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Alton Brown Is Right: Man vs. Food Is Gluttonous And Disgusting
Posted on October 7th 2010

Over the past few weeks, Alton Brown’s been traveling the country doing book signings and press interviews to promote his new book Good Eats 2: The Middle Years. He’s said a lot of interesting things to a lot of interesting people, but nothing sent the mainstream media into a tizzy like the interview where he called the show Man Vs. Food “disgusting.”

“That show is about gluttony, and gluttony is wrong. It’s wasteful. I think it’s an embarrassment,” Alton said.

Moments after the interview broke, Adam Richman ran to Twitter to whine like a little girl about his hurt feelings. He wrote: “Alton Brown: MvF is about indulgence-NOT gluttony-& has brought loads of biz to Mom-n-Pop places. You were my hero, sir. No more. This is not to start some foolish Twitter feud. Merely my hurt response to insults hurled my way from the man who inspired me.” Quick! Someone dial 9-1-1! This man needs a waaaambulance!

At the end of the day, Alton Brown is right. Man vs Food is gluttonous, not indulgent. Are you confused about the two? Here are a few photos to help you make sense of it all:

I’ve watched Man vs. Food and Richman seems like an intelligent, fun guy. But let’s call a spade a spade: the show IS disgusting, and that’s why people watch. It’s not about indulging; Richman’s challenges crossed that line a long time ago. He played the “indulgence” card because it was all had, but there’s nothing indulgent about repeatedly eating until you’re physically uncomfortable and sweat is pouring down your anguished face. That’s just stupidity.

And one more thing:


Adam Richman has to stop flashing those stupid MVF gang signs at the end of every episode. I don’t know if he’s happy about eating his his whole hamburger, or if he just made plans to carjack my grandmother.

Food Fight, Guy Fieri »

Guy Fieri and Mario Batali Start Fake Food Feud To Promote Charity Event
Posted on September 29th 2010

This November, Chef Mario Batali will be hosting a charity event during NASCAR triple-header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The event is called the Asphalt Chef, and it’s an Iron Chef-inspired cooking competition that will feature Batali battling against GUY FIERI.

To promote the event, the men have taken a page from FNH and headed to YouTube to talk trash. Because, hey. In today’s world, nothing really piques the interest of an internet reader like people playfully talking shit about each other.

In Guy’s spot, he fires up his hideous douche-wagon and uses it to run over an item that is very near and dear to Batali’s heart:

At the end of the day, does anything really say “I’m insecure about the size of my manhood” quite like an oversized banana yellow pick-up truck? I don’t think so.

Batali’s spot was downright hilarious, though. He took the opportunity – and rightfully so – to mock Guy Fieri’s recent TGIFriday campaign:

The winner walks away with a Mario Batali peppermill trophy and 5 grand for their charity of their choice. And hey, we’re all for mocking Guy Fieri in the name of charity.

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Food Magazine Editor Writes Rude Emails To Readers
Posted on September 15th 2009

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.


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.)

Food Fight, Sandra Lee »

Sandra Lee Tells Anthony Bourdain To “Have Cocktail And Lighten Up”
Posted on August 10th 2009


Brief update: A few weeks ago, Anthony Bourdain blogged about his run-in with Sandra Lee at a movie premiere. He said he was “sideswiped by pure evil” and likened her to Jaws.

Today, Sandra Lee hit back in an interview with OK Magazine. When asked which celebrity she would like to have over for dinner, she replied:

Anthony Bourdain, because I’d like to tell him that he needs to have a cocktail. He needs to have a cocktail and lighten up.

And what would she cook him for dinner?

I would cook him a yummy, mommy comfort food meal, like something with meat and mashed potatoes in it. It’s good comfort food. We all need good comforting.

Can these two just get a room already?!

Food Fight, Tyler Florence »

Tyler Florence & Andrew Zimmern Hate Each Other
Posted on January 3rd 2009


Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern thinks Tyler Florence the “world’s least talented TV chef.” Zimmern slammed Florence on his blog after seeing his recent appearance on the NBC show Momma’s Boys:

Monday’s episode [of Momma’s Boys) featured the worlds least talented TV chef, Tyler Florence, once again churning out the questionable cooking advice and the leading the ladies through a menu of the Moms fave recipes. Watching Florence wolf down the food, stare and ogle every ass that strolled by his cutting board and play the role of local TV stud was high comedy of the highest order.
-Andrew Zimmern

Tyler Florence quickly posted a reply to Zimmern on his Facebook blog:

Hi Guys, good morning and Happy New Year. Normally I have pretty thick skin when it comes to blogs and what people think. It is a free country after all, But this guy Andrew Zimmern, the guy who eats dried camel cock for a living, has decided to dis my life’s work because I did, my personal friend, Ryan Seacrest, a favor and helped him out with his first big television production, “Momma’s Boy’s” It was a big hit for NBC and something I had a fun time doing. It’s bubble gum reality, who cares. It was funny. I guess it hard to have a since of humor when you’re on your 10th take of eating Yak testicles, smiling to the camera, wondering where your life went wrong……… mmmmm, Delicious!
-Tyler Florence

Regardless of whose side you’re on, one thing is undeniable: Tyler Florence has an unhealthy obsession with the comma. Good luck duking it out, boys.

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