Food bloggers turning cookbook authors & vice versa - Three lists
September 16th, 2011

Only a few hours after I had received an email that so brightened my day (an FYI that my second cookbook would go into 2nd printing), I was interviewed by a Swiss magazine: …and of course we touched on the subject of food bloggers who turned cookbook authors.


The first signed book contracts by food bloggers were a small sensation back then, in the early days of food blogging, nowadays publishing houses and agents are screening the food blogosphere quite thoroughly for new talents – and the continuing success of food bloggers’ cookbooks proves them just right. Do the math.

So what conclusions can be drawn from the fact that a blogger manages to maintain a significant and loyal readership over years:
– there already is a target group for a book
– the recipes work – bloggers who deliver crap recipes can’t keep up their readership
– successful bloggers often unite various talents in one person (e.g. trend-spotting, story-telling, recipe-writing, food-styling and -photographing)

Naturally, the number of book-publishing food bloggers has increased tremendously over the last years and some real cookbook gems have entered the market. On the downside: It has become quite a challenge to stay up-to-date on all new releases and anticipated publications. That’s why I decided to compile a list of past as well as future cookbook releases – with your help.

Let’s get started! Below lists (no.1 & 2) are by no means complete, consider them work in progress, please add missing food bloggers (who have written a cookbook  [edit: in English language] or otherwise food-related book or those who are currently working on one) in the comment section – I will update these lists as new entries are being submitted. Only requirement: The food blogger must have started his/her food blog before working on his/her cookbook(s).

Finally, I compiled an extra list (no.3) for cookbook authors/food writers who started a regularly updated food blog later on in their writing career (somebody missing? leave a comment!).

 

LIST no.1 – Food bloggers turned cookbook authors (by publishing date):

2004

101 Cookbooks by Heidi Swanson
Cooking 1.0

2005

The Julie/Julia Project (sadly no longer online) by Julie Powell 
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

2007

Chocolate & Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier
Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen

Amateur Gourmet by Adam D. Roberts
The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop, and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost)

101 Cookbooks by Heidi Swanson
Super Natural Cooking

Bitter Sweet by Hannah Kaminsky
My Sweet Vegan

2008

delicious days by Nicole Stich
delicious days

Chocolate & Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier
Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris

Cooking with Amy by Amy Sherman
New Flavors for Appetizers: Classic Recipes Redefined

Dessert First by Anita Chu
Field Guide to Cookies

Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann
Vegan Lunch Box

kitchenMage by Beth Sheresh
Picture Yourself Cooking With Your Kids

2009

Orangette by Molly Wizenberg
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Chez Pim by Pim Techamuanvivit
The Foodie Handbook: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to Gastronomy 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

Gluten-free Girl by Shauna James Ahern
Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And How You Can Too

Steamy Kitchen by Jaden Hair
The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

Dessert First by Anita Chu
Field Guide to Candy

Nom! Nom! Nom! by Kris Holechek
The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes

Deep End Dining by Eddie Lin
Lonely Planet Extreme Cuisine: Exotic Tastes From Around the World

Donal’s Blog by Donal Skehan
Good Mood Food: Simple Healthy Homecooking

A Year of Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea
Make it Fast, Cook it Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking

Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann
Vegan Lunch Box Around the World

The Julie/Julia Project (sadly no longer online)/What could happen? by Julie Powell
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam
The Gluten-Free Almound Flour Cookbook

2010

Tea & Cookies by Tara Austen Weaver
The Butcher and the Vegetarian

Not eating out in NY by Cathy Erway
The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove

Cook and Eat by Lara Ferroni
Doughnuts

Bakerella by Angie Dudley
Cake Pops

Deliciously Organic by Carrie Vitt
Deliciously Organic

A Slice of Cherry Pie by Julia Parsons
A Slice of Cherry Pie

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef by Shauna James Ahern, Daniel Ahern
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

A Year of Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea
More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow

Ideas in Food by Aki Kamozawa, H. Alexander Talbot
Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work

Foodblogga by Susan Russo
Recipes Every Man Should Know 

FoodPornDaily by Amanda Simpson
Food Porn Daily

Poor Girl Gourmet by Amy McCoy
Poor Girl Gourmet

The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer

Hooked on heat by Meenakshi Agarwal
Knack Indian Cooking

2011

Matt bites by Matt Armendariz
On a Stick!

