An Exhaustive List of Food Blogging Resources

All the Food Blogging Resources You Need

Success at anything starts with selecting the right resources. It's not any different with Food blogging as well. In the long run, a lot of how things pan out for you will depend upon how reliable and useful the resources that you chose, were.

Hence we thought of putting together a page with all the essential Food blogging resources.

Please note that some of the links on this page will be affiliate links and if you order from those links, I will get a commission at no extra cost to you. But none of those recommendations are just because I am getting paid. Instead, all of these are products and services that I am using and you will be able to see them at different points on my blog here.

I will keep adding to these resources as and when I find a good resource and if at any point I find something negative, I will post that as well on this page.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links. If you choose to buy a product or, service from any of our recommendations by clicking on one of those links, we stand to earn a small commission at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU.

blogging essentials

These are some of the absolute basics for your Food blog. You might already be using some of these but, if you are not then I would recommend you to try them out.

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WordPress Blogging Platform - If you are a blogger and you are not on WordPress, then you are swimming with your hands tied. WordPress and especially self-hosted WordPress is something you should use for your blog. Why? Because of the flexibility you get. You don't want somebody else to be telling you what you can do and what you can't, on your blog. Also what would you prefer- an easier way or, a difficult way to do something?

So switch to WordPress, if you are not already using it. Download it for FREE here!

wp recipe maker

WP Recipe Maker Pro - This plugin has been a life saver for us. It has helped our viewers watch, learn and download the recipes as beautiful recipe cards.

In addition it also help put together all of the essential schemas for a food blog. If you are wondering what a "schema" does, it basically helps in getting ranked on search engines. Click here to download

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Thrive Leads - Building a subscribers' list is an important part of an online business. A list brings repeat visitors and business. You can keep in touch with them through emails.

How will you capture your visitors' email address? This is done through an optin form and Thrive leads helps you with that. It gives you a lot of options, has a simple drag and drop optin form builder which is good for technically challenged people like me, helps you with A/B testing and does many more such things that other plugins will charge you a fortune for. Click here to download


Food Blogger Pro - Want to ensure that you do not make the same mistakes that hundreds of other newbie bloggers make and waste hundreds of your hard-earned dollars?

Then it is important you learn from people who have "been-there-done-that" who will be your guides in teaching you how to make money from your food blog.

And when it comes to learning how to start a food blog, one of the best mentors out there are the guys from the "Pinch of Yum" team. The "Food Blogger Pro" is a complete course which teaches you how to start and run a food blog and make money from it. Click here to join them now!


RankMath SEO - Optimizing your blog for Search Engines is an important activity, if you want your blog to rank on search engines. Because search engines is where you will get the most traffic from.

But SEO can be overwhelming if you do not understand how that is done. And that is where RankMath SEO comes in handy.

With this plugin, you can leave all the technical stuff to it. Just follow some basic steps and instructions and you are all set.

The best part is the AI module in it. It not only helps you with optimizing your content the right way but also helps with content creation. It is only available in the Pro version thought. Click here to download.


ShortPixel - Images are an integral part of a food blog and since you are going to run and manage a food blog, you will be uploading a lot of high quality images to your blog.

These images might be extremely big in size and uploading such big files to your hosting can be a burden on your hosting.

Also bigger and bulkier file sizes means longer page load times. Shortpixel takes care of this problem. It reduces and optimizes the size of your image files and helps you in faster page load times and smaller image file sizes. Click here to download.

Akismet - One of the things that you would hate when you start blogging is SPAM. And you will find this the most in your comments. And Akismet, helps you get rid of it. Download here.

Thirsty Affiliates - If you are planning to promote affiliate products on your blog, you will need to cloak all the affiliate links. Thirsty affiliates helps you with cloaking all those ugly links into simple and easy to remember links. Download here.

Canva - One of the important tools that you need in food blogging is an image editor. You need a simple tool that can help you build your banners, post images, video and blog post thumbnails etc.

And if you are using social media to promote your blog, your editor should also be capable of creating social media images. Remember that each social media site has a different image specification and your editor needs to be template ready with all these specs so that you do not spend a lot of time creating your images.

And Canva does all this for you with simplicity like 1-2-3. Get a free account here!

Essentials to Start and Manage a WordPress Blog

In order to setup your Blog and start blogging, you will need a few resources at the minimum like a domain name, hosting etc. And it is very important that you pick only the most reliable resources when it comes to at least the hosting. Because the quality of your hosting will decide how worry free your blogging is.

And here we have a few of the most reliable resources that we have used and have first hand experience about.

PLEASE NOTE: The links below are affiliate links. If you choose to buy a product or, service from any of our recommendations by clicking on one of those links, we stand to earn a small commission at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU.

