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Food Sites for December 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

French Red Shallots, Allium cepa var. aggregatum

The holiday season of excess is crouched outside the door, and soon we’ll be begging not to even think about another rich dish. But, until then, the cool weather makes firing up the oven, or having something simmering on the back burner all day, seem magically domestic.

Roll Magazine published “Thanksgiving,”  a somewhat cantankerous look at the holiday—one that brazenly refuses to include even a single recipe. 

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) leans upon some thoughts about the staff of life.

Proust had his madeleines; I am devastated by the scent of yeast bread rising. Bert Greene  
The toaster is part of a system and only has significance relative to the wrapped, pan-made, thin-crusted bread that can be used in it … Ultimately, the toaster is an apology for the quality of our bread... the toaster represents a heroic attempt to redeem our packaged bread... Every piece of toast is a tragedy. Arthur Berge 
A three-year-old gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner: “I don’t like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate.” Author Unknown
December, 2016

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---- the new sites ----

(Courtney Humphries, at Cook’s Science, on the role of bitterness in beer—and foods—and recent attempts to moderate it with mycological extracts)

(something sweet from Lauren Rothman, at Serious Eats)

(the online companion to Cook’s Illustrated)

(Mexico Cooks!’s own Cristina Potters)

(The New York Times’ Mimi Sheraton ponders a ponderous question)

(Erin Ross, at NPR’s The Salt, on how archaeologists are using evidence from fossil teeth to discover what our ancient ancestors ate)

(Jancis Robinson on the debunking of “minerality” in wine descriptions)

(Sarah Laskow, at Atlas Obscura, on the history, and fortunes, of America’s founding fish, shad)

(José R. Ralat, at Cowboys & Indians, on the history, mythology, and culture of a misunderstood traditional regional specialty)

(assembling a collection of agricultural photos at The Farmer’s Museum, in Cooperstown, NY)

(a guide to sake, by Tasting Table’s Lizzie Munro)

(Matthew Braga, at Atlas Obscura, on recent attempts to re-create the staple foods of sea-farers of the past)

(Kristy Mucci, at Saveur, on persimmons that won’t pucker you)

(Adam Kinkaid, on a museum dedicated to Poland’s rogale świętomarcińskie, a pastry that is nothing like the familiar French crescent)

(Eater’s Daniela Galarza soft-serves the regional names for a lot of frozen treats)

(Evan Edwards, at 3 Quarks Daily, on the poet’s conflicted feelings about carnivory)

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

---- still another blog ----

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

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Herbs: A Global History

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