One year of Eatocracy
June 17th, 2011
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One year ago today, Eatocracy went live to the world, and while plenty of people are still a tad confused about how to pronounce it*, they've had no shortage of things to say. As managing editor, I couldn't be more delighted. We started this site because we love nothing more than talking about food.

I don't just mean waxing rhapsodic about the ultimate grilled cheese, perfect burger or shrimp etouffee - though we certainly enjoy sinking our teeth into those conversations. We love stirring the pot and getting people thinking, talking and typing back about all the issues, politics, relationships and emotions that go into feeding both your body and your soul.

What have we learned so far? Our readers are mortally offended by a cash bar at a wedding, vehement about tipping protocol, and may or may not really want to know what the chef thinks of them or what he or she is up to back in the kitchen.

They've also got some pretty strong notions about what is - and is NOT - Southern food, how death row prisoners and school children should be allowed to eat (especially peanut butter) and if squirrel meat is indeed a valid source of protein. Vegans and meat eaters aren't going to be hugging it out any time soon, nor will horse and bunny lovers and the folks who think they make a mighty fine meal.

There's been excrement in eggs, you'll find corn syrup and gluten in almost everything, genetically modified Frankenfish and we just tried to clarify matters in language we can all understand.

In the meantime, we've just tried to write from the heart about the way food moves us, and hoped you all would join in the conversation. Here are a few of mine and associate editor Sarah LeTrent's favorite stories from the last year, and we'd both like you to know that the dialogues we have with you are the most meaningful part of what we do. Thank you for reading and talking back. You are always welcome at our table.

Kat's Picks

A day two pigs would die
Is "ethical slaughter" a real world solution or an ugly oxymoron? When I shared my firsthand account of a pig slaughter and the subsequent meal, some readers applauded my moral gut-check, while others called for my head.

Justin Warner's wine rap
Wine isn't all string quartets and opera tickets. Sometimes it's just got mad flow.

Foodie friendships – the ties and fries and pies that bind
Sometimes it's all about what's on the table. Others, it's who's there with you.

New Orleans: The food that got them through
In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, sometimes a hot meal - or any meal at all - can be what gives you the strength to go on. Part of our week-long love letter to New Orleans, including the dinner of a lifetime with John Besh, Leah Chase, Mary Matalin and James Carville.

Five sustainable lessons from a family farm
Sometimes, it takes a shepherd to lead you to a better way. Craig Rogers explains what "sustainability" means for a small family far, and how you can help at home.

Sarah's Picks

David Kinch: Why culinary Japan matters – and even more so now
If you ask any chef out there what country they admire most in terms of culinary culture, more often than not, the answer is Japan. And what a challenging year it’s been for the Pacific country. One can only hope food will help them cope – and survive. If this piece teaches us anything, it’s simplicity and respect for the ingredients. Whereas we live in a country often lambasted for our consumption of processed foods (we’re working on it!), it’s nice to highlight a culture where as Kinch said “it’s only the good stuff with no place to hide.”

Pouring whiskey in the wound
Some of the best food writing isn’t about food at all – but rather adds it as an relatable element. A poignant piece about the ability of finding comfort in food during one of the nation’s most trying times.

PB&J and me
If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that people love stuff on bread – especially nostalgic stuff on bread. Who knew something as elementary as peanut butter and jelly could bring such a joyous conversation to the table?

5@5: James Oseland
So he’s the editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine and a judge on Top Chef Masters, but the man likes himself a Filet-o-Fish as much as the next person. It’s nice to see someone often viewed in such a gourmet "I-only-eat-caviar-and-uni" role in such a layman’s light. There’s no shame in the pudding cup game.

A life in waiting
It’s not just the chefs making it happen. Waiters often get a bad reputation as struggling actors or deadbeats, but for many, serving food is a conscious, calculated career choice. This piece shows the depth in which passion is so vital and important to work and thrive in this industry.

p.s. We pronounce it Ee-TOCK-kra-see, but say it however you'd like.
p.p.s. My personal highlight was saying the word "spatchcock" on national TV a whole bunch of times on Thanksgiving.
p.p.p.s. I also got in a tiff with Anthony Bourdain and Sarah and I got tattoos with Bryan Voltaggio. One of those was fun.

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  1. MNinGA

    I don't post often but I read Eatocracy as often as possible. I admit I'm a foodie and love the articles as much as the comments that get posted by the readers. Please keep doing what you're doing, Happy Birthday and Many More!

    June 19, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  2. Hairy Krishna

    Are they cracked and shelled?

    June 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  3. Maureen

    Happy Birthday – May the droolage continue!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  4. Angela

    Happy Birthday Eatocracy! I'm glad I've been pronouncing it right all along :)

    My food blog also celebrated it's first birthday this week – any interested food lovers can check it out here:

    June 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  5. wendy

    happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear EATOCRACYYYYYYYYYYYY, happy birthday to us!! and to Kat and SLT and mannnnnnny mooooooooooooooooooreeeeeeee!!! :)

    thanks much for the daytime entertainment and foodstuff edumacation.

    June 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  6. pesach feldman

    thousands of people are dying everyday from starvation? what more do you need to know about food?

    June 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  7. jj

    The title Eatocracy is affected and overly cutsey. How about changing it to Food?

