Australian's love looking at food, we love reading about food, we love cooking shows and competitions about food. So it's not surprising that we have some of the best food bloggers in the world; cooking up delicious dishes and sharing them online to a vast and salivating audience.
The concept of "food porn" is now a mainstay in our consumption of media (see what we did there), from social, to online, to TV and even radio. As a country, we're obsessed with food. And no one does food porn better than the food blogger.
There are heaps of Australians turning their passion for food into mouth-watering daily blogs and inspiring social media accounts, capturing their food adventures and new creations. Here at Margin Media, we decided to share some of our favourite go-to blogs for edible inspiration.
So here are the top 10 Australian food blogs (as chosen by us) of 2018.
10. Belly Rumbles
Belly Rumbles is a food and travel blog run by Sydney resident Sara McCleary. There is a great mix of mouthwatering recipes (like the Blueberry White Chocolate Waffles above) and travel writing and reviews. Also, for all the dog lovers out there, Sara has a section on her website for dog-friendly restaurants and recipes. Her photography is on point and her recipes are broken down into helpful categories, like 'Soups + Stews + Curries', and 'Eggs + Cheese + Dairy'.
Tania is a food product manager at an artisan Italian food company. Her recipes and style are heavily influenced and inspired by her Mother. Her simple and stylish recipes always look delicious and beautifully plated. This simple, clean aesthetic is visible across her entire blog.
Emma Galloway's fantastic blog highlights a lifetime dedicated to food. After spending eight years as a chef, she decided to start My Darling Lemon Thyme in 2010. The blog's core is in gluten-free, vegetarian recipes, stories, and tips on organic gardening. In April 2014, her first cookbook was published with Harper Collins, which you can read all about here. It's available throughout Australia and New Zealand, and online for her international readers.
We still can't get enough of Melanie Lionello's deliciously inspiring blog Naturally Nutritious. The qualified nutritionist from Melbourne pours her heart into creating mouth-watering, visually enticing and healthy recipes, as well as restaurant reviews and travel stories. Sweets, savouries, treats, drinks, sauces, she covers everything, but centres it around nutrition and bags of flavour. Check out her cinnamon spelt doughnuts for an out-of-this-world treat.
Coming in at sixth place is Sydney based, French-born blogger Marie and her blog Not Enough Cinnamon. The blog's purpose is to "help women in their 20’s and 30’s on their journey toward better health, fitness and self-confidence." The blog not only covers delicious and healthy recipes, but has a fitness and healthy living section to inspire readers to combine healthy food and healthy lifestyle.
Although this blog is inconsistent with posting, their backlog is full of inspiring, distinct, and (dare we say it) stunning recipes. Souvlaki For The Soul was started by Peter in 2007 and it has slowly been gaining momentum. Exploring his Greek/Australian heritage through food and food photography, the blog features sharp and beautiful photos with a moody colour scheme; it's a blog full of character. He also showcases great behind-the-scenes footage of how his images are put together. Take a look here.
Our number four pick goes to Sydney food blogger Nagi. Famous for her creative and bold new ideas, as well as her fresh takes on favourites to shortcut preparation; she cuts down on cost and creates food with style. Hands down, the photography captures every inch of flavour dripping from her recipes. Where this blog succeeds is in its mission statement: breaking free of food blog norms, embracing simple recipes made from everyday ingredients, never leaving waste and embracing crowd-pleasing dishes to turn heads.
Not Quite Nigella is the pseudonym for Lorraine Elliott, who is a self-professed cake and food enthusiast who says that she believes “cakes belong in an art gallery”. Lorraine is local to Sydney, and spends her time reviewing restaurants and dreaming up delightful creations. Her memoir called "Not Quite Nigella" was released by Penguin Books in April 2013, and is a testament to her enormous popularity. Her blog is a celebration of good food, her Asian-Australian heritage, and well-designed dishes.
Although What Katie Ate is only semi-active (it seems), the recipes and food photography remain outstanding. The blog is the brainchild of Katie Quinn Davies, a commercial photographer from Sydney, who runs her food blog in her spare time. The blog features simple, seasonal recipes, including much-loved classics and plenty of brand new mouth-watering dishes. Featuring Katie's gorgeous photography throughout, this blog is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Sneh from Sydney has taken her blog Cook Republic to soaring heights, and it has also moved up our list to take first place. The blog is personal and enthralling, with a passion for food photography and styling evident in every image. Her playful commentary breathes life into the still images, elevating the recipes from elements to fully-fledged designer dishes and micro works of art.
Top 5 Australian Foodie Instagram Accounts
We thought we'd give you something a little extra, so we bring you our top 5 Australian food Instagram accounts. Tuck into some seriously good social media accounts dedicated to all things food. From food reviewers to extraordinary cake-makers and decorators, these are the accounts that we drool over regularly. Take a look at these Insta-foodies from all over the country (in ascending order).
3. Andy Bowdy