Insulting the food someone else is eating is extraordinarily rude. There you are, happily eating something you like, when another person butts in and says "Eew!" or "Yuck!" or "That looks disgusting." It's fine not to like something, but there's no reason to ruin someone else's meal. That sort of thing happens a lot in schools, but even cookbook authors and celebrities are not immune to it, as Chrissy Teigen discovered this week when she posted a photo of corned beef and cabbage to Twitter.
"Food from the fatherland. Corned beef and cabbage salty goodness," she wrote over a picture of the pot of corned beef and cabbage she was making in her Le Creuset French oven.
"Cooking from dad's side today! Corned beef and cabbage," the caption reads.
Corned beef and cabbage is delicious and comforting, especially in the middle of winter, but it's not exactly the most Instagram-friendly food. Some of Teigen's followers apparently decided that her homey pot of cabbage and beef looked like sadness in a pot, and decided to tell her so.
Teigen, of course, had a clever clap-back all ready for the corned beef–haters.
"You: Ew that looks gross," she wrote. "Also you: Not invited for dinner anyhow."
you: “ew that looks gross”. also you: not invited for dinner anyhow.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 17, 2018
And she followed it up with a "Harrumph!" for good measure.
Harrumph!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 17, 2018
The weirdest thing is that Teigen's corned beef and cabbage looks great. Corned beef and cabbage is delicious, even if it doesn't look as good on Instagram as a Unicorn Frappuccino. If people would hold off on saying "yuck" so quickly, they might figure that out.
This is just like what Nigella Lawson was talking about in September when she said that Instagram was ruining comfort food, because she says every time she posts a photo of a stew, people complain about how messy, brown food doesn't look good.
"When I post a picture of a stew, I feel I have to remind people — who find the messy brownness unappealing — that 1) stews are brown and 2) brown food tastes the best," Lawson said at the time.
Pretty food is delightful, but not everything has to look good on Instagram. If every food had to look like that, we'd miss out on all the stews and most of the soups and braises, and that would be a tragedy. Not everything has to be pink and covered with sprinkles.
Do you like corned beef and cabbage?