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Best of the Blogs 2010: Writing Worth Writing Home About

From a candy professor to an entertainer extraordinaire, we’re calling out bloggers who keep us hanging on their every word.

From a candy professor to an entertainer extraordinaire, we’re calling out bloggers who keep us hanging on their every word.

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

December 29th, 2010

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?).

Day Three:
Monday, we featured this year's picks for the most gorgeous blogs on the Web, and Tuesday we shared the most fun and daring posts of the year. In that post, JeanCooks's comment was selected at random, so she's won two of our most fun cookbooks: Desserts 4 Today and Dessert Express. Wrightfood's ambitious Lamb Prosciutto won your votes on the poll.

Today's featured blogs are driven by plain ol' good writing. They're the Shakespeares of the blog world. Let's face it: The pictures get our attention, but it's the writing that keeps us coming back day after day, post after post.

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Smithsonian’s Food and Think Blog: Lefse Lessons with Grandma
This post, on learning to make the Norwegian potato crepes known as lefse, is absolutely charming and celebrates family culinary traditions.
Jennifer Armentrout, senior food editor

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The Candy Professor
This blog is devoted to everything candy: It covers history, science, culture, and more. It’s great for fun factoids.
Melissa Denchak, assistant editor

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Poor Man’s Feast
Every single post is worth reading, but I liked this one in particular because it’s thoughtful yet funny, touching, and inspirational. 
Denise Mickelsen, associate editor

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Three Many Cooks
Each day is a vignette that perfectly sets up the recipe. It’s like parachuting into the lives of Fine Cooking contributor Pam Anderson and her two daughters.
Lisa Waddle, managing editor

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Seven Spoons
I’ve written about posts by Tara O’Brady, seven spoons author, before. I couldn’t help it. Tara does what all good writers do—she offers up a sensory experience, describing the art of cooking and eating in such detail that imagining the way her food smells and tastes is easy. Just try not to while reading her posts. Her beautiful images help, but that’s beside the point. In a post she calls Robust Everydayness she writes “Nothing I do, no matter how I say it, can make mushrooms on toast sound as though they are all that exciting.” She’s wrong.
Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Web producer
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Update:
For her comment, Akitchendiva is getting a couple of good reads herself: Harvest to Heat and Desserts 4 Today. And, speaking of divas. . . .Three Many Cooks is the blog you love to read. Congrats, divas!

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

Note: Winners were posted roughly 24 hours after the poll went up. It has since officially closed. Thanks for voting.
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posted in: Blogs, Best of the blogs 2010
Comments (11)

sjg1017 writes: The Smithsonian blogpost reminds me of the hours spent in my grandmother's kitchen watching her make her famous "birthday cake" icing...a boiled frosting that contained melted marshmallows that formed a sugary crust on the cake. What was remarkable was the way she whipped her egg whites. She had a flat whisk that looked like it was made of chickenwire and she'd put the whites on a dinner plate and begin to whip them. Unfortunately, many family birthdays were in the summer and you know how meringue hates humidity. That never deterred Grandma. She'd whip and whip...swearing in German...until she'd get the fluffy clouds needed for the icing. Nothing says love like making meringue (without a/c) in summertime. Posted: 2:04 pm on December 30th

Nicole_in_SC writes: I have been reading 3 Many Cooks since they started blogging last year. ALL the recipes are flawless. Pam and her daughters are funny and real, just like people you would want in your home. Their blog has the perfect blend of funny, heartwarming stories and great recipes. 3 Many cooks is most certainly my favorite food blog. Posted: 1:33 pm on December 30th

susanhickok writes: Threemanycooks is my favorite blog. I love the art work and the different perspectives from Pam and her daughters. All three of them are great writers and down to earth . . . oh, and I LOVE all their recipes -- they know how to take recipes and make them great! Posted: 12:18 pm on December 30th

susanhickok writes: Threemanycooks is my favorite blog. I love the art work and the different perspectives from Pam and her daughters. All three of them are great writers and down to earth . . . oh, and I LOVE all their recipes -- they know how to take recipes and make them great! Posted: 12:17 pm on December 30th

FoodNouveau writes: I love Seven Spoons, not only is she a fellow canadian, but her blog is very clean and organized and her writing is unique. Posted: 9:52 am on December 30th

akitchendiva writes: As a mother of a daughter and 2 sons who love to cook it is heartwarming to see the next generation return to the kitchen. Love reading about the adventures of Pam and her daughters' in the kitchen. Great blog to follow! Posted: 9:05 am on December 30th

ParlourandPantry writes: How do I get my own blog www.parlourandpantry.com put forward? Thanking you! Helen Posted: 3:29 am on December 30th

JaniceJ writes: I quite enjoyed reading these blogs; however, the Candy Professor really caught my eye. Neat to see the way recipes were written way back when, and I liked how informative the blog was. Can't wait to read more!! Posted: 10:14 pm on December 29th

EmilyR writes: This best of the blog thing is getting to be a problem, I'm finding so many neat new blogs to follow, I will never have time to read them all =) Posted: 5:05 pm on December 29th

pdaily writes: I think the mother/ daughter blog adds to the fun of different age perspective. I have two daughters myself and they enjoyed the humorous tone. Posted: 4:13 pm on December 29th

arporter writes: Seven Spoons is by far the best food blog out there. Well written, informative and always delicious! Thanks for reminding me to revisit this old friend:) Posted: 2:43 pm on December 29th

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