On The Daily Dot, Sandra Garson poses a provocative question: Has the advent of food blogging ultimately undermined the experience of cooking and breaking bread with others? She asks us to consider whether the things these outlets emphasize—professional-grade photography, overwrought explanations of food, etc.—provide much value, when really we should be seeking nourishment and bonding.

Instead of hopping on the food-blog bandwagon, she finds inspiration in old-school home cooks like Julia Child, the modest maven who neither leveraged her reputation for endorsement purposes nor felt compelled to explain her food at length. Child may have “pioneered cooking as public spectacle and single-handedly made it sustenance for the media, [b]ut what she actually carefully concocted and served was instruction.”

The irony is that “eating makes us all one big community, and people starved for communion are clicking away for that.” And food blogs contribute to this phenomenon, because bloggers “serve themselves, plating up explanations and apologies.”

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[via The Daily Dot]