Today we're admiring Melissa Coleman, the 28-year-old designer and blogger behind The Fauxmartha. She's also a new mom! What I love about perusing Melissa's blog is undoubtedly the visual beauty of it. From a clean and welcoming design to bright, vibrant photography to short, lovely and useful videos, there's always new eye candy to explore. Melissa also regularly shares useful kitchen and cooking tips, which regularly make me wonder why I didn't think of that. It's always a pleasure to browse The Fauxmartha — I hope you'll check it out yourself.
Read on to get to know Melissa!
What is your all-time favorite book?
I should be more embarrassed about this than I am, but I’m going with the Harry Potter series. I’ve never been so completely lost in a book(s) before. That, and I always had a secret dream to fly that didn’t die with age. I can’t wait to read it again with my little girl. I hope it teaches her that magic still exists.
What meal do you love to cook?
If I have all the time in the world, hands down Chicken Pot Pie (or veggie pot pie sans the chicken, of course). But because that’s not typically the case, we eat Mexican food every other night — lots of veggies, avocados, and black beans does a body good.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
Do cookbooks count? Because I’ve totally been lost in the pages of Megan Gordon’s new book, Whole-Grain Mornings. The book starts out sitting on the counters of her childhood kitchen, munching on Cheerios, while her mom cooks. She makes you feel right at home.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, from a Chemex, always black.
What is the last book you abandoned?
Little Bee. I don’t think I gave it enough of a chance.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
Today, this very minute, I’d love to do dinner with Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé, and pick her brain about rearing children. I’m knee-deep, make that neck-deep, in learning how to be a parent.
Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?
Besides blog posts that catch my attention, I head to Google or Pinterest. I need pictures. Always. Of course, I still like to reference my growing cookbook collection. There’s nothing better than old-school paper.
Aside from barely re-reading my posts these days, I’ve yet to find time to read with a new baby. Anyone with advice — feel free to lend it. I miss getting lost in someone else’s words besides my own scattered thoughts.
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog, and what your favorite aspects are.
I started The Fauxmartha initially as a way to keep in touch with my family. It quickly turned into food blog. (I always feel like I have to explain my name that I now regret more often than not. It came from my grandma who often called me Martha Stewart for my love for cooking everything from scratch that started back in high school.) I use the blog to keep track of all my loose leaf recipes hanging on the fridge. I’m a purist at heart. If I can make it from scratch, I will. I have a deep-seated love for baked goods that I offset with wheat flour (although I'm not sure much off-setting takes place). I share a weekly tip in hopes that it will make playing in the kitchen a bit more fun and tangible.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
Gosh, I have so so many. I hate to leave anyone out. I’m limiting myself to 10 — Cookie and Kate, Naturally Ella, Happyolks, The Vanilla Bean Blog, Not Without Salt, Seven Spoons, Sprouted Kitchen, The First Mess, Oh Ladycakes, This Homemade Life, Local Milk, Farmette, Top with Cinnamon, Turntable Kitchen. Shoot, I’m way over. I love each of these blogs for different reasons. Some for their wisdom and words. Others for their photography. Others for their philosophy. And others for their oh-so-tangible recipes.