California & the East Coast Bias
Posted 13 October 2003 - 02:45 PM
So we've had some discussions, including here on e-Gullet, about the east coast (read NYC) centric nature of much food discuss, at least here in the US. In that regard, I'd like to thank the good folks here at e-Gullet for including a Q&A with you.
Clearly that NY focus continues for food and much else while we know there is terrific food throughout the US. And those of us here in California think we've done more than a thing or two to contribute to the US food scene. In that regard, thanks for mentioning Evan Kleiman in another thread here.
So, I guess I have two questions:
1. What are thoughts about the issue I mention?
2. Who are some other "left coasters" that would be good to profile, or what are some things coming out of this area that the rest of the country, or rest of the world should note?
Posted 13 October 2003 - 03:19 PM
I'm of two minds whether that is a good or bad thing, though. As much as I wish people responded as much to my stories as they do to Amanda's, I'm also grateful that they don't and that I don't have to deal with everything else that goes on in the Manhattan food scene. I once wrote that it was a perfect example of too many dogs chasing too few bones and I still stand by that. It's nice to be in Los Angeles where I can be friends with everyone and not have to get involved in who isn't speaking to whom on this particular day.
I think Ruth taking over Gourmet has helped obviate the bias (though mainly in focusing on San Francisco ... she now seems to regard her time in Los Angeles as temps perdu).
I think most places in the country that aren't Manhattan have the same complaints. Restaurants in Washington don't get the credit they deserve (do they Mark and Steve?). I don't think Chicago does either. Somehow we all soldier bravely on, though, don't we?
Posted 13 October 2003 - 04:52 PM
Also, in reply to your response, does this same bias apply to say the NY Times Food section getting more attention than the LA Times, which I think is fantastic . . . as you know.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 05:16 PM
As you can see, I'm stumbling.
As for our section vs. the NYT. Thanks for your kind words. I think this is a great section, certainly the equal of any in the country. I do wish people reacted to it the way they do the other Times, but on the other hand, I don't think I'd envy them that microscopic and, yes, at times, vitriolic attention.
And I guess the point I was trying to make in my last post is, in the end it's the work that matters. When I'm sitting at home writing, or researching, or cooking (well, I stand to cook), I never think about the competition at all. I think about writing something that makes me happy. Getting reaction is just the sprinkles on the icing on the great cake of art.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 05:54 PM
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