You're on your favorite food blog, you scan the side and there's the list: "Recommended Sites," "Links," or just, "Blogroll." But why did those sites make the cut? Many links even go to dead sites — sometimes these ghosts of internets past just resemble a sad graveyard of quid pro quo. Who does everyone really read?
To find out, The Daily Meal has launched the Food Blog Chain, a feature inspired by Grub Street's Food Chain. Each installment asks a food blogger to name another food site he or she follows regularly. Blogger, critic, chef, everyone can play. They answer two questions that say a lot about the food blogosphere. What recent post on that site caught your eye? And does it have a feature you wish you'd thought of?
To kick things off we turned to Dave Arnold and Nils Noren of Cooking Issues, French Culinary Institute's Tech'N Stuff Blog to find out who they read regularly. They noted Michael Laiskonis double-blog, Notes From The Kitchen and Workbook.
What post did you find of particular interest recently?
We liked Michael’s Tiny Dots post back in January ’09. We agree with his honest thoughts on those popular flourishes that drive us crazy – balls, dots, smears, lines.
Do his sites have a feature you wish you'd thought of?
We like how Michael is able to keep two separate blogs – Workbook is Michael’s actual kitchen stuff at Le Bernadin complete with recipes, techniques and glossy photos. Notes From the Kitchen is what we wish Cooking Issues could have – less technical, more personal.