Baking Bites is a site for those who love cooking and baking, whether your preference is to whip up simple chocolate chip cookies, decorate fanciful cupcakes to slow-rising artisan breads. In addition to being a recipe resource for home bakers, the site is a source of baking tips and advice, food news, reviews, discussions and inspiration – all in addition to of those recipes, of course! The site was founded in 2004.
Baking Bites was named as one of the best 50 food blogs in the world by the London Times, and has been featured in other newspapers and publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee, The Vancouver Sun and People Magazine Country Edition. Baking Bites has also been mentioned on numerous blogs and was included by Saveur.com on their “Sites We Love” list.
Who writes Baking Bites?
Baking Bites is written by Nicole Weston. Nicole – a pastry chef, food writer and recipe developer based in Los Angeles, California – was an avid early reader of food blogs before she started writing herself, and was in the kitchen baking away long before that. It didn’t take too long for her to put the two interests together and launch her own first blog. The rest is history, as she went on to not only build up a large readership at Bakingsheet – a site that was the forerunner to Baking Bites – but to write profusely on any and all food-related topics while serving as the editor of AOL’s food blog.
Nicole has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and holds a certificate in professional pastry from the New School of Cooking in Los Angeles. She has also completed the coursework for advanced chocolatier training at Callebaut Chocolate Academy.
Nicole does all the cooking, baking, photographing and taste-testing for Baking Bites herself – but she is able to track down at least a few people willing to have a bite (or three) to get second opinions on those recipes, as well. Friends, neighbors and acquaintances are all fair game.
When she’s not baking or writing, Nicole is often out at the barn. She is a longtime horseback rider and has ridden many different disciplines, but currently competes in dressage. She is a big supporter of the versatile American Saddlebred, whether for pleasure riding, driving or sporthorse pursuits. Her other love is dancing – both salsa and ballet – where she can burn off some of the calories from taste testing all of the Baking Bites goodies.