Essence Eats: 10 Food Bloggers That Will Give You Culinary Life

Thank goodness for the Internet because most of us ditched Home Economics or failed to pay attention to our grandmother while she was frying up batches of chicken in the kitchen. These ten food bloggers make cooking fun, simple, soulful and sometimes a little vegan. Get ready, get ready, get ready to receive your entire CULINARY LIFE!

Tyrus Townsend Dec, 10, 2015

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A passionate food lover, JehCanCook is all about celebrating and embracing the cuisine from her native Guyana. Sharing authentic recipes with a modern twists,  the self taught cook takes you on a Caribbean cruise of Chinese, African and Indian food using intuition and memories of her mother and grandmother in the kitchen and counts Roti and Curry as favorite soul foods.

www.jehancancook.com

IG: @jehancancook

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Since 2012, Kevin Curry’s “FitMenCook”  has been an inspiration to us all with its sharing of meal planning and providing a community geared towards health, food and fitness. Now a huge platform, that includes a tremendous Instagram following, popular Youube series and an app, FitMenCook’s message is plain and simple: Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym. Enjoy his daily bilingual updates with images of fresh and healthy recipes, like fruit smoothies and  vegetarian dishes, that are foolproof and easy on the eyes.

www.fitmencook.com

IG: @fitmencook

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New York native Kysha Harris is all about providing personalized cooking services via SCHOP! (shop+chop). Aimed a urban professionals, Harris shops, chops and meal preps, whether for a family dinner or holiday soiree all while writing articles for famed newspaper Amsterdam News under her blog’s name.

talkingschop.wordpress.com

IG: @schopgirl

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Healthy food has never tasted better thanks to Angela Davis aka The Kitchenista. Creative and delicious, Angela infuses familiar ingredients to create vibrant and fresh dishes with a side order of girlfriend humor and infectious personality. Follow the blog for a daily dose of love, peace and appetite!

www.thekichenistadiaries.com

IG: @thekitchenista

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Award-winning blogger and chef Ayinde Howell grew up with a garden in his backyard so eating clean and healthy is not only a lifestyle but a way of life. Mixing relationship advice, food and sex, all found in his book The Lusty Vegan cookbook and on the hit show Like a Vegan, Howell dishes include Meatless Mondays meals, Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle cookies, Jerk Fried Coconut Rice and a side of Vegan Hot Chick’n.

www.ieatgrass.com

IG: @ayinde

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Rashad Frazier’s lifestyle brand PULLEDTOGETHER is a culinary enthusiast’s destination. Offering well curated products, highly stylized images and mouthwatering, comfort meals, Frazier is equally comfortable catering a tailgate party during Howard U’s homecoming (his alma mater) or producing a family style dinner because “bringing loved ones to the table to not only break bread, but shape tradition.”

www.pulledtogether.co

IG: @pulledtogther

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For Charleston native Chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis, combining Low country flavors and culture is the heartbeat of regional Gullah Geechee cuisine. Having studied in St. Thomas and the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Chef BJ’s innovative and fresh interpretations of dishes using locally sourced vegetables and seafood to create award winning contemporary dishes and his “pop-up” dinners are legendary amongst the Charleston culinary scene. His cooking will make you think twice about Southern soul food.

www.chefbenjamindennis.com

IG: @chefbenjamindennis

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A flavor obsessed foodie, who loves spices and bacon, Resha considers all food comforting and her blog Carnal Dish is living proof that food appeals to all your mind body and soul. Lip smacking and hand-waving good, from creamy grits to a hearty salad, Resha recreates old favorites for new memories to share with other foodies across the world.

www.carnaldish.com

IG: @carnaldish

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For Michael Twitty, Afroculinaria is equal parts culture, food and African American history. The food writer, scholar and culinary historian combines two brands: Antebellum which focuses on traditional African American foods and Kosher/Soul which nourishes the heart, soul and appetite of being both Black and Jewish. Recently awarded a TED Fellowship follow Twitty’s blogs for more of this eccentric and colorful fusion.

www.afroculinaria.com

IG: @thecookinggene

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Inspired by her grandmother, who was an iconic cook, Erika Council is the self-proclaimed “imaginary Top Chef on nights and weekends” and credits her hot plate ready college dorm room meals for the blog Southern Soufflé. Dishing out soul food favorites and classics like fried chicken and infusing ingredients like bourbon and cane syrup into meals, Erika swears by her cast iron skillet and knows a thing or two about making biscuits, washing collards and cornbread.

www.southernsouffle.com

IG: @southernsouffle