- Latino Food Bloggers
- Blog: Muy Bueno
- Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of Muy Bueno
- Blog: Fit, Fun & Delish
- Ana Frias of Fit, Fun & Delish
- Blog: Sweet Life
- Vianney Rodriguez of Sweet Life
- Blog: Flanboyant Eats
- Bren Herrera of Flanboyant Eats
- Blog: Hungry Sofia
- Ana Sofia Pelaez of Hungry Sofia
- Blog: Pati's Mexican Table
- Pati Jinich of Pati's Mexican Table
- Blog: Peru Delights
- Morena Cuadra and Morena Escardo of Peru Delights
The Internet becoming mainstream has changed the way society works, but there is one vertical, in particular, that has been significantly influenced with the convenience and exposure of the web: the culinary world.
According to BlogHer's first food-focused study in 2012, 90 percent of the general population sampled said they go online for recipes, 29 percent reported posting photographs of their food online and 91 percent said they trust online recipe sites.
And that's not all -- food blogs have become increasingly prevalent (and successful) as consumers have shown a preference for "amateur" chefs sharing their recipes. In fact, the same BlogHer study found that 72 percent of the general population trust food blogs.
Why there is more trust for food blogs is unanswered, and varies from individual to individual, but one common reason is that food bloggers are more relatable because notable recipes recommended by them are deemed approachable and personal. What's more, many blogs specialize in regional cooking which allows the consumer to hone in on a very specific style of cooking or cuisine.
"I think to share one's culture, heritage through the love of food is very powerful," says blogger Vianney Rodriguez, who runs her own blog Sweet Life, to Latin Times. "Food is universal and sharing a piece of myself is an amazing way to allow people in to my heritage."
Over the past few years, the food blogging world has seen a spike in Latino food bloggers based in the United States. This comes as no surprise since there are almost 52 million Latinos in America and the Latino community is the fastest growing minority group in the United States. With the growing Latino influence, the Latin cuisine has a platform and audience base to show the world all it has to offer.
"We are 21 countries rooted in Spanish, European, and African culture, history, and food," explains blogger Bren Herrera, who created Flanboyant Eats, about the allure of Latin food blogs. "Twenty-one different countries with different foods but one one common factor. I think it's imperative to show the world our varying approaches to cooking, our vast ingredients, and how the younger generation is preserving what our mother's and grandmother's taught us. It's a marvelous way of curating our culture."
New data from The NPD Group has found that one of the areas the U.S. will see the biggest change over the next five years, courtesy of the rising minority population, is its food culture. In their report -- titled "The Future of Eating: Who’s Eating What in 2018?" -- the authors reveal that the future generation will opt for "from-scratch preparation" over prepackaged box foods from the grocery store due to Latino influence. The report also finds that food culture will grow by 8 percent, the implementation of healthy additives in meals will grow by 8 percent, and there will be an emphasis on preparing fresh breakfast foods that require more prep and cooking time.
"Food is a way to bring people from different cultures together," adds Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, the brains and talent behind the Muy Bueno blog and cookbook. "Food is a powerful thing. Food is life. Food is culture."
Without a doubt, the Latino food bloggers are part of the growing food culture and Latino influence in the United States while simultaneously highlighting the diversity of Latino culture and cuisine.
"We are able to describe and share how rich and diverse the world of Latin America and Latinos is through food, which is the one place where we can all eat our differences and learn from them in the most fun way," points out Pati Jinich of the blog and cookbook Pati's Mexican Table. "We get to rejoice in our similarities and our differences. Even when we share recipes that are an important source of identity and pride, we can see and appreciate the differences. For example, a ceviche in Mexico is very different than in Peru. I think it is so important to be able to show that “Latin” food is not one mash up. There are distinct cuisines and traditions and then of course there are magnificent fusions. To see the way in which we connect and the ways in which we don’t, which are cause for even more sharing and celebration."
We've rounded up the seven best Latino food bloggers to follow. Click through our slideshow above and see the complete list below with the website and social media handles:
1. Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of Muy Bueno: This blog is perfect for anyone who appreciated authentic Mexican food and Latin cuisine. You can follow Muy Bueno on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram, and purchase the "Muy Bueno" cookbook on Amazon.
2. Ana Frias of Fit, Fun & Delish: The Mexican blogger, who currently lives in Arizona, wanted to show the world that Mexican cuisine can be healthy and contrary to popular believe, not all Mexican dishes are topped with cheese. You can follow her blog on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
3. Vianney Rodriguez of Sweet Life: The Mexican blogger first began blogging to learn how to bake, but her blog took a different direction after she started sharing her mother's recipes. Rodriguez contributes to Imperial Sugar, The Latin Kitchen and Parade Magazine. You can follow her blog on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
4. Bren Herrera of Flanboyant Eats: This Afro-Latina blogger focuses on blogging for those new to Latin cuisine and tries to engage first generation Hispanics with their background. You can follow Flanboyant Eats on Twitter (@brenherrera and @flanboyanteats), Facebook and Pinterest.
5. Ana Sofia Pelaez of Hungry Sofia: Cuban-American blogger Ana Sofia Pelaez joined her passion for cooking and writing in her blog "Hungry Sofia." You can follow her blog on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
6. Pati Jinich of Pati's Mexican Table: Once upon a time, Jinich taught cooking classes at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Now, she researches the history of food, perfects recipes and shares them with her readers. You can follow Pati's Mexican Table on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram, and purchase her cookbook as well.
7. Morena Escardo and Morena Cuadra of Peru Delights: This mother-daughter duo is bringing Peruvian cuisine to from their kitchen to yours. You can follow Peru Delights on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and purchase their cookbook -- The Everything Peruvian Cookbook.