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Food Sites for April 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mustard greens (Brassica juncea)
Before the days of long-distance groceries, they 
provided something fresh after a winter of root vegetables

April may—or may not—be the cruelest month, but our April issue is especially large this year. If that seems cruel, sobeit.

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. Modern Salt has posted “Give Me Insurrection or Give Me Indigestion”  and another piece (or two) will be coming along soon. 

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This month’s quotes (from On the Table’s culinary quote collection) is a heavy-handed attempt to acknowledge the opening of a new season of baseball in the form of a culinary coda:

I devoured hot-dogs in Baltimore ‘way back in 1886, and they were then very far from newfangled...They contained precisely the same rubber, indigestible pseudo-sausages that millions of Americans now eat, and they leaked the same flabby, puerile mustard. Their single point of difference lay in the fact that their covers were honest German Wecke made of wheat-flour baked to crispiness, and not the soggy rolls prevailing today, of ground acorns, plaster-of-Paris, flecks of bath-sponge, and atmospheric air all compact. H.L. Mencken
Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish. Henry Miller
Dibbler could find a use for bits of an animal that the animal didn’t know it had got. Dibbler had worked out that with enough fried onions and mustard people would eat anything. Terry Pratchett
April, 2016

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---- the new sites ----

(Kevin Carter, of Savoring the Past, on using Google Books to access rare culinary texts)

(Dwight Furrow, at Edible Arts, on caffeinated reverse snobbery)

(Edward Behr’s introduction to cheese, in The Art of Eating)

(Jaya Saxena, at First We Feast, wonders why Westerners have such a hard time understanding the “fifth taste”)

(Jan Whitaker on Sylvester Graham’s ideal meals—which, apparently, did not include graham cracker piecrusts)

(Amy Bentley, Bee Wilson, and Annie Gray discuss the way we teach our children to eat; a little less than an hour at Gastropod)

(Julia Belluz, at Vox, on Marion Nestle’s work to reveal the connection between food industry’s marketing and some questionable research)

(an NPR story about, in a way, smart food)

(Cynthia Bertelsen explains things for puzzled Yankees)

(Altin Raxhimi on the diasporic history and etymology of a classic Balkan cheese)

(“500 years of bread, yeast and wheat history in 200 pictures,” with a bit of introductory text)

(Anastacia Marx de Salcedo tours a supermarket for evidence)

(a guide from Wired magazine)

(thirteen turbulent years covered in a virtual exhibit by The Kentucky Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America)

(The Washington Post’s Roberto A. Ferdman reports on recent research showing that the consumption of chocolate improves one’s cognitive ability)

(“...with Thanks to the English;” history and recipes from Cynthia Bertelsen)

(Mackensie Griffin’s report, at NPR’s The Salt, rethinking our nostalgia for the good old days)

(Nicola Miller’s rhapsody to an under-appreciated fruit)

(Lisa Hix, at Collectors Weekly, provides an in-depth look at Toni Tipton-Martin’s The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks)

(Niki Achitoff-Gray gets serious about Italian preserved meats, at Serious Eats)

(two articles by Dwight Furrow)

(Kathleen Purvis rightfully complains, at Bitter Southerner, about gender imbalance in a particular genre of foodwriting)

(Noah Charney, at Lucky Peach, explains how and why we like being fooled by food)

(to bay or not to bay... a number of different responses)

(looking at Chinese-American Restaurants, 1896-1926, through their menus)

(Christine Jones, at The Public Domain Review, on the early history of chocolate in Europe)

(Margot Henderson, at Lucky Peach, discussing the differences between male and female chefs)

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

---- more blogs ----

---- thats all for now ----

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