I feel relatively certain that Kiss My Spatula is a food blog. There are recipes, lists of ingredients and presented finished culinary products. No. Come to think of it, of course it's a food blog. But, when looking through Kiss My Spatula, at times I can't tell whether or not the author is a foodie or a professional photographer. I mean, I don't know that I've ever been so moved by blueberries. Additionally, I love oysters, but this simple yet beautiful photograph from Hog Island (north of San Francisco) brings me right back to actually being out there. I can almost hear seagulls in the distance. Suddenly, I realize this blog is about way more than the food. It's about the adventure and the preparation and the traditions. It's really about the experience.
Kiss My Spatula is written by a Vietnamese woman who, as a child, fled her homeland following the war. Armed only with the memories of "loud and jovial" kitchens "surrounded by grandmothers, aunties cousins and mom," she has forged "a blend of the scents and memories of [her] eastern heritage, along with new ingredients and flavors of a western upbringing" to offer a wholly unique, and yet still somehow universal narrative. And that's what I mean when I say this is more than a food blog. This is this woman's life story. It just so happens to be set against a backdrop of beautiful, and no doubt delicious food.
And while the story and voice of the author's experience shines through the posts, food is certainly still the main focus. If you need further proof - and at this point you shouldn't - just look at these chocolate chip cookies. Don't they still look warm? Don't you want one right this minute? I know I do.