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Posts Tagged ‘Regina Schrambling’

Food Writers Full of Angst on the Day America is Just Full of Food

turkey-gravy-ck-223223-l.jpgWe like sometimes LAT scribe Regina Schrambling‘s piece in Slate today about how food writers secretly hate Thanksgiving. Why? Because we have food on the brain today – so we must give thanks to those that have food on the brain everyday:

We whip ourselves into a lather trying to make Thanksgiving trendy, but no one really wants to mess with the hoariest menu. In a country that worships sickening candied yams under marshmallows, I know that almost no one will try something like sweet potatoes Anna-a gratin of thin slices layered with thyme, Aleppo pepper, and lots of butter. I can angst over a new recipe for shredded Brussels sprouts with fancy-pants pistachio oil and know for certain that most tables will be disgraced by green bean casserole with onions from a can.

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Golden Clog Nominees Announced

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Michael Ruhlman and Tony Bourdain have announced nominees for The Golden Clog Awards–food writers aren’t forgotten, and bad food writers especially.

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For the best example of twisted, repressed, or compromised “I’d rather be making lemon bundt cake with My Cat, Mr. Mufflesworth” journalist who actually HATES food and hates the people who make food even more

Nominees:
Alan Richman for taking a big Dump on New Orleans at the worst possible time. And for his totally disingenuous piece on celebrity chefs not being behind the stove when Alan chooses to dine;

John Mariani for continuing to be John Mariani and do what he does so well. Which is–apparently–get free stuff;

Bob Lape–”Do I have to pay for that?”:

Regina Schrambling for her deranged, embittered–yet fascinating–gastropoda.com, where she raves and rags on her former employers–(and Mario Batali) like an ex-lover-turned-bag lady.

Fired LAT Editor John Montorio: “It Was My Destiny”

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Ad Age reports that the American media work force is at a 15 year low–only 886,900 employed, thanks to the slumping newspaper industry.

And speaking of slumping–whole lot of changes at the LA Times. The LAT, with paid circulation less than that number above, is now helmed by Russ Stanton, who lost no time in kicking cranky features managing editor John Montorio to the curb. Nikki Finke approves, but he seemed to have some pals. Regina Schrambling, for one, which speaks volumes.

Publisher David Hiller is profiled in the NYT, where his enthusiasm for the LAT’s star on the Walk of Fame is used as an example of his lack of synch with editorial types. Cheezy as the “ceremony” may have been, at least he got out of the office. LAO shakes a veiny finger at Hiller’s “grabbing” of the paper’s Oscar tickets, which should have been donated to the homeless or kids living on Skid Row, no doubt. As if anyone in show biz cares who the editor of the paper may be.

John Kobin, in the NY Observer, takes a far keener interest in the LAT’s doings than anyone on this coast. He got Montoria to say he was surprised by the firing. That interview must have been a phoner, because how could he say that with a straight face?

Leslie Brenner, Sherry Stern Move to LAT Sunday Magazine

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The Los Angeles Times has shifted Leslie Brenner over to the ill-fated Sunday magazine, and restored Michalene Busico to the Food section, which is great, great news for food writers and those who like to read about food, cooking, and such in Los Angeles.

Buscio might want to check out Brooke Burton’s new blog, Food Woolf, if she’s looking for a local replacement for Regina Schrambling, which we pray she is. We also hope she restores the Great Home Cooks feature.

The Knife is running local favorites by local bloggers, which is a great idea for a feature, too.

Sherry Stern is also moving to the magazine, as acting managing editor, but will remain as a deputy editor of Features, so that uninspired dreariness can continue throughout the entire paper, with no interruptions.

Regina Schrambling’s Lukewarm Mess: Food Blogging Made Boring

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Regina Schrambling, the LA Times Food section’s favorite freelancer, turns in another not-about-LA piece. Today’s treat is how to be a food blogger, with no coding or cooking experience required. You don’t need a sense of humor or story, either, judging by the results.

Schrambling’s own blog can be furious and funny, but the SoCal suburbanites must not deserve her real writing. Maybe her LAT editors have never read any of her other work, and this is her best stuff.

While her story isn’t as trite as it might be, it’s pointless–she learns how to download photos, sort of.

The Food section used to be one of the gems of the paper, and editor Leslie Brenner seems determined to erase all memories of past glories–maybe she’s figuring if she can’t duplicate the successes of former editors, at least she can put her own stamp on on the flabby, nearly lifeless form.

And we’re not alone in our dismay at Schrambling–The Knife agrees.

LAT in 90: Twists and Turns

The Los Angeles Times, distilled.

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MIT Media Lab Meta Munchies
Last week’s cheap eats feature was a big hit with readers, so Food Section editor Leslie Brenner kills that dangerous trend. Regina Schrambling writes about an AI geek with a software program and a palate of styrofoam.

Baby Video Study: Junk Science
Bruce Kluger’s op-ed on the academic study of baby videos has all the actual information on the methodology that that news story lacked. Gist: researchers never saw or listened to any children.

Santa Barbara Slug-Fest
The legal battle between Wendy McCaw and former employees of the Santa Barbara News-Press should serve as a cautionary tale for all those who wanted David Geffen to buy the LAT.
James Rainey’s reporting is even-handed.

A-1 With a (Would-be) Bullitt
Dan Neil drives Steve McQueen’s Ferrari. Terrific piece, worst video ever. Why? Car not shown in motion–fast motion. Sitdown interview is static–the car owner should have been doing something. Once again: Net video should not look like tv.

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