Is Food Writing Important?


I needed no convincing of your thesis which made me all the more surprised when I found that you had convinced me of the importance of what I knew to be the truth. There are so many sane people writing about food but unfortunately they are outnumbered by the dull, the obsessed and the fuckers who write “yum”. The Orwell quote is perfect and I can see how it meant nothing to me when I read it as an 18 year old student to whom food was only fuel.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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26 Responses to Is Food Writing Important?

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Some people eat to live, but I most definitely live to eat. I feel sorry for those who don’t really appreciate food, but at the end of the day, perhaps that means all the more for me πŸ˜‰

  2. ambrosiana says:

    Great article Roger! Food is culture. If we lack of culture, we are worth nothing,

  3. Great post, Roger. I must now guard against writing ‘Yum’ in one of your comments. I have no wish to be a fucker πŸ˜€

    But food is more than fundamental: those who have a sensual attitude to it have a similar outlook on life. I love coming here for that.

  4. Tessa says:

    Thank you Roger for sharing the article. I am now scared to even think the word “yum” when I read your posts :).

  5. Can I say “yum?” Lol seriously though, great HuffPo article. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Eha says:

    Fully agree on the ‘yum’! If in a hurry and ‘suffering’ from writer’s block have committed this admittedly heineous literary and culinary sin more than once πŸ˜‰ !

  7. spree says:

    A great article by Mr Ruhlman, Roger! Thanks for sharing! (And just so you know, I doubt there will be an occasion on which you publish one of your recipes or alluring food photos that I will not NOW be tempted to respond simply, YUM!!!) πŸ˜‰

  8. emmycooks says:

    That was a great article. (Of course, those of us who write about food may be predisposed to agree with the premise…but still.) And I join the chorus of commenters who may or may not use the phrase “yum” more liberally in your presence going forward. πŸ™‚

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    Well, I will do my part to keep this a yum-free zone. Now what’s this about “food as fuel”? This was certainly not my experience. As a member of the Bartolini Clan, food is everything! πŸ™‚

  10. A day without good food (or good wine) is a sad day indeed…thank god we donΒ΄t all see food just as fuel.

  11. Tandy says:

    Food is love! And I am setting myself a task to refrain from using those three letters!

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