If your resolution for 2010 is to eat better—whether it's to lose weight, cut back on meat, cook in season, or simply expand your culinary palette—you can get your fill of advice and inspiration from the Web's never-ending buffet of food blogs. Below, we pare them down to an ideal menu of four.
For fledgling chefs: Deb Perelman's smittenkitchen.com reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion, from the light and healthy (winter panzanella) to the indulgent (pear crisps with vanilla brown butter). The site is super-user-friendly, too: easy recipes, dishes sorted by season and searchable by keyword, and big, luscious photographs.
For healthy eaters: To cut back on calories (and your carbon footprint) without sacrificing flavor and variety, head to Heidi Swanson's 101cookbooks.com . The author of Super Natural Cooking , Swanson focuses on healthy, seasonal, eco-conscious recipes, including a deceptively rich and creamy garlic soup and okonomiyaki (a.k.a. Japanese pizza), a savory pancake dressed up with leeks, almonds, and chives.
For cooks stuck in a rut: Despite the name, seriouseats.com is a fun-loving community of authors with whimsical tastes (cases in point: the chocolate cake baked in a hollowed-out orange or apricot jam–glazed chicken drumsticks dusted with lavender). Be sure to check out the weekly column Meat Lite, where Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond, authors of Almost Meatless , offer a less-is-more approach to carnivorous cooking.
For food tourists: A superstar among bloggers, Bangkok-born Pim Techamuanvivit, author of The Foodie Handbook, eats her way around the world and reports on her yummiest findings. From the ultimate madeleine to Thai cucumber salad, chezpim.com has a diverse carte du jour suitable for both newbies ("Pad Thai for Beginners") and old masters ("The Slow and Difficult Bread Soup Recipe").