Tuesday, June 24, 2008 | 12:57 PM ET
by Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca
About a month ago, a friend and I were exchanging rapid-fire, chatty, one-line e-mails. At the end of one, I pasted a link to a baking blog, thereby bringing the conversation to a sharp stop.
An hour later, a happy e-mail popped up. My friend, without an ounce of hesitation, admitted, "I got completely lost in that blog."
The very best blogs will have that effect, transforming a curious reader into a dedicated follower determined to click through each and every last archived entry.
Here's a roundup of notable food blogs including the aforementioned baking blog (warning, you may want to turn off the television and unplug the phone before proceeding any further).
Ethnic Eats Sampling the World’s Cuisine Without Ever Leaving Town
Vancouver-based blogger Degan Beley searches out the best ethnic cuisine served in the city. Beley writes candid reviews for a range of restaurants critiquing fare and service and also instructs on different customs and manners.
Food for Thought
A nod to the competition Food Network Canada's food blog is written by Catherine Jheon, a former CBCer who produced Metro Morning's Beyond Burgers segment about cheap but delicious eats. The Food Network blog chronicles the lives of celebrity chefs, looks at trends and includes a cooking club challenge.
BARF Musings from the International Food Safety Network
Calling on food safety experts at Kansas State University, BARF offers sharp commentary on technology, culture and regulatory agencies.
This Georgia-based baker's attention to detail transforms simple cupcakes into an art from. Martha Stewart featured a demo of Bakerella making her signature cupcake pops — teeny, bite-sized cakes on Popsicle sticks — spurring a host of copycats across the U.S.
What food blogs do you read? Are you a Canadian food blogger? Tell us about your blog.
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From trends and culture to politics and nutrition, Food Bytes serves up tasty tidbits about food and the issues surrounding it that flavour our everyday lives.
About the writers
Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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