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Food Sites for May 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009
Today's newsletter marks a kind of threshold, a change in the way we do things around here -- and it's the last of our e-mailed newsletters.

No, we are not ending its publication -- we're just moving it to a more modern format. Starting with this issue, you can read the updates (and other things) at our new blog, "Just Served." It's part of our newly designed website, and it comes with its own domain name: This transitional issue is being published both ways -- so you can see what the future issues will look like.

At the same time, we've moved our e-mail to the new domain -- so you can now reach us at (we can still get mail at for a little while, but we will gradually wean ourselves away from the old e-ddress) -- so please update your address "books."

We've moved our current mailing list to the new site (don't worry, we'll still keep your e-ddress private). Once you've confirmed that you want to remain on the mailing list, life as we know it should go on. There are other options, on the site, such as RSS feeds, which will allow you to customize the way you hear from us.

We suspect that you'll prefer the newer version (for one thing, you'll no longer have to waste time copying-and-pasting URLs into your browser -- and there should never be a problem with long URLs being broken by mail applications).

Speaking of time-wasters, you can read an interview with one of the editors of our latest book, Human Cuisine, (guess which one) here. If you'd rather listen than read, links to our appearances on radio shows and other public events are available here.

A Quiet Little Table in the Corner, is a kind of constantly changing master index for On the Table, Leitesculinaria, and any other web places that carry our stuff. It's hosted by Marty Martindale's Food Site of the Day, and you should check out some of the goodies she's got posted while you're there.

In keeping with the other news here, we're including two quotes about food and newness:

"All the best cooking is simple. There is really nothing new in it. I have 4,000 cookbooks dating back to 1503, and everything that is in nouvelle cuisine was there 200 years ago."
Anton Mosimann

"There are only two questions to ask about food. Is it good? And is it authentic? We are open [to] new ideas, but not if it means destroying our history. And food is history."
Giuliano Bugialli

...and one about constancy in the face of change:

"I think we all live in a world that is so fast-paced, it's threatening and absolutely saturated with change and novelty and insecurity. Therefore, the ritual of cooking and feeding my family and friends, whoever drops in, is what makes me feel that I'm in a universe that is contained."
Nigella Lawson

May, 2009

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PPPPS: contains some of the best food writing and recipes around. Who knows what other awards the site could earn, if only it wasn't burdened with that mass of our own articles? Leitesculinaria's articles are now syndicated; you can get them delivered, for free, to your own personal news page. Just click on one of the RSS icons at the bottom of the home page for details.

---the new sites---

Caribseek Caribbean Recipes
(dozens of recipes, plus links to other Caribbean recipe sites)

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
(searchable newspapers -- a new database featuring, to date, US papers from 1880-1910, from CA, DC, FL, KY, MN, NE, NY, TX, UT, and VA; more to come...)

Crave Man
(Washington Post article about David Kessler's research into the reasons we crave junk food)

Darjeeling Tea History
(informative, but typo-ridden, article)

Early Ices and Ice Creams
(the first chapter of Geri Quinzio's book, Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making)

Food in Every Country
(from Algeria to Zimbabwe, each country's page includes background info about the cuisine and signature recipes; the US is subdivided into ten categories)

History of Girl Scout Cookies, The
(beginning in 1917, with pages for each decade thereafter)

Is Local Food Better?
(Sarah DeWeerdt's article shows that the issue is more subtle and complex than it appears)

Recipe for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime
(University of Wisconsin's digital archive of "books and government publications documenting the national effort to promote and implement a plan to make food the key to winning World War I")

Royal Sugar Sculpture
(wonderfully illustrated account of an exhibit, held at the Bowes Museum in 2002, and curated by Ivan Day)

---changed URL---

George Washington and Food
(article by Anne Petri, with one historic cranberry recipe)

---still more blogs---

Baking History

Behind the Recipe

Civil Eats



Look and Taste

My Cookbook Addiction



Seriously Good


Uncork Life!

Wine Bard

---that's all for now---

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