IFBM 2014 – First Indian Food Bloggers Meet

IFBM 2014 – First Indian Food Bloggers Meet
(The group photograph used in this post is courtesy of Aloft Bengaluru, CBP) Facebook and twitter were abuzz the whole of last month with #ifbm2014.  It is still ruling most of our posts.  On the 1st and 2nd of August, India had its first ever food bloggers meet. When I started blogging in 2006 (or 2007), bloggers were not taken seriously.  Our writings were construed to be freely available content.  Bloggers were treated as a class of people who did not have much else to do with their lives and were as appreciated as homemakers - we all know how much value is placed on that. While the information (recipes/photographs/notes) is shared free of any fee, or acceptance of payment, food bloggers put it in as much effort in cooking and standardising recipes as any chef.   Content you see on our blogs/sites are as much subject to copyright as content shared by any other media.  A chef plans a meal and cooks.  Bloggers wind up as meal planners, recipe developers, cooks, writers, photographers and editors all rolled into one.  It isn't easy but we do it because it gives us joy to share our passion and when it translates into comments, subscriptions, ...

Cocoa hazelnut spread (Vegan homemade nutella) | Announcing the winner of Rushina’s ‘foodles’

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A pinch of this, a handful of that | Ghugra (Savoury hand pies with green pea filling), and a giveaway

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