Food Sites for December 2010 (almost, anyway)Sunday, November 21, 2010
We're realists: The odds are against any of you wanting to read about food for quite a while.
Last month, Let Them Eat Crepes (edited by Melissa Doffing and Susan Koefod) was published. It contains several homages to those wonderful French pancakes -- including one, "A Bunch of the Boys Were Whooping It Up," by yours truly. Please don't hold that against this lovely little book, or keep you from ordering a copy here or at the book's website. [a disclosure of sorts: we have no financial stake in the sales of this book; our sole involvement was in writing the aforementioned essay]
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Leitesculinaria is still in the process of reposting, sometimes with shiny new updates and edits, some of our older articles. The entire list of our currently-posted LeitesCulinaria articles (twenty, so far) is available here.
For hard-core addicts of our stuff (assuming such unlikely beings exist), Marty Martindale's Food Site of the Day has been completely redesigned, and has returned to posting A Quiet Little Table in the Corner -- an index of our writings on the web.
As always, we end our monthly sermon with some selections from On the Table's culinary quote pages. This month, a month that contains a superfluity of superfluity, when excess exceeds all reasonable limits, clearly requires no more -- hence there is but one quotation:
"SATIETY, n. The feeling that one has for the plate after he has eaten its contents, madam." Ambrose Bierce
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15 Food & Cooking Myths, Busted
(a selection of ideas from Harold McGee's Keys to Good Cooking)
Food in the 'Hood
(food history articles by Joel Denker, author of The World on a Plate: A Tour Through the History of America's Ethnic Cuisine)
Food Science Central
("…free articles on many topics in food science, food technology and nutrition")
In Praise of Fast Food
(Tom Philpott's essay, in Grist, on the omnipresence of fast food throughout history and across cultures)
("Containing a Brief Description of Every Article of Human Food Sold in the Public Markets of the Cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn; Including the Various Domestic and Wild Animals, Poultry, Game, Fish, Vegetables, Fruits, &C, &C. with Many Curious Incidents and Anecdotes;" complete text of Thomas F. De Voe's 1867 book)
(site of an organization whose mission it is to educate the public about our food systems)
Science Behind Why We Love Ice Cream, The
(Wall Street Journal report on work being done at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia)
Wessels Living History Farm, The
(site of a museum of 1920s farming, with sections on later periods, and various resources -- including podcasts on different aspects of farm life)
Blogs about blogging -- their writing, design, photography, promotion, and ethics -- can help us become better, and maybe even more successful, writers ("success" being a relative, and highly-variable, notion). Here are a few of our favorites:
As Pretty as Egg Salad: a Food Styling Post
Authors, Social Media and the Allure of Magical Thinking
Food Photography: How to Shoot Ugly Food
How Right is the Customer who Blogs?
Should I Tweet?
Social (Marketing) Network, The: Can an Analog Girl Thrive in the Digital World?
Afghan Cooking Unveiled
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...for the moment, anyway.
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