ABC on CNN • Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Green Pirate Juice Truck owner Deborah Smith and lemonade
“ALL YOU NEED IS A GIMMICK IN THIS WORLD,” I heard a security guard say rather cynically in Times Square the other day. He was commenting on Matt, a self-described 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut, who had been invited to perform his signature dance move in Times Square to launch‘s new tourism campaign. Don’t know Matt? He’s a YouTube sensation. You know, that guy who gets paid to travel the world and dance ridiculously.

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Yesterday, CNN featured Amy Blogs Chow in an article called Food 101: Seeking Clues In The Kitchen, to remark on the alarming prevalence of 20- and 30-somethings who don’t know how to cook.

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With the flood of attention food bloggers have garnered lately, I find that some themes repeat. First, as far as your mom’s concerned, the blood of Gourmet will forever be on our hands. And, to many above the age of 40, we’re raging exhibitionists who are incurably narcissistic. New York Times recently examined the amateur food photography phenomena in First Camera, Then Fork, which made an example of bloggers, like Nora Sherman, who compulsively point-and-shoot their meal before eating it. Whichever way it’s sliced, food bloggers’ desire to break bread virtually has emerged in the mainstream, but not always in a positive light. After all, I didn’t set out to be known for what I can’t do, like cook.

But what the likes of food blogs, cooking shows, Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama, Amy Blogs Chow and Stupidly Simple Snacks try to show is you can turn lemons into lemonade. Food bloggers make celebratory meals out of breakfast! Whether we’re newsworthy, however, depends on the writers who report on us. I can empathize with experts who bemoan the rising popularity of amateurs. For those who went to lemonade making school or own industrial juicers, my creations might be too pulpy, too sour, too sweet. They’re not perfect, but I’m learning. amy may 11, 2010

Photo: Green Pirate Juice Truck owner Deborah Smith photographing the lemonade she just made for our GP lemonade snack video.


May 11, 2010. Tags: , , . random.

One Comment

  1. Kitchen Monki Dan replied:

    My mother’s day attempt at macarons turned into a disaster… just a double batch of glorified, halves-horribly-mismatched, nutella-filled-because-my-ganache-didn’t-set, semi-chewy cookies.. looking nothing like ones in tiny boxes from Paris. But to my astonishment, all the mom’s at church were raving about these oblong, oval, cracked, semi-burnt …homemade confectionaries. Couldn’t stop smiling about my little victory in the kitchen. The experts can’t touch those moments. Thanks for the great commentary.

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