Surely by now you’ve heard about the Thug Kitchen blog. I first mentioned it in April 2013, after the site won a best new food blogger award from Saveur. They’ve been cooking with Rachel Ray and just had their first cookbook published. It was released last week.
The site is more well known for its “gangster speak” than its vegan recipes. We all know I’m no vegan but I was excited about Thug Kitchen because it looked like a fresh voice in food blogging. I liked the idea of a streetwise cook encouraging readers to cook instead of eating processed foods.
Don’t know if you’ve noticed but food blogs are awash in young and middle-aged white women.
With F words dropped in every recipe at least once if not a handful of times, Thug Kitchen wasn’t for me. And I was irritated at the lack of an About Page or a photo of the face behind the blog. But the site had a vision and thousands of Facebook fans. And I liked the idea that it wasn’t written by one of the aforementioned white women food bloggers (whose tribe I belong to, check out my post-yoga headshot )
Or at least so I thought
Turns out, the voices behind “thug kitchen” are a young, white couple living in California. To say I’m disgusted would be an understatement. I feel like I’ve been lied to, like this pair has lied to everyone who visited their site and I’m angry. They’ve stolen what doesn’t belong to them, what doesn’t exist for them. What do you think?
an interview with Thug Kitchen publisher Rodale, which sugarcoats everything
Check out vegan chef Bryant Terry’s essay on CNN
an essay titled “What Can We Do About Thug Kitchen”
a blog post by the food writer’s food writer, Dianne Jacobs
Read Michael Twitty’s piece at Afroculinaria
Finally, Thug Kitchen’s value as a cookbook is questionable. Check out Refinery 29′s What Happens When You Actually Read Thug Kitchen
So, tell me please what you think. Was it okay that a couple of white kids “borrowed” from a slice of black culture to promote their work? Is everyone being too sensitive? Do bloggers have a responsibility to be truthful? Leave a comment
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