08. 19. 2007
It is extremely difficult for me to not be cynical, or quite possibly just incredibly jealous about the instant success of celebrity blogs. I completely understand how blogging makes the very famous somehow more accessible, almost like another Facebook buddy, while providing insight into the minds and talents that made them famous in the first place. But almost always, author or celebrity blogs seem to be written by hired PR help, and is just a whole lot of marketing nonsense with Amazon links to their new books. Of course, you get the refreshingly insane rantings of a Roseanne Barr or Courtney Love once in a while, but that's more of a trainwreck appeal.
But while I don't understand why anyone would want to read the blog, of say, Zach Braff ("looky looky, I'm playing the same hangdog character again in a terrible romantic comedy!") or need more than the 500,000 words a week in the New Yorker that Malcolm Gladwell already writes, there are some people, I think, who absolutely should be blog stars. Right up near the top of my wishlist would be the vegan-detesting, chain-smoking, generally mordant and misanthropic former chef, now writer, and professional traveler and eater, Anthony Bourdain. He wrote Kitchen Confidential, and now hosts No Reservations (no relation, thank goodness, to the Catherine Zeta-Jones movie) on the Travel Channel.
Bourdain has been quietly, but pretty regularly guest-blogging on the blog of super food writer Michael Ruhlman. Who knew that the Food Network-hating (click this- he calls Sandra Lee a "frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker") Bourdain had been utterly hooked on The Next Food Network Star? Michael Ruhlman is a great read on his own- he just did a rant on the bland ubiquity of chicken caesar salad and devised his own spin on it: "chicken-fried pork belly caesar salad".
While my favorite food blog is The Amateur Gourmet, these two pros- Ruhlman and unoffically Bourdain, have really done it right. Highly recommended for any foodies, or people who just want to read an an entertaining and well-written blog.
I somehow missed that Anthony Bourdain has become a "perma-blogger" on Bravo TV's site. He's been a guest judge on Top Chef, but I hope this means he might become a more regular presence.