Wednesday, May 2, 2007

RIE (Recent Interesting Experience): Bourdain's Blogging

Anthony Bourdain is a guest blogger on Mark Ruhlman's blog. He has written a couple entries that have gotten passed around online a bunch and I am passing them around some more. He is known for his straight-shooting, Ramones-esque point-of-view, and taking that into the blogosphere is a breath of fresh air against the phony and polished Foodie World. He knows where the painting of Dorian Gray is and he likes to share the gory details with us. I’m so glad we have this blogging channel so that people like him can reach us all so easily. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from his entries:

[on the Food Network Awards]… The production itself--above and
beyond the witless, ill-considered, just-plain stupid "concept" of an Awards
show where most of the "awards" went to inanimate objects (accepting the award for Best Comfort Food is...Macaroni and Cheese!!), appliances or cities (Portland's mayor wisely did not bother to show),--the production values--were lower than whale shit.

…Relegated to the circus of Iron Chef America, where--like a great, toothless lion, fouling his cage, [Mario Batali] hangs on--and on--a major draw (and often the only reason to watch the show).

…Where the saintly Julia Child sought to raise expectations, to enlighten us, make us better--teach us--and in fact, did, Rachael uses her strange and terrible powers to narcotize her public with her hypnotic mantra of Yummo and Evoo and Sammys. “You’re doing just fine. You don’t even have to chop an onion--you can buy it already chopped. Aspire to nothing…Just sit there. Have another Triscuit…Sleep….sleep….”

On that last note, here is a link that was passed on to me from Steve Portigal. An artist, Naomi Leibowitz, took 30 episodes of Rachael Ray's show "$40 a day" and edited out clips solely of her tasting the food and faux-moaning: http://naomileibowitz.com/projects/rray/index.html.

Bourdain on the Food Network chefs:
http://blog.ruhlman.com/2007/04/the_fabulous_fo.html

Bourdain on Food Network Awards:
http://blog.ruhlman.com/2007/02/guest_blogging_.html

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