Mochi’s Favorite Food Blogs For Quick Kitchen Inspiration

The proliferation of food blogs has made it easy to drool over gorgeous food pictures for hours and peek into others’ pristine kitchens. But when it actually comes time to cook dinner, the endless choices become overwhelming. That’s why Mochi has sifted through the blogosphere and done the hard work for you. Here are our favorites from all sorts of Asian and American fusion cuisines. Happy cooking!

 
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I Am A Food Blog
Stephanie Le

Ever eat out at a restaurant and think to yourself, “I can make this!”? Stephanie Le’s I am a Food Blog is dedicated to that exact idea. Her love for experimenting in the kitchen grew after cooking her way through every recipe in David Chang’s Momofuku cookbook. Today, Le has her own cookbook, Easy Gourmet, and her blog is a Pinterest-worthy collection of recipes with exciting flavor combinations like California roll nachostruffle mac and cheese, and, her personal favorite, Vietnamese spring rolls. It’s no wonder Saveur named Le’s site the best food blog of the year.

MY INSPIRATION…
“This varies. Sometimes I just go to the market and wander until inspiration strikes; sometimes I create something from the random produce I have in the fridge; sometimes I’ll be inspired by other blogs or my husband Mike’s ideas.”

IF YOU’RE NEW TO COOKING…
“Just go for it! Everyone starts somewhere, and cooking is a skill that can be learned—it’s not magic. And, of course, taste as you’re cooking, and don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.”


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Just One Cookbook
Namiko Chen

If you’re looking to master Japanese food, Namiko Chen’s Just One Cookbook is a fantastic place to start. Covering everything from how to make sushi rice to “Bento 101,” Chen’s step-by-step posts are approachable, easy to follow, and even supplemented by detailed YouTube video tutorials. Chen, who is Japanese herself, draws the greatest inspiration from her trips to her home country. Some of her favorite recipes include a healthier take on deep fried pork cutlet and a Korokke based on her mom’s recipe.

MY MOTIVATION…
I wanted to organize my Japanese home cooking recipes for my children so that they’ll have them in the future to enjoy.”

IF YOU’RE NEW TO COOKING…
“Start trying one dish at a time. By the tenth dish, you already know the basics from your own mistakes and successes. One day you’ll have enough experience and confidence to start adjusting and creating new recipes!”


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The ABCD’s of Cooking
Chitra Agrawal

Savor the rich flavors of Indian cuisine with Chitra Agrawal’s The ABCD’s of Cooking, a blog she started to record her family’s traditional recipes. “My mother is from South India and my father is from North India, so I feel like I’m always learning something new in the kitchen from them,” she says. On Agrawal’s blog, you’ll find nuanced dishes with a touch of fusion, like naan breakfast pizza, and fresh lettuce dosa filled with potato curry and coconut chutney.

MY INSPIRATION…
“I love combining traditional Indian recipes and making them my own with the vegetables and fruits I get in my weekly farm share. Also, I feel very lucky to live in Brooklyn, where there are so many talented chefs and artisans.”

IF YOU’RE NEW TO COOKING…
“The more you make a recipe, the more you start to understand it. It’s all about the process and learning as you go.”


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Saucy Spatula
Kayiu Ho

For blogger Kayiu Ho, Saucy Spatula “isn’t just about showing photos and recipes,” but also about sharing her story and the Hong Kong food culture she grew up in. Ho highlights various types of Chinese food on her blog, including Hong Kong, Hakka, and Cantonese styles. “The goal is to inspire my readers to get into the kitchen,” she says. The next time you’re considering Chinese takeout, give a recipe like Ho’s Sweet and Sour Pork a chance instead.

MY INSPIRATION…
“My mom ran our family restaurant. I watched her prepare and cook thousands of lunches and dinners. Inspiration can also hide in things I see online, memories from my childhood or conversations I have with my mom or another blogger. They all give me a push to create.”

IF YOU’RE NEW TO COOKING…
“The secret ingredient is persistence. Ask questions. Learn why your chicken came out dry, decode the problem, and try it again!”


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My Name is Yeh
Molly Yeh

My Name is Yeh has evolved so much from its early beginnings as a restaurant and schnitzel blog (yes, really!) to its current version as a recipe blog. “My blog is my personal life diary, and my life right now simply happens to be about food!” Yeh says. Clearly that’s a recipe for success; Saveur loved looking into her North Dakota farm life so much, the magazine select her as a food blog award finalist.

MY INSPIRATION…
“My Jewish and Chinese heritages, my travels, my surroundings, the seasons, the zillions of bloggers and food writers that I admire.”

IF YOU’RE NEW TO COOKING…
“Begin by referring to recipes, and then don’t be afraid to depart from them and add your own flair. Learn the techniques, but adjust the flavors to your liking.”


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Shao Zi Zhong

Inspired by the website Tastespotting, Shao Zi Zhong set up her blog six years ago as a way to record recipes she didn’t want to forget. As a young girl, Zhong started picking up the basics by watching her parents cook, watching PBS cooking shows, and preparing her own afterschool snacks. Nowadays, Zhong feels inspired to experiment with vintage recipes as well as modern ones. “It’s interesting to see how dishes have evolved and been adjusted to taste and culture throughout the decades,” she says.

MY INSPIRATION…
“Comes from my travels and, when at home in Philadelphia, going to Reading Terminal Market—a historic landmark and one of the city’s oldest markets.”

IF YOU’RE NEW TO COOKING…
“Look for recipes that are light on ingredients but emphasize techniques that have a major impact on the outcome of a dish.”