Every year, new glorious food blogs are born. Every year, countless unfortunate ones come into being too. Food blogging has become so common that if you aren't a food blogger yourself, chances are you know someone who blogs about food.
Food bloggers may not be "editors at Vogue," and not all of them are "experts," as Martha Stewart once reminded us before admitting the hypocritical error of her ways (she features a whole network of bloggers on her site). No, food bloggers occupy a different space and serve a different purpose. They are responsive, interacting with their readers in a way many publications cannot. Some might be pretentious or twee, but others are charming and light-hearted. Above all else food bloggers are approachable. They make us feel like we can try the tricky recipes too, and if we fail, it's okay. As food writer Adam Roberts of the Amateur Gourmet sums it up, food blogs "run on intimacy."
Every year Saveur magazine, one of the most respected publications in the food world, ranks the year's best food blogs. Readers and past winners nominate blogs, and Saveur editors decide the finalists. There are two winners for each category: a Reader's Choice award, composed of votes from online ballots, and an Editor's Choice award. Here are this year's winners:
Best New Blog
Best Use of Video