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October 16, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 15 Faves: 0

Make Your Food Board Sing: 10 Food Bloggers to Follow On Pinterest

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Gastronomics Blog Series

UPDATE: If you like these pinners, be sure to head on over to check out my new to-follow list featuring Saveur's 2014 "Best Food Blog" nominees!

While I’ve mentioned the site in several of my previous articles, for those of you who are as of yet unaware of its wonders (and addictive nature), let me tell you once again: Pinterest is not only an eye-appealing alternative to the impossibly long, unorganized list of bookmarks in your favorite web browser, it’s an amazing free source of inspiration - especially for those of us who love to cook!

In fact, it’s become the first place I look when I need an idea for a specific ingredient or recipe and my main source of inspiration for future cooking projects. Just ask my boyfriend (and frequent cooking partner). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve excitedly told him about some ingredient, or cooking method, or flavor combo, or plating technique I’d never seen before I saw it there.  

While I sometimes follow a recipe exactly, my favorite thing about Pinterest is how it gets my own wheels turning. Often I’ll employ just one or two elements from a recipe that really piqued my interest and play off that. I’m hooked on the rush of finding new great ideas, images, and people to follow.  

Yes, people!

Though you’ll find plenty to keep you intrigued on Pinterest’s own boards, you’ll admittedly need to cut through a fair amount of content that doesn’t really interest you. The key to finding more amazing “pins” is tailoring Pinterest to your own tastes by following lots of amazing “pinners.”

Be selective. It’s a common novice mistake to follow people or boards without first making sure what they pin is generally matched to your own tastes. Follow too many people or boards and you’ll end up with more updates than you can easily get through in a day. Follow too many ill-matched people and boards and the process can easily move from engaging to tedious.

Good rules for following?

Follow Only Boards That Interest You. Though there are some pinner specialists, most people keep boards on a wide variety of interests. They can vary from general things like “food” and “art” to very specific things like “gluten-free food” or “Frida Kahlo.” Regardless of the route they take, though, when you follow a pinner, you are subscribed and will see every pin they pin in every board they keep. For this reason, it’s a good idea to avoid following a pinner unless you are really interested in the majority of their boards. Instead, follow just the boards you like.

Scroll Through First. Not only should you not follow pinners without liking the majority of their boards, you shouldn’t follow boards without liking the majority of their pins. Unless a board is very, very long, I’ll scroll through the entire thing before deciding whether to follow or not. If I don’t like 70% of the pins I see and love at least 10, I may find a pin or two, but I won’t follow.

Check the Source on Great Pins. Though it may very well turn out to be a fluke, when you find a pin you really love, it’s worth looking into the person who pinned it. If you like a particular pin of theirs, there’s a decent chance they share your tastes.

See Who Else Pinned That Pin. When you click on a pin and scroll down under the comments, you’ll see three other boards (which, from my observation, seem to be the most popular) that also contain that particular pin. I’ve found a lot of my favorite boards and pinners that way!

Give Your Followers a Look. Some people will say you should always “follow back” and many people will unfollow you unless you do. But because it’s more important to me that I like what’s in my feed than that I have a large number of followers, I only follow people that match meet the criteria I explained above.  This said, if they like you or one of your boards enough to follow, there’s a fair chance you’re well matched!

Follow Original Sources. What if you’re brand new and haven’t done much pinning yet?A good place for new pinners to begin is following magazines, TV shows, and bloggers you already like. I follow Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Epicurious, Martha Stewart, Food 52, Serious Eats, Relish, The KitchnHonestlyYUM and Food Republic.

Ready to get pinning?

Looking to beef up your Pinterest food board?

Here’s just a handful of awesome food bloggers on Pinterest to get your food board started:

1. Erin | Naturally Ella

“Naturally Ella is a vegetarian site but I do occasionally eat meat, it’s just how I roll. I’m a big fan of the plant based diet. My focus is on seasonal, vegetarian cooking that everyone can enjoy and is easy to prepare.

Light, sophisticated dishes with a conscience – Erin’s (I’m not sure why the blog is “Naturally ELLA!”) site is designed around local, seasonal eating and features a special diets section for people on a gluten-free, vegetarian, and even vegan diet.

Grilled Corn, Onion, and Whipped Cilantro Goat Cheese Quesadilla (Left), Roasted Pumpkin and Smoked Blue Cheese Lasagna (Middle), Garlicky Greens and Goat Cheese Omelette (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/naturallyella/naturally-ella-recipes/

Blog: http://naturallyella.com/

2. Molly Yeh | My Name is Yeh

“…i am loving the farm life: i get to make big tasty farm lunches, flex my dinner bell skills*, dream up names for my future chickens, and pickle everything without getting labeled a hipster. (although i'm sorta hipster anyway.)”

