Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Food blogging: Anyone can do it!

In the L.A. Times food section, Regina Schrambling helpfully explains how easy it is to start a food blog, I think. I couldn't actually finish the story since as soon as my eyes fell on the phrase "I am one of probably the last six people in America still using film," I realized this woman probably shouldn't be telling people how to blog. Oops, reading it more closely, I see she mentions EatingLA -- sorry Regina! My feeling, though, is if you haven't already figured out how to do it, blogging probably isn't for you, but YMMV.

So I'll leave off ragging on Regina and move on to one of my betes noires -- the Huffington Post Living Now section in general, but specifically, the new "online food magazine" they've begun linking to, One for the Table (icky subtitle: Food, politics and love). It's put together by Amy Ephron and Laraine Newman, among others, who undoubtedly paid a bad designer to put together the unattractive thing that is neither blog nor magazine. The latest post by Newman (great comedienne, middling food writer), starts off promisingly about treasuring her mother's tattered Joy of Cooking which includes instructions on how to butcher a squirrel. Unfortunately, it ends up extolling the wonders of her savvy black nanny who cooked up a storm while her mother was recovering from a face lift -- the whole thing left the taste of poorly-butchered squirrel in my mouth. The most irritating thing -- there's no place to comment or interact with the famous food-writing ladies.

But unlike the dying job of being a film critic (what are all those film criticism majors going to do when they graduate, anyway?), food writing seems to be in a boom period. Patric Kuh of Los Angeles magazine is teaching a food writing class at UCLA extension and has graciously asked me to talk about EatingLA, so that more fledgling foodies can be unleashed upon the world. It is funny that I don't think blogs were even mentioned when I took Mediabistro's Food Writing class four years ago.

6 comments:

Ellen Bloom said...

Hahahahahahaha! Love your take on "One for the Table." The "blog" is entertaining, but I'm not sure how useful or informative it is. I went to high school with Laraine and Amy. They are both still hilarious.

Anonymous said...

No offense to you Pat, as your blog is very good, but it seems that every article on food blogs in LA only bothers to look here and at Delicious Life, and acts like those are the only two LA food blogs in existence.

There are probably, at this point, hundreds of LA food blogs with different specialization. It would be nice to see a journalist do some real research and go into more detail about some of the less known but very interesting blogs out there.

Pat said...

Hey, you won't get any arguments from me, Anonymous! I'll do a post soon highlighting some of the ones I like and hope that others chime in.

pleasurepalate said...

I've been looking at those mediabistro classes on food writing and was contemplating taking one. Did you feel that it was worth it? At price of 400+, that'd be quite an investment.

Anonymous said...

can you direct me to patrick's class? i cannot find the listing. thanks.

Anonymous said...

actually, i just found it...and it already began on 10/13..too bad. i so enjoy his writing!