the Orange juiceChina via Fremont, CA
Betty Liu started the Orange juice documenting her mother’s traditional Shanghainese-style recipes so that she can prepare them independently. “I grew up eating traditional Chinese food, especially from the Shanghai area, and when I left for college in the Midwest, I suddenly found myself deprived of authentic, home-style Chinese food” , Liu told SBS. “When I came back for visits and breaks, I begged my mom to teach me the basics as well as her signature dishes.” Of all the recipes in her repertoire, Liu says red-braised pork belly is the most crowd-pleasing.
Wait: Many traditional Shanghai-style recipes, such as steamed spring onion flower buns, small wonton soup, and sweet potato mochi cakes.
Fix the party styleLA and Hawaii
Los Angeles-based Alana’s blog draws inspiration from her upbringing in Hawaii, her Japanese heritage, and her food experiences in general. Both travel and culinary blog, there is a good dose of escape to offer in Fix the party style (warning: FOMO may ensue), which was named Saveur Magazine’s Readers’ Choice for Best New Voice in 2015.
Wait: Fresh fusion recipes with a good base in Asian cuisine and lots of pastries.
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VikalinkaRussia via London
Julia Frey launched her culinary blog, Vikalinka, to record the family recipes that have been passed down to him, for his children. “I didn’t want any of our Russian recipes and traditions to get lost, so I thought an online food journal was the way to go,” she told SBS.
Wait: Well-known Slavic dishes such as golubtsi (cabbage rolls), blini (pancakes and sharlotka (apple cake) as well as the more obscure tastes of keks stolichniy (Russian pound cake).
Belly MattersEgypt via Australia
Born and raised in Egypt, Noha Serageldin and her husband packed up their lives and moved to Australia in 2013, sparking a passion for her home cooking. Serageldin has also been used in the kitchen to help with anxiety and chronic disease – a focus on whole foods throughout the Blog.
Wait: A bunch of lovingly created Egyptian recipes with modern, global touches, like pumpkin and feta fritters, taameyya (the original Egyptian falafel) and maple-glazed harissa-glazed roasted carrots.
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Green Kitchen StoriesStockholm, Sweden
Contrary to popular belief, vegetarian food isn’t always easier to afford, with the panoply of exotic ancient grains (with their exotic price tags) now in stores. But Green Kitchen Stories keep things simple. It follows the vegetarian food feats of husband and wife team David and Luise, who create delicious recipes using very humble ingredients. The couple met in Rome while studying and moved to Stockholm to start a family, which explains their global culinary influences.
Wait: Colorful grain and plant-based foods, such as Coconut Banana Pancake Cake, Fall Kale Slaw, and Raw Lime Mousse.
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sweet potato soulNew York
Georgia Peach is a New Yorker who loves sweet potatoes, chocolate and great southern flavors. the Blog is packed with gourmet vegan recipes that will challenge what you know about the vegan lifestyle (doughnuts and sausages abound). Peach is also the co-founder of an online vegan meal planning service called Buddhalicious.
Wait: Vegan comfort food like sweet potato beignets and vegan sausage, as well as lighter dishes like southern buddha bowls with green limas.
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My blue and white kitchenFinland
Finland’s Sini Ellen is following in the footsteps of other great Nordics from Denmark (ahem, Rene Redzepi), championing foraging. She frequents the woods for fresh berries and mushrooms and makes almost everything from scratch with her loot. Her favorite recipe? Finnish cinnamon buns.
Wait: Fresh, seasonal and simple Nordic and European favorites like plum pancakes, pulla (Finnish cardamom spice buns – below) and lemon mushroom salt.
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A first generation Pakistani born in Karachi, Sumayya Usmani’s parents were among many Muslim Indians who migrated to the new Dominion of Pakistan in 1947. Many small ethnic communities that settled here centuries ago combine in ways unique and eclectic,” she wrote on her Blog. As such, its recipes are a melting pot of these cultures.
Wait: Family favorites like firni (rice pudding with cardamom and saffron), daal aur chawal and fragrant seafood curries.
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