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Food Sites for May 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus)
in the Hudson Valley’s Black Creek

Sure, it’s trout season, but the arrival of herring in local streams is a much more dramatic indicator of the arrival of Spring. These spunky little fish push their way upstream from the ocean into little streams to spawn... by the millions. If ever there was a demonstration of the “lusty month of May,” it’s the sight of a tiny brook, filled bank to bank with silvery bolts of pure energy.

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This month’s quotes (from On the Table’s culinary quote collection) are still pretty fishy.

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
The herring are not in the tides as they were of old… William Butler Yeats
Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring! Monty Python

May, 2017

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---- the new sites ----

(Ken Sayers, at, provides a different view of the paleo diet)

(links to online texts of 19th & 20th century cookbooks, from LeMoyne University)

(Robert Moss, at Serious Eats, dishes on the dish’s non-Texan origins)

(Zenia Malmer, at The Victorianist, on “...the blundering Victorian cook, a much overlooked figure in culinary history...”)

(Ryan F. Mandelbaum decants at Gizmodo)

(leafing through the Anonyma Toscana, a fourteenth-century Italian manuscript)

(Raymond Sokolov, at The Best American Poetry, on how trying to recreate am authentic dish is a fool’s errand)

(Craig Cavallo spills the beans... and lentils, pulses, and other legumes)

(Mark Schatzker, on NPR’s The Salt, interviews Gordon M. Shepherd, author of Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine)

(Francisco Javier Murcia, at National Geographic, on the structure and functions of these erudite dinners; if you want to know more about the food itself, read The Deipnosophists of Athenaeus)

(Extra Crispy looks at the processes and procedures, ancient and modern, that lead to a great cuppa)

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

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

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