26 Alternatives to Tastespotting and Foodgawker

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We’re big fans of both Tastespotting and Foodgawker, the so-called “food porn” sites that aggregate some of the best food photography from around the world of food blogs. The largest sites receive thousands of photo submissions per day, and with good reason; having a photo featured on Tastepotting or Foodgawker can bring thousands of new visitors per day. Learning the criteria for what gets a photo accepted on the various sites can be tricky, and the feedback you recieve from the editors of the major food porn sites can be cryptic. Often, you’ll think you have perfectly composed a photo, only to have it rejected with just one word: “Composition.” Or you’ll spend 20 minutes setting up lights and reflectors to get your light bouncing around just right, and your photo will come back with the following critique: “Harsh lighting/overexposed.” Sometimes, Tastespotting will reject a post that Foodgawker accepts. Sometimes, Foodgawker will hate something, but Tastespotting will love it. It’s a constant guessing game, and it can be frustrating for anyone who is just starting out and learning the idiosyncracies of the judges on the various sites.

Fortunately, the success of Foodgawker and Tastespotting have spawned dozens of clones, who may be a little more eager to view and publish your photo submission. Some are just getting off the ground, and are happy to have your photos filling out their websites. No matter what, they all represent opportunities to get traffic coming back to your site, and should be a part of your arsenal if you are serious about getting the word out about your website.

  1. Bakeolicious
  2. Dessert Stalking
  3. Dishfolio
  4. eRecipeCards
  5. Finding Vegan
  6. Food and Fizz
  7. Foodepix
  8. Foodieview
  9. FoodPorn
  10. Food Porn Daily
  11. Foodspreading
  12. The Hot Plate
  13. Kitchen Artistry
  14. Knapkins
  15. Liqurious
  16. Opensource Food
  17. Photograzing
  18. RecipeNewZ
  19. Refrigerator Soup
  20. Savory Sights
  21. Tasteologie
  22. TasteFix
  23. TasteStopping
  24. Tasty Days
  25. Tasty Kitchen
  26. YumGallery

Do you have a favorite food porn site, not listed above? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll make sure to get your favorite site added to the list.

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75 comments

  1. Pam @ The Meltaways 4 years ago

    THANK YOU for this list! I have been wanting a comprehensive list FOREVER! This is fabulous – loving this site and all of you and your hard work!

  2. Tracy A. 4 years ago

    Thank you for the list of alternatives to Foodgawker and Tastespotting. However – I now have even more rabbit holes to travel down!

    • Malcolm Bedell 4 years ago

      I know. Working your way through this whole list would take the better part of a morning. I don’t think you need to use all of them…just see which ones bring the best results!

  3. Jamie | GourmetMale 4 years ago

    Malcolm,

    Thanks a lot! Looks like I’ll be busy tonight. And you’re right, Tastespotting and Foodgawker are very random at times with their feedback.

    BTW, your bakeolicious link isn’t working. Looks like you need to visit the tumblr version (bakeolicious.tumblr.com).

    • Malcolm Bedell 4 years ago

      Ah, thanks for catching that, Jamie! I’ve fixed the link :)

      • Jamie | GourmetMale 4 years ago

        No worries. I got approved today by Savory Sights and I had one visitor as a result… And I am guessing it’s their team. So it appears Foodgawker and Tastespotting still reign supreme.

        Small plug: we are looking to help guys cook better at GourmetMale.com so everyone is welcome to check it out.

        • ePressureCooker 3 years ago

          Jamie, one benefit of having links back to your site not mentioned above, even if you don’t get a single extra visitor directly from it, is that links from other sites back to your own help improve your site’s placement in SERPs (search engine results placement). Every link back to a page on your site is like a vote for your site, and the more links from social media and other websites (especially sites on related topics) back to your own, can help push your site to greater prominence for the search results your site already places in. ;D

  4. Kelster 4 years ago

    I love Punchfork.com too!

