Food Blog Spotlight: Pen & Palate

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Thanks to Instagram filters and powerful smartphone cameras, taking a great food photo doesn't require much time or effort — which is what makes the food blog Pen & Palate so special. Instead of relying on photographs, writers Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen use hand-drawn illustrations to accompany their recipes and stories, creating an online space that feels like a respite from the frenzy of the digital world.

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Both women write posts and Nguyen provides the accompanying illustrations. From a meditation on the glorious luxury on the Spanish tortilla sandwich to great-aunt Marigene’s Never-Fail Pie Crust, the stories on the site are as compelling as the artwork. Both ask the reader to slow down and take a moment to appreciate a well-told tale, a favorite recipe and a little piece of art, no apps or filters needed.

Check it out: Pen & Palate

(Images: Tram Nguyen/Pen & Palate)