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Food Sites for August 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oregano blossoms (Origanum vulgare)

With this issue, we begin our seventeenth year of publishing these monthly updates to The Resource Guide for Food Writers. What started as a way to keep one book up to date has become a place where hundreds of food lovers (amateurs, in the best sense), scholars, and professional scribblers have shared some of their favorite food-related links.

In other news: Roll Magazine has posted “Mayo on a Burger,” a culinary rant, simultaneously firing up the grill and self-righteous indignation,  and Modern Salt published a bit of anthropophagic levity: “What’s Eating You?”.

Finally, our latest book’s (Can It! The Perils and Pleasures of Preserving Foods) is out. To support it, epicurious published an interview, “A Dry, Bitter, Salty History of Food Preservation”. By a strange coincidence, we were also interviewed by Atlas Obscura, for part of a larger article on sausages.

In related news: if you’re going to be near Kingston, New York on Thursday July 28th, there will be a reading and book-signing at the Barnes & Noble store on Ulster Avenue, at 7 PM. Stop by and say hello!

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 quote (from On the Table’s culinary quote collection) celebrates our most recent roadtrip (and, atypically, comes with a photo of its own):

In Baltimore, soft crabs are always fried (or broiled) in the altogether, with maybe a small jock-strap of bacon added. H.L. Mencken
August, 2016

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---- the new sites ----

(Urvija Banerji, at Atlas Obscura, on the quintessential South Asian rice dish)

(Meredith Goad, in The Portland Press Herald, on recent work by Certified Master Taster Michael Kalanty)

(e-zine on the influence of British foodways on American cookery, replete with historical articles and recipes)

(digitized books in the Research Library Department of Special Collections of UCLA’s Bancroft Library)

(Jan Whitaker, on how and when restaurant kitchens switched from coal to gas)

(international food, via recipes, blog, stories, cookbook reviews)

(Carolyn Beans, at NPR’s The Salt, on recent research into the biological reasons for similar wine’s differing flavors)

(is anyone more qualified to write about diners than Michael Stern?—an epicurious article)

(Cynthia Bertelsen, in Modern Salt, argues against popular—and probably overly-simplistic—notions about the origins of cooking in the American South)

(Dorothy Willette, at the Biblical Archaeology Society’s site, on the function of meals in Ancient Israel)

(“dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy”—online text of Lydia Maria Francis Child’s 1830 book; at Feeding America’s archive)

(Lauren Young, at Atlas Obscura, on how the most rudimentary food prep has altered our evolution)

(Robert Moss, on the history of soft drinks, at Serious Eats)

(Donna Battle Pierce, decries Whole Foods “discovery” of the southern staple, in Ebony)

(Wes Berry, at the Southern Foodways Alliance, on the complicated flavors of Bluegrass BBQ)

(a Rachel Lauden multicultural adventure in etymology)

(an excerpt from Joel Denker’s The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat)

(The Atlantic’s Megan Garber faces breakfast)

(Brenna Houck slathers a geography of sauces at Eater)

(Gary Gillman, at Beer et seq., on the ethnic origins of—and techniques used to produce—moonshine)

(provided by Kenneth J. Carpenter, in The Journal of Nutrition;
Part 2, 1885–1912 ; Part 3, 1912–1944Part 4, 1945–1985)

(Chris Buckley, in The New York Times, on fears about the survival of traditional fare)

(Ruchira Paul examines the nature of scent at 3 Quarks Daily)

(Scienmag article on recent discoveries, in China, by archaeologist Gary Crawford)

(Emily Bell, at VinePair, on a yeast genus that is becoming popular among brewers, and drinkers, who want to bring on the funk—and sourness—in their beers)

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

---- still more blogs ----

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

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Some of the URLs we provide may link to commercial sites (that is, they’ll cost you money to take full advantage of them). We do not receive any compensation for listing them here, and provide them without any form of recommendation (other than the fact that they looked interesting to us).

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