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Gluten-Free Girl Is Changing Her Blog

Shauna Ahern, grocery store person, has apparently done a lot of thinking since she traded in internet importance for cleanups on aisle 7. In an odd post that is basically a gluten-fee word salad, Shauna says “continuing to write gluten-free girl the way it began doesn’t feel right now”, and that she “can’t do it anymore”.

Again, I’m so grateful that so many of you care. But it has worn on me, these past few years, that my family and our life has become a bit of a commodity. I’m not comfortable with it anymore…Besides, this way of publishing here doesn’t match what we do.

She goes on to remind us that she won a James Beard award because it’s been 15 minutes since she reminded us she won a James Beard award. Then she tells us what her blog will really be about from now on.

When we met, I was a high school teacher and he was a chef. Now we are professional recipe developers…Dan and I know our stuff now…Now, we’d rather share the specifics of gluten-free baking and how to make gravy with a gluten-free flour than talk about our lives anymore.

She then encourages people to buy some of her flour before concluding with the threat of another book.

The irony of writing an enormously long personal essay to announce that I’m not really doing that here anymore is not lost on me. I’m still a writer. I need to take my personal  writing away from immediate commercial work, however. I’ve been working on a book of personal essays for the past year.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh wait – YESSSSSSSSS. It would be a good excuse to do another book club!



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Gluten-Free Girl Is Now Grocery Store Girl


Shauna Ahern, has gluten problems according to herself, is apparently not making enough money writing books and Kickstarter begging. She has had to lower herself to become…a grocery store person. She made the announcement via a nine grillion word instagram post.

This morning I walked into work at 7 am to see this. Already, the day was good.

This week, I started a new job for the first time in over a decade. I’m working three days a week at the incredible grocery store on Vashon. Why?
I’ve grown weary of the internet being my only workplace. I like it here but I need a break from marketing and shouting and people demanding and mostly the frantic nature of it all. I used to be pretty good at selling books but I’m not built for it. Like our books? I’m thrilled. But doing everything we can to get more followers and sell more books? I’m weary thinking about it now. It doesn’t feel like it’s at the heart of what matters to me in the world.
After I survived the minor stroke last summer, Danny and I talked a lot this year about how much we want to slow down and truly live in our town. I have talked to more people who live on Vashon in the last three days than I had in months.
And two people being self-employed with two small kids? It’s too tenuous. It has been a tough couple of years of up and down, financially, since the exorbitant expense of adoption. Now, I have a solid paycheck. And health insurance for the entire family for $35 a month in union dues. (Bless the unions.) And really, really good health insurance. Need a good job, friends and fellow artists? Work at a grocery store.
Finally, as my dear friend John, who is a painter, convinced me, artists need day jobs. I’m working on a new book — not a cookbook — and I find I have no time to create it when I spend my entire work day answering emails and doing almost-creative work. This is a choice to write.
So, I’m punching a clock for the first time. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.
gluten-free girl will still go on, probably even stronger. We have dozens of new recipes in the works for the coming months. I’m teaching baking classes all fall. I’m just going back to enjoying it again, instead of feeling like we need to earn all our money from it.
This is my new way to feed people.

Did you read all that? Good. Breathe.



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White Cookbook Lady Will Make Deaths Of Black People About Her

Shauna Ahern, did you know she adopted a black kid, adopted a black kid. She knows all about the horror and heartbreak of the Alton Sterling family, and of all families who endure racism and possible violence, because she adopted a black son.

This is my beautiful 2-year-old son…in 10 to 15 years, he’s going to be enormously tall and strong. His black body will be a threat to someone…he could be killed for driving black.

She can tell us all how to fix racism because she adopted a black kid. Did you know she adopted a black kid? She did.

She explains that nothing will change in America until white people fix it.

There is a wound at the heart of this nation…And it’s going to take white people doing something, so many of us shouting, before anything changes. Rise up, people. Rise up.

White people like Shauna, who knows all about racism and how to fix it because she adopted a black kid.



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Gluten-Free Girl Apparently Still Talking

Shauna Ahern, working on yet another book, has jumped on the ‘blogging is dead’ bandwagon. In an interview with some blog no one cares about Shauna says she read on that there google machine that “in four to five years 75 percent of the Internet is going to be video, not text”.

I’ve noticed that blogs don’t really matter any more. Very few people are starting blogs these days. There’s Tumblr, Instagram, Periscope – people can do social media without a blog. A lot of people have stopped writing. Even the notion of a website is antiquated now, because you can make an entire living from Instagram.

This pronouncement came on the heels of Shauna saying they are “switching over to an ad network on our blog, so there will be revenue from that” and that in a few years they hope to “have enough subscribers to stop doing ads and sponsors”. Which doesn’t really make sense if blogging will be dead in a few years, but ok.

She also revealed she has signed with “a talent agent” who will “build partnerships for us and actively seeking out companies to work with and appearances”. I guess because people are really clamouring to book the magic and majesty of Roadface and Fingernail Filth for personal appearances. She concluded the interview by saying “My blog voice is reassuring, contented, and distilled into a peaceful place. People want to come back for that.”




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Pinterest Blocked A Bunch Of Food Bloggers And Everyone Is Angry

After causing an uproar for blocking affiliate linking, Pinterest is yet again angering bloggers by marking a bunch of them as spammers.



Pinterest users aren’t thrilled either.



There doesn’t appear to be a response from Pinterest as to what’s going on.



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Stavvers Has A New Recipe You Can Try This Thanksgiving

Happy Eat-And-Argue-With-Family day to all us American hams! If you’re in need of another carb at the table but all out of unique ideas, blogger Stavvers has an idea you can steal.

I am making sourdough. I started the starter on Saturday afternoon…I bunged something a little bit unconventional in the starter: yeast from my vagina.

Yes, Stavvers (who has already hashtagged the event with the delightful #cuntsourdough) used as “much vaginal yeast as I could scrape off a dildo I put in my vagina” in her sourdough starter and is now sitting around seeing if she can get some dough out of it. Of course this is getting a lot of vocal side-eye, all gleefully documented in a blog post where she describes the process in detail.

So there you go. If those Pillsbury rolls just aren’t getting it done this year, I guess you could try some vag biscuits. Happy Thanksgiving!



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Pioneer Woman Is Selling Stuff At Wal-Mart


Pioneer Woman, shucks y’all, has a new cookware line that went on sale yesterday.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this collection with you, and I am over-the-moon thrilled that Walmart will be launching it. The quality of the pieces is amazing, the prices are fantastic, and every single item is a reflection of the things I love in life.

The collection seems to be a lot of enamelware style stuff, mason jar glasses, and “rustic” wood handled kitchen tools which are all very trendy on The Pinterest Machine. The flatware and dinnerware is not really all that distinctive – I’ve seen similar stuff at Dollar Tree for years – but will probably sell like crazy with her rabid fanbase.

So, not really interesting news. But she’s still a blogger and it’s really slow this week, and since Marlboro Woman seems dead I figured some of you out there might want a chance to discuss ole Ree.