As a kid I remember watching the only cooking shows we could find in Canada: Wok with Yan or the Galloping Gourmet.  Boy, have cooking shows come a long way since then!  But I also remember PBS and Julia Child.  Smile.  And then came Jaques Pepin.  Smile.  So, you could say, my initial inspiration came from the 4 J’s: Jennifer’s Mom, Julia Child, Jaques Pepin, and the Joy of Cooking.

Today that list is endless.  We all have our collection of cooking magazines. Our Gourmet (still want to shed a tear for the departure of this grand journal) Bon Appetit and Saveur, are probably sitting in holders (or piles) because we don’t want to part with them.  But today, in a way, the food blog has become the new cooking magazine.  We have our favourites.  Some of them give us such an insight into the person behind the cursor. And all of them inspire us to be creative.  A few of the sites that bring joy to me are:

A Brown Table  America’s Test Kitchen  A Cup of Jo  Apt 2B Baking Co  

Baked- the Blog  Chocolate for Basil  Cravings in Amsterdam  Dagmar’s Kitchen  David Lebovitz  Dolly and Oatmeal  Dorie Greenspan  

FeedFeed  Food52 Food Fashion Party  Half Baked Harvest  Joy the Baker

Local Milk  Love and Lemons  Marte Marie Forsberg  my name is Yeh  Ottolenghi  

Seven Spoons  Smitten Kitchen  The Bojon Gourmet  The Clever Carrot   The Year in Food  Top with Cinnamon  Three Little Halves   Vanilla and Bean  What Katie Ate