26 Food Porn Sites that are Not TasteSpotting

by Lynne on September 7, 2011

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The last 8 photos I submitted to TasteSpotting were declined. I was disappointed, naturally, because getting my photos accepted does wonders for my traffic. However, since the people who view TasteSpotting also view FoodGawker, where 6 of those same photos were accepted, I figured it was TasteSpotting’s loss.

When Sarah Gim, who runs TasteSpotting, spoke at Camp Blogaway last May, she was asked what her criteria was for choosing what is accepted. She answered that she couldn’t say exactly, but she knows it when she sees it. Well, it is her website after all, so she can put what she wants on it.

BUT…. There are 26 other food porn sites, that I know about, where our photos can be submitted. We don’t have to be subject to TasteSpotting’s whim. We can saturate the food porn landscape with our photos and reap the forthcoming traffic. Here’s my list:

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

And of course…

23. Photograzing
24. Tasty Kitchen
25. TasteStopping
26. Food Porn Daily

If you know of additional food porn sites, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

So about the photo of the BBQ Pork Sandwich above… that was taken at a food blogger luncheon at my favorite restaurant BALEEN and you can see all of the photos in that post, which includes the stunning BALEEN Burger below. Beautiful food.

BALEEN Burger from BALEENLos Angeles

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polwig September 8, 2011 at 6:24 am

Great list. I can definitely use it. I understand when a photo is bad but your photos are exceptional there is no reason why it should be declined other then for non photo reasons. Crazy I tell ya.

Mary September 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

Food Porn, ha. You have great pictures, have you been to tasty kitchen? in the Pioneer woman’s site? Mary

Dave at eRecipeCards September 9, 2011 at 5:31 am

Thanks for the shoutout… quite a list

Lentil Breakdown September 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Wow, more sites I can be rejected from? Masochist heaven, here I come!

Jennifer @ Licious Food September 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Thank you for the additional sites! Loved your posts about BALEEN, next time I am in California I will have to try … the food looked ah-maze-ING!

Cristina September 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Great list, Lynn :) Thanks for sharing.

I stopped submitting to Tastespotting, they rarely accepted my images and so I figured my photography style was a no-win situation for their criteria (whatever that may be). But since then, I’ve stopped submitting to any of the image sites…I do miss the traffic but I’m at a better peace with the whole process :)

Hope you’ve been well – have a great weekend!

Alana @ alanabread January 6, 2012 at 5:29 am

This is a really fantastic list, I’d not have heard of most of these sites so thank you! Tastespotting has some nice photos and all, but the one word I would use to describe their filtering process is… hypocritical. I guess that ties in with the “I know it when I see it” mentality you mentioned, different photos for different moods I suppose!

the food dude February 2, 2012 at 3:04 am

Thanks for sharing the list, and providing new channels to share photos and hopefully increase traffic. I don’t have much luck with Tastespotting and Foodgawker, hopefully I’ll be luckier with the other sites you mentioned. Thanks again!

DessertStalking February 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thanks so much for the mention about our site – we always welcome new contributors!

Angie February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Thanks for the list and all the guidance in getting it placed on one site or the other. I have learned to stick with it and not give up or get my feelings hurt. Thanks!! for helping me see the light ~

Ben March 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

Thanks for the list! I stopped submitting to tastespotting long time ago because it was just a waste of time. But now I’ll check some of these other sites to submit my pictures.

Katrina March 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

This is great. I get so frustrated sometimes with tastespotting, even the photos I spend my time to stage with natural light and everything still get rejected! This list helps a lot. Thanks!

Tess April 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

Thank you for this info =)) I cannot imagine why ANY of your photos would be rejected, they are stunning!!! I’m used to submission rejection, so when I make it on FoodGawker, or other sites, I do the Happy Dance ;-) Have a great day =))

Pam Rauber April 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post all of these sites. I am curious, how well are you doing on all of these. My most traffic and best acceptance is Foodgawker. For the most part a hit or miss. It really depends on who gets it. Very inconsistent. Your photography is brilliantly done.

Sarah May 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I would also like to add foodporn.net to the list. Thank you!

Amanda May 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

Wow. That really is a stunningly porny final shot of the baleen burger! if you want to submit it i guarantee it’ll go up on fpd :) i’m drooling!

