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Annie's Eats
February 6, 2013
8:50 pm
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NotSoSweet
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November 25, 2011

I eat healthy, my pop-tarts are organic! said
I love the recipes I've made from her blog. Even if they aren't hers, I may not have come across them if it weren't for her. So I still give her credit.

I totally get what you're saying about her b***hiness though. I remember combing through the comments on the Classic Mac & Cheese page (I look for comments by people who have already made the recipe) and somebody asked if they had to use whole milk or if they could use 2%. Her response was something similar to "If it mattered, I would have specified!!". Which maybe wasn't said in a snarky way, but it certainly comes across as such. I get that tone is hard with a written word, but exclamation points always seem excited or c**ty to me.

Or, why couldn't she have just said "It doesn't really matter so just use what you have on hand" or something to that effect.   Maybe it's just me, but if I had a blog with that level of readership (or actually any level of readership…) I would try to be nice and accommodating in my comments.  It's a business, although for her not her main source of income she does glean profits from ads, so she should behave as if she is providing a service.  And that comes with appropriate customer service behavior, IMO.

 

And regarding the I am Baker and the Halloween Ghost cake, from what I remember, she originally credited it to Martha Stewart, and then when IamBaker came in saying that it was her idea and the photo that Annie used was basically the exact shot of iambaker's own cake, the comments got pretty out of control.  I think I remember Annie trying to say that she had seen the cake somewhere but she had changed the concept enough that she didnt feel it warranted sourcing or something.  It was all very dramatic, and I don't think Annie ever apologized to iambaker for misrepresenting her idea.  At least that's how it came across. 

February 7, 2013
10:23 am
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February 21, 2012

And regarding the I am Baker and the Halloween Ghost cake, from what I remember, she originally credited it to Martha Stewart, and then when IamBaker came in saying that it was her idea and the photo that Annie used was basically the exact shot of iambaker's own cake, the comments got pretty out of control.  I think I remember Annie trying to say that she had seen the cake somewhere but she had changed the concept enough that she didnt feel it warranted sourcing or something.  It was all very dramatic, and I don't think Annie ever apologized to iambaker for misrepresenting her idea.  At least that's how it came across.

Her Ghost Cake looks just like I am baker's, from the frosting, to the dripping ganache to the piped ghosts with the black dot faces.  I don't see where 'inspired by' fits…it's an exact duplicate!  The flavor and filling of the cake definitely wasn't the issue. I'm assuming Annie thought it didn't need attribution because of that.

February 7, 2013
11:37 pm
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I agree with all of the previous posters -

1.  Annie comes across as annoyed and completely uninterested in creating a commenting "community" in her interactions with readers.  Like NotSoSweet, I emailed her a recipe question and she didn't respond.  Perhaps she should close comments if she doesn't enjoy the interaction with readers?

2.  So so so over the "month" in an instagram/shit I buy from Modcloth/stuff I've pinned.  I don't care.  She is not a lifestyle blogger and should stick to recipes. 

3.  I recently removed her from my reader because she barely has original content.  She is constantly re-blogging Smitten Kitchen recipes, Cook's Illustrated, etc and it gets repetitive. Her original recipes are always something super simple like mac & cheese.   

4.  Macarons are so over.  She needs to give them a rest.  

In summary, she's a GOMI for me – she seems awful. 

February 8, 2013
7:33 am
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Imhotep is invisible
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February 6, 2013

FullerGoEasyOnThePepsi said
Perhaps she should close comments if she doesn't enjoy the interaction with readers?

 

Except then she'd lose all the OMGANNIEURCOOKIESRTHEROXXERS!

 

March 3, 2013
10:31 pm
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Petulant Panda Perfection
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I'm actually glad to see this thread. I've been using a lot of Annie's recipes lately – they are fabulous for the most part. But I have had a question or two about weighing flour vs. measuring it in a cup, and I found her answers and redirect to FAQs completely unhelpful and rather insulting. 

