:: Generosity :: Authenticity & Simplicity :: Taking a Leap :: Transparency :: Creativity ::[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Drinking a Korean sweet potato smoothie at Haus Dessert Cafe, L.A."][/caption] Generosity: No Recipes - *Marc is my friend offline and, in addition to that, he's someone whose work I really admire. The title of his site is misleading ... No Recipes has recipes on it. But the point of Marc's site is to teach people how to cook, not how to follow a set of measurements or numbered directions. Marc is probably one of the most thoughtful people I know in terms of how much he gives back to the food writing community. Beyond that, his photos are just stunning. He's a fellow "Sony Foodie," which I'll talk about later this week. Authenticity & Simplicity: Amy Blogs Chow - Amy doesn't pretend to be anything she isn't. She loves food, can't cook and owns it. What I love most about her is her authenticity. I think there's a bit of pressure on food writers/bloggers to go to certain places or pretend to know certain things, but I've never gotten the feeling that Amy cares about that sort of thing. I've known her since before she started working at Foodspotting, and she is thoroughly fantastic. On her site, Amy shows people how to make a Stupidly Simple Snack in about 3 minutes or less in really adorable videos with great music to boot. Amy's a fellow "Sony Foodie," too, so you'll see her pop up on this site again soon. This is my favorite video from Amy: PB&B With The Duck & Bunny. Taking a Leap: Always Order Dessert - Alejandra is lovely, and super creative but in a very sophisticated way. I'm not much of a baker but I read her site specifically for her stunning cake photos. She also just made the leap from the corporate life (editing international editions of Cosmo magazine) into a full-time, self-propelled food life, so I feel she and I are kindred spirits. Transparency: Pink of Perfection - Sarah, a fellow Brooklynite (who I've never met, unlike the other folks listed so far) focuses on life's small pleasures. Her food posts are wonderful, but I love the whole theme of the site. She does French Fridays (which tug at my Francophile tendencies more than any other site) and always shares great playlists and beautiful font-centric art and prints. I feel like her site is really a window into her real life. It's one of those things where you read a site and you feel like you know a person. Know what I mean? Creativity: Kitchy Kitchen - I don't know Claire, but she came zooming into my life last Friday. I was in a meeting in L.A. talking about the value of high-quality video in the food blog community when the person I was meeting with pulled up her site on the giant Mac screen. Immediately, I was captivated by her most recent video of linguine & clams. It's brilliant. Watch it. That's it for Tasty Tuesday. I hope you enjoy these nibbles and find something new to add into your weekly food reading & watching routine. These folks inspire me, and I hope they can do the same for you. Now it's your turn. What is inspiring YOU in the world of food this week? * With the recent events in Japan, Marc's teamed up with a few other folks to produce a charity cookbook from which all sales will go to benefit recovery efforts. If you're interested in buying the book or even in sponsoring it to help offset the printing costs, check out the Peko Peko Cookbook.
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