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Food Sites for November 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cape Cod White (or Eastham) Turnip.

Since Thanksgiving is soon to be upon many of us in the food blogging community, we thought we should share this.

You know, for perspective.

Since our latest book, Sausage: A Global Historywas finally released, we published a couple of utterly self-serving articles in support of it: “Prepare Yourself for the Wurst,” and “Not Really a Book Review,” both at Roll Magazine

Our next book, Can It! The Pleasures and Perils of Preserving Foods, is already edited and in production. It should be out in 2016.

Regular subscribers to our updates newsletter receive these updates from our blog, Just Served,  directly—but there is much more at the blog that isn’t delivered automatically. Last month, for example, the blog featured a guest post by Joel Denker: The Carrot Quest. It’s adapted from the Introduction to his new book, The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat.

You can, if you wish, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter. Still more of our online scribbles can be found at A Quiet Little Table in the Corner.

This month’s quotes (from On the Table’s culinary quote collection) is utterly and unapologetically arbitrary:

“…whether we are conspicuously eating well, or conspicuously depriving ourselves and others, we mark ourselves off—either as having more than anyone else, or less; and either is made a virtue...” Robin Fox 

“Food writing shouldn’t be precious, pretentious, or condescending. Just because you know what confit means doesn’t make you a better person.” Adam Roberts 

“Sometimes I think I’m liquefying like an old Camembert.” Gustave Flaubert 

“Pythagoras might have [had] calmer sleeps, if he [had] totally abstained from beans.” Sir Thomas Browne

November, 2015

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(tasty tidbits from Oxford Dictionaries)

(Chris Ying compares, at Lucky Peach, the environmental impact of eating in restaurants vs. home-cooked meals)

(Evelyn Kim, a guest curator at The New York Academy of Medicine, on the all-too-familiar brick of meat in a can)

(an interview—with Alan Levinovitz, in Salon—on the purpose and function of popular food choices, disguised as science, that are actually irrational)

(Atlantic’s Helen Veit plots the rise and fall—and rise—of popularity of recycled meals against changes in technology, economy, and environmental awareness)

(Peter Whoriskey questions official dogma in The Washington Post—bring on the butterfat!)

(An excerpt from The CCCP Cook Book: True Stories of Soviet Cuisine, by Olga Syutkin and Pavel Syutkin)

(Magdalena Kasprzyk–Chevriaux, on the transition from French hors d'oeuvres to Polish everyday food)

(how Platina—and printing—changed everything; Christine Baumgarthuber explains in The New Inquiry)

(Trevor Baker looks at new scientific evidence, in The Guardian, that casts blame for obesity on—wait for it—food writers & photographers)

(Harold McGee on the origins of so-called “molecular gastronomy”)

(Jedediah Purdy’s review of Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World in New Republic; fungi as metaphor for an economics of decay)

(searchable database of 170,000 WPA-era photos taken between 1935 and 1945, almost all public domain)

(an excerpt from Ted Merwin’s book, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli)

(Rachel Z. Arndt, in The Atlantic, on the causes and effects of standardization)

(Dwight Furrow: “…wine lovers seek experience, wine snobs seek approval”)

(Samantha Gillison’s lament over lost luncheonettes and the glories of a simpler—and cheaper—past, in The Guardian)

(Rose Hackman, in The Guardian, finds much of it pretty hard to swallow)

(Jack Hitt’s article, in Saveur, about an old-time classic that is now nearly forgotten)

(Lisa Bramen, about two simultaneous revolutions, in The Smithsonian)

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