Food Network Addicts Stand Up, Author Michael Pollan Has Some Words For You

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Duff Goldman, founder of Charm City Cakes, dude on Ace of Cakes. And yes, those are cakes around him.

Recently Michael Pollan took a few shots at the Food Network. For those who don’t know Michael Pollan is an author, columnist, activist, who has written extensively about the food industry in the United States without being an evangelist for vegetarianism or veganism.

I like Ace of Cakes, sometimes BBQ with Bobby Flay and I always enjoy the thinking person’s cooking show Good Eats with Alton Brown. There is a lot that the Food Network is lacking as a whole though.

Sure there are people starving in the world and the Food Network would be like porn to them. I get that. Sure there are mega corporations running the food industry in the U.S. and most Americans have no idea where their food actually comes from. The Food Network offers no discussion of any of this.


It’s great that rappers like Homeboy Sandman that have such an array of subject matter and song titles that it makes my job that much easier. This Queens MC is a fan of variety which is pretty refreshing or should I say nutritious.


Sure they don’t and I caught that, but I didn’t consider some of the observations Michael Pollan put forth in a New York Times article called “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch” where he discusses the fact that Americans have been watching food shows more while eating fast food and cooking less.

“How is it that we are so eager to watch other people browning beef cubes on screen but so much less eager to brown them ourselves? For the rise of Julia Child as a figure of cultural consequence along with Alice Waters and Mario Batali and Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse and whoever is crowned the next Food Network star has, paradoxically, coincided with the rise of fast food, home-meal replacements and the decline and fall of everyday home cooking.” ~Michael Pollan, nytimes.com

I think Pollan is biased towards Julia Childs and if I’m being honest it’s all about Travel Channel food shows anyway. Anthony Bourdain for the win!

Check out his controversial article for yourself at nytimes.com Warning: you may be asked to sign up for an nytimes online account for access to this article.

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