Who’da thunk it? Controversy in the food blogging world? Well, seems there is.
Julie Powell gained a little notoriety when she started a Julie/Julia food blog a few years ago. She started it to get herself out of a rut. She was a temping secretary and a little bit down on herself, so she came up with the challenge of making every single recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in her small NYC apartment, with one year to do it.
She blogged about it during the process, but stopped when Julia Child passed away. Her “challenge” sparked interest in a book deal, and the book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment came out recently, netting her a nice six-figure advance with the promise of a second book to follow.
I’ll admit it, I bought the book, especially because being a fellow food blogger, I was interested in what she had to say. That was before the controversy. It seems Julie has forgotten her roots, and so quickly at that.
She’s given a few recent interviews that have left food bloggers with a bad taste in their mouth, no pun intended. To quote Ms. Powell:
I’m going to get in a lot of trouble, but the truth is, I actually find most food blogs really boring. I try to look at other people’s blogs and they have pretty pictures and they’re so proud — but really, I just don’t care. I don’t know anything about that person, and I don’t know why it’s important to them. Food in itself becomes just a mass of prejudices and snobbery and everyone looks like a prat when they write about food.
Ouch. As one of the beginning food bloggers, she is slamming a genre that she really helped to create. She was on Martha Stewart this morning, and as I watched it tonight, after reading the recent quotes Julie has given, I found the whole thing bothersome and, quite frankly, disappointing. Not everybody remembers where they came from … just find it in really poor form and I’m certainly not alone. I’m going to stop now though, as I don’t want to give her any more publicity. ;)
No dinner report tonight. My parents came over to visit with Nicholas, and since I also had a computer guy coming to try to troubleshoot the dreaded DSL problems I’m still having, we opted for Chinese take-out.
I’ve put up some of the recipes from last night’s Supper Club on my side bar, and on the Supper Club web site as well, with the rest to follow tomorrow.
Until then… this “boring food blogger” is off to catch up on some Tivo.