Food Magazines Have Their Place, but . . .
I’d Rather Have a Cheese Sandwich!
All this caught my attention in a big way because my blog was one of the ones that he plucked a sentence from and published as an example of boring writing. And as if that wasn’t hurtful enough, he picked a sentence that referred to “herb bloggers” so that everyone in the food blog world would know it was my blog that the sentence came from.
Because I was hurt, earlier I had a snarky post in this spot, but now I’ve calmed down I realize that Pete Wells has a right to express his opinion, but when it comes to food blogs, he just does not get it.
Food Blogs are not meant to be slick and shiny like food magazines. Food Blogs are meant to be whatever that particular writer wants their blog to be. Me, I am a fourth grade teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah, who had my life changed forever by the South Beach Diet and wanted to share that with the world. Writing a blog has expanded my life in ways I never imagined possible. The longer I write my blog the more I’m learning, growing, and making connections with other people who love food and enjoy creating a story about what they are eating.
So when I got over being hurt (and it did take me a bit) I realized that whether or not Pete Wells thinks this is a good blog doesn’t matter. Hundreds and hundreds of people every day like my blog and me, and that’s what I’m writing it for. The people who have sent me supportive e-mails or left comments are my friends in ways that the people who read Pete Wells’ magazine stories never will be. That’s what makes blogs the most rapidly expanding medium in the whole gamut of media. It’s the connections that are created, not only among fellow bloggers, but also between a blogger and the people who read that blog!
Starting on Thursday, February 16, you are going to see those connections exhibited in a big way as food blogs all over the world spread the word that cheese sandwiches taste better than hyper-critical food writing. Mr. Wells may wish he had never picked on such a creative and talented group of people.
If you’re a blogger of any type, feel free to join in as we celebrate not only Cheese Sandwich Day, but also the joy of being part of a world-wide community of people sharing ourselves over the internet. And to add to the fun, my supportive and wonderfully creative brother Rand has produced charming icons that people can copy and put on their cheese sandwich posts if they want to.
Now, I think I’ll go make a cheese sandwich. On low carb bread of course.
Note from Kalyn added later: These cheese sandwich uproar continued for a couple of weeks. If you want to read more, here is the Cheese Sandwich chronicles, a series of posts I wrote on the topic:
Cheese Sandwich Chronicles #1 Pointless Cheese Sandwich Meanderings?
Cheese Sandwich Chronicles #2 Into the Belly With The Cheese Sandwich
Cheese Sandwich Chronicles #3 Cheese Sandwiches Are Like Food Blogger Friends, You Can Never Have Too Many (includes a roundup of all the cheese sandwich posts by various food bloggers around the world.)
61 Comments on “Food Magazines Have Their Place, but . . .
I’d Rather Have a Cheese Sandwich!”
I agree Rand. 100% 😉
I was personally kind of frustrated that those comments not so much as closed, but disappeared all together. I think if anybody felt self concious about a comment they made they could have removed just their comment(s). I respect that people can do with their blogs as they wish but it certainly seemed like an odd flip flop. It said something about Pete Wells is entitled to share his thoughts and opinions. But I guess on Food blog’scool nobody else is. I found it puzzling. I’ve never seen any of this as anything but fun. Oh well. I’m just the peanut gallery anyway.
Rand – I’m just curious, are you referring to the fact that all the comments were closed on Food Blog Scool? :o)
PS – I love the graphics you made for Kalyn. 🙂
It’s nice to see that someone’s blog is still a free speech zone.
if it helps, I recognized your blog from his quote in a millisecond – and for the opposite reasons he cites. Your writing is as good as his. Not that I would recognize his because who reads food and wine?
Good for you, Kalyn! I totally agree with your entire spot and will reference it on my site. I also pledge to make loads of cheese sandwiches and take photos of them for porny folks. 😉
Here’s to brie and olives on rosemary bread! Here’s to soy cheddar on a gluten-free pita! Here’s to every mom and dad who ever made a grilled cheese sandwich to cheer up their wee kids! Here’s to everyone who has ever dressed up their toasted cheese and bread with pesto and sun dried tomatoes!
