The 20 Greatest Food Bloggers of All Time

A tribute to the best to ever do it, period.


Michael W. Twitty

The Culinary Historian

Blog(s): Afroculinaria and The Cooking Gene

Prime era: 2009-2013

Does he take good photos of tasting menus? No, this is a totally different type of blogging, so relax your mind and set your conscience free—you might just learn something. Twitty is a culinary anthropologist with an underrepresented beat: The foodways of enslaved African and African Americans, and how they continue to influence the way we eat. In addition to the unique angle, it's the research that makes Afroculinaria stand out; the blog is essentially an ever-evolving museum of black food culture around the world, designed to honor what Twitty describes as "the vast number of unknown Black cooks across the Americas that were essential in the creation of the creole cuisines of Atlantic world."

The Cooking Gene, meanwhile, was a standalone, crowd-funded project that traced Twitty's journey from Maryland to Louisiana, exploring his genealogy and the legacy of slavery through food along the way—fascinating, meaty stuff.

Also awesome: His Twitter handle is @KosherSoul. What do you know about African American seders? Probably nothing, which is yet another reason to read Twitty, who is a Judaic studies teacher in D.C. and uses his blog to explore the importance of foodways to Jewish culture.

MAD props: Twitty just presented at Rene Redzepi and David Chang's MAD Symposium in Copenhagen, solidifying the respect he's earned among the food world's leading thinkers.

Required reading. If you want a taste of why Twitty's voice matters in the current landscape of food media, read An Open Letter to Paula Deen

  • Joshua Ozersky

    I am actually still banned from the Momofuku empire! and thank you.

    • technoreaper

      I can’t stand David Chang. His PBS show was obnoxious and terrible.

    • technoreaper

      I can’t stand David Chang. His PBS show was obnoxious and terrible.

    • Adam Lee Kuban

      I got on Chang’s shit list—and almost got banned—for FedExing you the leftover dregs of fried chicken that one time.

  • DevourCatering

    I think it is a pretty good list, but how do you get banned?

  • Marcy

    Fun to read – I’m surprised at some of the “real” bloggers (people who came up as bloggers) who aren’t listed tho.

  • Vicki Winters

    I’ll hope to make the list next year…

  • Allie

    It’s crazy that Ed Levine isn’t on this list

  • mellie

    Love, love, love Smitten Kitchen!

  • meigancam

    I am really interested in what you wrote here about best food bloggers ever. This looks absolutely perfect. All these tinny details are give me a lot of knowledge.

  • Alejandra Ramos

    A bone to pick: Gael Greene is definitely a rather well-known proud Upper WEST Sider, not East.

  • Zoe Wilmer

    The write-up consist of worthy and priceless information about food blogging.

  • Fieldhouse Kitchen

    Great list! I happen to love Eater and Serious Eats.

  • Fakhrul Islam

    have you been hear about cendol the best dessert in malaysia.

  • Kathy

    Please check out my new food blog…

  • Krysten

    Awesome message and list! Thank you for writing this!

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  • Norman

    I think you need some food photos on your food blog. Just a thought.


    Wow. These are some really great choices, but I’ve never heard of a few of them. I’m going to add these bloggers to my Feedly “food” section and be sure to check them out. Thanks for compiling such a great list.

  • David

    You should try out this recipes in this book.


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