I woke up this morning in a panic—oh dear lord, I owe $109,000 on a library card. I wiped the sweat from my brow, looked out the window and slowly relaxed as I realized that my debt was—obviously—the nightmare of someone who has some unresolved issues with book lending institutions that we don't have to get into right now. And yet still, something uncomfortable lingered. Why was there a knot in my stomach and this subtle dread oozing in? I reached for my phone and remembered: Oh, Alison, why?!?!
Last Thursday, an interview with cookbook author Alison Roman in The New Consumer was published and, over the weekend, exploded the foodisphere. Roman made some out-of-nowhere cutting remarks about fellow foodie Chrissy Teigen (as well as Marie Kondo), which, no matter which way you sous vide it, don't look good:
“Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of [expletive] money.”
As women and food publication Cherry Bombe poignantly captioned on Instagram, not only is it problematic to see “Women calling other women sell-outs and bitches for their hard-earned accomplishments,” but, like my weird library card dream, it cuts deeper: White women taking down successful women of color in an industry where they are drastically underrepresented is systemically wrong.