Sunday Styles

February 3, 2007 | By | COMMENTS

Check out tomorrow’s NYT Sunday Styles section (or, for the impatient, see it here) and read all about me and my fellow New York food bloggers. I think the article has a bit of a negative spin (gossipy and competitive? Maybe a few, but not most) and I think it unfairly characterizes my Alain Ducasse experience (it says I wrote a letter “begging to be invited for free” when, in fact, I was responding to a P.R. e-mail asking me to promote their white truffle menu on my site). Ultimately, though, it’s very exciting to be showcased by the Gray Lady in the “newspaper of record” (and the one I read religiously each Sunday). To all new readers, welcome! To all the old ones, thanks for reading! Ok, time to roast another chicken.

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  • Meg

    “The Roger Rabbit of food bloggers?”

  • http://www.kitchenbeard.com kitchenbeard

    Were you contacted for comment on this article?

  • http://www.missbhavens.com missb

    I read that last night online…the incorrect description of the Ducasse invite jumped out at me immediately, and bummed me out.

  • critic

    Fame is a double edged sword, Mooch.

  • elyne

    congratulations! i happened upon the article in my regular nytimes online scouring and got all excited. hurray! and a belated hurrah for meeting mario. also, i sent a corrections email to the nytimes about the “begging” statement. it’s a misleading and inaccurate comment to commit to print!

  • critic

    You have now been called a “world famous mooch” by to two of the most regarding publications: New York magazine and the NY Times.

    How does that feel? Mooch.

  • http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/ Alanna

    I noticed the mis-characterization too — which says MUCH about the memorability of that review. Congratulations to you and all the others!

  • livetotravel

    it’s interesting that you would put in your lead sentence “…read all about me…” I think that sums it up nicely.

    and, your Alain Ducasse experience is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

  • gretchen

    Saw the article in the paper this morning. Great photo! Congrats.

  • Robert Gittess

    Really enjoyed the article and picture in Sunday’s New York Times………..Cannot wait for the debut of your FIRST book!

  • bcarragher

    Wow, some harsh critics here! I’m writing to tell everyone to try out http://www.diningfever.com . This is a great resource for people who enjoy dining out and don’t want to be a “mooch”. They feature some great discounts on excellent restaurants and are updated regularly, check it out!

  • JenMarie

    that article did bring up some issues i’ve been thinking about lately (regarding all food bloggers, but i’ll ask you) — are you always straight-up about stuff you’ve been comped? do restaurants guess you’re a blogger (with all that photo activity, or maybe you just tell them?) and treat you differently & comp you stuff?

    These issues seem a lot more important now that blogs have more power.

  • Gwen

    Congratulations Adam!!! Sorry about the negative spin, but any press is good press, right? And personally, if you keep writing your incredibly funny posts, I don’t care how many meals you get for free! Keep up the hilarious work, my friend.

  • http://nymag.com/daily/food/ Josh

    For what it’s worth, Adam, we had our tongue in cheek when we called you a mooch. Although your feats at Le Cirque and Ducasses are truly commendable!

  • http://sliceny.com Adam “Slice”

    Yeah. I always read Josh’s pokes at you on Grub Street as tongue-in-cheek. And besides, how many food journalists out there aren’t attending all these P.R. events and eating from the trough of free food?

  • http://themaggpie.blogspot.com Maggie

    Congratulations! I also read the Alain Ducasse “begging” bit and thought “wait…what?” Besides, if begging for white truffles and then receiving them for free is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  • RichardR

    Its funny, we have a restaurant and whenever anyone make little complaints we go in the back and issue a “mooch” alert. A lot of people use petty excuses to get money off the bill or free meals. I truely believe that a food critic should never accept a free meal or credit. This keeps everything honest and friendly.

  • Keli

    Adam, This article made me look up your eGullet thread on Charlie Trotter. That was a great read & even Bourdain chimed in in your defense. Great blog, can’t wait for the book!

  • monicajo

    I was kinda upset with the way that they portrayed you. But then I thought that you are getting the plug for your book, so it probably evens out. Great photo though, looks like you are having fun.

  • Mia

    The way they portrayed you isn’t the only thing they got wrong. Someone needs a better copy editor. “As appetizers arrived, one of E. U.’s owners, Jason Hennings, came to the table … Mr. Jennings proceeded to debate about the merits…” I can be snarky too