Of the approximately 150 million food blogs* on the internet, only a handful are kept up to date on a regular basis, and even fewer of them are based in New England.
With the general shift in popularity from blogging to Instagram over the past few years, many bloggers have abandoned the long form for insta-convenience. It’s not a bad deal for us consumers either. With a quick scroll through Instagram, you can easily find everything from tonight’s dinner inspiration to your next date night – no blogging required. But if you’re looking for more in-depth local feed, here are a few sites that stay up to date with regular content and a fresh perspective. They also offer a wide range of content and represent the spectrum of blogging types, from individual publishers to group collaborations to a corporate franchise. There is something for all appetites.
If you’re into food blogging like so many bloggers are now, I’ve also put together a list of some of the best local food Instagram accounts to follow – whether you’re looking to cook or dine, there are several local influencers that you should follow now.
*Wild estimate, but probably not so far.
The food in my beard
Dan Whalen, recent Guys Grocery Games winner and author of this longtime local food blog The food in my beard, publishes original recipes, mostly its own unique twist on comfort food favorites. This concept has extended to 3 cookbooks, including one on toddlers! I’m obsessed with her warm cheese dips, and while it’s technically a sponsored post, the problem with Dan’s content is that it’s still 100% authentically his. This blog is sure to keep your mouth watering and your grocery list full of inspiration.
You can also follow Dan on Instagram @tfimb.
Fresh NEW ENGLAND
Fresh NEW ENGLAND is a collective of contributors who write about all the best things about food in the region, from restaurants and trends to recipes and food-related activities. I love their DIY sticks in the recipe of New England Caramel Applesand their interview with chef Jason Bond de Bondir reminds us why his restaurant is still one of Boston’s best. This beautiful site is a great resource to start any culinary adventure in New England, from cooking in your own kitchen to planning your next weekend getaway.
You can also follow them on Instagram @myfreshnewengland.
cook with books
From Martha’s Vineyard to Boston and beyond, Marnely’s cook with books blog will inspire you with creative and well-written recipes as well as travel inspiration and “beauty for foodies.” Her Crostata plum pistachio ricotta makes me seriously crave plum season, and the Cranberry and Cardamom Shortbread Cookies go on my list to cook right now! Plus, all the nifty photos will help you along every recipe journey.
You can also follow her on Instagram @marnely_murray.
The Boston Craze
Although this is not a traditional cooking blog, The Boston Craze is an in-depth restaurant guide that is extremely useful to anyone interested in local food information. The craze has spread to Cities all over the world, and eventually came to Boston. Their unbiased reviews and top lists, such as List of Boston’s greatest hits, tap all the highlights you need to choose your next dining destination. And since they do not depend on a single contributor, the information circulates regularly and remains perfectly up to date.
You can also follow them on Instagram @infatuation_boston.
The food prism
The food prism is a promising, relatively new site that is full of beautiful photography and reliable reviews. Their contributors are among the most well-known local food writers, and the tone is both professional and approachable. Their monthly I can’t miss the dish is definitely one of the following!
You can also find them on Instagram @thefoodlens.
One of the most popular local food blogs, hosted by Tiffany Lopinsky, Boston Foodies is a good resource for a variety of local food content. Where to find unlimited sushi to reviews of many restaurants in Boston, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for here. Just be aware that the content is heavily sponsored and that Lopinsky also does marketing for many restaurants in the area.
You can also find them on Instagram @bostonfoodies.
Local foodies on Instagram
As if Instagram doesn’t already make you hungry every time you scroll (or is that just my feed?), here’s a sample of Boston-centric “Instafood” accounts to follow. They share real food from all over the region, including their home cooking, with true authenticity. Prepare to be very hungry!
And for where to find the best cocktails and libations in the area, follow @nailthecocktail.