I Take Food Cues From:

I find cooking and baking really satisfying.
  1. Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen
    I have never been steered wrong by a Smitten Kitchen recipe- I trust Deb even with my most expensive ingredients. Her salted chocolate chunk cookies are consistently incredible, her blondies recipe is super quick and delicious (I stir in toasted pecans and chopped chocolate), and tonight I made her kale pecorino salad for the first time and it was YUM.
  2. Nigel Slater
    The Nige! (as I call him in my head) is so passionate about food that he's written two books that are just journals of the meals he's eaten each day- The Kitchen Diaries I and II. He's great for inspiration and I love how unfussy he is. The Nige! is pushing me towards more improvisational cooking. Also, I would kill a man for his Banana Muscovado Cake with chopped chocolate.
  3. Ina Garten
    Ina guided me through roasting my first chicken, making my first pot pie, and serving my first meatloaf with smashed Parmesan potatoes. I make her Lemon Chicken a lot if I'm cooking a meal to take to someone else. She's so down to earth and casual, and given her obsession with quality ingredients, the food is always wonderful. What's not to love?
  4. Luisa Weiss, The Wednesday Chef
    I found Luisa through her blog- I love reading her posts as much as I love cooking the recipes she's gathered. She posts a lot of NYT cooking/Dorie Greenspan/David Lebovitz, et al, but always with her own additions and commentary. She's also an accomplished baker in her own right. Reading her talk about food just makes me happy.
  5. Sophie Dahl
    Sophie Dahl has this lovely, kind of bonkers cookbook/set of essays called "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights" (one of Nigella's people must have been advising), and it's great! Lots of fresh, fast-ish food with a nod to English cooking. Her banana bread recipe is amazing, so is this lentil stew she calls Paris Mash. Sophie's big on intuitive, non-judgmental eating and I really love that.