Molly is an unusual food blogger, specializing in Jewish fare - not because she has to (she often serves it up with her own un-kosher twist), but because she loves it. There’s a real sense of heart and adventure to this blog. You’ll not only love Molly’s food, you’ll love the stories behind it and her dry sense of humor.

 Easiest Shakshuka Ever ( Left), The Salmony Spud Latkes (Top Right), Mum’s Matzo Brei (Bottom Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/yehmolly/my-name-is-yeh/

Blog: http://mynameisyeh.com/

3. Carey Nershi | Reclaiming Provincial

“Hey there! I’m Carey. Ex–picky eater. Ex-vegetarian. Book maker and author wrangler by trade. Gardener / over-enthusiastic caterer / researcher at heart. Lover of cats, autumn, and runny eggs.”

Reclaiming Provincial is great blog for those who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and aren’t afraid of a little challenge. Carey’s beautiful dark food photography showcases an impressive array of sophisticated DIY-centric recipes. There is plenty from-scratch fun here!

Roasted Apricot Buttermilk Ice Cream with Almond Struesel (Left), Homemade Sriracha (Middle), Inside Out Ravioli (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nershnersh/

Blog: http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/

4. Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

“I want a food history for my family. I want to create and try out recipes that I will teach my two little ones to make. I want to search for something from my past - some recipe, some meal, that I can make into something new for today.”

Sweet tooth aching? This blog’s for you! There’s comforting cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, ice cream, and sticky buns with just the occasional pasta dish or salad. (I guess at some point you need an actual meal). Yet, despite her love of all things dessert, Sarah’s flavors are complex and rich enough to keep this savory girl happy. These aren’t your mom’s treats.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake (Left) Labneh [Strained Greek Yogurt] With Soaked Almonds and Honey ( Top Right), Rustic Apple Tartlets with Bourbon Whipped Cream (Bottom Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/threadedbasil/

Blog: http://thevanillabeanblog.com

5. Laura | The First Mess

“My home sits between a peach orchard and a vineyard–millions of peaches, wine for days, good life. I went to culinary school, but learned considerably more about food and being in the world from working in restaurants and growing up with agriculture...”

Bathed in crisp, blue, natural light, the eclectic cuisine from The First Mess will make both foodies and dieters very happy. Laura offers lots of raw, gluten free and vegetarian recipes, which means that this is a great blog if you're on a restricted diet!

Grilled Potato, Lemon + Zucchini Salad with Romesco (Left),The Best Panzanella (Middle) Mushroom + Stout Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crusts (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thefirstmess/

Blog: http://www.thefirstmess.com

6. Beth Kirby | Local Milk

“I didn’t like being Southern, but latent gothic sensibilities, the legacy of southern soul food, and a fascination with the sultry, dark history & culture of the South changed that completely over time. I am, for better or worse, some strange breed of Southern.”

Southern roots, sweet/savory flavor combos, and foraged ingredients are three things I love about the food on Local Milk. Another - Beth’s “gothic sensibilities” showcased in her gorgeous, shadowy food photography. This is food as art. ( I follow and recommend her style board as well!)

Salted Spicy Double Chocolate Cookies (Left), Asparagus Benedict on Quinoa Nettle Cakes with Lovage/Mint Aioli (Middle), Pear, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Pie (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/localmilk/l-o-c-a-l-m-i-l-k/

Blog: http://localmilkblog.com/

7. Jeanine | Love & Lemons

“Hi, my name is Jeanine. I’m a designer, healthy-food-maker, and all-around creative-kind. The recipes here are mostly vegetarian. A good many are vegan and/or gluten free or can be easily adapted to be so. My hope is that there’s a little something for everyone.”

In contrast to the dark, mysterious look of Local Milk and Reclaiming Provincial, the photography on Love & Lemons is vibrant and bright - strikingly so. Jeanine’s flavors match their look – recipes are fresh, clean, light, and refreshing.  Craveable, yet guilt-free!

Walnut, Mushroom, Miso Veggie Burgers (Left), Zucchini Carpaccio Salad with Basil Parsley Vinagrette (Middle), Creamy Leek & Almond Pasta (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loveandlemons/love-lemons/

Blog: http://www.loveandlemons.com

8. Rowena | Apron and Sneakers

“I packed my whole life in one suitcase.  Everything tangible that binds me from the Philippines ended up in that bag.  I had married into a big family of Italians who taught me everything I know.  The soul of every Italian family lies in the kitchen where old recipes are passed & recreated.   I spent a fraction of my life in Italy in the kitchen, learning or weaving my way along cobblestoned ancient alleys, still learning.”

