Culinary Compost Boycotts Penzeys Spices

Hello fellow foodies. After reading recent commentary from Bill Penzey, the author of Culinary Compost is officially withdrawing all references to Penzeys Spices on this food blog. While I’ve always known that Bill overtly inserts his political opinion in monthly mailings to his customer base, (which, in its own right is wrong on so many levels) I can no longer stand by and let this man spew his rhetoric of hate to conservatives, and to people who support and voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election, by labeling them “racist.”

I am not a racist. I never have been. And I resent being called one.

This is extreme-left socialism, and this kind of bigotry has no place in America.  Make no mistake — my observation is not one of Conservatives vs. Liberals. It is simply a stance of the author not supporting an individual who wants to further divide this country through hate by means of his product.

Shown below are a few articles and a link to Penzey’s official Facebook page:

2/1/18 Article in The New Yorker


You be the judge.  Last time I checked, America was still a free country. And my readers, of course, are still allowed to shop where they want and exercise their right to free speech, which I will always respect. However, pitting people against each other in the guise of “Love” is a ruse by Bill Penzey, who’s only concern is making as much money as he can over a very contentious election.  Funny thing is, he’s pissed off a lot of his customers, and I, for one, will not be coming back.

Invariably, comments by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke say it best:
“This typical hate-filled white elitist lefty doesn’t live around black people or have stores in black neighborhoods.”

Bill Penzey can be reached at



In the interest of an open discussion, leave your thoughts below – none will be censured.
—Mike from Culinary Compost

Bill Penzey's Socialist Sea Salt

Penzey’s Spices announces new product.


10 thoughts on “Culinary Compost Boycotts Penzeys Spices

  1. Pingback: The C.E.O. Who Called Trump a Racist (and Sold a Lot of Spice Mix)

    • Profound, Bridget… profound… considering the hate and division coming from Bill Penzey. We’ll see how the next six months play out in American politics. Big changes are happening. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Well said, Mike!, I stopped purchasing the products, sadly, because I too was tired of the conservative insults being flung as if they were a favorite spice. Glad to know others are making a stand!

  3. Well said CC.
    When this all first came about, I too called and told the rep that answered, I was going to another company for my spices after the ceo comment. I called the Spice House which is owned by their daughter and son in law. I called and told them point blank, “I’m leaving penzey’s because of the comments about Trump supporters, “please tell me your company is not linked to or have any business connection with penzey’s. The rep said no sir, we do not talk politics, only spices and recipes, then added they are in no way tied to penzey’s. I order from them now and must say, their spices are top notch.

    Have a great day, Gino

    PS. if anyone out there knows of another great spice place to order from please let me know.

    • Thanks for the comment Gino. I’ve heard great things about Spice House from a number of people. I will definitely check them out! Best- Mike

  4. Love Penzey’s. Love that Bill has the guts to stand up for what he thinks is right, and what I think is right. America is wonderful, hate has no place at our table, in our kitchen.

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