Oscar Movie-Themed Gift Bag GIVEAWAY!

Ready to walk the Red Carpet?
The nice people from the Nozin Web Team are giving away FIVE (5) Movie-Themed Gift Packs.

To enter, visit http://nozinblog.com/2012/02/win-a-nozin-oscar-movie-themed-gift-bag-giveaway

Winners will be announced during the Academy Awards on Sunday,
February 26, 2012 on Facebook and Twitter and then after the Academy
Awards on the Nozin Blog.
Good luck!

Rooting for ‘The Help’… with some caveats

The Help is nominated for 4 Academy Awards and has generated a great deal of Oscar buzz.
Prior to seeing the movie, I read ‘An Open Statement to the Fans of The Help’ on behalf of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH). The statement provides historical context to address widespread stereotyping presented in both the film and novel version of The Help.
The statement says
“Despite efforts to market the book and the film as a progressive story of triumph over racial injustice, The Help distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers. We are specifically concerned about the representations of black life and the lack of attention given to sexual harassment and civil rights activism.”

I certainly recognize those points to be valid.
Still, I truly enjoyed the movie. The African-American actresses were wonderful and talented, and the storyline was engaging.
So, I definitely recommend the movie, and I would love to see it win awards at the Oscars.
However, I do hope that viewers will be aware of these reservations about perpetuating stereotypes in popular films.
Full text of the ABWH statement can be found at:

Best Food Blog Awards 2012

Do you write a food blog? Do you have a favorite food blog that you visit regularly?
Nominate yourself or another for the Saveur 2012 Best Food Blog Awards!
Starting on March 6, visit saveur.com/blogawards
to send in nominations

Starting on April 5, come back to vote for the winners.
Winners last year include Smitten Kitchen as Best Cooking Blog http://smittenkitchen.com/

and Home-sick Texan http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/
as Best Regional Cuisine Blog

Let the competition begin!


“The Family is the Country of the heart. There is an angel in the Family who, by the mysterious influence of grace, of sweetness, and of love, renders the fulfillment of duties less wearisome, sorrows less bitter. The only pure joys unmixed with sadness which it is given to man to taste upon earth are, thanks to this angel, the joys of the Family” –Giuseppe Mazzini