This year, Seattle-area chefs published a lot of cookbooks. Amazon Fresh started delivering Skillet burgers. And, yes, writers blogged about making and eating food with their families. That's a lot of reasons to eat in every once in a while. Here are five picks for the year's best food blogs written by parents living in Seattle and around the country.
Seattle native Alice Currah garnered attention this year when her cookbook Savory Sweet Life was published by William Morrow. A mother of three kids, Currah posts undaunting recipes shaped around family gatherings and traditions like this one for bacon mac & cheese.
If you want to know why using the phrase "picky eater" is a bad idea (guilty as charged), how to make a rainbow cake without toxic dyes for your kid's birthday, or why kid menus suck, peruse Spoonfed. The blog is written by Christina Le Beau, a journalist based in New York State. To give parents lunch ideas, Le Beau also posts frequent photos of what's in her daughter's bento box on the blog's Facebook page.
The godmother of gluten-free baking and mother of one, Shauna James Ahern (alongside her husband Daniel Fitzgerald Ahern) has collected a growing library of recipes sans gluten for the past seven years on Gluten-Free Girl. If you or your child is sensitive to gluten, odds are Ahren's blog is bookmarked. Anecdotal recipes appeal to eaters with and without dietary restrictions and are arranged by seasons. The couple also uploads how-to videos on YouTube.
Local father and Hungry Monkey author Matthew Amster-Burton blogs about feeding his daughter Iris over on Roots and Grubs. Amster-Burton also hosts the Spilled Milk podcast with Orangette author, Delancey owner, and newish parent Molly Wizenberg. These days, a lot of Amster-Burton's witty, addictive posts explore eating and traveling in Japan.
Born and raised in France, Boston-based blogger and mother Béatrice Peltre records recipes sourced from around the world at La Tartine Gourmande. A food photographer and stylist, Peltre makes recipes like this birthday cake look easy. Even if the odds are nil it will turn out nearly as good off screen, it's worth a shot.