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Food Sites for January 2016

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A lone winter apple, a treat for gleaning birds.

January is about beginning anew, returning to fundamentals, enjoying simple things after all the holiday excesses. What could be more basic than apple pie? After all, don’t we begin the alphabet with “A is for Apple?” Byron clearly associated the fruit with beginnings: “Since Eve ate apples...”

Last month we posted a couple of new articles. Roll Magazine published Moors and Christians: Comfort Food for an Uncomfortable Season,” on serving the musical fruit, indoors. “Remembrance of Shellfish Past,”  a travel reminiscence of sorts, appeared in Modern Salt.

We also completed the index and final edits to our latest book (Can It! The Perils and Pleasures of Preserving Foods), due for publication in May. WHEW!

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. 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) are—quelle surprise!—about baked apples:

“I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people’s tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.” Mark Twain 
“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” Jane Austen 
“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” Carl Sagan
January, 2016

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(Hua Hsu in the New Yorker)

(from the archives of The Culinary Institute of America)

(visiting nerd bars, “in search of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, an imaginary 1970s cocktail from space”)

(Matthew Giles, at Grub Street, on the current—and future—state of “artisanal-small-independent” breweries)

(a movie star’s travel/cook book pre-dated Time-Life’s Foods of the World series by three years, making ordinary Americans’ culinary options less provincial)

(Moises Velasquez-Manoff, writing in Nautilus, on what microbiologists are beginning to learn about the friendly “germs” that should be living in our guts—and what happens when they aren’t)

(lovely new magazine from Great Britain, but featuring food writers from all over; mostly online, with occasional printed editions planned)

(Helen MacDonald, in The New York Times, on foraging for fungi in the English countryside)

(Jack Turner, at Smithsonian, on the medieval pepper trade)

(Krishnendu Ray, at Huffpost, on the relationship between the food industry’s largely immigrant workforce and changing mainstream attitudes about “taste”)

(recipes from South Australian community cookbooks)

(an excerpt from a book-in-progress by Jonell Galloway)

(Andrea King Collier—at National Geographic’s blog, The Plate—hopes to “...begin a real conversation about race, culture and food in this country...”)

(short answer: racism)

---- inspirational (or otherwise useful) site for writers/bloggers ----

---- more blogs ----

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