Our Favorite and Most Recommended



Hostinger is our current hosting provider. We switched over to Hostinger about a month back and I should say that we are thoroughly enjoying the move.

Hosting can be a pain especially when it comes to customer support, WordPress compatibility and most of all SEO.

Our experience with some of the other hosts weren't great on at least one of these aspects.

But with Hostinger, our opinion changed. Exceptional customer support who are always one step extra when it comes to support, Blazing fast servers that run on Litespeed, extremely economical on your pocket (that's what you want when you are starting off with blogging) and best of all, Managed WordPress with all of the usual bells and whistles but at a much affordable price.


Hostgator - Hostgator has been our preferred hosting service provider since 11 years. We absolutely love their Managed WordPress hosting which we had used for quite some time.

But their Managed WordPress comes with some limitations. You do not have complete control over the hosting and hence at time you feel as if your hands are tied. And reaching out to the support for everything is a little frustrating.

But if you are somebody who doesn't want to fiddle with your hosting and are happy with just running your blog then you might like their portal.

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Green Geeks Hosting - We have heard some nice words about these guys. The best thing about them is that they care for our environment and hence the name Green Geeks, probably

Some of our friends have had great experience hosting their websites with Green Geeks and they talk extremely high about their services, especially their customer support

Their Managed WordPress is affordably priced and coupled with their reliable servers, it is value for money. Get Green Geeks Now!


Bluehost - We used Bluehost as the hosting service provider for all our shared hosting needs in the past. They have amazing low priced plans, a great support team and a robust infrastructure. 

While they could be slightly costlier than other Hosting providers, their reliability is second to none and hence we recommend them, if you are starting off and don't plan to pay a slightly higher price for a managed WordPress hosting. Get Bluehost here.


Aweber Autoresponder - You might have heard all those marketers saying that the "money is in the list". In fact, the money is not in the list but, it is in the "way you manage your list". And to store and manage a list, you need an autoresponder who is reliable, friendly and gives you the flexibility and ease of managing your subscribers' list.

Aweber is a complete package. It is light on your pockets, has a friendly customer support team and gives you some nice options to manage your list, including a mobile phone app to manage your subscribers on the go. You can start a free 30-day trial before you decide to go with them. Click here to try them out for 30 days.

thrive themes

Thrive Themes - The Tastes of India now runs on Thrive Themes. And we are simply impressed with it.

The level of customizations it offers is immense. We can design our blog the way we want.

Designing and customizing is all about dragging and dropping elements onto your Workspace. You don't need to know anything about HTML and coding to use Thrive.

Another reason why we love it is because of the plugins that come bundled with it. We have a landing page designer, an optin form builder, our store creator and course management solution and what not.

If you are looking at your blog as a long term business, then I would absolutely recommend going with Thrive Themes!

Get it now!


GeneratePress - The Tastes of India runs the GeneratePress theme. And we call it the simplest theme on earth.


Because it is indeed simple!

You can be an absolute "ZERO" with HTML and still customize a simple, elegant and unique look for your food blog by simple clicking, adding and editing the design elements.

The best part is that you can do all of this directly from the native WordPress Customize option.

And if you thought that this is going to cost you a bomb, then hold onto your breath. It only costs $39.95.

So that makes it also the most economical WordPress theme.

Get it now!

genesis theme framework

Genesis Framework - Before we switch to Thesis, we were running the Genesis framework which is a WordPress theme framework that a lot of the top bloggers use. 

We were pretty satisfied with Genesis and a lot of our other blogs run on Genesis even today. But for our food blog we felt Thesis was better because of the customization options and hence we switched to Thesis.

If you are somebody who will want to fiddle with themes and customization, then we would recommend Genesis which is a pretty simple theme but at the same time is very robust. It is created and managed by Brian Clark's team, who is a known name in Blogging. Get Genesis now!


Vaultpress - One biggest mistake that most newbie bloggers make is to ignore backing up the contents of their blog. We learnt it the hard way, when our blog here (The Tastes of India), appearing on the first page of Google for over 85 keywords, crashed one fine day and we were left with no backup. More than 300 posts were all gone overnight. We had no way of restoring all of the content and managed to do it for only a handful of posts.

Don't let that happen to your blog. Ensure that you blog is always backed up. And in the unfortunate event of your server crashing or, the blog being hacked, you can at least restore everything.

Vaultpress is an amazing solution to backup and automatically restore your blog. And since it is created by the same guys who created WordPress, you wouldn't have to think twice on how it will work. Get Vaultpress Now!

Photography and Photo Editing Essentials

The success of a food blog depends upon the photographs. Your photographs have to be attractive and should hold your visitors on the spot. You will see this on all the successful food blogs. The one thing that is common in all of them is the quality of the food photographs.

