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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Food Blogs We Love: Shut Up, Foodies!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Shut Up, Foodies! came to our attention via a friend's Facebook post. The entry to which he'd linked ("Things that Come in Cans") consisted solely of two photographs depicting canned items. In one from July 2010, up loomed a fleet of Candwich products (hideous-looking tube-shaped sandwiches that come, naturally, in cans). In the other, sat a tin of the late Italian artist Piero Manzoni's shit dating back to 1961.

The site isn't always so restrained. Plenty of posts poke fun at foodie self-importance in keeping with the blog's professed mission statement:

Attention, locavores, omnivores, urban butchers, backyard beekeepers, cheese fanatics, and conspicuous consumers of consuming: Your chickens won't save the world and we don't want the life story of everything on the menu. We don't care what you eat ― we just want you to lower the volume. Also, please stop talking about ramps.
He or she has a point.

Even though ramps are good, we could hear less flushed, giddy moaning over them and other seasonal glories. It's tone that's the problem, easily as much as volume. Unsurprisingly, this shtick accounts for a fraction of the Shut Up Foodies! content, and when it surfaces, the blogger usually takes a clever tack. Take for example, a little piece on diapers designed, absurdly, for chickens: "I would like to see a Venn diagram of how the diapered chicken community and the diaper-free children community overlap. The diagram would be a chicken butt and a baby butt, touching."

In truth, the majority of the posts address political issues like school lunches, mock fast-food advertisements, and dredge up general food-related Internet refuse. The name might be inflammatory in its intent, but the product is plain spoken and witty ― nothing that would make Michael Pollan puke.

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