Some of my good friends are food and drink writers. I get to eat well, and (when not on IV antibiotics) often drink well too. I give them advice on how to use the Internet to reach new fans (good students they each have thousands of twitter followers now their following every sip and morsel) and also occasionally build them sites. This has its upsides as I love helping my friends (and authors in general) but I also hate maintaining them so over the past few months I've moved two of them over to TypePad. I also work for Six Apart so while it makes sense for professional reasons, it just so happens that TypePad is a great platform. Both blogs are built using the stock Mosaic design with sized header images. Importing their old posts was a breeze.
One of them belongs to Melissa Clark, an award-winning author who also writes a column in the NY Times. And the other which I put up today belongs to Alice Feiring, a wine writer, author, and champion of biodynamic wine. Alice is the anti-Robert Parker. Her old site had actually been nominated for a James Beard Award and was up against Epicurious and others, so it took a bit for me to want to move it.
Check them out.