So you’ve decided to start a food blog and are feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the possibilities available to you. You’re not alone! As the interest in food blogging has grown, so have the tools and support available to those of us who want to share what we know about food and culinary nutrition. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up some of the best tools for food bloggers that will help you expand your knowledge, gain confidence and create a food blog that you’re proud of.
The Best Resources + Tools for Food Bloggers
All of the fanciest photography or web design isn’t going to help you if readers don’t find compelling stories, interesting information or fantastic recipes on your food blog. Take the time to work on your writing by practicing on a regular basis and improving your writing skills. Some handy resources to help you do this:
Writing Tools for Food Bloggers
- Will Write for Food, by Dianne Jacob
- 11 Tips to Improve Your Blog Writing
- What Should Food Bloggers Write About?
- Evergreen Content Ideas for Food Bloggers
- How to Create Stellar Content
- Nest and Story (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)
Recipe development is an essential component of food blogging. It’s important to work on creating original recipes that are designed by you. Now, you might be wondering if there is an original recipe under the sun and the answer is absolutely! While the ingredients you use in a recipe may not be original, the story you tell about the recipe, the way you write the instructions and how you drop any culinary nutrition knowledge along with the recipe is unique to you.
Developing recipes is a skill, so get in your kitchen and start playing. The only way you’ll learn how to develop recipes is to actually develop recipes. Keep a careful note of your measurements and instructions, either using an old school pen and paper or with your phone, tablet or computer. You may also find some of these resources handy:
Recipe Development Tools for Food Bloggers
- Recipe Development as a Profession
- Recipe Development: How It’s Done
- 5 Fundamental Keys to Creating Your Own Original Recipe
- Recipe Development Tips for Food Bloggers
- 10 Tricks and Tips from a Recipe Tester
- The Business of Posting Recipes Online
- Copyright + Food Blogging
Food photography is incredibly important in food blogging. That vegetarian curry you made may taste delicious, but without good food photography it’s just going to look like vomit on the plate. You don’t need exceptional photography skills right off the bat for a good food blog, but knowing the basics will get you started and you can improve, grow and learn as you go. Some fantastic food photography resources are:
Photography Tools for Food Bloggers
- 3 Tips for Better Food Photography
- Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography + Styling
- Using Images + Photos from Google
- Food Photography School
- Tasty Food Photography
- 10 Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers
And you don’t even need an uber-professional camera to take great food photos!
- How to Take Great Pictures of Food in Restaurants
- 10 iPhone Food Photography Styling Tips
- 5 Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Phone
- 11 Ways to Take a Better Food Photo on Instagram
- 13 Tips for Beautiful + Temping iPhone Food Photography
- 15 Delightful Food Photographers to Follow on Instagram
While an excellently-crafted food photo is essential, even great food photos need a bit of editing to make them pop. Photoshop has long been considered the standard for graphic designers, but it has a lot of features that the average food blogger doesn’t really need. Here are some other options to consider:
Photo Editing Tools for Food Bloggers
- The Best Free Photo Editors
- Fixing a Photo is Quick and Easy with These Photo Editing Apps
- 10 Photo Editing Programs that Aren’t Photoshop
The props you use for food photography will depend on your preferences and style. Generally, choose simple props such as white dishes and tablecloths that will showcase the food and not detract from it.
However, the best place to start is by using the props you already own! Pull out your cutlery, serving pieces, napkins, cutting boards and dishes and start experimenting with how they look in photos. Even things like scrap white paper can be used as backgrounds, so rummage around your house for other things that might look good as a background or a surface you can shoot the food from.
If you want to explore new props, secondhand shops and thrift stores are a budget-friendly option, or you can host a ‘prop swap’ with friends or family. Some other handy prop advice:
Prop Tools for Food Bloggers
- 5 Great Places to Find Food Photo Props Without Breaking the Bank
- Food Photography Props on a Budget
- 6 Must-Have Food Photography Props to Give Your Images Something Extra
- How to Find Amazing Props for Your Food Photography
- 10 Household Items that Can Improve Your Food Photography
- 10 Props for Food Photography You Already Own
Yes, we know that beauty is only skin deep and beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it’s what’s inside that counts. Still, we eat with our eyes and the way the food looks on the plate influences our perceptions of the food itself. Teach yourself how to plate food attractively with these tools:
Styling Tools for Food Bloggers
- Food Styling Tips for Food Bloggers
- Food Styling 101
- Food-Styling 101: Pro-Tips to Step Up Your Game
- 10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography Styling
SEO (Search Engine Organization)
Search engine optimization might seem intimidating, but really it’s just about putting yourself in the mind of your readers and what they might google when looking for a recipe.
One of the best resources to help you is SEO For Food Bloggers, written by culinary nutrition graduate and SEO expert Amanda Maguire. She really knows her stuff and explain it in a way that is easy to understand and implement.
When you’re just starting out, a free website platform like Weebly, or WordPress.com, or inexpensive options like Squarespace or Wix can be immensely helpful. But as you progress in your blog, or want to launch a business website that includes a blog, it’s more professional to buy a domain and self-host your website. Here are some resources to help you do just that:
Web Hosting Tools for Food Bloggers
- How to Choose the Right Web Hosting
- Food Blogging 101: Choosing the Best Web Host
- How To Choose a Website Host
Associations + Memberships
For those of you who want a community of help and support, to meet like-minded food bloggers, or to learn how to earn an income from your food blog, an association or membership might be something to consider. Think about what you want and what you’d like to get out of the membership experience, and then go and seek out a group that fits the bill. Some of our faves are:
There are also a ton of local food blogging associations in different cities and countries around the world so look up what’s in your community. Facebook is also a wonderful resource for this.
We hope you find these best resources and tools for food bloggers helpful!
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