Sites We Love: Hungry Sofia
Gorgeous photos? Check. Engaging writing? Check. Seriously inspiring recipes, tips, and culinary curiosity? Check, check, and check. The best food blogs all seem to have a lot in common—but what separates them out are the strong personalities behind them. In our Sites We Love series, we sit down with some of our favorite bloggers to find out how they do it—and why it's as much fun for them as it is for us.
Enlarge Image Credit: Ana Sofia PeláezToday's site we love is Hungry Sofia, where Brooklyn-based food writer and photographer Ana Sofia Peláez finds inspiration in traditional Latin flavors and her grandmother's old Sunbeam mixer to share home style, globally-minded recipes. Here's what Ana has to say about her site:
Live since: December 2008
Posting rate: Once a week
Geographic location: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY
Why is the site called Hungry Sofia? I liked the idea of juxtaposing my middle name Sofia, which has a feminine or ethereal connotation, and being hungry, which doesn't. Plus, I'm hungry a lot.
What's been your most popular post? My most popular post was about Julia Child's Madeleines de Commercy. I found the recipe in a copy of From Julia Child's Kitchen I picked up in a used book store near my apartment. They had an amazing selection of tattered cookbooks that seemed to all come from the same collection. I imagined the original owner was a cross between Auntie Mame and James Beard, and they were dumped there by an ungrateful nephew. Every couple of weeks, I'd go back to rescue another one. Eventually, we were both cleaned out, and the store closed.
What's your favorite post? I really enjoyed writing about a fig tree my grandfather remembered from his childhood. It was a short post, but he was always telling me these great, simple food stories that didn't come into focus for me until I started blogging.
Credit: Ana Sofia Peláez
What's the usual process for developing one of your posts? I usually come across an ingredient first and then seek out different ways to use it, comparing multiple recipes until I'm elbow deep in cookbooks and Google searches. Once I decide on a recipe, each post takes about 2 to 3 days—one day to cook and photograph, and another to go through the pictures and write it up.
What are your favorite ingredients and tools? I started cooking when I inherited my grandparents 1970s Sunbeam mixer. Now, I mostly use a Kitchen Aid, but keep the Sunbeam where I can see it. I have an enormous, green enameled Dutch oven that seems to contract or expand to accommodate whatever I'm cooking. It's a monster, but I love lugging it out and stirring the pot as it all comes together. Finding the right ingredients can be a challenge even in New York City, so I'm over the moon when I come across Brazilian dende oil, Colombian guascas, or Chilean merkén.
Credit: Ana Sofia Peláez
What photography equipment do you use? I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i.
Where else can we find your work? I'm a regular contributor to the Cooking Channel's Devour The Blog and The Latin Kitchen. I've written for The Daily Beast, Daily News, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, and I've been featured in The New York Times and HuffPost Taste. I am currently working on a Cuban cookbook in collaboration with food photographer Ellen Silverman to be published by St. Martin's Press in 2014. This year, I also launched a kitchen apparel line with my sister Carmen at La Filosofia.
What food blogs do you follow? I favor blogs with a regional focus like Jun-blog for the Philippines, and El Comidista in Spain, to name a few. Standbys like Canelle et Vanille, Tartelette, and 101 Cookbooks are a favorite escape. Lately, I've been checking La Buena Vida, Lottie+Doof, and A Cup of Jo pretty often.
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