Her responses are unhelpful, condescending, and downright rude. I get that she's too busy(2 kids, medical residency, fabulous life)  to respond to my plebeian questions, but maybe instead of talking down to her readers, she should just post recipes and not bother with comments. 

BTW – the homemade pizza dough is AWESOME. 

March 4, 2013
12:40 am
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deloresumbrige said
I'm actually glad to see this thread. I've been using a lot of Annie's recipes lately – they are fabulous for the most part. But I have had a question or two about weighing flour vs. measuring it in a cup, and I found her answers and redirect to FAQs completely unhelpful and rather insulting. 

Her responses are unhelpful, condescending, and downright rude. I get that she's too busy(2 kids, medical residency, fabulous life)  to respond to my plebeian questions, but maybe instead of talking down to her readers, she should just post recipes and not bother with comments. 

BTW – the homemade pizza dough is AWESOME. 

 

You mean Baking Illustrated's pizza dough is AWESOME. 

March 5, 2013
8:38 pm
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SprinklesHaveNoSugar
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December 21, 2012

I can't stand this woman! She was a regular on the nest back in the day. She's so cliquey and rude towards anyone who isn't going to help her get ahead. 

And like PP's have said, she's so rude when people ask questions. 

March 6, 2013
5:47 pm
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GiGiEats
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February 7, 2013

Talk about some food porn!! :) 

June 17, 2013
5:31 pm
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iaintgottimeforthat
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May 2, 2013

I understand that every food blogger just recycles everyone else's recipes – I mean how many "original" versions of mac & cheese are floating around with just one ingredient changed..but I think this girl is the worst – this is why she has time for everything else – she just blantly steals others idea

Now I'm not saying that Mel created this recipe but I think its funny Mel posted this recipe on 5/20

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2013/05/chipotle-chicken-skewers-with-creamy-dipping-sauce.html

 

Then Annie posts this as her own original

http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/06/12/chipotle-chicken-kabobs-with-avocado-cream-sauce/

July 16, 2013
10:33 am
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kumquat
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April 5, 2012

NotSoSweet said
I will also say, that I think she comes across as a huge b***h in her comments, and I also remember some nonsense with "idea theft" between her and I Am Baker (halloween ghost cake or some such).  Since then, I've taken her with more of a grain of salt, but I still love her recipes and look forward to what she takes on in the kitchen. 

Yeah I commented on a cookie recipe saying that she should include more exact measurements for the amount of dough in each cookie (an approximate weight, or a more exact measurement than "rounded tablespoon") – I made one of her recipes and the amount of cookies was WAY off from her amount. I'm not asking for anything huge here, just "my cookies weighed about 2 oz each prebaking and I got 3 dozen." Anyways, I got a b***hy reply about how people might choose to make their cookies different sizes. Which, FINE, but if I'm planning on getting X dozen out of this recipe, and I come up a dozen short, I'm going to be a little irritated. 

/end rant

That being said, the recipes I have made from her website have turned out fine, just don't expect a cheerful reply if you make constructive criticism. sani_unicorn 

July 16, 2013
2:23 pm
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SisterSnark
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July 8, 2013

First of all, I have made a few of her recipes and they were good. I appreciate how nicely her blog is compiled and the nice photography.  But at the end of the day, she irks me.  I was so glad when I saw people commenting on how rude she is.  I remember reading her comments once looking for some clarification on her recipes and she was so freaking rude.  Get over yourself.   If you truly want to inspire people in their kitchen, then help them out and be nice.

July 17, 2013
5:42 pm
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Fifty Shades of Pork
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August 9, 2012

I'm kinda meh on her blog. But I really, really appreciate that even with her huge following, she hasn't become a total product/trip/conference w***e like Kevin and Amanda or Two Peas and Their Pod.

July 23, 2013
4:32 pm
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Jennabeezer Scrooge
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July 23, 2013

FYI her "Life in an Instagram" comes from her friends/photographers Bobbi + Mike.  So that's not even original.

Her food stuff looks good but she should just not reply or hire someone NICE to reply to commenters, wowza. 



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