Niche Blogs: Focused on Food

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Among the gazillions of food blogs are some that always feature a subject you know and love -as long as you know and love what the blogger has chosen to write about. When a blogger has a passion for a specific subject, they have no trouble finding enough material, no matter how narrow the chosen subject. Even if it's only one particular dish.

"Bento" is Japanese for lunchbox, and "Kyaraben" or "Charaben" means character bento, or lunches that look like works of art. Anna the Red's Bento Factory showcases the finely-crafted box lunches Anna makes for her family. There are now quite a few bento blogs you can use for inspiration.

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Feasting on Art combines food and art in a most unusual way. Famous paintings that feature food are deconstructed so that the recipes of the food depicted can be reproduced. Pictured is Diego Rivera's Woman Grinding Maize, which is accompanied by a recipe for Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas.

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There's no shortage of excessive foods, and the recent trend of combining rich foods into a overindulgent culinary orgy is a sure way to get attention on the internet (remember the Luther burger?). This is Why You're Fat collects those incidences of outrageous calorie consumption for your amusement. At least it's supposed to be for amusement, but some folks go to this blog for dinner ideas. Shown are Bacon Cheese Turtleburgers, a combination of ground beef, cheese, and bacon with hot dog limbs.

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Suicide Food is the term used for the peculiar food advertising trope that incorporates the animal about to be eaten in a way that suggests they are joyous at the prospect. You know, like a pig enticing you to eat more bacon or sausage. Or a duck serving a platter of duck.

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Cupcakes Take the Cake limits itself to the subject of cupcakes, but has no shortage of material, like recipes, decorating ideas and instructions, cupcake news, and submissions from bakers. Shown are Cheerwine Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, dark chocolate drizzle and maraschino cherries by Flickr user weege.

550_wafflizer We looked at The Pancake Project last week during Pancake Day. A somewhat related blog takes on waffles, whatever they are made of. Waffleizer asks the question, "Will it waffle?" meaning "Can you prepare it in a waffle iron?" Cookies? Eggs? Sure, and plenty of other foods you never considered cooking with a waffle iron.

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Michael Ohlsson is a former vegan who took on a project to try foods from other cultures, including exotic meats. That was over five years ago, and the blog Weird Meat continues to record and review his culinary adventures. Shown is a turtle served in Beijing.

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The blog Black Iron Dude has recipes and food news, but it's mainly about cast iron skillets. In case you didn't know, there is a lot to learn about cast iron cooking, including how to buy a good skillet (new or old), how to season it properly, how to care for your cookware, and best of all, how to cook with it!

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Hospital Food is a photo blog that shows you what hospital patients are eating all over the world, mostly submitted by readers The pancakes shown were served at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. What's for School Lunch? is a similar blog with some information about each meal. Both blogs will make you consider moving to France. Fed Up: School Lunch Project is from an anonymous teacher who is eating a school cafeteria lunch every day this school year to showcase the food served and raise awareness of school food before budgets are cut further.

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Bacon Unwrapped is about everything and anything to do with bacon. It's only one food, but the internet offers plenty of material, from recipes and reviews to music and fashion, all about bacon. Believe it or not, the breakfast from the blog pictured here was purchased in Japan and is made of plastic! The Bacon Show features a bacon recipe, every day, forever. See more bacon resources in the mental_floss post Internet Bacon.

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The highly successful Cake Wrecks was created to highlight the rare but often hilarious miscommunications or misspellings on professionally-made cakes (see at least three in this picture). You'll also find decorated cakes in which good intentions went horribly, horribly wrong. And then occasionally there are some really awesome cakes.

See also: A Sampling of Niche Blogs and Niche Blogs: Found Photos Edition.

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February 23, 2010 - 3:09am
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