Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Did you catch this at The Slate?
check it out and tell US what you think


Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer said...

What do I think? I think she's dealing with a mass of stereotypes. For instance, this passage: "Cutting your food budget requires systemic organization: cooking foods from scratch (roasting your own chicken rather than buying it at the grocery store); shifting the focus of your meal away from animal protein; using your leftovers; and, perhaps most importantly, planning ahead to take advantage of economies of scale and grocery bargains."
I have written about all those things. Repeatedly. Recently.
She needs to expand her research base beyond the New York Times.

Jill Silva, The Kansas City Star said...

I agree with Kathleen. The writer needs to move out of New York City and into the Heartland. At The Star, we've been writing extensively about local food for a decade. Last spring my family and I lived frugally on the weekly equivalent of food stamps. We wrote about it, blogged about, etc. It's the rare story that features extravageant chef recipes. Granted, we gear our weekly coverage to time saving recipes, but time is money.

Anonymous said...

This is a problem that some people in New York have. They don't know what the Midwest is and they think the West is New Jersey. This writer should make more of an attempt to know what she is writing about. A responsible journalist would have gone on the web to sample the offerings of countless food sections nationwide. She even could have followed up by calling some of the food editors/writers at those newspapers. Maybe the writer will read this and talk to Purvis & Silva so she can write a factual story.