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Food Sites for July 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It's July, and it's finally beginning to feel like summer in the Hudson Valley. Of course (no matter what the encyclopedias say about our climate), it's still monsoon season -- so a casual observer might suppose that our primary crops are weeds, mold and mildew.

A few people have complained that our new format has too many updates -- no doubt because the updates are published by our blog, which includes other articles besides the updates. As we have no wish to inconvenience anyone -- but seem to be unable to restrain ourselves from posting new items to the blog -- we've come up with a kind of compromise. From now on, you will receive only the updates via our blog, Just Served. Our little non-update screeds will still go into the blog, but they will no longer intrude themselves in our subscribers mailboxes.

For those rare individuals who receive these updates and might actually want to read more, we'll provide links to newly-added pieces here, in the update headnotes, such as:

Dr Sanscravat reflects on one of the lessons he learned while in college.

The doctor writes an account of his encounter with the supernatural while performing a routine -- but oft-neglected -- household chore.

We discuss the trendy new drink, St-Germain, and provide a recipe-in-progress for it.

For the first time, the blog has a guest contributor -- he's Andrew Coe, whose new book, Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States, is due to be published on July 16. He tells us how egg rolls became one of our all-American foods.

True gluttons for punishment should visit A Quiet Little Table in the Corner, a page that provides an ever-changing master index of 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.

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we thought a nod to patriotism (at least in the Lin Yutang sense) was in order -- so here are a few excerpts from On the Table's quotes pages.

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with …a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." Erma Bombeck

"Although the frankfurter originated in Frankfurt, Germany, we have long since made it our own, a twin pillar of democracy along with Mom's apple pie. In fact, now that Mom's apple pie comes frozen and baked by somebody who isn't Mom, the hot dog stands alone. What it symbolizes remains pure, even if what it contains does not." William Zinsser

"What is patriotism but the love of the good things we ate in our childhood?" Lin Yutang

July, 2009

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PPPPS: has just been redesigned -- and it still contains some of the best food writing and recipes around. So far, it contains only two of our own articles -- but, eventually, they'll all be there.

----the new sites----

Aging Gracefully
(David Arnold's article, in Food Arts, on dry-cured hams)

Census of Agriculture, The
(results of the 2007 census; fact sheets on farm numbers, demographics, and economics; comparisons of major crops; surveys of irrigation and organic production; archive of agricultural census data back to 1840)

Company Cookbook, The
(comic relief for foodies; something like Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Foods, but -- if you can imagine it -- cheesier)

(recipes, seasonal dishes, featured chefs, and more; site is new and growing)

Guide to Australian Plants
(botanical info on bush herbs)

kitchn, the
(recipes, advice for the kitchen and for use in the kitchen)

Post-Pasteurian Cultures: The Microbiopolitics of Raw-Milk Cheese in the United States
(Heather Paxson's article, in Cultural Anthropology, about conflicting attitudes about the sale and consumption of raw dairy products; in PDF format)

Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, The
(site of "Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P., a neurologist and psychiatrist, is a nationally recognized smell and taste expert")

University of Iowa Digital Libraries, The
(115 -- so far -- digitized items from the Louis Szathmary Collection)

----still more blogs----

Chocolate Cult, The

Delights & Predjudices

Figs, Lavender and Cheese


Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Inside Cuisine

Lettuce Eat Kale

Life of Spice, A

Pati's Mexican Table

Pen & Fork

Will Write for Food

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

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Copyright (c) 2009 by Gary Allen.


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