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Food Sites for May 2023

Friday, April 21, 2023

It’s nearly morel season!


Late April and early May: the sweet of the year. Need we say more?


Non-literary duties have prevented most writing, of late, but we did manage to post a few Substack newsletters:

It’s a Snowday” was a rant about parking restrictions;

Sugaring Off” recalls the maple syrup of the past;

Flashback” paired chronicles of beans and bananas;

Fools Rush In...” just one of many lies told by this angler;

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud...” a capital-R romantic moment; and

“A Texas Twofer” to paraphrase Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics literature.”


We also managed—in our free time—to self-publish a little book about hot chiles (and other things we imprudently put in our mouths). Hot Hot Hot/Risky Business is the usual salmagundi of exhausting facts and utter foolishness.

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 and other Substack pages. There’s even an Amazon author’s page, that’s mostly about our food writing. 


A few fungal entries from On the Table’s culinary quote collection

It’s a curious idea perhaps, but a mushroom grows for such a short time and if you happen to come across it when it's fresh it’s like coming across a sound which also lives a short time. John Cage


Every mushroom is edible, but some only once. Old Czech saying


There are old mushroom hunters, and bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters. Another old saying

May 2023


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— the new sites —


All-American Appeal of the Bundt Cake, The

(Anne Ewbank slices into its history, at Gastro Obscura)


Company Creates Meatball from the Cells of an Extinct Woolly Mammoth

(Jessica Stewart, reveals the latest thing in cultured meats, at My Modern Met)


Cookbook on a Budget: Ruby Tandoh’s Glorious Cook as You Are

(a review from Marian Bull’s substack page, Mess Hall)


Cookies and Breads: The Baker’s Art

(an exhibit at New York’s Museum of Contemporary Crafts)


Culinary Hustle

(“how Chinese food won-over the-world,” by Sam Lin-Sommer, at Gastro Obscura)


How a Vibrant, Factory-Made Sweet Usurped the Original Maraschino Cherry

(Robert Lamb explains at Gastro Obscura)


How Professional Cheese Tasters Sample 100 Cheeses Per Day

(Marnie Shure answers at The Takeout)


In a Word: The Proof of Liquor

(ABV, in other words—Saturday Evening Post article by Andy Hollandbeck)


Impressions of American Hotels

(viewed through Henry Voigt’s eyes, at The American Menu)


Italian Food Traditions Aren’t So Traditional

(Dwight Furrow, takes on notions of authenticity, at Edible Arts)


Story of India as Told by a Humble Street Snack, The

(the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt views samosas as historical artifacts)


Types of Flour: A Guide

(a Serious Eats article by Kristina Razon)



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


Are burnt foods really bad for you—and why do we love them so much?


Are Nutrition Science and Nutritional Guidelines Racist?


Exit Strategies: So How Are You Supposed to End a Story?


Glossary of Tedium, The: Vol. 2: Food


How a People’s Food Culture Disappears


How Cookie Jars Capture American Kitsch


José Andrés: “Behind Every Plate of Food is a Story”


Liberating Pleasures of Eating Meat with Your Bare Hands, The


So You Want to Be a Food Historian


Write-Off What You Know



— podcasts, etcetera —


Bittersweet Tale of Cocoa, The


Candies That Were Discontinued Over the Last Century


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Taro


Pagans, Lost Sailors, and Grieving Widows: The Weird History of Hot Cross Buns



— 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


Tabula Rasa, Baby: (Not Written in Stone)


Unbelievable: A Modern Novella






Hot Hot Hot/Risky Business

Here endeth the sales pitch(es)...


...for the moment, anyway.




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Copyright ©2023 by Gary Allen.




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