If you find yourself browsing food blogs for hours upon hours looking at photos of food, you may just be addicted to food porn. But there's nothing wrong with being attracted to good-looking food -- we've all drooled over a picture at one time or another and wish we'd had a plate of it in front of us (too bad they haven't released smellovision for computers yet). But where do you go to get your fix?
Back in 2007 one of the first of such sites, TasteSpotting, was founded. Since then, many competitors and imitators have come along. We've rounded up our list of what we think are the best around -- some you may know well, but others you may just be discovering for the first time.
What's your favorite food site for great photography? Let us know in the comments.
<strong><a href="http://www.tastespotting.com/" target="_hplink">Visit: Tastespotting</a></strong> The original food photography site TasteSpotting, founded in 2007, still receives some of the most food photo submissions of all the sites, making it one of the most selective (<a href="http://tastestopping.com/" target="_hplink">one competitor called TasteStopping launched purposely to accept declined photos</a>). Run independently by Sarah J. Gim, the site has some of the most beautiful photos and a clean aesthetic.
<strong><a href="http://food.dailybuzz.com" target="_hplink">Visit: DailyBuzz Food</a></strong> Begun by Foodbuzz, a food blogger community, DailyBuzz Food launched on August 1, 2012 to feature the best food content from its bloggers. Every day the front page has a theme, for example peaches, and provides links to nine sites that have written on that theme.
<strong><a href="http://foodgawker.com/" target="_hplink">Visit: foodgawker</a></strong> Begun in 2008 when the TasteSpotting site went down, foodgawker became the second most well known food photography site when it launched. You don't need to be a member to feature your food photography -- simply submit. The editors accept photos more willingly than TasteSpotting.
<strong><a href="http://foodporndaily.com/" target="_hplink">Visit: FoodPornDaily</a></strong> By recipe developer and food photogrpaher Amanda Simpson of <a href="http://www.whatwereeating.com/" target="_hplink">What We're Eating</a>, FoodPornDaily gives you that amazing close-up on food that you never thought you could see with the naked eye. The photos are simply drool-worthy and you get to experience them in an oversize format. We like the way the recipe titles are printed on the photos, scrolling along the edge of the foods pictured. Get ready to click through all the photos -- you may find yourself glued to your computer screen for hours.
<a href="http://photograzing.seriouseats.com" target="_hplink">Visit: Photograzing</a> Photograzing is Serious Eats' version of food porn. You'll find exceptional food photography that's slightly different in style from the others.
<strong><a href="http://www.gojee.com/" target="_hplink">Visit: Gojee</a></strong> Relative newcomer Gojee stealthily hit the food porn scene in July 2011. Founded by two bored Morgan Stanley bankers, Gojee is a recipe recommendation engine designed to help people decide what to cook by asking them what they have in their cupboards and fridge. The site has more than 300,000 members who submit recipes from their blogs. The founders say the site's <a href="http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-26/strategy/30665816_1_food-site-users-internet" target="_hplink">next iteration will feature cartoons to give their users an adventurous experience</a>.
<strong><a href="http://liqurious.notcot.org/" target="_hplink">Visit: Liqurious</a></strong> Looking for a good cocktail or drink recipe? Liqurious is where you must go. Founded in 2008 when Tastespotting split from NOTCOT, Liqurious is all about the art of cocktail crafting including the science behind it all. Anyone can submit their photos.
<strong><a href="http://www.tasteologie.com/" target="_hplink">Visit: Tasteologie</a></strong> NOTCOT launched Tasteologie in 2010 to compete with TasteSpotting, which it had lost in 2008 (<a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/new-site-for-foodies-notcot-la-128618" target="_hplink">no one truly knows why they split</a>). The site has a familiar format but it's submissions are different enough to keep us coming back for more.
<a href="http://pinterest.com/all/?category=food_drink" target="_hplink">Visit: Pinterest Food & Drink</a> Called one of the <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/07/pinterest-monthly-uniques/" target="_hplink">fastest growing social media sites</a>, Pinterest has boomed since it hit the net in 2009. If any site could put all the other food porn sites out of their misery, it's Pinterest's recipe posts. The great thing about Pinterest is that users can repin original pins, spreading the love even more.