This lady blows me away. While many food bloggers owe a lot of their “wow” factor to great photo technique, Rowena’s uniquely global approach is constantly introducing me to some new ingredient, some new classic foreign dish, and some new way to plate my food.

Sponge Gourd Soup with Misua, Shrimp and Saffron (Left), Wild Strawberries in Prosecco Jelly with Elderflower Syrup (Middle), Rebochlon, Pancetta and Potato Buckwheat Galette Cups (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rowenadgiardina/what-did-i-cook-today/

Blog: http://www.apronandsneakers.com

9. Meg | Beard & Bonnet

“We hadn’t had any clue that Todd was gluten intolerant, but now it was all starting to make sense.  It was then that I made the decision to enlist my passion for cooking and my love of food…The lack of resources to help aid us in this process further spurred the notion to start writing a blog. ”

Though all Beard & Bonnet recipes are gluten free, you’d never guess it by scanning Meg’s gorgeous food photography. This is no rabbit chow. It’s heart-warming comfort food, but more sophisticated and healthier with lots of vegetarian and even vegan dishes. Food like this is no sacrifice at all!

Raspberry Molten Chocolate Cake (Left), Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Middle), Gluten Free Vanilla Cream Puffs (Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/beardandbonnet/beard-bonnet-blog/

Blog:  http://www.beardandbonnet.com/

10. Kelly | The Gouda Life

“You’ll find I stick to mostly whole-food recipes. If I can make it from scratch, I try my best to do that. It may take longer, but the gratification felt by doing so is everything to me.”

When it comes to cooks, I’ve found there are two main sorts - the romantics who revere and preserve the food traditions we love, and the inventors who break them apart, mix them together, and push us forward to the new. Kelly is clearly the later. With an innovative use of ingredients and photos that highlight rather than hide her creative process, The Gouda Life takes classic recipes and turns them on their head.

Spicy Chickpea Salad Melts ( Left), Crispy Shrimp Tacos with Tomato Broth and Quick Pickled Vegetables (Top Right), Curry Roasted Cauliflower Dip with Greek Yogurt (Bottom Right)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thegoudalife/blog-recipes/

Blog: http://thegoudalife.tumblr.com

Spread the Word!

Tell Your Friends On Pinterest:

Do you have a great food board on Pinterest to share?

Which boards do you follow?

Stop holding out and tell the rest of us about them!

UPDATE: If you like these pinners, be sure to head on over to check out my new to-follow list featuring Saveur's 2014 "Best Food Blog" nominees!

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15 Comments

  • Thanks so very much for including me in this list! I'm completely honored to be in such talented company. <3

  • Thank YOU for making such awe-inspiring food! :)

  • Thank you very much Erin! I'm so happy that you included me here. It's an honor!

  • Love your recipes, Rowena! This list wouldn't be complete without you! :)

  • Great list. I will be scoping them out tonight. I try to eat less meat, but a lot of vegetarian dishes are kind of boring and 'rabbit chow' as you said, so always looking for new ideas.

  • Glad you enjoyed it! Pinterest is an AWESOME place to go when you're looking for inspiration.

  • sounds like lot's of yummy chow! thanks for the introduction of these new food bloggers!

  • Thank you for the mention! (Also, I use ella as an acronym for my full name :)

  • Nancy - It is exactly as it sounds. ;) Glad you enjoyed it!

    Erin - Ahhhh!!! Now I get it. :) I'm still drooling over that quesadilla. I'm going to have to whip one up soon!

  • Thank you so much for including me! I am so honored to be among all of these incredibly talented bloggers.

  • Meg - As a gluten-sensitive girl, I love your recipes. I can indulge in my favorite carby treats, they don't cause any symptoms later, AND they taste amazing! Thank you! :)

  • Erin, thanks for this great list of fellow food bloggers for me to check out. As soon as I can back away from the stove for a bit, I'm going to enjoy taking the tour! (On Pinterest, I'm @delightfulrepas.)

  • This is terribly late, but thank you so much for the shout-out!

  • Sarah - haha! You're fine. :) Meant what I said, Sarah. I'm not even a sweets person, but I love your dessert recipes. The red wine cake is genius. Thanks for doing what you do!

  • Jean - I'm glad your enjoyed it! There were definitely more than I had time to cover here, so I hope to put together another similar list sometime soon.

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