What a surprise to hear that my blog was nominated as one of the Top Five Blogs (Rural) in the annual Food Blog Awards. Please go and vote for either Farmgirl Fare or Lucullian Delights, don't waste your vote on me: I don't want or need or deserve a win in this category.
Best City: Becks Posh Nosh (Sam Breach: San Francisco)
Best Food Industry: Egg Beater (Shuna Fish Lydon)
Best Group Blog: The Ethicurean, hands down
Best Humor: How in the hell did MattBites and David Lebovitz get omitted from this list?! No recs! (Though I myself voted for the Food Whore.)
Best New: How in the hell did MattBites and Michael Ruhlman get omitted from this list? And a Rachael RAY blog "best" of ANYTHING? Dark times indeed. No recs!
Non-Blogging: Leite's Culinaria, of course. Gorgeous. (CHOW? Gulp. Nope. Nazis run the forums.)
Original Recipes: Stephen Cooks
Best Overall: La Tartine Gourmande
Photography: Again, no MattBites? No StillLifeWith? No recs!
Best Single Post: hands down, Gluten Free Girl's YES. Adam's post is pretty clever, too, but nothing approaches the inspiration and care that GFG employed in her post.
Best Recipes: 101 Cookbooks, of course.
Best Restaurant Reviews: again, BecksPoshNosh. Sam is the best.
Best Blog with a Theme: Meathenge.
Best Writing: Kitchen Notebook. What a lovely site to visit.
That's all. I am disappointed in a lot of these categories, and disappointed that some really high-quality blogs are not on there—but maybe I should blame myself, because I was too busy to see that quality material was nominated. Derrick Schneider's blog, An Obsession with Food, for one, deserves an award. And the Eat Local Challenge as a Group Blog would have been nice to see. (Though I still would vote for The Ethicurean.) I'm disappointed that Cookie Crumb's "I'm Mad and I Eat" wasn't nominated for humor, too.
There should be a Best Activist blog, I think—for those of us who are having to strip the wool from people's eyes about what constitutes real, clean, humane, sustainably-grown food, and what food-from-a-box means, environmentally and socially and even emotionally. (Hint: Rachael Ray cooks with cake mixes, frozen vegetables, and Bisquick, for God's sake. See a comment below about that—I am not a saint, and I use frozen vegetables, but I absolutely will not support a multi-millionaire who recommends these products in a recipe or on her show.)
Now, where was I?
Oh yeah, big news coming up about some people here in town doing fabulous things with farm-fresh, real-life food. Watch this space for yet another reason to be visiting Santa Cruz.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest.” — William Devane
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