Friday, September 3, 2010

September’s Blogs of the Month

Can’t believe it’s September already - where has the summer gone? Here are four blogs for you to dip into. With pleasure, I hope.

The Kitchn
The Kitchn (no idea why they dropped the ‘e’) is one of those incredibly glossy, massively successful American blogs that has taken blogging into a new commercial stratosphere. It even has a ‘mission statement’, a team and a goal “To connect people to the resources they need to improve their homes, while reducing their reliance on stuff.” (I can buy into that.) But it’s good and there’s more than of a sense of humour lurking there than you might think at first glance. Like this post on Daniel Craig as an 007 Ice Lolly. It also has some highly practical posts like this one on Tips and Recipes for Clearing out your Fridge which appeals to the frugal soul in me.

Hollow Legs
From her tweets you’d think Lizzie was permanently on a bender but her energetically updated blog suggests otherwise. She can cook, she can eat and she can write, all well. She even makes creamed corn - a dish I loathe - sound appetising. She’s always up for a bet, witness this steak-eating contest at my son’s restaurant Hawksmoor so don’t take her on unless you’re sure of your ground . . .

Been Doon So Long
This is hardly a blog in the conventional sense. Iconoclastic winemaker Randall Grahm adapts his discursive writing style not one iota for the shortened attention span we all seem to be suffering from (he included 26 footnotes in a recent post) but what he has to say is always stimulating and thought-provoking. He doesn’t post that often so Randophiles should also follow him on Twitter. Or read his splendid book.

The Traveler’s Lunchbox
Yet another American blog: this one - as the name suggests - on food and travel. It’s beautifully photographed and written by inveterate traveller and ‘sociolinguist’ Melissa Kronenthal. I’ve been wanting to go to Saigon for an age but want to still more after reading her recent post Saigon Seductions. You wouldn’t find a better piece in Saveur

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