Just because food porn is ubiquitous doesn't make it right. Sure, it's fine to look at when you're flipping through Pinterest, but what about when it comes to actually rolling up those sleeves and making dinner? We want a food blog from which we'll learn something — not just sun-dappled photos of a simple, watermelon-and-feta salad on Etsy-sourced plates and reclaimed barn wood.
Our favorite kind of cooking blog combines great food porn with recipes, cooking insights, and the author's story, too. It's a recipe, really; a balancing of elements. But, some recipes are more complex than others. Food is a rich, expansive language with which we all have varying degrees of fluency and understanding. You need to speak the same something of the same tongue, or you'll lose interest.