brings readers right into whatever sweet treat she’s making.
—Lisa Waddle, managing editor
Tartelette: White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse
Helene at Tartelette is just a fantastic photographer and food stylist; the pomegranate seeds in this post glow like little rubies.
—Rebecca Freedman, senior editor
|Desserts For Breakfast: Black Forest Gateau Photo: Stephanie Shih
||Bake or Break: Chocolate and Salted-Caramel Cupcakes Photo: Jennifer McHenry
||Tartelette: White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Photo: Helene McSweeney|
Update: Congrats to Aran Goyoaga, author of Cannelle et Vanille. Her Pear, Apple, and Fennel Salad was voted the most gorgeous post of 2010. We picked Wannabe_Chef's comment at random, so she's getting more eye candy to look at: Taunton's Harvest to Heat and Absolutely Chocolate!
Read them all
Monday: Most Gorgeous Posts of 2010
Tuesday: Most Fun or Daring Kitchen Stunts of 2010
Wednesday: Best Food Blog Writing of 2010
Thursday: Best Penny-Pinching Food Blogs of 2010
Friday: Blogs That Help Us Travel the World Through Food