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Food Sites for September 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009
August is finally gone (even though most of it felt like April), which means it's time for back-to-school, back-to-work -- and, for those of us who prefer to ignore our presumably worthy responsibilities, a good long list of food-related websites at which we can waste our time. If some of them actually help us with our work, consider it a happy accident (like stumbling across a really good restaurant on a road trip, something that happened to us TWICE recently -- once in Ontario, and again in Michigan).

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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:

"Yet Another Blog About Julie & Julia" is, needless to say, not about the movie (as is Dr Sanscravat's wont), but a reminiscence about Julia and -- oddly enough -- the eating habits of hippies.

Dr Sanscravat has published yet another of his rambling discourses on Just Served -- this one is called "Water, Cool, Cool Water." Clearly, the man spends way too much time in the past.

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.

Here's this month's excerpt from On the Table's quotes pages:

"He that travels in theory has no inconveniences; he has shade and sunshine at his disposal, and wherever he alights finds tables of plenty and looks of gaiety. These ideas are indulged till the day of departure arrives, the chaise is called, and the progress of happiness begins. A few miles teach him the fallacies of imagination. The road is dusty, the air is sultry, the horses are sluggish. He longs for the time of dinner that he may eat and rest. The inn is crowded, his orders are neglected, and nothing remains but that he devour in haste what the cook has spoiled, and drive on in quest of better entertainment. He finds at night a more commodious house, but the best is always worse than he expected." Samuel Johnson
September, 2009

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

----the new sites----

African Cooking and Food Bibliography
(yet another goodie from Cynthia Bertelsen's blog; just one of many useful culinary bibliographies on the site)

Bompas & Parr
(not your grandmother's Jell-O molds; and WAY beyond Jell-O shots

Candy Wrapper Museum, The
(Darlene Lacey's collection of confectionery memorabilia; classics, of course, but also rare -- and disturbing -- items like R. Crumb's "Devil Girl Hot Kisses" and "Devil Girl Choco-Bar"

(new user-created cookbook site from Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs)

Food: Bread, Beer, and All Good Things
(food and cooking of ancient Egypt)

Garlic War, The
(Annie Proulx's first published story

Herbs of Mexico Herb Name Reference Guide
(tri-lingual listing; botanical Latin, English and Spanish)

National Food Holiday Directory
(sometimes, a little silliness is just the hook an article needs; many "holiday" listings include a little background info on the food being celebrated)

Oyster Guide, The
(there are "at least two hundred unique oyster appellations," and this site includes maps of local varieties, plus descriptions)

Science and Pseudoscience in Adult Nutrition Research and Practice
(Dr. Reynold Spector muses about how we think about nutrition)

University of Gastronomic Sciences, The
(" international research and training center... founded by Slow Food;" in English and Italian)

Vanishing Youth Nutrient, The
(Susan Allport discusses Omega-3 vs Omega-6 in terms of seasonality, dietary sources, adaptive advantages and disadvantages of each, with examples of effects of -- and on -- several different species, and economic reasons for the overwhelming presence of Omega-6 in our food supply)

Vietnamese Pho Noodles
("Pho Noodle for the Pho Lovers" -- the dish, culture, etiquette, ingredients of the signature dish of Vietnam)

Wineries of North America
(contact information for all the wineries in Canada, Mexico, and the US)

----changed URLs----

Julie/Julia Project, The

Vanilla Garlic

----still more blogs----

African Agriculture


Eat Me Daily

Hamburger America

History of Greek Food

Kimberly Belle, Food Maven

Mediterranean Cooking with Clifford A. Wright

Viet World Kitchen

Water, Butter, Wine: Food as Allegory for Everything

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

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Blogger Sonia said...

Bravo! You've done it....none of the HTML is now showing.....
The laughter in the e-mail was at your remarks not at the blog....... ;-)

September 5, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Gary Allen said...

Thanks, Sonia... it never could have happened without help from a tropical paradise.

September 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM  

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