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Poll: Does Julie Powell Deserve All the Backlash?

Does Julie Powell Deserve All the Backlash?

In an article published last week entitled "Stop Hating Julie Powell, Please," Newsweek's Jennie Yabroff writes that the food blogosphere has misdirected its anger at Julie Powell. She traces the food writer's rise to fame, from relatable home cook and newfangled blogger to published culinary authority, and believes that all the criticism boils down to one complaint: that Julie Powell isn't a legitimate cook. She never claimed to be, Yabroff argues (something that Powell also reiterated when she spoke with us).

Whether you find Powell engaging and humorous or annoying and self-absorbed is a matter of taste, but it is her voice, not her cooking, that she should be judged by. Like it or not, her breezy, chatty, "let me tell you about my dog and my husband and what I did this weekend and oh yeah here's a recipe for fried squash blossoms" approach set the tone for most of the food blogs today, of which there are thousands . . . All owe her a debt of gratitude.

While I do think that there's a lot of resentment in the online world about Julie Powell's success, I can also see how her writing might be perceived as whiny and self-involved. How do you feel about it: should Julie Powell be criticized?

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mslewis mslewis 7 years
The same thing happen to Rachael Ray when she hit the big time. The critics pointed out she was not a "real chef" and she said she never said she was and went on about her business of doing her many shows, writing cookbooks and making millions!! Same with the Julie bashers, it's just jealousy on the part of people who failed to become famous for their blogs!! Julie should ignore them and go on about her business. They'll get over it!!
chancleta chancleta 7 years
I don't understand? Why are people hating on her?
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Why is she being criticized and what's she criticized as? I thought she's not a chef, is her food that bad? Or is she pushing recipe books? I don't know her until the Julie and Julia. I don't see anything wrong with her writing about her journey cooking and such, many bloggers do that. And of course, there'll be people not liking what you write, that's just a chance you take as a blogger :p
MsMO MsMO 7 years
She's a regular person that got published, so what. I think I have more important things to worry about.
Marci Marci 7 years
And by the way, what is a 'legitimate cook' anyway?? Does one have to be on Top Chef to get respect at the table? My Mom was an amazing cook. Amazing. She wasn't published; she didn't have her own cooking show. Does that mean she wasn't a 'legitimate' cook? How snobbish.
Marci Marci 7 years
This is a woman who set out to test herself; do her own personal best'. The fact that it took her somewhere beyond that? Well, good for her. Wouldn't we all love for something like that to happen to us. I love to cook, as does she. I can see myself tacking something like Julia Child's cookbook. And what it would mean is that I'm a good cook; an a** kicking cook, and that people like to eat at my table. What's wrong with that? I don't get the hate on her. She got lucky, parlayed her luck into something else, and good for her.
mlen mlen 7 years
i wasn't a huge fan of the book but i don't think she deserves all the criticism. i mean she wrote a personal blog, tons of people do. she didn't ask for the world to read it- just some of her friends and family- and she didn't force people to publish it or make a movie- they could have said no! so if people don't like her its fine but they don't need to hate on her all over the place!
miamixo miamixo 7 years
I don't have an opinion on the issue. I didn't see the movie because I just don't care.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Actually, she did try to get famous...not in a sex tape/Paris Hilton way, but in a media exposure way. I don't hold that against was a brilliant conceit, I just personally did not like the end product. If there's anything I am bitter about, is that a wonderful movie about Julia Childs is just half a movie.
shmoo15 shmoo15 7 years
I didn't read her book, but to the people who hate her, get over it. She wrote a blog. That people enjoyed. She didn't try to be famous. It happened. Leave the woman alone
smileylo smileylo 7 years
i think people need to stop bashing her. she is not a chef, she never claimed to be one. she is just a girl that wanted to write her book and found her inspiration in writing about cooking. Studios obviously saw her book marketable as a movie and turned it into one - it obviously gets a lot of attention.if they didnt her book would not get as much attention and she would not be in the spotlight. The book is mediocre.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Yes she deserves the backlash and any other criticism that comes her way. SHE chose to do her blog, to write her book, she chose to put herself out there warts and all and if people dont like that there are those of us out here that find her off putting, disingenuous, pathetic, and a hack! too bad! DONT blame us!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
well done haus, I completely agree, she just BUGS me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
And yeah, I'd rather spend a day with Heidi Montag than with Julie Powell.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree with sy! Great quote, haus.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
sweet! thanks! :) snaps for me!
syako syako 7 years
:medal: Haus, you get "quote of the day"
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
She's kinda like the Heidi Montag of the food world, only not as likable.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
And yes, her writing style is awful - disjointed, scattered, just all around bad.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
How about Yes because she comes off as a wretchedly terrible person? She wrote the book! She could have made herself look better. She chose to be "honest", well, honestly, she seems like a biatch.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I have no problem with the fact that she's not a "serious cook." I don't care for her writing style, though.
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