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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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
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
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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