Guess what, Easter’s coming up. Wasn’t aware? Well the planet’s food writers are here to tell you all about it. Over and over and over again.I am completely underwhelmed with the predictable, by-the-numbers food writing that is foisted upon us every major holiday. Spring is the worst, as every available food writer is obligated – apparently by law – to cough up identical stories about Easter, Passover and eggs.
And I realize I’m going to make no new friends with this point, but about 2% of the U.S. population is Jewish. Hispanics account for 15%. So why does just about every food section run a number of Passover/seder/matzoh articles but almost none touch on the Hispanic celebrations?
For me the whole exercise is tiring, predictable and instant recycle bin-fodder. Take a look at yesterday’s array of sameness:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Protein at egg-actly the right price (bonus suck points for cringe-inducing play on words)
Do I need four Passover-related articles before I event scroll down the page at The Atlantic Monthly’s food site?
Marcia does Lent and eggs in the Tribune.
Now, I will state for the record that I have enjoyed seder before. And matzoh and eggs and Easter ham and everything else. It’s the lockstep homogeneity of the holiday food merry-go-round that irks me. I feel the same about the obligatory Fourth of July grilling articles. It’s lazy and unimaginative; or I may just be a jerk.