Londoners love to eat, and a lot of them like to blog about it too. Instagram is awash with fantastically filtered images of our latest street food conquest, but to help you sort the organic from the ready-made, The Resident picks out 9 of London’s best food and drink bloggers…
1 Top with Cinnamon
With over 19,800 fans on Facebook, 213,000 Instagram followers, 100,000 monthly visitors to her blog and a cookbook in the bag, 20-year-old Izy makes me question what exactly I did with my teens. Although originally a Londoner, Izy is now studying Food Science & Nutrition at Leeds University and still manages to concoct delicious recipes like apricot salsa quesadillas and cheesecake swirl lemon blondes. There is at least one nod to her student life; her three ingredient beer bread sticks. topwithcinnamon.com
2 The Boy Who Bakes
Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2010, Edd Kimber has carved out a career as celebrity baker extraordinaire. If you thought GBBO made you hungry just wait until you see Edd’s Instagram feed (110,000 followers). With three cookbooks under his belt, Edd is a busy man but he still finds time to whip up some delicious looking treats using unusual ingredients and beautiful images.
3 The Curious Pear
Writer Meg Abbott and photographer Issy Croker describe their website The Curious Pear as a collective of their works rather than a blog, but whatever you want to call it the food site does exactly what a good blog should; draws you in for hours drooling over delectable imagery as you click from article to article licking your lips. The Curious Pear lists restaurant reviews, interviews with foodie celebs and tempting recipes.
4 We Love Food It’s All We Eat
Follow married couple Saff and Ade as they eat their way around London and beyond and report back on their blog We Love Food It’s All We Eat. They know where to find the best street food, the latest openings and the tastiest dishes in the capital, and people love their honest, unpretentious accounts of dining out in London town. With 10,000 Facebook like and 6,500 Twitter followers, they’re an inlfuencila pair.
5 Rocket & Squash
Ed Smith is a former lawyer who escaped the City for a life chewing, slurping, nibbling and cooking. His blog Rocket & Squash combines exciting recipes – think orange blossom carrot salad and dill and buttermilk pancakes – with brilliant restaurant reviews from London and abroad. His colloquial tone will draw you in and his writing make you want to visit each of the places he’s been to. It’s not just us who are fans of Rocket & Squash, Ed won Best Food Writer at Fortnum and Mason’s Food & Drink Awards 2015.
6 Bitten & Written
Despite being most people’s favourite part of the meal, wine often gets sidelined in many a restaurant review. Not for wine consultant Zeren Wilson though. The man behind Bitten & Written often begins his posts by scrutinising the wine list, giving pairing suggestions and views on various bottles’ value. This doesn’t overshadow the food and his comments are always interesting as he tells stories about the restaurant, the area it’s in or its cuisine all with a knowledgeable tone. His 18,300 Instgram followers and 23,000 Twitter followers agree.
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7 The Skint Foodie
At 55 Tony – The Skint Foodie – lost his job with a six figure salary, his family, his home and his sanity to alcoholism. When he moved out of a homeless hostel and into a housing association flat he began The Skint Foodie, almost as a part of his recovery, realising that food was going to be a big part of his recuperation. What followed was a blog like no other. The Skint Foodie, who lives in Peckham, shows readers how to eat well and enjoy food on a budget, listing weekly shops for less than £40, quick recipes for those who are time poor and the best places to pick up bargain produce in London.
8 Helen Graves
Peckham resident Helen Graves combines a brilliant mix of mouth watering recipes with expressive restaurant reviews on her eponymous site – you’ll want to devour every post. Helen’s enthusiasm for food bursts out of all her articles, which have been snapped up by national newspapers including The Guardian. Her skills don’t end at the site, Helen has also written 101 Sandwiches, the only cookbook for sandwich lovers.
9 London Street Foodie
Former food editor at The London Evening Standard, Victoria Stewart has her finger on the pulse of every new restaurant opening, food trend and up and coming chef in London. The freelance writer doesn’t discriminate any food genre but her specialty is street food and judging by London’s love affair with the stuff, she isn’t alone.