I do understand why some people roll their eyes at Twitter. But if you’re reading this, chances are good that you’re interested in food. And I would bet a pint of homemade jam that you would find Twitter worthwhile. I have an article in this month’s Seattle Magazine on just that topic.

One of my oldest friends continues to resist, saying that it’s better to spend time with actual human beings than to engage them online. No argument. The funny thing about Twitter, for me, is how much it does spill over into real life. It led to the impromptu canning party I attended this afternoon with Jeanne Sauvage at Kathy Casey Studios, and this lovely afternoon of cherry picking on Vashon Island. As I told people at Keren Brown’s Foodportunity last week, I was recently walking to the Lake City Farmers Market, and ran into Alice of Savory Sweet Life in person for the first time. We ran and embraced like the friends we clearly kinda are.

Want to know where to begin? Here are just a few of the most active Seattle-centric tweeters on my own follow list, for a starter sampler. It’s heavy on local food writers, but that’s my tribe.  I could easily make the list five times as long, but hey — those of you already on Twitter, feel free to let people know how to find you, or to add your suggestions for other places to start. You can also add your suggestions on the article, over here:

You’ll find me here, and Seattle magazine food editor Allison Austin Scheff here.

Shauna Ahern, Gluten-Free Girl, is here.

Matthew Amster-Burton is just as funny when he only has 140 characters to work with. Find him here.

Yes, as I told countless callers at the former Seattle P-I, I know where you can find former food editor Hsiao-Ching Chou. She’s here.

Dana Cree, pastry chef at Poppy, is here.  

Maggie Savarino, who knows her drinks, is here

Kathleen Flinn, author of “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry,”  is here.

I can’t get enough of Jonathan Kauffman’s informed, perceptive, and witty writing. Luckily, I get extra in 140-character bursts here.

Nancy Leson always gets the story, and you can read it even faster if you follow her here.

Kim O’Donnel recently moved from The Washington Post to True/Slant, but you can always find her here.

Jessie Oleson, “Cakespy,” is here

I might never have found Ashley Rodriguez’s beautiful blog, Not Without Salt, if I hadn’t encountered her here. Oh. Well, there was also that 50 Best Food Blogs In The World thing. Ditto all that for Tea.

Talk to tastemaker Jon Rowley here. Just don’t blame me if you wind up buying a refractometer or baking a fabulous pie

Traca Savadogo, who knows everyone in Seattle’s food scene and brings them together, is here

Seattle Bon Vivant, who I missed so dearly when she stopped regularly blogging, has been returned to me here. (Thanks to Twitter, we even had a real-life lunch together at Boat Street Cafe, newly on Twitter here.)

Becky Selengut is a chef and an author, but that doesn’t begin to describe how completely hilarious and interesting she is. Find out more here

Surly Gourmand is here. Don’t click on that link if you’re easily offended, or even sort of easily offended. Or moderately offendable. If you’re pretty hard to offend, it might be OK.

Lorna Yee of the Cookbook Chronicles is here.

Ron Zimmerman is co-owner of the famous Herbfarm, but, here on Twitter, he’ll bring you along for the story of everything from the drinking of a 1795 Madeira to his adventures in Madrona bark tea and homemade salt. Bonus: Ask him your most obscure questions about local foods, chances are he knows the answer.


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