  5. Anonyreader 4 years ago

    Thanks for compiling this. I don’t bother submitting to either Tastespotting and Foodgawker anymore and I realized I don’t even enjoy looking at them these days. They’ve both become so narrowly focused on a specific style, and to me it’s a very boring style. All the photos look like they were taken by the same person. And there are so many silly little conventions I just don’t get. Like tying up a stack of cookies or whatever with pretty string. If I went over to someone’s house and they had their cookies tied up with string I’d wonder whether they’d gone off their medication. The captions all seem to be written by the same person too, and that person is not a particularly interesting or imaginative writer. Everything is “elegant,” “the very best,” blah blah aspirational blah. And if you click through to one of the posts they feature, 9 times out of 10 it will be an extravaganza of, like, a dozen photos that are nearly identical to the one you just clicked on, because they all came out technically perfect and the person has no other concept of editing their work. That kind of perfection is democratic, in a way, because anyone with a good camera and some spare time can achieve it. But it does not make for interesting reading.

    • Shiiils 3 years ago

      You are so right!!! All the pictures look quite the same. I have some accepted, some declined. But even if you fix the reason they gave you most often they decline it again.
      I have some ordinary recipes and as they have tons of the same recipe I can understand that they only take the best ones. But if they tell me my pic isn’t sharp, and they accept 5 dull images in a row, i feel like they’re not serious at all!!!

    • Jan 3 years ago

      Ha! If you say so. The photos on their site are excellent.

  6. Food Frenzy 4 years ago

    Another site that offers food bloggers that ability to share their food posts is Food Frenzy. By registering with Food Frenzy, you instantly become an author and you can post as many of your food blog posts as you like. With each post, the author starts to build their food gallery and each post reference back to the author’s site. You can also manage your profile and display links to your social networks, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

    Only two key rules at Food Frenzy: 1) a picture must accompany any post, and 2) no repeat posts (do not submit the same post more than once).

  7. the wicked noodle 4 years ago

    It’s a great list, although Food & Fizz hasn’t posted any new photos in an absurdly long time (at least a year, possibly even closer to two). Don’t bother submitting your photos as they won’t get posted.

    • the wicked noodle 4 years ago

      ps. Neither has Refrigerator Soup. I know because I owned the site then sold it. It’s been in its current state for as long as Food & Fizz. The new owner may start updating it but I’ve no idea if and/or when.

  8. foodgazer 3 years ago

    FoodGazing.com in another good one. Check us out!

  9. Rajitha 3 years ago

    Appreciate if you can include http://www.threebellpeppers.com food blog here.. thank you :)

    • Food Frenzy 3 years ago

      Rajitha, thanks for sharing your site. We like the way you have things displayed.

      We invite you to join Food Frenzy (http://blogstew.net/foodfrenzy) and share your food posts for additional exposure.

      If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

  10. Annes Kitchen 3 years ago

    Thanks for posting this! I wish there was a service that would enable you to write up your submission once, then post it to all these different sites at once – without having to do it over and over again oneself… It’s so time consuming.. Still, will give it a go, thank you!

  11. lalaine 3 years ago

    In the world of blogging, traffic=power. I had a website I started in 2007 (which I let go, regretfully, after 3 years) and I remember Foodgawker launched a few months after I did (2008, I believe). The chief editor was plugging it all over the place and actually would comment on other blogs. If my memory serves me right, Tastespotting was in some sort of legal squeamish and was “locked down” for a few months. That was when Foodgawker stepped in. You are right Malcolm. It was far, far, far easy to get your photos approved to Foodgawker then. Just look at this crappy photo of mine from my old site http://foodgawker.com/post/2008/11/10/8946/. How in the heck did that pass? As you’ve said, desperation to fill the website. It was so easy to get approved in the first few months of Foodgawker I had over 50 photos in my old site’s gallery, http://foodgawker.com/post/archive/thecookmobile/, photos even I had to ask in my best Urkel immitation “Did I take that?”

    Success=Choice. Can’t blame them, thousands of submissions daily enable them with the power to pick and choose. I am looking at my old site’s gallery and I am thinking, if I got those in, this http://www.onionringsandthings.com/2012/12/peanut-butter-blossoms/ got to be a sure thing. Nope. Per Foodgawker, it is underexposed. I agree it is not the best picture but it sure is an improvement from my old salmon picture that got in. LOL

    All the photos I submitted to Foodgawker aside from one got accepted in other food porn sites. I’d like to believe it is not out of desperation but out of good taste. Hehehehe Beauty, afterall, is in the eye of the beholder.

    Happy New Year everyone.

