As one of the world’s top culinary destinations it’s no surprise that France lends itself magnificently to blogging about food. In the French Waterways latest round-up of French blogs we go foodie and pick six of the best about French cuisine. From simple to sophisticated, from entrées to pastries with a good dose of restaurant reviews in between, these French food blogs cover it all. And they’re guaranteed to set your taste buds watering. Bon appétit!
As French food blogs go, the title of this one couldn’t get any simpler. Spend any time on the site and all you’ll want to do is manger. The virtual child of Mimi Thorisson, Manger showcases life in the rural Médoc and a long, long list of delicious French recipes.
Mimi, of Chinese and French origin, and raised in Hong Kong, took up her blog after she, her Islandic husband and several children and dogs moved from Paris to a rambling farmhouse in south-west France. The area suits foodies down to the ground – as well as one of the top wine-producing areas of France, Médoc has, as Mimi puts it, “all the best on a platter”.
Inspired by her permanent love affair with food and passion for local produce, Mimi began sharing recipes on her blog in 2012. Five years, two cookbooks and over 270,000 followers on Instagram later, Mimi has built up something of a foodie empire. Manger certainly ranks among the best French food blogs and is, we think, one of the best presented.
Something of a veteran of French food blogs, Chocolate & Zucchini (or C&Z as author Clotilde Dosoulier calls it) has been around since 2003. Like the rest of the bloggers in this article, Clotilde has passion with a capital ‘P’ for food. But unlike most of the others, she’s French and so has something of a head start in this particular blogosphere.
C&Z is so-called to reflect Clotilde’s take on food. Zucchini because she likes to use fresh, seasonal produce and chocolate to reflect her love of desserts and anything with chocolate in it. Her ultimate aim goes beyond providing a long list of recipes: Clotilde wants to teach and inspire each of her readers to the point that they go solo in the kitchen.
To help you on your way, C&Z offers plenty of inspiration with a jam-packed recipe section. Recipes are usefully divided into meal types by category, season and ingredient. It’ll come as no surprise to discover that chocolate takes up the largest section with no less than 69 recipes.
No recipes on this one, but a creative and colourful tribute to la cuisine française in one of the best review French food blogs around. Blogger Clotilde’s feelings for food go beyond mere passion and actually form part of her raison d’être. Not for nothing does she adapt Descartes and declare that “je mange donc je suis”.
The blog is served entirely in French so as well as admiring some seriously stunning photos of French food, you get the chance to brush up on your language skills. Plus, take your food vocabulary to a whole new level.
The blog’s main focus lies in restaurant reviews, mostly in Paris but there’s a fair sprinkling in Lyon and elsewhere too. As you’d expect in a blog about French restaurants, many are high-end (and therefore pricey), but she also reviews less expensive venues and gives a clear idea of prices at the end of each entry. Every critique comes with lots of photos, so good you could almost eat the dishes off the screen.
Kerry Saretsky definitely started something of a revolution when she created her blog nearly a decade ago. French Revolution aims to bring American and French cuisine together – easy when you’ve got a French mother and father from Brooklyn – but also to show that French cooking isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. The result is a fun blend of recipes, most of which are revolutionarily easy.
The blog includes standard blog entries, but the real focus lies in the recipes. We love how Kerry has categorised them. Not only are they divided into food types but also into how long they take to make. So, if you’re in a rush, click on the 15 minutes tab. Don’t expect a humble croque monsieur though; following Kerry’s recipes you can create a masterpiece – think cassoulet or macaron frappé – even if you just have a quarter of an hour. For more leisurely cooks, there’s plenty in the 60-minute dish tab too.
French Revolution also includes a selection of videos so you can see as well as read how it’s done. And then there’s a fun section, French in a Flash, showing you how to make authentic French dishes in, well, a flash.
If you like French food to hit the sweet spot, American David Lebovitz’s blog is a must-read. David’s something of a pioneer in the food blogger world since his Living the sweet life in Paris has been around since 2004 when blogging was virtually unheard of.
A pastry chef by training, David offers an eclectic blend of contents on his blog. The homepage takes you right into the heart of Parisian foodie culture with reviews of eateries (bakeries, ice cream parlours, restaurants…). He also lists his favourite places to eat in Paris – insights that are always useful when you’re visiting a city. And his top picks take you on and off the beaten tourist trail.
Then there’s the recipe section. As you’d expect, sweets take centre stage – just the custard recipes run well into double figures. But David also includes savoury recipes so you could easily make a full meal to accompany your pastry or dessert. And whatever you choose to make you’ll only find what David calls ‘basic, honest ingredients’. French foodie purists will be glad to read that pure butter is definitely one of them.
Katie Zeller’s blog declares its intentions straight away. “It’s all about the food” says the top banner, although “and life in France” comes as a small caveat. In her years in France, Katie, originally from Minnesota, has battled with both French paperwork and chickens, dual challenges that led her to write her very extensive blog.
But, as she says, it is all about the food. And there’s plenty of it. The blog is divided into handy sections such as Starters, Meat & Fish and Sides so you can easily find inspiration for a meal. All Katie’s recipes share two common denominators: they use healthy food and are simple to follow.
Like so many other expats in France, Katie too has been restoring a property, a process that (again, like so many others) has taken up more than its fair share of time. Unusually, the blog doesn’t share progress updates conventionally; you get a snippet of information or photo at the end of each recipe instead. That means you can’t stay fully up-to-date or get a good idea of where the reno is at, but as Katie says, “it’s all about the food”.
French food blogs as inspiration
Savour the best of what’s showcased on these French food blogs on one of our hotel barge cruises. Simply pick your favourite region, book your cruise and prepare to enjoy delicious food against some stunning river scenery.