Local. Sustainable. Ethical. Delicious. Nutritious, Organic Foods. . These adjectives describe the real foods we’re after. And after attending the Real Food Minnesota gathering in St. Paul on July 17th, I was struck with the idea of creating a resource guide that would allow me to share some local blogs I’d just discovered with my non-local foodie friends, and non-local food blogs and resources with my newfound local friends.
I’ve divided this list of 52 food blogs, sites and resources into several categories.
Paleo blogs and sites are those following in the footsteps of Professor Loren Cordain. Recipes included are free of legumes and grains and rich in protein, vegetables and fruits.
Weston Price inspired blogs and sites often include sprouted grains, raw dairy and fermented foods.
Somewhere Between the Two are sites that have some Paleo recipes and some non-Paleo recipes. Or maybe they advocate milk for growing children but not for adults. Or maybe the recipes are gluten-free but not necessarily grain-free and do not discuss sprouting/soaking to neutralize phytic acid.
Food Activism are sites with calls to action. They advocate for specific changes to food and food policies, urging you to send an e-mail or letter, make a phone call, donate money or resources, and/or to get off your computer and help out a farmer at an event.
Miscellaneous Blogs are fascinating and thought-provoking…and do not fit neatly into any of the above categories.
Resources help you find local food and produce, determine which foods are healthiest or most ethical, or help you look up something near you.
Without further ado, here are 52 food resources that rock my world.
Fitness Spotlight is an excellent blog by Mike O’Donnell from the IF Life and Scott Kustes from the Modern Forager. Blog categories include fat loss, food and cooking, prevention and wellness, exercise and performance, muscle gain, lifestyle and intermittent fasting–so you’ll find something useful, no matter who you are. They also have a 30-day weight loss challenge.
Mark’s Daily Apple is a good resource for those interested in Paleo nutrition. Recipes, shopping guides and interesting (non-preachy) articles to put things in perspective. Newbie-friendly.
The Paleo Diet Blog. Exactly like it sounds.
Paleo Nu(trition): Duplicating the Evolutionary Metabolic Mileu. This blog explores nutrition through the lenses of evolutionary biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine.
The Performance Menu: Journal of Health & Athletic Excellence is a monthly magazine for athletes, coaches and trainers. It focuses on strength and conditioning, but has an incredible selection of Paleo recipes each month. Free sample recipes are posted on the site, which also has a very active forum.
Robb Wolf Hands-down the most informative and entertaining site on Paleo Nutrition in the world. Includes the Paleolithic Solution: a fascinating podcast which is both accessible and highly specific, delving into details on everything from intermittent fasting to fueling elite performance to various illnesses and diseases.
Cheeseslave The byline reads: “For the love of cheese. And bacon. And butter. And raw milk. And all those other things we’re not supposed to eat.” The blog lives up to the name, as Ann Marie provides informative articles and recipes.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop. Politically incorrect health and nutrition information.
The Nourished Kitchen. This site focuses on traditional, sustainable, high-quality, farm-fresh, nutrient-dense foods. It features video tutorials, recipes, activist alerts, giveaways, lessons, challenged and online courses. This site featured the Foodstamp Challenge, a fascinating article series attempting to maintain a foodstamp budget while eating wholesome, nourishing and unrefined foods.
Nourishing Days. This blog is very easy on the eyes. Featuring recipes and informative articles, Nourishing Days focuses on simple living, traditional and local food, natural homemaking and sustainability.
The Nourishing Gourmet. Family friendly recipes.
Our Natural Life. This blog focuses on sustainable farming in Georgia, but also features podcasts covering sustainable food, holistic health, and green living.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit organization which works hard on disseminating the research of nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price, a dentist who conducted ethnographic nutritional studies across diverse cultures, synthesizing dietary principles held in common by cultures that were not ailed by modern diseases. Tons of information and research, and occasionally recipes for things like broth. Yum!
Somewhere Between the Two
Beyond Vegetarianism: Transcending Outdated Dogmas is a look at failure to thrive on a vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian or raw foods diets.
