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Food Sites for April 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinalis

April Fool’s Day: A fly fisher’s religious holiday, celebrated by tricking oneself into thinking that this year it will be different. It won’t snow, icy water won’t overflow one’s hip boots, one won’t be surrounded by worm fishermen who haul in fish after fish while one silently prays that one’s fingers won’t be too frozen to respond in the unlikely event that a trout actually takes a fly. 

Opening Day is the reason Irish Coffee was invented.

Last month, Roll Magazine ran our article about searching for morels. “Spring: An Old Man’s Fancy Turns to Thoughtsof Mushrooms” is almost the opposite of a how-to article.

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 quotecollection) are even more fishy than usual.

My fare is really sumptuous this evening; buffaloes humps, tongues and marrowbones, fine trout parched meal pepper and salt, and a good appetite; the last is not considered the least of the luxuries. Journals of Lewis and Clark, Thursday, June 13, 1805 
Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you can sell him fishing equipment. Anonymous

April, 2017

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---- the new sites ----

(Fabio Parasecoli, at Huffington Post, on a recent book about the role of race in the White House kitchen)

(Daniela Blei, in Kitchn, on the shady history of the delicacy in America)

(Amanda Yee, at Paste, on a nearly forgotten item of travel food; see also “Unpacking the Chicken Box: The Story Behind Baltimore’s Carryout Staple”)

(guide to some of the special collections in the library of the University of Guelph)

(Frank Bruni’s New York Times op ed, “We’re brutal on eating habits, period.”)

(Randy K Schwartz examines the intersection of philosophy and gastronomy, in Repast)

(Esther Mobley, in the San Francisco Chronicle, on what happens as wines age, and how—and why—we react to the changes)

(Ed Yong, in The Atlantic: Fred Flintstone was a locavore)

(Lolis Eric Elie, in Oxford American, on the little-recognized influence on Creole cooking by black cooks)

(Arielle Milkman, at Eater, on how a Black Panther project led to the creation of a federal program)

(Simon Cotton, in The Conversation US, gives us something to chew about Glycyrrhiza glabra)

(Nicola Miller covers everything except Monty Python’s take on the subject)

(Eboni Harris, at Highsnobiety, on the denial of black contributions to a classic regional cuisine)

(Jeremy Glass, at Extra Crispy, listens to these foods, and decided that “eating crunchy food produces an orchestra in our brain that’s playing, like, every one of your favorite songs at the same time”)

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

---- still more blogs ----

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

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