What food blogs did for French Cuisine is simply amazing. It opened the doors to hundreds of French kitchens, for our eyes to see. Not the grand, magnificent, glamourous French kitchens made of tiled floors, marbled counters and teal blue antique cabinets that you only see in magazines. No, just the simple everyday kitchens, inhabited by simple French home cooks who show us what the French cook, bake and eat every day – for real.
Once again, this year, I am delighted to be sharing with you my selection of the 9 French Food Bloggers to Follow in 2018. These are French food bloggers that I find talented, passionate, real and humble all at once. But above all, I believe they play a brilliant part in showing to the world French food within and beyond the clichés. If you are interested in diving into real French recipes, crafted and shared by the French (and work on your French at the same time), here’s your chance. So make sure to bookmark and follow these bloggers this year.
*The following list is non-exhaustive and simply the humble reflection on my daily readings and tastes. All photos are not my property and belong to the stated bloggers’ names. Bloggers are listed here is not particular order – they are all equally great!
“Not a crumb left on the plate” is Emilie’s moto in cooking, and in life. The young Parisian woman devours life, and shares on her blog her vision of cooking, that echoes with “generosity and discoveries”. Her recipes and food stories are colorful and bountiful, rendered into her gorgeous styling and photos. She is the author of two cookbooks “Tarte Soleil” (sun-shaped pies) and “smoothie bowls”, both full of sun-kissed, peppy recipes. Her colorful Instagram stories take you into her life as a full-time food blogger, food photographer and consultant for restaurant and food brands. Business/Pleasurable European travels, Parisian restaurant dates with friends and new culinary discoveries… Emilie sure bites life to the fullest.
Based in Lyon (France’s food capital) Stephanie’s blog is a true feast for the eyes – her photos are stunning and her recipes more drool-worthy as you go. But on top of being a talented cook and an extremely talented food photographer, Stephanie also has a great entrepreneurial edge. Led by her passion for both food and design, she created a successful creative agency Geek & Food, which works with some of the biggest French food brands. Her content creations are outstanding, and it is no surprise that Stephanie has become a reference in France when it comes to food consulting. (she basically managed to build the career and portfolio every French food blogger dreams about).
“Clem” broke into the French blogosphere with her simple recipes – mostly vegan – but not just. She says people ask her often if she’s vegan or vegetarian – but the answer is no! She’s not fond of meat, but won’t necessarily stop herself from having some. For Clementine, what’s important is to listen to what your body’s craving and what will make you feel good, mentally and physically. Her recipes are full of healthy and nutritious ideas, often putting organic and ethical produces in the spotlight. A food blog that will make you feel good in many ways! Bonus point: All her recipes are both in French and in English.
Herve is the French king of food vlogging (video-blogging). His tone is so approachable and easy going, and his videos will take you step-by-step through the preparation of both beginner and expert recipes. He is especially fond of desserts – classic or modern. I made my very first sugar pie last year following his video recipe, and it turned out amazing.
Anne-Sophie has been food blogging for years, but it is her win at the show “Le Meilleur Patissier” (the French adaption of The Great British Bake off) that gave her the exposure to live fully from her passion. A much-deserved win, as she truly excels in baking and styling beautiful pastries and cakes. Decadent layer cakes, cute tartelettes, colorful cupcakes… her blog is full of fun, peppy and festive sweet creations. So much so, she says her fans often ask her if she would open her own pastry shops, to which the young mother responds that she simply wants to keep on creating simple recipes, for other people to enjoy making in their own kitchen.
Must-try : Lemon Pistachio Dome
Ophelie’s blog is a beautiful mix of earthy recipes, food stories, city guides and delicate imagery. Her whole blog and recipes have a very natural feel. She is a talented visual story teller, and I find that she is one of the few French food bloggers that excels in dark and moody food photography (which is a big trend in North America, but so much – yet?- in France). So much so that she offers food photography workshops in France and abroad (her next one is next month in Morocco). PS: She has a gorgeous Instagram feed too.
Must-try : Sorgho Apple Muffins
Tourya has started her blog a few years ago, out of pure passion for cooking and sharing. She is a mother of 3, and although she doesn’t define herself as an expert cook, she simply loves to cook and bake for her tribe -and of course, herself. To me, she is simply the perfect depiction of a French home cook, who pours her heart out every day to feed her crowd. Her recipes are down-to-earth and approachable – which makes you want to give them a try. I especially love her great section of Moroccan recipes. Moroccan cuisine has a such a great influence on French cuisine today, and I love to see bloggers like Tourya sharing her cultural roots and love for it with all of us.
Must-try : Brioche Rosace
Before opening her blog, Virginie was already evolving in a creative universe, working as a stylist and stager for TV sets. One day, she decided to quit everything to dive head first into her passion for cooking and food. She participated -and won- a culinary competition, created her food blog, launched her own culinary events, and even got a job as a cook in a Parisian bistro (impressive!). But what really caught my eye when first visiting her blog, is the true beauty of her photos. They are simply gorgeous… I mean, look at these these! Virginie’s creative eye for color palettes, design and staging translates in all her shots. And she sums it up perfectly by saying: “Pleasing the eyes, it’s the first step to whet your appetite.” 100% agreed.
Virgine from Little bouillon
I discovered Megane last year on Instagram through her beautiful feed, mixing food photography and lifestyle shots. I was drawn by the quality, yet simplicity of her style. I then ventured on her food blog and was conquered by her bright, seasonal, feel-good recipes. As she puts it nicely, Megane created this blog “to share with her readers the little culinary moments that brighten her days”. Megane is young, and I predict a very bright future (she recently started as a food stylist for Geek & Food) and I will make sure to keep an eye on her blog this year!
Must-try: Beet & Pink Radish Broth
And before you leave, make sure you check out my 2017 list, with some equally amazing bloggers!