Tartelette by Helen Dujardin
Plate to Pixel

Big Girls, Small Kitchens by Phoebe Lapine, Cara Eisenpress
In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World

101 Cookbooks by Heidi Swanson
Super Natural Every Day

Cakespy by Jessie Oleson
CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life 

Nom! Nom! Nom! by Kris Holechek
Have Your Cake and Vegan Too: 50 Dazzling and Delicious Cake Creations

Rasa Malaysia by Bee Yinn Low
Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites From Dim Sum to Kung Pao

Homesick Texan by Lisa Fain
The Homesick Texan Cookbook

Bitter Sweet by Hannah Kaminsky
Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season

MsMarmitelover’s Underground Restaurant by Kerstin Rodgers
Supper Club: Recipes and Notes from the Underground Restaurant

Just Bento by Makiko Itoh
The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go

Scandilicious by Signe Johansen
Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking …: Scandilicious

My Daddy Cooks by Nick Coffer
My Daddy Cooks: 100 Fresh New Recipes for the Whole Family

Eat Like a Girl by Niamh Shields
Comfort & Spice

James Ramsden by James Ramsden
Small Adventures in Cooking

peas and thank you by Sarah Matheny
Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love 

The Boy Who Bakes by Edd Kimber
The Boy Who Bakes

Foodblogga by Susan Russo
The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches

Donal’s Blog by Donal Skehan
Kitchen Hero

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring by Nicole  Hunn
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

Daily Bites by Hallie Klecker
The Pure Kitchen

evilshenanigans by Kelly Jaggers
The Everything Pie Cookbook 

Healthnut Foodie by Katie Boyer Newell
Feeding our Families: Bringing back the made-from-scratch family dinner 

the kitchn by Faith Durand (and others)
Not Your Mother’s Casseroles

Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam
Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Fed Up with Lunch by Mrs. Q
Fed Up with Lunch

Stay at Stove Dad by John Donohue
Man with a Pan

Our Best Bites by Sarah Wells, Kate Jones
Our Best Bites

 

LIST no.2 – …in the process  (alphabetically):

Amateur Gourmet
Art of Gluten-Free Baking
bake at 350
cannelle et vanille
Dinner: A Love Story
Food for My Family
Food in Jars
Gimmetherecipe
Herbivoracious
Joy the Baker
kumquat
La Tartine Gourmande
Love & Olive Oil
mowielicious
Not Quite Nigella
Orangette
Savory Sweet Life
Smitten Kitchen
sprinkle bakes
Sprouted Kitchen
Stuff I Make, Bake and Love
The Clothes Make The Girl
The Naptime Chef
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
The Sophisticated Gourmet
The Wednesday Chef
What Katie Ate

 

LIST no.3 – Food writers/cookbook authors who started a food blog in succession to their writing career  (alphabetically):

Anderson, Pam
Baggett, Nancy
Beranbaum, Rose Levy
Bhide, Monica
Bittmann, Mark
Bradley, Susan S.
Clark, Melissa
Flinn, Kathleen
Francois, Zoe
Greenspan, Dorie
Helou, Anissa
Jacob, Dianne
Lebovitz, David
Luchetti, Emily
Marchetti, Domenica
McDermott, Nancie
Medrich, Alice
Merzouki, Nisrine
Nardone, Silvana
Nguyen, Andrea
Ottolenghi, Yotam
Ruhlman, Michael
Scarbrough, Mark
Schacht, Jennie
Seinfeld, Jessica
Shaw, Hank
Sternman Rule, Cheryl
Stevens, Molly
Tanis, David
Weinstein, Bruce
Yockelson, Lisa
Zecchini, Alessandra

 

Anybody missing? Please add name and details in the comments section! 

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