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Food Sites for May 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in spawning colors

Hope—as we’ve been led to believe—springs eternal, but the converse is also true: Spring hopes eternal. Every day brings dreams of elusive vernal fare: eager trout, and cooperative morels, and ramps nodding in soft breezes. If only hope was sufficient to serve them up! 

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Some springy daydreams from On the Table’s culinary quote collection):

In the vegetable world, there is nothing so innocent, so confiding in its expression, as the small green face of the freshly-shelled spring pea. William Wallace Irwin
Some fishes become extinct, but Herrings go on forever. Herrings spawn at all times and places and nothing will induce them to change their ways. They have no fish control. Herrings congregate in schools, where they learn nothing at all. They move in vast numbers in May and October. Herrings subsist upon Copepods and Copepods subsist upon Diatoms and Diatoms just float around and reproduce. Young Herrings or Sperling or Whitebait are rather cute. They have serrated abdomens. The skull of the Common or Coney Island Herring is triangular, but he would be just the same anyway. (The nervous system of the Herring is fairly simple. When the Herring runs into something the stimulus is flashed to the forebrain, with or without results.) Will Cuppy
What could be got from the woods was free and amounted to a diurnal dining diary that everyone kept in their heads. May was wild asparagus, arugula, and artichokes. Bill Buford
May, 2019

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(Reina Gattuso shows us, at GastroObscura, that ethnic cleansing is sometimes served in the cafeteria)

(over twenty articles on Chinese food from the University of Oregon)

(Marissa Nicosia, gelling in the Folger Library’s Shakespeare & Beyond)

(Elaine Castillo, at Taste, on one foreign influence on the food of The Philippines)

(Allison Aubrey, for NPR’s The Salt, on why some people are not eating their vegetables)

(Jennifer McGavin, at the Spruce Eats)

(Bethany Econopouly and Dr. Stephen Jones wrestle with legal and conceptual definitions for The Bread Lab)

(Rohini Chaki, at GastroObscura, on the prototypical example of cultural appropriation of the culinary variety)

(Irene Yoo, at Food52, on the role of Japanese occupation on a basic staple of the Korean diet)

(text of John Kirkland’s 1911 book; in The University of Leeds Library)

(Mike Pomerantz writes, in Food & Wine, on work done by Gordon Shepherd, author of Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine)

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

---- yet more blogs ----

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---- that’s all for now ----

Except, of course, for the usual legalistic mumbo-jumbo and commercial flim-flam:

Occasionally, 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.

Your privacy is important to us. We will not give, sell or share your e-mail address with anyone, for any purpose—ever. Nonetheless, we will expose you to the following irredeemably brazen plugs for our books:

The Resource Guide for Food Writers
(newsletters like this merely update the contents of the book; what doesn’t appear here is already in the book)

The Herbalist in the Kitchen

The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food And Drink Industries

Human Cuisine

Herbs: A Global History

Sausage: A Global History

Can It! The Perils and Pleasures of Preserving Foods

Sauces Reconsidered: Aprés Escoffier

Terms of Vegery

How to Serve Man:
On Cannibalism, Sex, Sacrifice, & the Nature of Eating

Here endeth the sales pitch(es)...

...for the moment, anyway.


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