Saturday, February 18, 2006

Cheese Sandwiches and Mean Men

whineMany of you that are active in the food blogging community have already read or atleast heard about the article in the current issue of Food and Wine magazine written by Pete Wells. Wells has caused quite a stir by expressing his opinions on the content of much of the food blogging community. He has definitely struck a very deep nerve with many people, plucking quotations from some well known food blogs and expressing his rather insulting opinion that many food blogs are comparable to a cheese sandwich. Wells seems to think that many food blogs are bland and lack content.

I happen to LOVE cheese sandwiches, Mr. Wells however seems to find them bland and unexciting. I find them to be comforting and homey, and frankly if someone sees my blog as either of those things then I'm quite flattered. Yes, Wells was expressing his opinion, which we are all entitled to do. But it seems that he didn't bother to put much thought behind his opinions, nor did he think much about how those he included in his article would feel, which I think is in HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY POOR TASTE!! He seems to have totally missed the point of the food blogging community. Yes we all love food very much, but the emphasis isn't on food nearly as much as it is on COMMUNITY. Since joining the food blogging world I have met or at the very least crossed paths with many very wonderful people. I've been welcomed into the homes of some amazing people via their blogs, and Mr. Wells opinion can't take any of that way. The thing that upsets me about his article is that he has angered and hurt so many people.

We are all entitled to our opinions, and Mr. Wells has definitely expressed his. But from what I've seen the food blogging community has come back and expressed theirs 100's of times louder. It's just unfortunate that the article was published in a major magazine like Food and Wine, with so many readers that may have never delved into the world of food blogging.

In support of those who were the target of Wells' undeserved criticism, February 16th was declared Cheese Sandwich Day!! I'm a day behind with my post and sadly my cheese sandwiches were gobbled up before any photos could be taken. But to show my support of all the wonderful food bloggers of the world we had cheese sandwiches on Thursday!!! Mozzarella, extra sharp cheddar, roasted turkey, brown sugar ham and mayo on freshly baked bagguette to be exact! YUM-O!!


Comments on "Cheese Sandwiches and Mean Men"


Blogger Kalyn Denny said ... (7:57 AM) : 

I hope you enjoyed your sandwich immensely. Thanks for the support.


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (8:12 PM) : 

screw him! a perfect grilled cheese is a work of art. i am serious about that. you need the right amount of cheese so it all melts without the outside getting too dark. I love a uniform orangy-amber toast color. they are simple in some ways, but the perfect one takes some work. one of my favorite comfort lunches!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:44 PM) : 

Excellent post, Jaay!

While I did not read Mr. Wells' article, I certainly take exception to his remarks.

Cheese sandwiches happen to be high on my list of comfort foods!

I support you completely (and Kalyn!)!


Blogger Honey Bunny said ... (9:30 PM) : 

i've had grilled cheese for at least one meal for 15 out of the last 30 days. sometimes with tomato, sometimes, with bacon, sometimes with sprouts. and i'm not ashamed.


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