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Food Sites for February 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's February, a month that includes two seemingly antithetical annual events: Valentine's Day and The Super Bowl. We're not sure what to make of that juxtaposition, but mention it to see what sort of response it might engender.

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. This month, we posted an article on a little-known food-stuff, one whose name is much better known than its namesake: Beech Nuts.

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. The Quiet Little Table is 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... participants in the conference are a veritable Who's Who of American food writing. 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 our panel as well. There will be more surprises (some of which I'm not permitted to mention yet)... so, if you're going to be anywhere near New York City during Valentine's Day weekend, sign up now!

Here are some seasonally-, or ingrediently-, appropriate excerpts from -- or about to be added to -- On the Table's culinary quote pages:

"After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers." Emily Luchetti

"Clearly it is not the lovelorn sufferer who seeks solace in chocolate, but rather the chocolate-deprived individual, who, desperate, seeks in mere love a pale approximation of bittersweet euphoria." Sandra Boynton

"Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate!" Author Unknown

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Charles M. Schulz
February, 2010

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PPPPS: Leitesculinaria has been redesigned -- and it still contains some of the best food writing and recipes around. This month, two of our older articles have been re-written and re-packaged (one on the history of chips and dip, and another on aphrodisiacs -- URL not yet available). So far, the redesigned site contains only a few of our own articles -- but, eventually, they'll all be here.

----the new sites----

Almost Italian
(essays on classic Italian-American dishes from Skip Lombardi's and Holly Chase's "Recipes and Stories from the 'Little Italy' Communities Across America: An Online Book-in-Progress")

"An Intellectual Property Food Fight: Why Copyright Law Should Embrace Culinary Innovation"
(essay in Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law)

Barbecue by Region
(an examination of barbecue styles of the American south, or more accurately, the southeast; it pointedly excludes BBQ from Texas and Kentucky -- and doesn't even mention Kansas City)

Cradle of Chocolate?
(archaeological evidence of chocolate in Honduras, three to four thousand years old)

Food Times, The
(business, the environment, science, art, restaurants, and more; a virtual smorgasbord of food news)

"France's Distinctive Cheeses are Disappearing"
(Jenny Barchfield's article, in Huffington Post, on the impending extinction of some regional specialties)

Gastronomer's Bookshelf, The
("...a collaborative book review site covering a wide range of titles on food, wine and gastronomy...")

Glossary of Food Terms
(" to cookery terms. Whether it's herbs and spices, names of dishes or cooking techniques, you'll find them here, along with suggested recipes and links...")

In Quest of Spices
(mostly a history of the spice trade; site still under development)

Remembrance of Candy Bars Past
(Wall Street Journal article -- that may require a subscription for access -- about the disappearance of nostalgic regional confections; by Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak)

Renee Schettler/Lifestyle Writer
(Renee is a food writer, editor and mentor to other food writers)
("...the freshest chef recipe videos, culinary tips, and food trivia from around the world...")

Southern BBQ Trail, The
(an interactive map of BBQ in four states, plus some oral histories and links)

----still more blogs----

This first blog is actually a forum in which food bloggers can discuss the nuts and bolts of blogging, with questions about anything that might be troubling them -- from copyright issues to weird HTML codes to finding the best cheap digital camera:

Food Blog S'cool

Now on to the latest blogs (that is, the latest we've stumbled upon):

Ali's Cleaner Plate Club

Bicycling Terronia

Blog for Rural America

Cornell Mushroom Blog

Food in Literature and the Arts


Jacqueline Church

Slow Cook, The

Thoughts on the Table

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

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Blogger Alan Drake said...

What a busy boy! Chock full of great things to investigate this month. Am on my way. Thanks.

February 6, 2010 at 5:14 AM  

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