    • Malcolm Bedell 3 years ago

      Foodgawker is starting to be an increasingly tough nut to crack. My acceptance rate there is now below 50%, even while it is much higher on other sites. The amount of traffic they send seems to have gone down, as well. At some point, the effort/reward ratio is going to slip in the other direction, as more and more of this kind of activity moves to Pinterest. :/

      • abbe101 3 years ago

        I’m a fairly new food blogger, and have found that although when I get photographs accepted to either Tastespotting or Foodgawker (5 or 6 accepted and nearly 40 rejected from the latter!!!), that my traffic increases – when I check my stats, they’re not exactly ahead of the game. I get most of my traffic from sites that accept all photographs. In particular from RecipeNewz. I didn’t even know these sites exited until I started food blogging :/

        I think that as long as you don’t attach your self esteem to another persons opinion of your cooking, or your photography skill (or lack thereof) – that you can take the *food porn* rejections with a pinch of salt (no pun intended). It’s very easy to get caught up in the need for approval, and to lose the original purpose of cooking and sharing.

        • Mondo 3 years ago

          thanks for writing exactly how I am feeling, abbe101. I’ve just started to submit my photos to FoodGawker and was shocked when my second one didn’t get in. immediately, I felt like my styling and best friend’s photography wasn’t good enough. my self esteem took a blow and I was angry.

          I now realize that their requirements are a bit ridiculous. all photography doesn’t have to look or be styled the same way. whether or not they accept my photos I know that I’m good at what I do.

          cheers!

  12. Manasi 3 years ago

    Thanks for the compiled list of sites. I wasnt aware of these. Getting into Tastespotting is very difficult as they are very picky about the images… Your posts have really proved helpful for a new blogger like me.

  13. lalaine 3 years ago

    I love Recipenewz as photos are automatically posted without administrator’s approval. The number of referrals from them might not be as significant as Foodgawker but far from shabby. I average 200 a day from them with less than 10 photos in my gallery.

  14. Adventurefood 3 years ago

    About 75% of my photos get excepted, and used to bring between 400 and 800 hits in the first couple of days. Recently 2 photos were excepted and they received less than 50 hits each. Less interest in food porn? Competition from pinterest?

  15. Talaia 3 years ago

    check out my site http://www.wholeyum.com . You can submit your photo and and/or a recipe to the site!

  16. Worlds Recipes Hub 3 years ago

    Hello,
    Appreciate if you can include http://www.worldsrecipeshub.com/ to your stack of food porn sites. World’s Recipes Hub is a mouthwatering collection of World’s Best Recipes. We share the world’s best, wonderful and tasty recipes to as many as food lovers. All you need to do is to just register your blog with us.
    For more details visit http://www.worldsrecipeshub.com/

    Warm Regards
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  17. Thanks for compiling what could be called an exhaustive list :) I do have one to add, if you are inclined – Yumgoggle at http://www.yumgoggle.com/

    I’ve had a positive experience with them, though one small grouse is they resize submissions to 300 x 250 which is a bit awkward as most sites require pics to be 250 x 250.

    Anyway, going down your list, I have to add that personally, I have found Tasteologie the most difficult to please as I find their criteria even more enigmatic and their rejection rate even higher than that of both Tastespotting and Foodgawker, or maybe, they just don’t like me LOL Tasteologie does not provide feedback on rejections or notification of acceptance or rejection.

    Well, just my two cents. Thanks again and please do keep up the great work!

  18. Anne 3 years ago

    I think a great alternative to these food porn sites has been “culinote”. I’ve been using to promote my blog lately and I find their approach different and interesting. It’s more focused on myself as a blogger as opposed to my pictures. They dont provide feedback though to my pictures …. which I’d love to get but I find their approach more inclusive.
    http://culinote.com

  19. Julia 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful list and very useful! Thanks.

  20. Cósima 3 years ago

    Good morning, Malcolm.
    You can’t imagine how useful this information is to me. The problem is that I write my blog in Spanish, and I find it quite difficult to translate the titles for food porn pages. I’ve started posting on foodgawker and I will try with all the links you provided. One question: is there any food porn page publishing in Spanish? Thank you very much from Madrid. Your posts are great.

  21. Miles Kotsiris 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for putting this list together! I’ll be bookmarking them now :)

  22. Vava 3 years ago

    My favorite one is feastie.com – their usability, variety of submissions/authors and clean, simple, beautiful design inspire me to come back again and again! I even started to post my own cooking on Facebook and got tremendous response from friends! X-)

  23. Ruwani 3 years ago

    I love Fridgg (http://fridgg.com/). I have most of my traffic from fridgg.

