Tweeter honored at annual food Beard awards

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Ruth Bourdain: acerbic, androgynous, foul-mouthed, totally fictitious and now…? James Beard Foundation winner, reports Karen Miltner.

On Friday, the so-called Oscars of the food world honored Ruth Bourdain ?the made-up online mash-up of culinary icons Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain ?with its first-ever award for humor writing.

In some ways the award was a nod not just to the still anonymous man or woman behind the profanely funny spoof of wise-cracking Bourdain and formerGourmet magazine editor-in-chief Reichl, who was in Rochester last week to receive The College at Brockport? Art of Fact Award. The new James Beard humor category also recognized the rising power of social media in food. Ruth Bourdain became a sensation during the past year almost exclusively by posting biting 140-character messages (most of them unfit to reprint) on Twitter.

?eaden sky. Cold rain. Curled by the fire with a bowl of beans and a stack of corn tortillas. One fart and I could burn the whole house down,?reads one early April tweet from Ruth Bourdain. He (or she?) did not come forward to accept the award during Friday? ceremony in New York City.

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