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The Food-Blogger’s Rebuttal

Wed Aug 27, 2008

Blogger Bash

Pairing tropical fruit, wine and cheese

A lot of chefs hate food bloggers. They lambaste us for being amateurish, opinionated or worse, ignorant. I’ve read a lot of food blogs while working my own and many are all of those things, home cooks whose apron strings have become unhinged, angry diners with a forum to rant. But others are inspired and informed, thoughtful and even well researched. The best blogs I’ve found are written by passionate people, who come at life with a fork, a knife and an insatiable appetite for transforming new experiences into stories.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to meet some of these talented people at a blogger bash hosted by Todd and Diane of the blog White on Rice Couple. This dynamic duo opened their home to a small group of food-obsessed writers they never met to break bread. What happened next was as mysterious as molecular gastronomy—strangers were transformed into friends while frying spring rolls, gathering herbs and tearing away at a giant jackfruit, hands covered in oil and taffy-like resin. The conversation bubbled with Champagne-complexity, with moments of ecstatic joy, as we realized we are an army of hungry ninjas descending on dinner tables with cameras and cultural curiosity.

Our blogs are not nattering, or angry, and though none of us are professional chefs, the grilled tilapia and bass stuffed with herbs and grilled flatbreads, prove you don’t have to be “trained” to cook great food. We are carrying on the foodways of our grandmothers, not restaurants, a wooden-spoon wielding, laptop carrying generation creating community with a computer, a camera and some chicken feet.

It was an honor to be among these storytellers and fellow food-lovers. It made me realize that these blog-bashing chefs must not know about Burnt Lumpia, Sushi Day, Foodwoolf, White on Rice Couple, The Delicious Life, Daily Bread Journal, Wandering Chopsticks, Wrightfood, Julie’s Kitchen or MattBites. If they did, they’d know, like I know, that these are the people they want in their restaurants, people who appreciate the work that goes into creating great food, to highlighting culture in a bite or a sip, but they probably won’t find too many of them there. These bloggers are either home cooking for the people they love or traveling the world exploring, gathering recipes and, I hope, continuing the foodie revolution I witnessed last Saturday night.

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8 Responses to “The Food-Blogger’s Rebuttal”

 
  1. kat Says:

    You know I think food bloggers cook like real people not like “chefs” so often they are more likely to share a recipe I want to try. Also they are doing things in real home kitchens & giving lots of hints. I certainly am impressed by so many of the food bloggers I’ve come to “know” out there.

  2. Leah Says:

    I totally agree, Kat. I’ve tried new things that I never thought I’d be able to cook after seeing another food blogger take on the challenge.

  3. Brooke Says:

    Here here! I’m so glad you said that! I want to forward this post on to all my nay-sayer chef friends!

    Brooke

  4. Marvin Says:

    A few days later, and I’m still amazed by the sense of community we all had at that party. It was great meeting you Leah. And I was honored to be your dish dryer!

  5. White On Rice Couple Says:

    Leah, this is brilliant and it’s so refreshing to read such a well written rebuttal.
    Bloggers write for different reasons and for most blogger that I know, they don’t write with inflated ego’s to challenge chefs or to spew out vicious reviews. Saturday night was a great example of bloggers who are not only passionate & knowledgeable, but humble & sincere as well. We were so thrilled at the turnout of such amazing people.

    Thank you SO much for your phenomenal presence at the party. You totally kick started the party and your leadership was inspiring. The party would not have been the same without you.

    You are not a triple, but a quadruple threat: great writer, great looks, fearless and true leader. I wanna be just like you when I grow up!

    Come on over soon, please!
    XO,
    diane & todd

  6. matt wright Says:

    A brilliant write up of a fantastic party. I think the whole chef’s knocking food bloggers thing is mostly down to insecurity, and concern. Some of the best food I have ever eaten has been at the hands of so called “amatuers” – if I was a chef I would be rather worried by this, and the fact that this new generation of home cooks and bloggers are touting high levels of food knowledge, without the pre madonna attitudes we so often see around professional kitchens.

    The grilled fish at WoRC will honestly stay in my mind forever. Fantastic food. I am just miffed I didn’t get a fish eye.

  7. Rachel Cohen Says:

    I think the main difference is that chefs value consistency. They have to turn out the same dish in the same way, over and over, despite the differences in available produce or raw materials. Home cooks don’t have that pressure, and making a great dish one time can be a triumph and also simple good luck. I don’t read many food bloggers who understand the difference.

  8. Leah Greenstein Says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for your thoughts. As a food blogger who has spent nearly 15 years working in restaurants I fully appreciate the hard work that goes into preparing great food night after night. And, moreover, I love he creativity and passion that goes into preparing great food, especially under the critical pressure of diners, critics, etc. I think the assumption that food bloggers don’t get it is an unfair generalization (though I do agree that there are some who don’t). I just wish some chefs realized that there are a lot of us on their side. It is my hope that through my writing, more people will appreciate all the hard work that goes into cooking great food – at home or in a restaurant.

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