Member Spotlight: Ashley Blom
Austin Food Blogger Alliance member Ashley Blom spent too much money on a writing degree, but can’t ignore her growing passion for good food. She expects to entirely do a career turnaround in 15 years and become a chef. In the meantime, watch her free-time cooking follies and novice foodie ramblings from Austin, Texas on her blog, Forking Up.
What inspired you to start a food blog? How did you start blogging?
I was a vegetarian in college. When I moved into my first apartment, I was lost–I didn’t know how to cook! And with a limited diet, I couldn’t just order in all the time. With some extreme Googling and much trials and tribulations, I was quickly known as “the roommate who makes us dinner,” and was winning friends with my recipes.
My first blog, Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine was simply a storage place for recipes I liked. Eventually it grew into recipes I wrote myself, and upon moving to Austin and joining the AFBA, I got into reviews as well. This eventually grew into my current blog, Forking Up.
What do you love most about Austin’s food scene?
It’s not just BBQ and tacos, as I assumed when I first moved here. We have such a wide variety of cuisine for every palate and every pocket. I’ve tried more food here than I ever did growing up in New England.
Which three Austin restaurants/food trucks are your current favorites?
Cannon and Belle, Tumble 22, Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant
What do you enjoy most about AFBA membership?
Before the AFBA I was strictly a recipe blog, stuck in my own tastes. The number of Austin restaurants I’ve gotten to experience as a member has been really eye-opening,. Not only has AFBA membership brought my blog into the review scene, but it has helped my tastes evolve as a recipe creator, too.
Tell us about yourself! Where are you from? Why do you blog? What is your focus?
I am from a tiny town in Western Massachusetts and moved to Austin in 2013 with my now-husband in an effort to escape the endless winters. I blog because I have a degree in Creative Writing from Emerson College that didn’t quite make itself into my career life, but I keep it as my side hustle.
I love my blog, and it helped me snag a book deal–my book “How to Eat a Lobster and Other Edible Enigmas Explained” came out in 2017. My book was O-Magazine’s Cookbook of the Month for May of that year (OPRAH!!!).
I focus on foods for the millennial palate. I don’t have much money, but I love good food. If I can make it, you can too!
What items are always in your fridge or pantry?
Cajun seasoning, truffle oil, and herbs de Provence. Any of these can jazz up a bland meal quite easily.
We hope you enjoy this member spotlight. Go check out Ashley’s blog, Forking Up (and maybe buy her book, too)!