Fat of the Land. A fun blog about food, foraging and the outdoors. Recipes, photos and thoughtful analysis by the author of the book with the same name.
Precision Nutrition is a nutrition education and solutions company. Although you need to buy a product for full access to the site, many articles and blog posts are available to everyone. Precision Nutrition runs 6-month Lean Eating programs for men and women, and they also sell an incredible cookbook called Gourmet Nutrition which I personally use almost every day. Recipes are divided into post-workout meals and anytime meals, with post-workout meals often having a modest amount of grains. So no, it’s not Paleo, but many of the recipes are.
Hunt it Gather It Work It. Jen Higgins is a nutrition genius. She’s also a homeschooling mother, an athlete and a revolutionary. Her blog applies “ancestral kitchen wisdom” with “adoration of delicious things.” Yummy!
Wild Fermentation. Sandor Ellix Katz (aka Sandorkraut) is not only an herbalist, activist, cyclist, author and craftsman, he’s also a fermentation revivalist and his book (Wild Fermentation) is par excellence. Sandor is living with AIDS and considers fermented foods a huge part of his healing… and his recipes are exquisite, easy to follow and fun. I have a friend who went to one of his workshops. I’m jealous.
Stumptuous. Krista Scott-Dixon is the older sister I’d always wished I’d had. She’s brilliant: smart, witty, funny, irreverent… AND she lifts heavy things. Stumptuous is more than a workout and nutrition site. It’s like sitting in on a slumber party with the coolest and smartest people you know.
Spezzatino. A gorgeous online food magazine that raises money for the Healthy Food Bank, a charity that purchases basic nutritious food for local food banks around North America. The magazine features beautiful photography and fascinating articles, interviews and essays around each food, penetrating beyond the surface level and addressing it from various angles (political, historical, cultural, edible…) Plus you can download a sample issue for free.
AlterNet: Food AlterNet is an information site inspiring action and advocacy, and the link above shows you all the food stories on the site.
Fair Food Fight. A project of Equal Exchange, Fair Food Fight is a very fun website for real food activists. They organize crop mobs– groups of folks who visit sustainable farms on weekend mornings, working side-by-side with farmers. Nice to see foodies who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
Food Democracy. An information site on the threats against adequate, safe, nutritious and sustainable food. Calls to action on these issues are posted often.
Center For Science In The Public Interest. Although the site is more mainstream than most, advocating the consumption of grains, low-fat milk and other foods I avoid like the plague, there’s no doubt that CSPI has been a strong voice for health, nutrition, food safety and consumer advocacy. They’ve paved the way for nutrition facts on packaged foods, a common definition for organics, research on the nutritional content (or lack thereof) of movie theater popcorn and restaurant meals, and policies to remove soda and junk food from schools. They are working towards accurate and honest food labeling practices, exposing industry influence over the scientific process and in governmental policies and decision-making and requiring nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and menu boards.
Food First. This blog, sponsored by the Institute for Food and Development Policy, analyzes the root causes of global hunger and poverty. More about politics and food policy than food itself, the blog helps keep things in perspective.
Growing Power. How can you not love a non-profit that supports intensive urban agriculture to combat poverty and malnutrition all over the world?
Civil Eats. This excellent thought-provoking blog has 40-some odd contributors, each working to promote critical thinking about food systems, sustainable agriculture, food access, food policy, economics and community.
From Animal to Meat. A fascinating look at food ethics and animal welfare. Angelique Chao, a researcher with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University, fearlessly delves into the complexities of the food we eat. Although the blog is on hiatus while Chao prepares to have a baby, it will be back–and she has promised not to switch to mommy blogging. The archives are also still available.
Grist. This Seattle-based site is focused on environmental news, but the food section has no shortage of stories. Grist is user-friendly, non-preachy and refreshingly light-hearted. The food section focuses on all things local, sustainable, organic, tasty and healthy.
Daily Bread. The Big Money’s Daily Bread focuses on the business of food. The site is a member of the Slate Group, and is a bit more mainstream than I’m used to, but it certainly provides hard-hitting insight and analysis, even though I don’t always agree with it.
