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?
In the Food Blog Chain's last installment, Chef Michael Laiskonis noted FoodPlayerLinda's Playing With Fire and Water as a food blog he reads regularly. In turn, she noted Ideas in Food by Chefs Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot. Incidentally, if you haven't already done so, check out Ideas in Food's recipe for Butternut Squash Cavatelli with Grilled Mushrooms en Papillotte.
Which post did you find of particular interest recently?
Smoked chestnuts with chestnut shells. I've smoked hickory nuts with hickory wood before, but I thought that their use of a by-product that is usually discarded was pretty smart.
Does the site have a feature you wish you'd thought of?
The photo gallery that links back to a post. I've been wanting to do that for a while.