As summer gives way to autumn, it’s time to hunker down and bring out the warm, earthy flavours of the season.

As the seasons shift and we fall into autumn, the pace of the kitchen dweller slows. Summer’s speedy salads and lazy suppers, hastily assembled from the bounty of raw, seasonal ingredients are put away until their reprieve next year, replaced by the arrival of simmering soups, slow-cooked stews and roasting to release all the big, beautiful earthy autumnal flavours. From plant-based living to French pâtissier and international recipe inspiration, we’ve shortlisted the top 10 foodie bloggers, websites and social media accounts to follow this season.

Deliciously Ella


Whether you prefer to digest your recipes via a feed, an app or a website – or, indeed, in person at one of her central London cafes – Ella Mills, the brains behind Deliciously Ella, is the poster girl for plant-based recipes. The site is beautifully illustrated and crammed full of inspiring photographs of vegan recipes. If your aim is to up your green intake, or you’re in search of ‘free-from’ recipes, it’s a great place to start for modern twists on great comfort food, and the recipe videos are as instructive as they are slick. Inspired but not in the mood to cook? The ‘healthy ready meals’ are available via Ocado and at Sainsburys.

The Curry Guy


If you want some heat in the kitchen to warm you through the winter months, Dan Toombs, aka ‘The Curry Guy’ has a glut of recipes to do just that. He created his blog as a way to document and share his love of Indian food and curries, experimenting with flavours as he set out to recreate his takeaway favourites. As the three published cookbooks to his name attest, for anyone seeking to re-create some authentic Southern Asian cuisine, Dan is most definitely your man.

Lizzie Loves Healthy


The Good Web Guide’s 2018 Award-winner, brilliant nutritional health coach Lizzie King is a Leith’s-trained chef and the founder of Lizzie Loves Healthy. Her easily navigable site is a perfect resource for seeking out easy, healthy recipes, all with a family-friendly focus. Her first cookbook is out next year, but in the meantime you can visit her site to try her gluten- and sugar-free recipes, that address all the familiar tricky culinary scenarios, from weaning to crowd-pleasing family meals, lunchbox ideas and fuelling breakfasts.

The Food Minimalist


Lucia Lee, aka @foodminimalist is a Boston-based Instagram foodie, whetting the appetites of her 65k followers with her clean, minimal plates. Her super easy-to-follow recipes make for perfect mid-week supper fodder, all with an Asian twist.

Georgina Hayden


Whilst Cypriot food stylist and cook, Georgina Hayden’s sun-soaked recipes may, at first glance, feel summer-centric, the north Londoner’s gorgeous Mediterranean dishes are, in fact, the stuff of perfect comfort food. Her baked puds, slow brunch ideas and Cypriot pastries are a delight for meditative, languishing weekends in the kitchen. After racking up 12 years at Jamie Oliver HQ and contributing to titles including Waitrose Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, OFM, Guardian Feast and The Telegraph, Hayden is a women who knows her onions.

Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary


Canadian ex-pat, Elizabeth Atia moved to Shetland 20 years ago with £200 in her back pocket and the promise of a job. During her time on the wind-swept Outer Hebridean isle she has grown a family, a burgeoning career as a food writer and a huge following (16k on Instagram) for her beautiful photography of the wild landscape and her unintimidating approach to cooking. With great categories including ‘hoof & feather’ and ‘fin & shell’, these are hearty dishes to get you through the darker winter.

Food Stories


South-east London-based Helen Graves’ ‘Food Stories’ is as much a love affair with the Big Smoke as it is with food. She’s been online for a decade now, and her back-catalogue of recipes is vast but easy-to-navigate. All food groups are covered, from condiments to cake, and there’s an exhaustive London foodie guide, handily divided into north, south, east and west, with news and reviews of the best food haunts the capital has to offer. There’s a smattering of travel thrown in and Helen is also the author of ‘101 Sandwiches’, an ode to the humble sarnie in all its global guises.

David Lebovitz


An American living in Paris, an old-school pâtissier and a first-class food writer, David’s sugary confections are perfect for those who’ve caught the GBBO bug, minus overly daunting technicality. There are, of course, all the French classics, with a side order of American comfort cooking too. If you’re visiting the City of Light, ensure you mug up on David’s restaurant and parisian pâtisserie recommendations and seek out the best of the city’s culinary delights.

BBC


If you only imbibe your news via the BBC website, you’re missing a trick. The BBC’s seasonal food section is a great resource for ‘eating month-by-month’, packed, as it is, with ideas of what’s ripening, harvesting and fruiting – as well as over 600 recipes per month to cook up a storm with the bountiful produce.

Waitrose


Perhaps an obvious destination, but it truly can’t be beaten for its wealth of ideas, whatever the season. The weekly recipe is always a seasonal feast, while the handy ‘how-to’ guides cover everything from boiling an egg to shucking oysters. Browse the easy filters including: comfort food, free-from dishes, healthy eating and even preserves to make the most of the autumn harvest.

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