Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hayley Snow Takes on Martha Stewart

by Hayley Snow from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mysteries

Hi all, it's Hayley Snow here. You all know Martha Stewart, right? The doyenne of homemaking, cooking, and entertaining? The multi-millionaire jailed for obstructing justice and insider trading? She was in the news again lately when she blasted food bloggers for pretending to be more than they are.

“Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So bloggers create a kind of popularity, but they are not the experts. And we have to understand that."
 

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, because it reminded me of my boss Wally’s boss, who is always on his case to can me.  She wants to know where I got my so-called expertise in restaurant criticism, and what school of culinary arts I attended, and even where I got my degree in journalism.

I try to be gracious about her criticism, and look for any kernel of truth that may be rattling around in her mean words. After all, I don’t have a degree in any of those things. But I do have fabulous cooking in my family history--my mother’s and grandmother’s recipes are to die for. And I work so hard to be honest and fair. 



And I love to try recipes that I find on food bloggers’ websites. Have you sampled the food from Mystery Lover’s Kitchen, for example? They love to cook but they don’t take themselves too seriously. Maybe our friend Martha could take a lesson from them....

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. The fourth in the series, MURDER WITH GANACHE, will be out in February. But you can pre-order it now. And follow Lucy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

8 comments:

  1. Great cooks don't always come from a "trained" background. My grandma had little schooling but made some of the best food she ever ate. She used fresh products long before it was trendy. Talent is talent! And I love your books.

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    1. thank you so much ladies for your support! Ms. Ikleback, tell us what kind of food your grandma cooked? I love to hear about family recipes...

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  2. Let's face it - other than bestowing the title of Domestic Diva upon herself, what are Martha's qualifications to comment on the bloggers?

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    1. I do have to admire her business empire--and her resilience:)

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  3. Life can be too serious at times , cooking is the perfect way to chill out and not take things so seriously. I don't care if someone is qualified or not I spent many hours in my mum and grandmothers, sister in laws kitchen and none of them were professional cooks but they were passionate about making good tasting food and I think that is what counts and that is what we all want at the end of the day anyway.

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    1. Passionate cooking and eating--definitely Edel! xo Hayley

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  4. Sometimes a feeling for good food, and an instinct to blend tastes is better than an expensive education and no talent for it at all.

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