Hey, The Kitchn just got nominated for an award! This doesn't happen every day, and we're very flattered. Thank you very much to everyone who nominated us in this go-round of the Food Blog Awards. We are nominated in the Best Food Blog - Group category, along with some other really great weblogs. The Food Blog Awards are a great way to discover wonderful food blogs. We suggest you go and take a look.
And of course, if you want to vote for us, that is very nice of you. But the main thing is that you check out ALL the delicious food blogs in our category and the other categories too.
In today's House & Garden section of The New York Times we get a look at some favorite product designs of seven different design-themed blogs &mdash including some picks from Maxwell. We've pulled our favorites from the round-up...
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We seem to be on a roll lately, but this press mention is particularly nice because it's a beautifully written description and interview that captures the heart of what we're trying to do: Apartment Therapy: The Doctor Is In. Here's a good quote:
Are you surprised by the proliferation of design blogs?
No. Design in this country is on track to continue to grow. Just like the "gourmet effect" on food in the U.S. in the past 20 years, we're seeing the same things in interiors and design. I believe that in five years, men will not only be talking about getting chairs for the dining room table, but they will be talking about the Philippe Starck chair. America is getting more sophisticated, and concern and care for the home among younger people is very real. More Here
You know you've made it when you get stuffed between Daily Kos, Boing Boing and Huffington Post. We were politely pigeonholed yesterday in this blog roundup at Vanity Fair, which called us "Earnest" and partially responsible for the term "Yuppy Porn." All press is good press. Get the full story here: Vanity Fair's Blogopticon.