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Food Sites for May 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022


Drying morels wantonly ejecting their spores all over our table.


May is, indeed a lusty, x-rated kind of month. Shameless birds sing their version of the NY Review of Books personal ads, hours before dawn, and flowers spew their pollen everywhere, with nary a blush. Even mushrooms want to get into the “spreading-the-seed” act.


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 older online scribbles can be found at A Quiet Little Table in the Corner. There’s even an Amazon author’s page, mostly about our food writing


We’ve also started a new way to distribute our other writing: a Substack newsletter. The first post is entitled “Not Everything is about Food History.” A free subscription delivers titillating samples of our non-food-history scribbles to your virtual mailbox (there are two more posts, already)—in the proverbial plain brown wrapper—so no one need know about your furtive reading habits. Like Tom Lehrer’s old dope peddler, we “know full well that today’s young innocent faces will be tomorrow’s clientele.” 

Did you enjoy being described as a “young innocent face”? 


You’re welcome.


Some perspective, and advice, from On the Table’s culinary quote collection: 


I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them. Oscar Wilde

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart. Erma Bombeck

Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring. Honoré de Balzac

Food writing shouldn’t be precious, pretentious, or condescending. Just because you know what confit means doesn’t make you a better person. Adam Roberts

May, 2022


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— the new sites —

All the Tea (Not) in China: The Story of How India Became a Tea-Drinking Nation
(Alex Downs’ article in Serious Eats)


Biblical Kings Drank Vanilla-Flavored Wine

(Nathan Steinmeyer, in Bible History Daily, on archaeological evidence of nearly three-thousend-year-old spice trade)


Hidden History of the Nutmeg Island That Was Traded for Manhattan, The

(Mark Hay’s Gastro Obscura article on spice trade and world politics—and how New Amsterdam became New York)


How Booze Is Used in the Making of Cheese

(Pamela Vachon’s article on washing and marinating cheeses with wine, beer, or spirits to develop new flavors)


It’s More Than Tacos: Inside LA’s First Mexican Food Museum

(Eva Recinos visits LA Plaza Cocina for The Guardian)


Malt Beverage

(technical article from Food and Agricultural History)


Olive Oil Times

(international news and articles about, and recipes for, olive oil)


Rome’s New Museum Dedicated to Cooking

(the BBC’s Ronan O’Connell tours the Museo della Cucina)


Unsung Women of the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens, The

(Anne Ewbank’s Gastro Obscura article, based on Susan Marks’ book, Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food)



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


10 Tips For Writers From Douglas Adams


12 Most Unforgettable Descriptions of Food in Literature, The


Are We Entering the Post-Natural Wine Era?


Boeuf Neanderthal!


Cooking with Dorothy Sayers


Curse of an Irish Cook, The


De-Bunking the Industry Bias Behind Plant-Based Meat


Eat Like a Medieval Saint With Her Recipe for “Cookies of Joy”


Haven’t We Told Julia Child’s Story Enough?


How to Write Award-Winning Cookbooks


Is Wine Tasting Nonsense?


Joy of Cooking Blasphemous Fusion Food, The


Mixologist Has Nine Lives, The


This Story Stinks


What Humanity Should Eat to Stay Healthy and Save the Planet



— podcasts, etcetera —


Stirring the Pot


Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast with Natalie MacLean, The


Women and Alcohol: History, Myths, and Trailblazers



— that’s all for now —


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

As an Amazon Associate, this newsletter earns from qualifying purchases made through it. These include our own books (listed below), and occasional books mentioned in the entries above. If you order anything via those links, the price you pay is not increased by our commission.


Occasionally, URLs we provide may take you to commercial sites (that is, they’ll cost you money to take full advantage of them), or publications that have paywalls. 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 own 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: Après Escoffier



Terms of Vegery


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


How to Write a Great Book



The Digressions of Dr Sanscravat: Gastronomical Ramblings & Other Diversions


Ephemera: a short collection of short stories


Prophet Amidst Losses




Future Tense: Remembrance of Things Not Yet Past


Backstories: As retold by Gary Allen


Here endeth the sales pitch(es)...


...for the moment, anyway.




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Copyright ©2022 by Gary Allen.


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