Schooling Frod On Hypocrisy
A certain food blogger has been posting totally vicious and dishonest stuff about me, and other local food writers, for years now. Frod exchanges views with this guy on his own blog, and on this man's blog, and has never once expressed any disapproval of the level of hate expressed in his posts. In fact, Frod even posted a link to this venomous blog on Chowhound. And yet he recently felt it necessary to call me out for
"seemingly being unable to use the word 'blogger' without also adding 'blah, blah' or 'blather' - though that could also just be a symptom of his penchant for alliteration (another writing trait I'm not enamored of, but maybe others find it incredibly clever)."A quick note to Frod on being snide: "Maybe others find it incredibly clever" is a pretty solid example of snideness. Which makes your accusations about my snideness seem, well, a bit hypocritical. Plus mocking a writer for being overly clever might also be seen as something of a double standard coming from someone who refers to his family as Mrs. Frod, Frod Jr, and Little Miss F.
As for alliteration: It is one of numerous tools used by writers to differentiate their style of prose from that found in a legal brief. (btw frod: are you taking notes?)
But way back to the matter at hand: Whole Foods Market and Chefs Club Miami. I was, as Burton Dale keenly noted in his comment, being consciously controversial as a means of beginning a conversation about how Whole Foods Market has let down some of our local farmers (which, as I say, I'll pick up soon enough). I am not, however, opposed to anybody or anything being sponsored by Whole Foods Market; as a company I think it has done a lot of good. It has also, in recent years, done some bad. And I just had the feeling that the Chefs Club Miami members might not have been discussing stuff such as this. Or maybe they have been. Only they know for sure. I was being a raconteur, a provocateur, an auteur -- just an overall teur-ist travelling a taut path and tossing taunts to get the attention of readers and perhaps those Chefs Club chefs.
Food writing, and blogging, needn't be taken all that seriously. (to Frod the lawyer: This is a forum, not a courtroom.) Whole Foods Market will not be hurt by my "snotty quotation-marked references", "snide comments" and general "snark". Nor will any group of chefs. But if Frodnesor is really concerned about food bloggers getting too snotty, snarky, and snide (alliterative accusations!) he ought to start by stemming some of his own sarcastic remarks (and Frod, I haven't even mentioned your misguided Gustavo comments). Because otherwise, his howls of indignation are hypocritical enough to make the head reel.