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Food Sites for June 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024


Isn’t it curious that infantilized images of pigs are routinely used to promote the consumption of pork? Do cute piggies want to be eaten?

(seen at Due South BBQ, Roanoke, VA)


Last month, we were—for the most part—otherwise occupied. Rather than belaboring you with the details, redundantly, you should be able to deduce them, yourself, from the links below. They might also explain why so many entries are about alcohol.

Still, we did manage to post more Substack pages:

Flaubert’s Parrot,” or my life as a stuffed bird;

Paleontology, or Something Like It,” on searching for the Nature of Things;

The Mything Link,a look at memory and remorse, with a little story;

Rhetorical Question” explores a few figures of speech; and...

The Best Laid Schemes o’ Mice an’ Menrecaps an event we’re calling “roadtrippus interruptus;” it’s served with a small appetite-suppressing story.

We also published, in book form, two entire years of “In Other Words” (our Substack posts). Substack Lightnin': Volume One, The First Year, and Substack Lightnin': Volume Two, Second Year are already available through Amazon.


You can, should you choose to do so, follow us on Facebook (where, among other things, we post a lot of photographs), and Twitter. Still more of our online scribbles can be found at A Quiet Little Table in the Corner and other Substack pages. There’s even an Amazon author’s page, that includes our food writing and anything else we manage to get into print.


More liquid distractions, some from On the Table’s culinary quote collection.

Cocktails are society’s most enduring invention! Elsa Maxwell

...the Song of Songs, to bouillabaisse, and from the nine Beethoven symphonies to the Martini cocktail, have been given to humanity by men who, when the hour came, turned from tap water to something with color in it, and more in it than mere oxygen and hydrogen. H.L. Mencken

Beer is not a good cocktail party drink, especially in a home where you don’t know where the bathroom is. Billy Carter

The glances over cocktails
That seem to be so sweet
Don’t seem quite so amorous
Over Shredded Wheat. Frank Muir

June 2024


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— the new sites —


Brewed from Old Bread Crusts, the World’s Oldest Beer Recipe Is Experiencing a Revival

(the hymn to Ninkasi leads to another new brew—this time to fight climate change)


Chutney & Subcontinental Cuisines: A Historic Relationship

(an introduction from New Jersey restaurant/caterer Laree Adda)


Even Older Polish Cookery for Complete Beginners

(Karol Palion’s blogpost, at Forking Around with History, about the search for—and bibliographic methodology employed in—the hunt for the first Polish cookbook)


Food Design, Nutrition, and Innovation

(paper by Fabio Parasecoli, in Frontiers in Public Health)


From Ancient Egypt to Roman Britain, Brewers are Reviving Beers from the Past

(Norman Miller’s BBC survey of modern recreations)


Hangxiety: Why Alcohol Can Leave You Feeling Anxious

(Queensland Health explains what goes on with your brain chemistry, the morning after)


How a ‘Strange,’ ‘Evil’ Fruit Came to Define Italy’s Cuisine

(Ligaya Mishan’s New York Times article about the tomato—”the prince of [Italian] cuisine.”)


In Its Birthplace, the G&T Is a Reclamation

(Jaya Saxena, in Punch, on the Indian history and reinvention of gin & tonic)


Mastering the Art of Making a Cookbook

(Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker article about legendary editor Judith Jones)


Tasting Roman Wine from the Time of Jesus

(Nathan Steinmeyer’s article in Bible History Daily)


Waffles: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert

(Edward Bottone doesn’t waffle; he tells the whole story at The Vooks Cook)



— inspirational (or otherwise useful) sites for writers/bloggers —


600-Year History of Cookbooks as Status Symbols, A


About French Cooking… It’s Not All Haute


Advice to diners, 1815


Are Tacos and Burritos Sandwiches? A Judge in Indiana Ruled Yes.


Before Jell-O, Colorful Gelatin Desserts Were Haute Cuisine


Case for Bad Coffee, The


Cookbooks Have Always Been Political—Whether Readers Knew It or Not


Cooking in the Books: Cookbooks and Cookery in Popular Fiction


Embracing the Coffee Heritage of Saudi Arabia: From Tradition to Sustainability


Fast Food Forever: How McHaters Lost the Culture War


Fifteen Essential Cookbooks


First Direct Evidence of Adult European Eels Migrating to Their Breeding Place in the Sargasso Sea


Fish Farming on Lake Victoria: A Lethal Ecological Threat


Food Crazes Make Me Want to Roll My Eyes. But First, Pass Me a Crookie


Frog Club


How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption


In Defense of Human Intervention


Insatiability of Recipe Writing, The


Invisible Labor of Being a Food Writer in 2024


Meat-Filled Desserts from Around the World


Must-Eat Food in Every State


Myth of Escoffier, The


No, Your Spaghetti Doesn’t Have to Be al Dente: 5 Pasta Myths, Debunked


On Paying Attention to Seasons


Problem with Recipes, The


Problem with Recipes, The


Talking Toklas


Tastes of a Nation, The: M.F.K. Fisher and the Genre of Culinary Literature


Top 100 Stews in the World


We Should All Be Cooking with Fresh Turmeric

What Do Maple Syrup Bottles Have Those Tiny Handles For?


What Do You Want from a Cookbook?


What if Recipes Were Written for Everyone?


What Is Small Batch Whiskey?


Why America Eats! Matters



— podcasts, etcetera —


AnthroChef: The History of Food


Anything’s Pastable: Eat Sauté Love


Craft Books for Cookbook Writers


Experiencing Reality through Cookbooks: How Cookbooks Shape and Reveal Our Identities




Treacherous, Untold Toll Bartending Takes on the Body, The


We’ve Hit Peak Cocktail Ice


Why Bother Writing Books?


Why You Can’t Get a Restaurant Reservation



— that’s all for now —


Except, of course, for the usual legalistic mumbo-jumbo and commercial flim-flam:


As an Amazon Associate, this newsletter earns from qualifying purchases made through it. These include our own books (listed below), and occasional books mentioned in the entries above. If you order anything via those links, the price you pay is not increased by our commission.


Occasionally, URLs we provide may take you to commercial sites (that is, they’ll cost you money to take full advantage of them), or publications that have paywalls. We do not receive any compensation for listing them here and are providing them without any form of recommendation—other than the fact that they looked interesting to us.


Your privacy is important to us. We will not give, sell or share your e-mail address with anyone, for any purpose. Ever. Nonetheless, we will expose you to the following irredeemably brazen plugs for our own books:


The Resource Guide for Food Writers
(newsletters like this merely update the contents of the book; what doesn’t appear here is already in the book)

The Herbalist in the Kitchen

The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food And Drink Industries

Human Cuisine

Herbs: A Global History

Sausage: A Global History

Can It! The Perils and Pleasures of Preserving Foods

Sauces Reconsidered: Après Escoffier


Terms of Vegery

How to Serve Man:
On Cannibalism, Sex, Sacrifice, & the Nature of Eating

How to Write a Great Book


The Digressions of Dr Sanscravat: Gastronomical Ramblings & Other Diversions

Ephemera: a short collection of short stories

Prophet Amidst Losses


Future Tense: Remembrance of Things Not Yet Past

The Backstories: As retold by Gary Allen

Tabula Rasa, Baby: (Not Written in Stone)

Unbelievable: A Modern Novella

Noirvella (the expanded edition)


Hot Hot Hot/Risky Business

The Long & Short of It: A Miscellany

Beer Taste & Other Disorders

Galloping Gourmand: A Culinary Collection

Substack Lightnin': Volume One, The First Year


Substack Lightnin': Volume Two, Second Year





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