The blogroll

I’ve added some links to my blogroll, so I thought I’d take the time to write a little bit about each of them.

Jamie Oliver and Delia Online are pretty self-explanatory. I use recipes by plenty of other people, but if I’m looking for a basic recipe I’ll go to Delia for the reliable version and Jamie for a twist on the original. If I’m doing something that is likely to require precision, like baking a pudding or a cake, I know I’ll get a tried-and-tested and uncomplicated solution from Delia. Jamie’s recipes are a bit more haphazard (a slosh of this, a handful of that), but since that’s how I cook anyway, I don’t mind it.

Eat like a girl is the lovely Niamh, with whom I used to work in a non-food-related setting. I only found her blog by accident after I friended her on Facebook, but it turned out she was one of the UK’s best and best-known food bloggers, and she’s recently been rightly rewarded with a book deal. Comfort and Spice comes out later this year, and I’m really looking forward to it. She writes about recipes, restaurants and food-related events in a straightforward and engaging way.

The London Feminist Discussion Group is the online presence for a women’s reading group which I belong to. The blog discusses all kinds of issues relating to feminism, while the group meets up irregularly for book discussions and clothes swaps. They have some really interesting things to say on a lot of subjects, and I hope to lure one of two of them over here at some point for some guest posts.

Really Hungry is recipes and foodie tales from Jane, who is living the dream by ditching her highly-paid sales job and going back to college to become a chef. Like Niamh’s, her recipes are interesting without being too difficult to attempt. She also looks very cute in her chef’s whites.

Shapely Prose is no longer updated, but the archive is worth reading. It was where Kate Harding and a series of other bloggers wrote about feminism and fat acceptance. It’s also the home of the BMI project, which explained more articulately than words ever could why the concept of BMI as a useful indicator of health, size or anything else was a nonsense.

The Rotund is Marianne Kirby, who along with Kate Harding wrote Lessons From The Fat-O-Sphere, the book which we read in the women’s group which started off the thought process which has led to All Stewed Up. Marianne writes wittily and tirelessly about the politics of being fat, and anything else that takes her fancy.

I’ll add more links as I come across them.

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