Eat Me Daily. A critical and often cynical take on food culture, Eat Me Daily features snarky commentary, criticism and articles on books, cookbooks and other random things. If you’re looking for fluffy, feel-good foodie fare, this ain’t it. Interesting stuff, though.
Gastropoda. This cute and quirky site features food writing and commentary by a chef-turned food writer in New York.
Heavy Table. This Twin Cities-based website has chef profiles, photographic essays, recipes, reviews and news stories about “food and drink–from roots to table–in the Upper Midwest.” A great resource.
The Perrenial Plate. Chef, food activist and filmmaker Daniel Klein combines all of his passions, providing a wonderful online weekly documentary series focused on sustainable and responsible (but still adventurous) eating, cooking, hunting and foraging in Minnesota. A great find.
Simple, Good, and Tasty. An excellent Minneapolis-based blog promoting tasty, local, sustainable and accessible organic foods. The site highlights food businesses throughout the country as well as local events. They also sell a Local Food Lover discount card which I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Sustainable Eats. Interesting blog by an urban mom making the move towards local, seasonal foods. Great info for urban gardeners, as she chronicles both her successes and failures with her gardens, orchards and bees (among other things), paving the way for other families in Washington and beyond.
World’s Healthiest Foods. Exactly like it sounds. This website picks a new vegetable each week, outlining the health benefits and giving preparation tips.
Farmers Diner. This Vermont diner sets an excellent example by buying and selling local regional foods (working towards spending 65 cents for each food dollar with small-scale food producers and farmers within 70 miles of the diner). They plan on building more diners regionally to help revive strong rural communities.
100 Mile Diet. Pledge to eat locally for a meal, a week or a month. A 100-mile radius is large enough to extend beyond the walls of a big city but small enough to feel local. This site will help you determine the 100-mile boundaries and come up with ideas and suggestions to help you if you choose to take the challenge.
EatWild. Looking for a local source of grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork or dairy? Well, look no further! The Eatwild Directory of pasture-based farms will help you find meat, dairy, wild seafood and honey producers in your area.
Slow Food USA. Part of an international movement to reconnect “with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our foods,” Slow Food USA seeks to transform food policies so that our food is sustainably and ethically produced. Find your local chapter.
Epicurious. It has been brought to my attention that this site has an excellent search feature. Simply plug in the ingredients you have on hand, and out comes a recipe you can use. The site also has how-to videos, cooking articles and guides and interviews with chefs. You can upload your own recipes, too.
Ecocentric covers sustainable food, water and energy programs of the GRACE Foundation. Focusing on the way food, water and energy are inextricably intertwined, Ecocentric is a conglomeration of a variety of blogs, including the Sustainable Table, Daily Table, Green Fork and others. The Eat Well Guide is also included, helping you find local, sustainable food. Recipes, guides, articles, travel guides for a few select locations, seasonal produce guides and much, much more.
Ethicurean: Chew the Right Thing. This group blog focuses on yummy food that are also sustainable, organic, local and/or ethical. The resource section has local “Eat Well” guides for different cities and states. Although some of the links on this site are dead, it’s a great source of information.
Local Harvest This website allows you to find farmer’s markets, family farms and other sources of sustainable food near you.
Real Milk. Unless you live in the Dairy State, or another state which makes it impossible to purchase raw milk due to government intrusion, this site will help you find a local source.
Local Food Wheels. I just love these! Although they’re only available for the San Francisco Bay and New York Metro Areas, they still make me happy. 12” in diameter, these brightly colored wheels help you identify what foods are grown in your region and what is in season at various times of the year.
If you liked these, you may also be interested in some of my food writing.
Here are some previously published articles of mine on food and food politics for Spezzatino. I also interviewed Michael Perry for Spezzatino. Here is an article on the Acid/Alkaline Question. And feel free to look around on DirtTime.org, my now-defunct blog, for articles on Full Moon Feast, raw milk, chicken feet and more.