The world has changed so much since I began cooking. When I started, I subscribed to five magazines and bought a cookbook or two (or eight) a month. OK, I was addicted and had hundreds of books and thousands of magazines. Now, I only buy really esoteric books and subscribe to one magazine and get everything else online and mainly through fellow bloggers! It is like the biggest, best recipe swap in the world, a virtual church social with so many generous lovely people who are becoming virtual friends all over the world. It is too much fun.
Honestly, there are some books that should be bought, books that no self-respecting cook should ever be without (like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything) and even though I do kiss the steps of the New York Times each time I pass in gratitude for the amazing things it has shown me and taught me…the blogosphere is pulling from the NYT and the London Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Il Corriere de la Sera, and a thousand other magazines and papers as well as from brilliant, creative seekers and teachers generating wonderful writing and photography.
I found one of my new favorite recipes via bloggery, through the great photo sites Tastespotting and Foodgawker, which introduce me to new bloggers every day. There I saw a cake from a Russian girl living in Barcelona on her blog "Tales of a Spoon." She had found the recipe on the "Madhuram's Eggless" blog penned by a transplanted Indian lady in Philadelphia! The only reason I am writing this for Blogcritics is that the wonderful blogger, Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks, recommended it to me!
That is why the culture is so vibrant. Instead of a cozy group with the same background and the same resources, the virtual circle is endlessly rich and constantly adding to itself. Bloggers are forever introducing new members to their circles through the comments feature. Sometimes these commenters even become friends because of shared interests. New recipes, new products, new foods are all at our fingertips thanks to the internet and its worldwide store.