Monday, March 2, 2009

Flaccid Food Porn Does Nothing For Me

Gourmet For Dead Palates coming to a newstand near you.


So the Times released this article today, Food Magazines Begin to Consider Cooks’ Budgets, and I have got to tell you that the news is not good. Here is an excerpt:

"As the high-end magazines try to survive a shaky 2009, it is out with the truffles, in with the button mushrooms.

'There are ways in which we feel it should change,' said Dana Cowin, the editor in chief of Food & Wine, published by American Express Publishing. 'We don’t, for example, do recipes that involve loads of foie gras and shavings of truffles.'"


How can I express to you how wrong this is? Food magazines are the first and (for many) still one of the foremost choices for food porn in this country. I mean, we must be honest with ourselves here, most people in America are ridiculously bad cooks and many of the recipes on these magazines normally come out completely wrong or horribly mutated in the hands of these bad cooks anyways. Look, everyone's struggling, but this is the equivalent of Playboy deciding to roll with Team C or Team D in the looks department for their monthly spread and that damn-well is not going to fly. And don't give me crap about reading the recipes and articles, because that's a blatant lie for any general public magazine not named The New Yorker. How stupid does, "hey, I picked up this Maxim with Megan Fox on the cover for the in depth analysis of the stimulus package," sound to you? There are standards that must be met and this is not the way to do it. Foie should be every bit as prominent as potato.

Honestly, once they go down this route, the only refuge is the world of food porn blogging. More love for me, I guess. Screw it, I'm saving my nickels and having a foie feast, that will show them. This is another kick in the pants for the struggling art of publications, newspapers and magazines. Next thing you know, we'll be reading pedestrian filler articles from the NY Times about something stupid like deleting "friends" from Facebook... wait.

1 comment:

  1. Here here!

    I heart foie and Gourmet. Don't take either away!

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