  24. Jeremy 3 years ago

    Do you know if these are nofollow sites? More exposure is always good, but I could also use those backlinks…

  25. Zach 3 years ago

    I am a big fan of The Feasting Eye (http://www.thefeastingeye.com).

  26. gina 3 years ago

    great post! does anyone use all of these sites? i’d be interested to see what the analytics look like over the course of one month.

  27. Kristen 3 years ago

    Love this post and the discussion it has generated. I was starting to feel quite discouraged with Foodgawker. I agree the acceptance is terribly unpredictable. Usually when I am certain they will accept my work they do not. Another site to check out if you are blogging about healthy foods is healthyaperture.com.

  28. Mark 3 years ago

    This is just the list I was looking for! I am an avid home cook and also just starting out with photography so I am a little wet behind the ears when it comes to pictures. My ultimate goal with starting my own food blog was as an outlet to share with others what I like to make and to also get featured on Foodgawker. I have submitted several things to Foodgawker and all have been rejected (for various reasons), and this makes me feel rejected. I have shown the pictures to some photography buddies and they all love the pictures. It seems as though they have went to being a photography site first and a food site second. So I just posted something on Desert Stalker so here is to hoping I can get something featured on some of these other sites.

  29. Patty 3 years ago

    Would like to add chowstalker.com to the list for those following a paleo and gluten-free diet.

  30. Mihai @ Simply yum 3 years ago

    Hey, I’ve just launched a start-up called http://worldinacupcake.com/ to promote food bloggers. Any kind of feedback is well received.

    Thank you.

  31. Lisa 3 years ago

    I have to agree with Patty that Chowstalker.com is a great source for referrals. Not all of my recipes are Paleo, but whenever they are I post them to Chowstalker and get an excellent response! I think it’s because they have a devoted fan base of people who are looking for recipes that fit their specific dietary needs. I also agree that recipenews.com is a great source for referrals.

  32. Lisa 3 years ago

    oops – I meant to type “recipenewz.com” in my previous comment. Lisa

  33. Saïdou 3 years ago

    A very new one: http://flashyfood.com

  34. A fairly new one is foodieportal.com. We accept all pictures, as we care about food and not picture perfection.

  35. One I really like is http://www.cookbookkarma.com/. It has the advantage of highlighting both the cookbook you cooked from as well as your picture – a great way to find new to you food bloggers and new cookbooks!

  36. Cynthia L 3 years ago

    What a great list! I have used Recipe Newz and have had pretty good luck with it. I will try some of the others, my photography is pretty hit or miss at this point in my blogging career!

  37. Ashton 3 years ago

    Just discovering your blog, and I think it’s brilliant!! So excited to find you! Great list :)

  38. Rachel Cooks 3 years ago

    Cookiehound (www.cookiehound.com) is a great one too. Great list!

  39. Armando 3 years ago

    Checkout Pantreze (www.pantreze.com). A visual showcase of recipes submitted by our users featuring recipes from top food and recipe websites including original recipes that are exclusive to Pantreze.

  40. Leah 3 years ago

    Visiting recipenewz.com this morning and it looks like the site is shut down :( Tears :( That was the easiest place to submit to :(
    Eager to try these others tho, anyone havefeedback on whats listed above thats working best?

    • ePressureCooker 3 years ago

      Yes, very disappointed recipenewz.com is gone, particularly since they just let you submit your photos, and didn’t make you wait for someone to review or approve them. I’ve lost interest in sites where someone can decide whether your photograph is appealing enough, especially since they seem to be more interested in your decorating and window dressing skills, than actually having appealing looking food. If I have to include lots of extraneous fluff, then I’m not going to have a good closeup of the food, am I? And that’s what should count, shouldn’t it? I’ve no patience for spending inordinate amounts of time trying to please some fussy editor, if they reject one or two of my photos, that’s it for me, I’m moving on. I’m not wasting time trying to promote pages only to have my efforts rejected because *gasp* I took a closeup picture of the food.

      Fridgg.com is one that allows the pics in, its immediate. FoodiePortal.com you have to wait, but I don’t think they reject pics, at least that I’ve seen thus far. Tastestopping bills itself as a site that will take all your photos that have been rejected by the biggies, but when you look at it, they haven’t posted a new photo in months and months, there’s mention of having been overwhelmed by spam, and it doesn’t seem to be currently operational. Kitchen Artistry rejected a couple of perfectly decent photos, so I don’t waste time with them anymore.

