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Food Sites for December 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It's December, a month that seems to overbook every minute of every day -- and night -- making it virtually impossible to get ordinary, everyday, things done. This issue of the updates is just one example (it's a little shorter than usual... so you can get back to preparing for the festivities, celebrating them, or cleaning up after them).

Subscribers to our updates newsletter receive only these updates from our blog, Just Served, in their e-mailboxes. The rest of our little non-update screeds still go into the blog, but they no longer intrude themselves in our subscribers' mailboxes.

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.

In February, we'll be participating in The Roger Smith Food Writers' Conference... where, ostensibly, we'll be moderating a panel discussing the future of food blogging (and other electronic food writing media). So far, Irena Chalmers, Mitchell Davis, Bret Thorn, and Laura Weiss have agreed to be on the panel as well. There may be more surprise panelists... watch for the next update!

Here're some holiday-appropriate comments, either already in -- or soon to be added to -- On the Table's quote pages:

"A three-year-old gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner: 'I don't like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate.'" Author Unknown

"Dear Lord, I've been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us... a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird... a social being... capable of actual affection... nuzzling its young with almost human-like compassion. Anyway, it's dead and we're gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family." Berke Breathed

"Do give books for Christmas. They're never fattening..." Lenore Hershey

"In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them." P.J. O'Rourke

December, 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----

Blunt Force Cooking
(site of cookbook author, and national food editor for The Associated Press, JM Hirsch; recipes and blog that features food articles from AP)

Florida Digital Newspaper Library (FDNL)
(800,000 searchable pages of current and historic Florida newspapers)

Glossary of Authentic Artisanal Canadian Cheese
(definitions of cheese terms, and not just those that apply to cheeses from Canada; lots of photos)

Online Guide to Ongoing Discovery of the Overlooked and Forgotten, The
(site of food historian and speaker extraordinaire, Andy Smith)

Singapore Food Paradise
(the four cuisines -- with background and recipes -- of Singapore: Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Nonyan, the food of the Straits Chinese)

Taste of Syria, A
(a fusion cuisine that mingles Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Arab influences; culinary history, photos and a few recipes)

Thanksgiving Recipes from America's Past
(recipes collected by Pilgrim Hall Museum -- 'though no actual Pilgrim recipes are included)

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, The
(site of the "first and only comprehensive center devoted to artisan cheese" in the United States)

----changed URL----

Life of Spice, A

----still more blogs----

Before going on to the usual list of food blogs, here are some sites that address the making of food blogs (for those of who are already -- or about to begin -- blogging:

About Food Blog Search

Charlene Li and Marnie Webb on Tagging and Tracking

Elise Bauer's Top Five Tips for Building Blog Traffic


How To Make Your Food Blog Popular

And now, this month's blogs:

Food Nerd

Gastronomer's Bookshelf

Kara's Trend Watch Blog

Melissa Clark, food writer

My Kind of Food

Peas Love Carrots

Primitive Culture

Silk Road Gourmet

Stepping Off the Edge

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

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Copyright (c) 2009 by Gary Allen.


Blogger Queen Art-o-Eat said...

thank you for including stepping off the edge!
Queen Artoeat

December 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

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