Well, I could go on all day extolling the virtues of grilled cheese and the myriad of ways to make it. But I won’t.
Instead, I will give Kalyn a standing ovation and think fondly of her comments each time I take a bite of my favorite sandwich — grilled swiss on rye.
Love your post and the images. I’m right there with you on Thursday. I can’t believe I missed his comment in Food and Wine. What a silly man. He obviously misses the point. Blogs are about bringing people together and freedom of expression. I hope his March article about food blogs apologizes for his stupid comments.
Last cheese sandwich I had was several kinds of cheese (something rich and melty, something sharp, something nutty…although I can’t tell you what) on slices of homemade wheatberry bread. And it was pretty darned good!
As is your blog.
Maybe PW is a dried herbs kind of guy? And really, that’s just a sad thing to prefer.
What a lovely post. I just found your blog, and I’m sure to read it more than the writings of an out of touch journalist. And if he thinks that cheese sandwiches aren’t interesting, he has a lot to learn. In LA, top eateries such as Clementine and Campanile have made grilled cheeses into treasures… not that they really needed their help. 🙂
Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus. Here’s to cheese sandwiches!
I’m contributing a gluten-free cheese sandwich post on Thursday. [This whole *buzz* is prompting me to make a foccacia – which is, in and of itself, quite a challenge, without wheat flour. I’ve not spent much time pursuing the Holy Grail of gluten-free bread].
But now, suddenly, I have an intense urge to make a cheese sandwich!
Dang, spend the weekend in the kitchen and look what I miss. I received an email about the article and quickly perused it. I think I lost interest and said, whatever.
Holy cow that article sparked some fire, didn’t it?
Someone lined me up with a few others in a real published book and told us to not quit our day jobs! My response was, YAY !! I’M IN A BOOK !!! I din’t buy it though.
Hey Kayln, sorry you got picked on. I had an anonymous-but-just-barely 15-minutes-of-infamy a few years ago, and it stung. A lot. I’m sorry you had to experience that. As far as cheese sandwiches are concerned, a couple of years ago my boys asked for grilled cheese every. single. day. I was going stir crazy – until I figured out how to make mine creative and tasty. They’re over that jag, but I’ll try to brush off my griddle and skills and post one on/after Thursday.
Well since my blog is probably as ‘white bread’ as they come, I was a little insulted at first too. But I got over it. After all, this man just thinks he speaks for everyone, we all know that isn’t true. Actually, it’s a bit laughable that any ‘real’ journalistic would write anything implying that he does speak for the entire food blog reading community but I’m sure he’s regretting that now.
Also, the truth is, some of the upper crust of the food blog community sometimes make me chuckle but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect them – that just isn’t my thing. When I first started reading food blogs – I yearned to find someone making a cheese sandwich or anything else I could put on my own dinner table. I didn’t want a three paragraph description of a bite of a cheese that was only sold in one town, on an entirely different continent.
So yes, brush it off and keep up the good, and very appreciated work.
I picked up a nice block of Vermont White Cheddar today so I can make a delicious cheese sandwich! Hang in there Kalyn!
Dear Kalyn–I do believe there are more of us who understand what food blogging is about & the importance of it & the character of it than those who don’t. I have an idea for my cheese sandwich that I hope I can share this week. (From a fellow Teacher of 34 years and Food Blogger of 4 months with much love, respect & admiration)
Bravo Kalyn! I’ll be cheering you on as I grill up my fromage sandwiches on this side of the world.
I think that I will post several cheese sandwich posts this week. The man obviously hasn’t understood a thing about what food blogging is about! Or WHB but who cares about him, I didn’t even know he EXISTED before he burped!
Kalyn, that man is an idiot, your blog is one of my absolute favorites! You can drop by and visit me on Thursday, I’ll have my cheese sandwich all ready for viewing 🙂
I know how you feel… literally