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Before an hour ago, I’d never even heard of The Food Magazine. After a quick Google search, I learned it came out earlier this year, it’s independently published, the editor is a woman named Candus Jane Zanghi, and most people think it’s pretty darn awful.
FNH reader Amy thought the magazine was so awful, in fact, that she went to their website and wrote them this intelligent, compelling letter. And let me just state this up front for the record: you will never believe the response she got back from the editor.
To Whom It May Concern,
I just read your premier issue and, wow, all I have to say is, “How embarrassing.”
The opening Letter From the Editor was terrible and not improved by the Facebook-online-dating-type photographs. My first thought, “Please don’t let this be the Cosmo of the food industry.”
Being an optimist, I continued into the magazine hoping my initial impression would improve, but it did not. I was disgusted by the poor quality of the writing, including several glaring errors (“plant,” instead of “planet.”) In most cases, it reminded me of my freshman year of college, when we first learned how to formulate a paragraph. It seems like such an amateur effort, I am surprised you were able to attract so many of the Food Network chefs. I guess I am assuming then, either the publisher or editor, must be related to someone who thought this ‘little effort’ was charming…or it is being funded entirely by advertisers.
The recipes were uninspired, with most of them available in cookbooks I already own. I guess I should be thankful you didn’t include any canned soups in your recipes, but you did stop just short of doing so, by using powdered salad dressing, dried spices and granulated garlic. Recipes of that caliber I can get from my local Junior League cookbook or a campy church potluck. The article about Piccino seemed fine until the premise of the article revealed that pizzas were the claim to fame of this little joint, but you, oddly ignored those, and included a recipe for hummus (sadly, without the tahini.)
All in all the magazine seemed as if it was formulated by a group of people, who for some unknown reason imagined themselves to be publishers, editors and writers. I’ve never felt compelled to write a letter to a magazine before, but I found this magazine so annoying, I had to.
I am hoping your efforts improve, and I am sure the huge outpouring of feedback you are sure to receive, should support this endeavor.
The next day, Amy got a reply back that simply said, “Too funny.” That’s it! Wow, way to be condescending, Food Mag.
Amy received that ridiculous, borderline insulting reply on June 9th, 2009. Since then, she laughed it off, put it behind her, and totally forgot about her icky experience with The Food Magazine.
That is, UNTIL TODAY.
Three months later, literally out of the clear blue, Amy got this e-mail from Candus Jane Zanghi, the editor of the magazine. It read:
Hi!!! Did you see the new issue out yet? Check out my picture…it’s even cuter than the one in the first issue! I actually feel really sorry for you that you had time in your life to write such a jealous and harassing email, but I couldn’t help pointing out how cute I am. Attached is a pic for you of Eric, Seth and Daniel Boulud (maybe you’ve heard of him)…I am ok with the fact you don’t like my mag…I am happy with these guys loving it! Have a good day!
Um, I believe the response we’re all looking for here is: “WHATCHU TALKIN’ BOUT, WILLIS?” Where’s Ashton? Is Amy being punked?!
We don’t know who the hell Candus Jane Zanghi is, but she’s clearly out of her egomaniacal mind. First, who (other than Elmo) goes around telling strangers how “cute” they are? Is she eight years old? Second, why did it take her three months to reply? Did she have to look each word up in the dictionary as she was typing? Third, someone at her office seriously needs to rip the exclamation mark key off of her keyboard. And fourth, did we mention SHE’S THE EDITOR?!
For those wondering what she looks like, here’s her Facebook photo.
Candus Jane Zanghi needs a reality check. On what planet is it okay for the editor of a magazine to talk to the public in this juvenile, disrespectful way? These are your readers, you idiot! Face it: she only wrote a letter like that because she figured no one would ever see it. Well we saw it, and we’re appalled.
As for Amy, she hasn’t replied to Candus’ petty letter, and doesn’t plan to. Good for you, Amy.
Bottom line: Candus Jane Zanghi should be embarrassed for herself, and should apologize to Amy and to all the good people who work at her magazine whom she just humiliated with that correspondence.
And when she’s done with that, she should shove a gigantic piece of humble pie down her bony throat.
(Thanks for sharing your story with us, Amy. We’ve got your back! Hat tip to Syd for the Kanye photo idea.)
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