Quick Asian Recipes - Ashish Negi May 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

That’s indeed a long list :D . More sites to get rejected from :P . For me though, the journey has been exactly opposite. 3 out of 4 recipe submissions (each submission had 2-3 pics from same recipe) were accepted at TasteSpotting while only 1 was accepted at FoodGawker. Guess they run a lucky draw or something :D
One more site that can go in that list is healthyaperture.com
You don’t get a lot of traffic from here but a few more clicks don’t hurt now, do they :)

Laureen King June 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hi Lynne,
Just found this old post of yours and want to thank you for posting it, I too have had major frustrations with tastespotting, and decided why stress, just quit submitting. Have there been any updates to your list.
New to blogging, thanks

Barbara June 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Thanks for the post! I only recently learned of food porn sites and now you have given me a long list to submit to! Much appreciated.

jenna June 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

omg this post SAVED MY LIFE… tastespotting sometimes bugs out and im like ahhh what am i gonna do….!!!!!

happened upon this post, btw your whole blog is amazing, but this post in particular assures me of many future instances of visual delight & splendor… hurray! x

adventurefood June 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

I find that tastespotting accepts about 75% of my submissions. Foodgawker on the other hand hasn’t accepted anything since 2008. foodgazing.com excepts almost everything I submit. Thanks for the list. I’ll try out some new ones. Are there other sites that except submissions of posts that are as effective as food porn sites? I’ve tried ifoodtv and a couple of other recipe sites, but i don’t find them very effective in terms of exposure

Shmoo July 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

Thank you so much for sharing this list! I have no idea as to why Tastespotting would decline your recipes/pictures, given that they’ve accepted submissions for “boiled hot dogs cut to look like octopi”, or dishes that resemble the works of Sandra Lee. In any case, great job and thank you again for the list; I’ve bookmarked most of the sites now : )

Gerry @ Foodness Gracious September 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I gave up on Tastespotting mainly because I had so many log in issues and site freezing. Nobody ever replied to any emails for password resets or help. I am having much more success on Foodgawker now and i will for sure look at this great list you have generously supplied. Glad to have found your blog also!

Swathi September 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Hi Lynne,
I admire your photos you are right about tastespotting and FG. I think Tastespotting has black listed me , they don’t respond to my submissions at all. Thanks for giving me other sites info.
If you don’t mind will you tell me what kind of light source do you use for photos.

I am getting low light underexposure comments for FG lately.

Lynne September 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hi Swathi ~ I use natural light from an east-facing sliding glass door, which I open when I shoot. The light is bounced into my room from a white building about 20 feet away. Not ideal, but that’s what I have. I set my ISO on the shade setting. I have a white 3-ring notebook that I use to bounce the light onto the dish. I would prefer a south-facing window because that is where the best light comes from. The food porn sites like our photos to be screaming with light, so I lighten my photos on Photoshop Elements. Good luck with these other food porn sites. Some of them are more forgiving than TS and FG. Lynne xo

Rob September 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This is a great resource, Lynn. I just wanted to throw my site into the ring: foodspreading.com
We’re a newer site, visually appealing and we’re looking for new submissions!

Caroline November 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

This page is such a find! Thank you. Such great info in your article and so great to read everyone’s input. I’m very, very new at this and have much to learn. I was so upset to have only one submission to tastespotting approved out of many…and honestly, I didn’t think it was my best one. You’ve all bolstered my self esteem just reading this. I certainly plan on looking into these other sites…thanks so much!

Caroline November 12, 2012 at 4:45 am

Ugh…just submitted 4 to Foodgawker and all were rejected…even the one that tastespotting accepted! This is so frustrating!

Miguel Cizeron January 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Great list, many thanks!!!

Deea June 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hey Lynne!

Thank you for the effort of putting up such a list :) It would be great if you could also add our new ‘food porn’ site: http://www.worldinacupcake.com . And of course, you are more than welcome to submit!

Deea @ WorldInACupcake

Armando July 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Check out http://www.pantreze.com .Our goal is to bring together a community of passionate food lovers who are looking for a place to discover new recipes. In addition to the potential discovery of new recipes, Pantreze also allows you to save your own original recipes. Unlike other sites, we won’t reject any submissions as long as they are food and recipe related.

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