PLEDGE NOW
‘Ruth Bourdain’ Revealed: Poking Fun At Foodies

Twitterverse mystery gadfly now revealed – “Ruth Bourdain” joins us to poke fun at our foodie fads.

"Ruth Bourdain's" Twitter Account

“Ruth Bourdain’s” Twitter Account

It was a mystery that drove the foodie world crazy.  Who was so gleefully mocking the world of pumped-up culinary pretention on Twitter under the name “Ruth Bourdain”?

Ruth for Ruth Reichl, food-swooning former editor of Gourmet magazine.  Bourdain for Anthony Bourdain, the globetrotting bad-boy who takes us to eat pig knuckles in Penang.

Ruth Bourdain, the witty satirist behind he Twitter handle, mocked them both – and the over-the-top world of foodie obsession they feed.  Now Ruth Bourdain is revealed, and with us.

This hour, On Point:  sending up foodie culture, with Ruth Bourdain.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ruth Bourdain (aka Josh Friedland) — Josh Friedland is author of “The Food Section,” one of the longest-running culinary blogs on the web. Josh has revealed himself as the man behind the @RuthBourdain Twitter handle. Author of “Comfort Me With Offal: Ruth Bourdain’s Guide to Gastronomy.” (@ruthbourdain and @thefoodsection)

Sam Sifton, former dining editor, restaurant critic and culture editor for the New York Times. National Editor of the New York Times. (@samsifton)

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times: A Secret Food Satirist Comes Out of the Pantry — “It has been one of the most vexing questions facing the food world. Not who makes the best risotto, or where to forage for chanterelles, but this: Who is Ruth Bourdain?”

Los Angeles Times: Can this be the end of Ruth Bourdain? Six greatest tweets before she/he goes — “Now, Friedland says, he’s going to focus on reviving the Food Section, which he says he’s neglected while pursuing his freelance writing, the book, and his Twitter career. But before he signs off entirely, even if only temporarily, here are his six favorite Ruth Bourdain tweets — at least of those that can be published on a family website.”

Excerpt: ‘Comfort Me With Offal’

 

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 4, 2016
A voter casts her ballot in the Indiana Primary at a fire station in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Results and story lines from the Indiana primary. Does it cement two pathways to the nominations?

May 4, 2016
Leslie Stahl with her grandchild Jordan. (Courtesy: Leslie Stahl)

Trailblazing journalist Lesley Stahl on her new book Becoming Grandma, and the joys, the science, the struggles, the evolution of being a grandparent today.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 3, 2016
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, fifteen-year-old Amorette Castillo has her sensor checked before starting a series of physical activities at a University of Southern California lab in Alhambra, Calif. Scientists across the country are playing with miniature gadgets and fitting them on the overweight and obese to get an unbiased glimpse into their exercise and eating habits. The cell phone for gathering data is on her hip. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)

Weight loss lessons from the TV show “The Biggest Loser”. A study of the show’s contestants reveals why it’s so hard to keep off the weight we lose.

 
May 3, 2016
Geri Taylor, camera in tow, at the Hoover Dam in 2014. Photography had been a sideline for 30 years, but now she could really devote time to it.
Courtesy, New York Times. MICHAEL KIRBY SMITH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES.

We look at how one women prepares for the full onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

More »
Comment
 
‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

More »
Comment
 
That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

More »
Comment