Support the news

'Ruth Bourdain' Revealed: Poking Fun At Foodies46:24
Download

Play

Twitterverse mystery gadfly now revealed – “Ruth Bourdain” joins us to poke fun at our foodie fads.

"Ruth Bourdain's" Twitter Account
"Ruth Bourdain's" Twitter Account

It was a mystery that drove the foodie world crazy.  Who was so gleefully mocking the world of pumped-up culinary pretention on Twitter under the name “Ruth Bourdain”?

Ruth for Ruth Reichl, food-swooning former editor of Gourmet magazine.  Bourdain for Anthony Bourdain, the globetrotting bad-boy who takes us to eat pig knuckles in Penang.

Ruth Bourdain, the witty satirist behind he Twitter handle, mocked them both – and the over-the-top world of foodie obsession they feed.  Now Ruth Bourdain is revealed, and with us.

This hour, On Point:  sending up foodie culture, with Ruth Bourdain.
- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ruth Bourdain (aka Josh Friedland) — Josh Friedland is author of "The Food Section," one of the longest-running culinary blogs on the web. Josh has revealed himself as the man behind the @RuthBourdain Twitter handle. Author of "Comfort Me With Offal: Ruth Bourdain's Guide to Gastronomy." (@ruthbourdain and @thefoodsection)

Sam Sifton, former dining editor, restaurant critic and culture editor for the New York Times. National Editor of the New York Times. (@samsifton)

From Tom's Reading List

The New York Times: A Secret Food Satirist Comes Out of the Pantry -- "It has been one of the most vexing questions facing the food world. Not who makes the best risotto, or where to forage for chanterelles, but this: Who is Ruth Bourdain?"

Los Angeles Times: Can this be the end of Ruth Bourdain? Six greatest tweets before she/he goes -- "Now, Friedland says, he’s going to focus on reviving the Food Section, which he says he’s neglected while pursuing his freelance writing, the book, and his Twitter career. But before he signs off entirely, even if only temporarily, here are his six favorite Ruth Bourdain tweets — at least of those that can be published on a family website."

Excerpt: 'Comfort Me With Offal'

This program aired on July 19, 2013.

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news