  41. Charles 3 years ago

    Hi Malcom,

    Please check my website http://www.FoodiesLoveThis.com

    FoodiesLoveThis.com is a growing food search and also kind of blog rolls which helps foodies to get ideas of recipes made my homemakers to celebrity chefs. We have started columns on “Celebrity Fitness” to increase crawling rate from search engine, soon we will be rolling out features like Social Networking and new column on health diet.

    Regards,
    B. Charles

  42. Ann 3 years ago

    Great list!
    Check out http://www.delishbook.com , it’s a cool one too!

  43. Tian 3 years ago

    I maybe biased, but I think Gojee has one of the best website and apps for discovering recipes.

    You can put in ingredients that you have at home, and it will make recommendations to you. The navigation is quick and beautiful.

  44. Cooking on Broadway 3 years ago

    I have had tremendous luck with http://dinnerhappy.com/ , an interactive recipe website.
    They have beautiful photographs and new/interesting recipes. Plus they calculate nutrition information for every submitted recipe. I’ve have almost ALL my traffic come from there. Check it out!

  45. Mammasaurus 3 years ago

    I’ve set a new one up myself – I don’t want to spam the comments with a link but it’s Seasons-Eatings(.)com

    Hope that’s ok the leave here! x

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  47. I know Chowstalker has already been mentioned. They recently did a revamp and are now called Stalkerville. I get quite a bit from traffic from them. Actually it is more than from Foodgawker or Tastespotting.

  48. Rebecca Baron 2 years ago

    We have a new recipe submission site. All you do is fill out the form at http://inspiringcooks.com/submit-recipes/ and we do all the work for you. We add your new recipes as you post them and promote them for you.

  49. John Loydall 2 years ago

    Slightly different approach on this site: http://epulo.co.uk/ in that you can post full recipes if you want or you can just link straight through to your own site. It also offers the ability to post recipes without actually having a food blog which is nice.

    Still early days but the focus is on the recipes rather than just sticking to one style of photography – so, as long as your food is tasty, it will get on.

    http://epulo.co.uk/

  50. Paul 2 years ago

    A great list of alternatives there. I’d love to have some sort of rough guidance as to what the reviewers of the photos are actually looking for. I’ve submitted photos that have been rejected for composition that are composed, for all intents and purposes, no differently than photos that have been approved.

    I’ve tried to discern a trend so as to submit photos that are more likely to be approved, and not waste both mine and the reviewer’s time, but there really is no discernible trend. It’s very much a subjective thing.

  51. Thanks for the great list of sites! For slow cooker recipes, I really like http://www.crockpotlove.com

  52. Brent 1 year ago

    http://somixerlicious.com/ is a new one that is focused on recipes using your kitchen mixer. Images can be tall, wide, or square since it displays like pinterest.

  53. Matteo 1 year ago

    Hi everyone.
    Me and my wife are running http://www.blog.kokidoo.se blog which deals with homemade desserts. I would like to share my experience. I think that, so far, Foodgawker is our best spot. It is true that it is tough but I find Tastespotting much tougher than Foodgawker. The good thing with Foodgawker is the possibility to see the reason of the rejection. We had some rejections of course, if we fix the issues, we usually get accepted. I think that photography means: professionality, personal opinionand of course one has to be lucky too. We are currently searching some additional foodporn sites where to submit our photos.
    I noticed that (correct me if I am wrong) some of the foodporn sites on the above list aren’t working anymore and others like KitchenArtistry update just very rarely, which is a pity because we used to love that website. Tasteologie is a bit weird because one cannot get a profile and it is very difficult to track if they publish Your post or not. I suppose You could look into Your Analytics but we didn’t receive any big bless of traffic from Tasteologie so we are currently evaluating other solutions.
    I think I will try some of the suggestions I could read in the comments which I find very helpful. I hope my comment could be of help as well :)

  54. Kristi Garrett 1 year ago

    Hi, Malcolm!

    If you’re still looking for food sites, Little Green Wheelbarrow ( http://littlegreenwheelbarrow.com ) covers all things fruit & veggie: vegetarian cooking and how to get the produce to your kitchen (garden, farmers markets, farms). I hope you’ll take a look. In the meantime, I’m looking for your “subscribe” button!

  55. baker 1 year ago

    A 2015 update on this list would be nice. I know everybody is using Pinterest nowadays but I still like as many back links as possible.