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!