Follow these creative cooks for daily recipe inspiration, whether you’re whipping up an easy weekday dinner or serving up a feast to remember.
The food writer and photographer Skye McAlpine pursues her culinary passion from the timber-beamed kitchen of her canalside home in Venice, preparing indulgent, Italian-inspired dishes that she shares with her avid online followers. Read her blog for beautifully-styled, seasonal recipes – including this orecchiette pasta with fresh pesto – and insider tips on the Venetian food scene.
Originally hailing from the US, Imen McDonnell followed her heart – and her now-husband – to a rural part of Ireland to start a new life on the farm. Her blog charts the experience of getting to grips with an Irish kitchen (“necessity is the mother of invention,” she says), and is replete with wholesome recipes that reflect her diverse culinary influences. This summer-fruit Madeira cake is a typically decadent creation.
This east London-based cook, writer and stylist – who also has her own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/alotonherplate) celebrating British food culture – has an infectious energy that comes from the pure joy she takes in making and eating her favourite dishes. Whether she’s foraging for wild food or rolling out buttery pastry for a pie, her recipes and stories are bound to make you hungry.
A trained chef and prolific food columnist, Ed Smith populates his blog with a combination of restaurant reviews, cookbook recommendations, gourmet city guides and, of course, easy-to-follow, original recipes (try making this lemon and anise posset with fennel and liquorice biscotti for a flavour of his talent). Smith’s speciality lies in elevating the humble side dish through his inventive use of herbs, roots and leaves.
Peckham-based Helen Graves has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the dining scene in London and elsewhere; she’s also refreshingly fond of carbs and promises no talk of ‘clean eating’ on her blog, which features everything from street-food markets to underground restaurants. Plus, there are several years’ worth of recipes to work your way through, encompassing barbecues, baking, booze and beyond.
Article by Frances Hedges