    June 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • JBJingles@jj

      Wow, "Food", now that is original and thought provoking!

      June 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  8. Maris

    Congratulations on a great year! I hope you have at least 365 more days of fun tucked up your sleeves


    June 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  9. RichardHead

    Are you two on a diet 'cuz that's a really small cake? HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Thank You Kat and SLT.

    June 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  10. imadome

    Happy Birthday Eatocracy!

    June 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  11. Erik C.

    I'd like to hear more about gluten-free options and about the topic in general, just as in this blog:

    June 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • JBJingles@Erik C.

      So you want to see something just like what is already on another blog? Why not just go there???

      June 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  12. SeaBee@Kat and SLT

    Thank you both, so much for all that you do for us!! Eatocracy has become an online home away from home for many of us, and you are both responsible! You should be proud of all that you have accomplished!
    Lots of love....and butter.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Mildred

      Regular butter, garlic butter, or honey butter?

      And what are we putting it on?


      June 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@Mildred

        What else?


        *canned laughter, hootin' & hollerin'*

        June 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
      • Mildred

        Now I have Rocky Horror Picture Show on the brain. The fact my brain is misfiring (migraine) is probably the reason.

        June 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    Thanks so much, this has been great fun! I've learned, I've laughed, and I have drooled . . . big time.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  14. wr

    oh, hurray. A year ago CNN put the final nail in the coffin of its journalistic pretensions by commencing publication of an illiterate and vapid series of articles vaguely related to food. Let's celebrate and dance on the corpses of real news organizations.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Kathleen

      Go away, please. We're having fun and you aren't contributing.

      June 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Truth@WR

      This is afood blog. As such, we discuss food related items along with our personal views.

      If you are looking for hard news, try the actual "news" section. Or even better, please grab a seat in the stfu cafe.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • JBJingles@wr

      Vagely related to food, in the FOOD section! Horrors. Why don't you go over to the Entertainment section and complain about no politiical news or just go back to the basement where you belong.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Mildred

      This is a food blog and community, or didn't you realize that? Click on the CNN image/button all the way to the top left and you'll get to the main CNN website, where rest of CNN's news is posted and discussed.

      Seriously- if you don't like what's here... go find what *you* like and let us have our fun without your negativity.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • vocabulary teacher@wr

      awwwwwwwwwww. you got to break out the big words today. good for you!! you must be so proud of yourself – it's not every day that the use of big 'smart' words can make one look so incredibly ignorant... kudos to putting the nail in the coffin of your education.

      June 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  15. Evil Grin

    A year already? Wow, where has the time gone?

    Trust us, we're having as much fun here as you are. Thanks for giving us Chums/Flamenons/Klatschers somewhere to hang out and talk about food. And thanks for making us hungry all of the time.

    I hope this next year is just as good.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  16. Sir Biddle@LeNell Smothers

    You are my favorite 5@5 guest. If Mexico doesn't work out, I'll runaway to any country in the world with you! (I'll just need to be back by dinner)

    June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  17. JainaJade

    Happy Birthday! Eatocracy has become my place to go when I need good friends and good food ideas. Plus everyone has been a great sounding board for all my crazy cupcake recipes :-D
    If there are ever Eatocracy Aprons for sale I will be all on that! Nice and pink please

    June 17, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  18. Mildred

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Nice looking cake!

    June 17, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  19. JBJingles@Kat & SLT

    Yeah!! Happy Birthday! I have loved this site since it's beginning and it is now my daily read, not just for giggles, but I learn so much and it feeds my love of food and cooking. Thank you. So do we think Eatocracy cutting boards, aprons, or other goodies will be for sale soon??

    June 17, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  20. Amayda

    I have loved eatocracy! It has become one of my daily reads. The Klatsch is also a great source of entertainment when I need a good laugh. I have gotten a better understanding of food and all of the viewpoints and backgrounds many people have with food. Always informative and fun. Please keep up the great work!!!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  21. DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God

    Anyone bring the ice cream cake?

    Oh wait, that's my job. DOH!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  22. The Witty One@Truth

    Well said my friend. It's been a fun year :) I honestly don't know what I would do at work without this place.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Truth@TWO

      I concur!
      I also think that the way that this evolved is a HUGE tribute to Kat and SLT. Most blogs come off as a virtual version of "Lord of the Flies", but they have managed to craft Eatocracy into a cohesive, supportive community. It says a lot.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:00 am |
      • Sir Biddle@truth

        Agrred, don't forget the virtual Jodie Foster pinball machine 5@5 moments that were averted.

        June 17, 2011 at 11:02 am |
      • Truth@Biddle, Sir Biddle

        Another dynamic that I find interesting here is how we don't take to newcomers being hostile. The mutual support of each of the regs for each other is pretty touching.

        June 17, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  23. AleeD

    What a touching article. Touches the heart, the mind and the soul – which is what friends & food should be about. Thank you Kat & Sarah for creating a comfort zone in a world of chaos.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  24. Truth

    All I can say is, "I'd Hit it"...:)

    June 17, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Sir Biddle@truth

      Well played my friend, well played.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • SeaBee@Truth

      Very well done, sir.

      June 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      We were there!!!

      No acknowledgment. =(

      June 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Ha! Spatchcock resembles my last name. I found it humorous. Can't type it in some circles, computer changes it to "chicken". Ha!

        June 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
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