On Ruth Bourdain, Regina Schrambling, Anthony Bourdain, and Cupcakes


Maybe you, like us, have heard speculation that Ruth Bourdain (the satirical Twitter mash-up of Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl) is food writer Regina Schrambling of Gastropoda. Interesting fact: When you Google Regina Schrambling and Ruth Bourdain, Ruth Bourdains Twitter comes up, even though Schramblings name isnt anywhere to be found in the feed. Make of that what you will. The Wall Street Journal doesnt bother investigating this in its story about Ruth Bourdain (Tom Colicchios response to the profile: WSJ is ok but I would hold out for the cover of High Times), but the dance between Schrambling and Bourdain is getting more and more delicious.

In Medium Raw, Bourdain calls Schrambling both a hero and a villain and easily The Angriest Person Writing About Food. He admits shes very funny and, frequently, right about things, but also has this to say:

For inventing cute names for her targets, though, and not having the stones to simply say what everyone knows she is saying, shes a villain. If youre going to piss on Mario every other week, say Mario Batali. Not Molto Ego. Stand up fucking proud and tell us why you hate Mario Batali and everything he touches.

If Schrambling is the author of Ruth Bourdain, she isnt standing up proud just yet but shes still toying with Bourdain. Bourdain, whose book was likened to puke on a page by Time Out, confesses to the Post that he likes red-velvet cupcakes, and Schrambling promptly issues a post titled Red velvet puke on a page. Though my biggest fan is one of the tags, the post itself doesnt mention Bourdain, but like many things Schrambling, its worth reprinting.

The ultimate sign that cupcakes have nowhere to go but down: Some flack pitched them as a gift suggestion for graduates. Unless the recipient is moving on up from kindergarten, I can think of many things more appropriate. Cash, say. At least evolve to macarons.

Anti-cupcakes and pro-macarons? Now that sounds like Ruth Bourdain!

Update: Asked for comment, Schrambling referred us to this tweet that indicates she isnt Ruth Bourdain, and aint much of a fan either: Kinda crushed people would think I'm wit-deficient.

Ruth Bourdain: A Delicious Mystery [WSJ]
Food Fighter [NYP]
Red Velvet Puke on a Page [Gastropoda]