Do you need an expensive DSLR camera to shoot good photographs? What if you do not know, how to operate a DSLR camera?

Let me tell you that you do not need a full featured DSLR camera to click beautiful photographs. You can also do it with a point-and-click camera which is what I have been using for long now. I use a Fujifilm Finepix S 9600. I recently bought a Nikon D 5500 but haven't been using it a long.. Still learning!

Here we have listed a few good point and click cameras that do not require a lot of learning. You should be able to shoot beautiful food pictures using these. So if you do not want to invest in a DSLR camera which will be about $250 more than these point and click cameras, you can pick one of these and start shooting.


Fujifilm Finepix S9800 - This camera is the upgraded version of the camera that I have been using. Since these are fixed lens cameras, you don't need to bother about changing lenses. This is a fully featured camera and you will get everything that you need to click beautiful pictures.

Just learn how to operate the manual mode and you should be ready to click beautiful food photographs.  Buy it here!

Fujifilm S8600

Fujifilm Finepix S8600 - Another fully featured point and click camera from Fujifilm, this is an automatic zoom camera unlike the S9800 which is a manual zoom.

These cameras are some of the best range of cameras from Fuji. They use the Fujinon lens which is known for its bright colors. Your food photographs are sure to stand out. Just learn the basics, point and shoot. Buy it here.

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera - If you are ready and intending to buy a DSLR camera, then this is a nice budget camera. In fact it is one of the beginners' range camera and comes with all the features that you would need to shoot beautiful pictures.

You can buy it along with the 2 lenses - AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED. Buy it here.

But if you want to buy it as a completed package along with a memory card, a basic tripod, Lens filters, a Flash accessory, Cleaning kit and some other useful accessories, though I wouldn't recommend that, you can buy it here.

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 DSLR Camera - This is our latest camera though we haven't started using it for our food photographs, as we write (call it lazy). But we have been using it for all our outdoor photography.

This is a slightly advanced camera and I would only recommend this if you are okay with shelling out about a $1000 on a camera and if you are ready to spend that extra few hours to learn ho to use it. Buy it here!

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Sandisk Extreme Pro - I used to shoot my photographs in JPG format when I started shooting. I slowly realized that JPG images offered very little options of editing and consequently I had to stay with the photograph I clicked even if I knew I could slightly edit it and make it more attractive.

I then switched clicking photos in RAW mode. RAW mode gives you a lot of options to edit your photographs. Even if it is a little low on light, you could correct the exposure. It offered a lot of flexibility but came with a caveat. The RAW files were very big in size. Hence data transfer took more time and my memory card would very frequently show me the "No Memory" message.

That is when I ordered this memory card from Sandisk. The best part about this one is the data transfer speed. There is a lot of space to shoot as many photos as you need and since data transfer speeds were very high, transferring your photographs or, in camera processing was very fast too. Get it here!

adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud - Photo editing is an integral part of photography and since a Food Blog is all about photography, you would also be spending time on editing your photographs.

We use Adobe lightroom for all our editing needs. We have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and hence have both photoshop and lightroom. Unless you want to edit your photographs extensively, you wouldn't be using Photoshop. Lightroom does pretty much everything when it comes to correcting photographs.

Though it is entirely your choice on which software to you, we would recommend Lightroom.

Adobe Express photo maker is another option worth considering for quick and easy photo editing on the go.

You can get Lightroom here. But if you prefer an Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription, you can get it here.

Social Media and Promotion Tools

It is not enough to just write posts. You will need to work on promoting itself. And when it comes to niche hobby blogs like a food blog, social media is going to be your biggest source of traffic.

We use some handy tools to automate our social media activities so that we can free up some time. If you plan on doing all of your social media promotion activities manually, you will end up spending hours in front of your computer and the results might not be as satisfactory. Hence we recommend automating your social media activity.


SocialBee - SocialBee is our favorite tool when it comes to social media. You can schedule your posts to pretty much every social media channel - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.

SocialBee also helps you do all the social media activity while you are browsing the internet, with the help of the browser extensions. It saves us a lot of time and we keep our social media queues filled for about 60 days in advance. Get SocialBee here!

Other useful resources

You might be a Champion in what you are doing, but a little help always comes in handy. And that is why we have all of those references and resources out there.

So we thought of putting together some extremely useful resources and references, which can help you in those times when you feel you are stuck. But we promise that we will not overdo it. So these are the absolute best available out there..

social media image cheat sheet

Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet - Attractive images are a key element to managing effective social media profiles. It seems like social media platforms are always changing and it can be hard to stay up to date on the image requirements of each of them. Here's a handy guide to help you stay on top of your game. Get the Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet here.

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