Dinner wouldn’t be nearly as fun without these culinary pioneers to blaze the trail. This year’s list of food blogging mamas, curated with the help of our esteemed panel, includes both internet superstars and virtual unknowns, amateurs and James Beard Award-winning chefs. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but all will make you hungry for more innovative meal ideas. You’ll find no shortage of healthy recipes, genius cooking shortcuts, or quick dinners for those nights when you’re just too tired to spend hours in the kitchen. Our hats are off to these top chefs who work hard to make mealtime memorable — and easy — for busy parents everywhere.— Chris Couchsee the full list »
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Who: Namiko Chen, a mother of one son and one daughter in the San Francisco Bay area
Why we love this blog: What started as a passion project to create a collection of Chen’s family recipes to pass on to her children has garnered an international audience. Chen’s recipes pull heavily from her Japanese roots and include delights like homemade rice porridge and squid with miso vinaigrette. If you’re new to Japanese cooking, don’t break a sweat just yet. Chen’s blog also includes a comprehensive how-to section that gives readers the lowdown on basics, like wrapping a gyoza (dumpling) or the proper way to cut tofu.