Ruth Bourdain Comes Out of the Pantry

This post first appeared on The Jew and the Carrot blog at the Forward.

Behind the Mask: Josh Friedland disguised himself online for three years as a humorous mashup of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain.

Behind the Mask: Josh Friedland disguised himself online for three years as a humorous mashup of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain.

The wondering and speculation are over. We finally know who the real person is behind Ruth Bourdain, the Twitter personality that is a bizarre mashup of former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and foul-mouthed TV food show host Anthony Bourdain (visually, we’re talking Reichl’s dark long hair with bangs plopped on top of Bourdain’s mug).

All those witty and profane jabs at the pretentions of food culture — as well as a companion book titled, “Comfort Me With Offal” — were written (and tweeted) by Josh Friedland,, who came out to New York Times reporter Julia Moskin in Saturday’s paper. Despite his snarky alternate persona, the Moskin calls Friedland “a mild-mannered freelance writer in Maplewood, N.J., who produces the Food Section, one of the longest-running culinary blogs on the Web.” On his website, Friedland describes himself as “addicted to just about everything having to do with food, whether it be home cooking to restaurants, culinary travel, photography, history, books, or food politics.”

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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