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Food Sites for September 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

It’s corn season in the Hudson Valley.

We weren’t able to come up anything sufficiently corny to open this month’s updates (at least none that we haven’t posted before) so, we’ll just dive into update itself.

Our odd little food story, “Wheeling,” has been performed aloud (fortunately by real actors, not the author). You’ll find it among the podcast episodes at The Strange Recital’s site.  

The first draft of a novel (Future Tense: The Remembrance of Things Not Yet Past) has been completed and is out for comments from a few selected victims. Eventually, we’ll have to start thinking about what to do with it, publicationwise. Meanwhile, we’ll just let it ferment. Since we can’t bear to be without a writing project, we’ve been editing a collection of Dr Sanscravat’s scurrilous scribbles and begun sketching out the beginnings of yet another novel. 

An update from the non-fiction section: our latest book, Sauces Reconsidered: Àpres Escoffier, has passed through copy-editing and is off to the typesetter... it’s scheduled for release in December or January!

As Montesquieu said so pithily (and no, we haven’t begun typing with a lisp): “An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.”

You can, if you wish, follow us on Facebook (where, among other things, we post a LOT of photographs), and Twitter. Still more of our online scribbles can be found at A Quiet Little Table in the Corner.

Something about maize inspires nostalgic quotes (these are from On the Table’s culinary quote collection):

Hunger makes you restless. You dream about food—not just any food, but perfect food, the best food, magical meals, famous and awe-inspiring, the one piece of meat, the exact taste of buttery corn, tomatoes so ripe they split and sweeten the air, beans so crisp they snap between the teeth, gravy like mother’s milk singing to your bloodstream. Dorothy Allison 
In the light of what Proust wrote with so mild a stimulus, it is the world’s loss that he did not have a heartier appetite. On a dozen Gardiner's Island oysters, a bowl of clam chowder, a peck of steamers, some bay scallops, three sauteed soft-shelled crabs, a few ears of fresh picked corn, a thin swordfish steak of generous area, a pair of lobsters, and a Long Island Duck, he might have written a masterpiece. A.J. Liebling
Nothing rekindles my spirits, gives comfort to my heart and mind, more than a visit to Mississippi... and to be regaled as I often have been, with a platter of fried chicken, field peas, collard greens, fresh corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes with French dressing... and to top it all off with a wedge of freshly baked pecan pie. Craig Claiborne
September, 2018

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(Jennifer Mcgavin takes the mystery out these meats at The Spruce Eats)

(Heritage Daily reports on evidence—found by archaeologists of the University of Copenhagen—of Jordanian bread that is over fourteen thousand years old)

(Amelia Pape’s tribute to Chez Panisse at Terroir Review)

(Culture Trip’s Kshitija P explores the past of these iconic dishes to ancient Persia)

(Soleil Ho, at Taste, on xenophobic racism in the very question)

(“a short and useful history of restaurant reviews,” from Carly DeFilippo, at Life & Thyme)

(Kelley Fanto Deetz, at zócalo: “By forgetting enslaved cooks’ pain to soothe our own, we erase the pride and the achievements of countless brilliant cooks who nourished a nation “)

(Ewen Callaway writes, for Scientific American, about recent archaeological DNA evidence collected in the Fertile Crescent)

(Emma Betuel, at Inverse, on the dairy industry’s efforts to keep the official definitions of their products as narrow as possible)

(Anne Ewbank, at Gastro Obscura, on recent analysis of a four-thousand-year-old jar from Sicily)

(you can’t beet Alexander Lee’s article in History Today)

(Dwight Furrow, at Edible Arts, on the disappearance of a once ubiquitous condiment)

(Shayan S. Lallani’s article in the Journal of Tourism History 9, follows historical and sociological developments in the cruise industry though the foods it serves)

(there’s a lot more cooking in these two continents than just in America and Mexico)

(PBS TV series on traditional southern cooking, with scientist/cook Dr. Howard Conyers)

(Samantha Nobles-Block’s Gastro Obscura bio of inveterate taste-tinkerer Jim Westerfield)

(Chris Hunt and Rathnasiri Premathilake discuss the evidence at The Conversation)

(according to Maxine Builder, at Extra Crispy, the answer is not in their stars... it’s in their genes)

(Ruby Tandoh on several of the complex issues of sweetness, at Eater)

(James Hamblin pours on the butterfat in The Atlantic)

(Nicola Davis reports, in The Guardian, on some of the unusual things starting to happen in the GMO world)

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