November 2007 Archives
Marion Rosenfeld, co-author of The Food Snob’s Dictionary, recently visited the Kosherfest food expo in Manhattan and wrote it up for Nextbook, the excellent online magazine devoted to Jewish culture. Among Marion’s discoveries: even in the Kosher world, there’s now a big emphasis on organic, sustainable, etc. Still, there’s plenty of silliness about, too, as in the case of the Exit Energy drink, which Marion describes as “a Red Bull analog for the Talmudic set.” The Exit Energy booth, writes Marion, “offered up cognitive dissonance: pounding techno music and Hassidim.”November 30, 2007 More Food Snobbery »
There’s a brilliant scene in Tamara Jenkins’s fantastic new movie The Savages in which Laura Linney, as a fastidious aspiring playwright, is bickering with her older lover, a married man named Larry (Peter Friedman). Larry declares that their relationship reminds him of The Blue Angel, and he condescendingly explains, “You know–Marlene Dietrich? Von Stroheim?” Linney’s character scowls viciously and says, “Von Sternberg!”
If only poor Larry had read The Snob Cheat Sheet for Confusing Similarities (pp. 30-34 of The Film Snob’s Dictionary), he wouldn’t have gotten himself into this mess.
Marion Rosenfeld and David Kamp have hit the proverbial hustings to talk up The Food Snob’s Dictionary. To hear them on KCRW’s Good Food show with Evan Kleiman, click here. To hear David on Mike Colameco’s WOR program Food Talk, click here. David will also be returning soon to Lynn Rossetto Kasper’s public-radio program The Splendid Table. Precise broadcast time and date to come.November 29, 2007 More Food Snobbery »
It would appear that John Lydon, the former Johnny Rotten, will not be venturing into chefhood like Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos anytime soon. Jeff Gordinier of Details magazine has a delightful new interview with Lydon online, which includes this wonderful exchange:
LYDON: I bought this stupid juicer. Oh God, the mess I made.
GORDINIER: So, um, you make juice?
LYDON: Yeah, well, I have to now, because I bought the damn thing. Sixty dollars’ worth of bleedin’ nonsense! It’s impossible to keep clean. I’ll tell you what it is—it’s a harbinger of mold and fungus.
Another formerly obscure gem now readily available on YouTube: Bob Dylan’s late-1980s appearance on the Chabad Telethon, in which Zimmy plays a mean mouth organ while his son-in-law, singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman, and Harry Dean Stanton (!!!) play “Hava Nagila.” Yarmulkes are stylishly worn by all.November 29, 2007 More Rock Snobbery »
A site called Apartment Therapy is running a charming contest in which, in exchange for a chance to win a copy of The Food Snob’s Dictionary, readers are invited to “tell us the [food-related] thing you are most snobby about.” The readers’ responses are thoughtful and heartfelt. And to think, we thought Food Snobbery was just a phony construct worth building a novelty book around!November 01, 2007 More Food Snobbery »