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Food Bloggers, What is their inspiration?

Food Bloggers, what was their inspiration for starting their food blog sites? Here are some stories behind the top food blog sites the internet has to offer. These are the short personal tales behind some of the top food blogs featured here on The Worlds Diner.

Food Bloggers story #1

My Nana Sally began teaching me how to cook in the mid-1950s, at the very young age of 5. Back then, the kitchen was always the hub of existence in our house. Even when people stopped by to visit, we always sat in the kitchen. One of my fondest childhood memories is of her putting me on a step stool & allowing me to help her cook breakfast. Cooking has always been a passion of mine & I’ve been creating recipes since I was in my teens. When my daughter was grown & leaving for college in the mid-1990s, she mentioned how much she would miss my cooking. Because all my recipes were only in my head, I set off on a mission to make her a cookbook. This involved cooking every recipe, measuring & writing everything down, then cooking everything again to test the written word. It was truly a labor of love that took over 3 years to complete! So a few years back I decided to create my website & share all my recipes with the world.

Recipe on The Worlds Diner

My favorite cooking tool & the one I use most often is my Wok, can’t live without it!

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Food Bloggers Story #2

I’ve been cooking for other people since I was 13 when my dad died, my mom had to take afternoon classes to finish her teaching credential, and I prepared simple dinners for her and my sisters. Later, I cooked for someone with IBD, then someone with an eating disorder, and others. I started A Meal In Mind to document the meals that I have been making for the last year for my daughter-in-law, who is gluten-and-lactose intolerant, my little grandson, who’s allergic to eggs, and my son, who can eat anything. I draw on my background as a biology teacher to research food science. And I focus on local, organic and sustainable ingredients. But mostly, I love to cook and share meals with family! I focus mainly on naturally gluten-free foods so it’s not all about bread. And food photography has become my new hobby!  My goal is to become one the best Food bloggers the internet has.

My favorite kitchen tool is my food processor. My blog is

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Story #3

I grew up in a multi generational home in a small Mediterranean country. Back then everything was home cooked from scratch and I learned a lot of it from my grandparents. As years went by I somehow took those skills for granted and cooked less and less. Once I had kids of my own and started to teach them to eat healthy food, I kept going back to basics: home cooked recipes from back home. My husband had a similar upbringing in his home country of Bolivia so I started learning how to cook some Latin food as well. I alternate between the Mediterranean and Latin food at home and I’m having fun experimenting with new recipes. It has become also a great bonding experience with my mom as I always ask her for details I have forgotten. I hope my website will be mainly a family recipe cookbook for my kids one day and everyone else who wants to share this journey with me. 

Thank you, Sonila Zarate

Story #4

The inspiration for my website, Cardamom Magazine, goes back to my childhood when I learned to bake with my mom and my Swedish grandmother in her cozy kitchen. My grandmother made the most delicious Swedish baked goods. Her secret ingredient? Cardamom, of course! When I grew up, I began to travel a lot and became intrigued by the flavors of the world. I started taking cooking classes and food tours in every country I visited. From both of these experiences came the idea to create a website focused on global recipes and culinary travel.

My favorite kitchen tool is my Plett pan for making traditional Swedish pancakes, but I do use my instant pot and blender all the time!

Patrice Rutledge

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Story #5

I come from generations of home cooks and grew up with a mom who could make anything (at least it felt that way). So I grew up knowing that I could make anything as well as long as I tried. I hope to inspire others to try new things and to just go for it! If you fail, at least you tried, but you probably learned something along the way. There are so many easy recipes out there and you don’t have to be a chef to make them. There is nothing better than putting something awesome on the table for family or friends.  

My favorite kitchen tool right now is my Instant Pot because there are SO many ways to use it and I’m still learning as much as I can. Every time I try something new I am amazed at the outcome. 

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28 thoughts on “Food Bloggers, What is their inspiration?”

  1. It’s so much fun to read about how each blogger got started. Each was inspired some aspect of cooking in the family, and even with these short anecdotes I can imagine the kitchens and the dishes being made. Thanks for putting this together!

  2. So interesting to read all these different inspirations. Grandparents and parents seem to be a big influence. I didn’t have any of that growing up. At 18 I couldn’t even boil water! I think I’ve learned a bit through the decades now, though.

  3. It’s great to see what has inspired other food bloggers to start their blogging journey. I also have enjoyed seeing what tools others can’t live without. Thanks for sharing.

  4. There are so many great stories behind the start of some amazing bloggers. It’s great to see how these fantastic food bloggers moved from baking/cooking into inspiring others.

  5. I am also a passionate lover of different kinds of foods from different corners. These stories are really inspirational and go through me to fulfill my passion as a food blogger! Thanks for sharing and again inspiring me.

  6. I always love hearing the stories behind the stories…the stories of song inspiration as one example. But these stories of the inspiration behind blogs were fantastic!

  7. What an inspirational stories! It’s all started from home at young age. Wish you all more success in your Food blogging world.

  8. This is so interesting; all the different ways people come to love cooking and then take the leap and share their love of food with the rest of us. I know all these blogs and love many of their recipes.

  9. Love these stories 🙂 It’s interesting how most learned to cook from a family member. It just made me think that I need to let my kids be more involved in the kitchen no matter how young they are. If they want to help I need to let them. It could instill a love for cooking in them. Thank you all for sharing your stories!

  10. What a fun idea for a post! It’s so interesting to learn what inspired each of your featured bloggers. I noticed that the common thread between all of them is their strong connection to family. The fact that they each felt driven to share their love of cooking is, I suspect, why each of them is successful in their own right.

  11. Thank you for inviting me to share my story in this post! I also enjoyed learning about the inspiration behind the other bloggers’ sites. All so different yet all based on the common love of food and what it means to our lives.

  12. I love these kitchen tool recommendations! I suck in the kitchen and am always trying to figure out how to make cooking less of a chore! Definitely some great products I’m going to check out and blogs I’m going to bookmark for recipes!


  13. Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef

    Always love hearing the inspiration behind the journey of cooking! Fun to read, thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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