- Jamie Oliver will fund a school food revolution out of his own pocket.— Eater
- An Australian publishing company has accidentally printed a cookbook with a recipe that calls for "salt and freshly ground black people." — Huffington Post Food
- Five things you need to know about grass-fed beef. — The Daily Beast
- Can honey help alleviate allergies? — Chow
- The latest economic rebound is good news to restauranteurs. — The Epi-Log
- Burger King is currently testing a highbrow brunch menu. — Grub Street Boston
- Twitter character Ruth Bourdain has launched a new advice column, Ask RuBo. — Feast
- Find out what Alice Waters's pantry essentials are. — Serious Eats
- Alice Waters's new cookbook is called In the Green Kitchen. — Eater
- Must make: bucatini with sausage. — Serious Eats
- What do you think will be the future of cookbook publishing? — Chow
- Writer Amy Tan recalls the food of Chinese New Years past. — SFoodie
- Heart-shaped pizza: love it or hate it? — Grub Street NY
- Make grilled cheese sandwiches five different ways. — Food Network
- Are food allergies real or just plain hype? — The Epi-Log
- Treat your valentine to homemade conversation hearts.
- Treat your valentine to homemade conversation hearts. — Serious Eats
- Alice Waters and David Chang have joined forces to promote the edible schoolyard. — Eater NY
- Why chocolate and peanuts are better together than when alone. — Chow
- Do you grocery shop while hungry? — The Epi-Log
- An inside look at the Bocuse D'Or final. — Grub Street NY
- Learn how to make Indonesian chicken curry. — Saveur
Call her what you will, but it's undeniable that Alice Waters is a pioneer in sustainable cooking practices. I personally had never even heard of eating locally or organic until I had a conversation about Waters's famed northern California restaurant Chez Panisse, which opened in 1971. Today restaurants and grocery stores are filled with the words "local," "organic," and "sustainable," as well as a laundry list of farm-sourced ingredients.
If eating simply prepared food culled from fresh ingredients is your thing, The Art of Simple Food by Waters is a must-have cookbook. There's nothing revolutionary about the 200 recipes within its pages — sauces, pastas, soups, veggies, meats, seafood, desserts, and so on, but when prepared the familiar recipes seem almost perfect in flavor, texture, and presentation. I also love that it's geared to the home cook and that most of the meals are extremely easy to prepare. If any recipe is remotely challenging, Waters does a good job of explaining proper technique thoroughly.
To hear why I love this cookbook, read more
A week ago, nonconformist food writer Anthony Bourdain, slow food queen Alice Waters, and celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman took the stage at Food For Thought, a panel discussion that took place in Hartford, CT. There, the three rather different famous food figures discussed, among many other subjects, sustainable food, last meals, celebrity status, and food aphrodisiacs.
Waters made no mention of Bourdain's recent comments about her — in an interview with DCist, he spewed, "Alice Waters annoys the living s**t out of me . . . There's something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic." While the two got along, they expressed contrasting views on the local and organic food movement. To learn their standpoints and view a clip of the titillating discussion, read more
In addition to being captured in photos by National Geographic, the sustainable food crisis is also the focus of a new documentary. Magnolia Pictures' Food, Inc. is a call to action to change the way America eats. It discusses food consumption today, its heavy dependence on corn, its ties to national policy, and its inevitable impact on our nation's health.
Based on the book Food, Inc. (and similar to The Omnivore's Dilemma), the premise of this film appears to be similar: the country's food system, with its focus on making food bigger, cheaper, and faster, is making America sick. The movie also addresses the contamination issues plaguing the nation and the enormous power wielded by US food corporations, with sustainable food poster boys Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser making appearances in the documentary.
If you haven't seen it yet, below is the trailer for the film, which debuts in select cities June 12. Do you think this documentary will prove to be as influential as proponents are hoping it to be? Will you go see it?
- Make five well-balanced bag lunches out of one roasted chicken.
- Make five well-balanced bag lunches out of one roasted chicken. — Chow
- Watch Stephan Colbert eat New York City's most expensive dishes. — Eat Me Daily
- Should adult diners be allowed to wear bibs? — The Feedbag
- The war on Alice Waters continues. — Gourmet
- Three kitchen techniques that will change your life. — Simply Stated
- Would you eat this macaroni-and-cheese-topped hot dog? — Eater
- Treat yourself to homemade pain au chocolat cinnamon rolls with creme fraiche icing and walnuts. — Serious Eats
Now that Spring has sprung, there's one thing that can't stop growing — the urban gardening rage. First Alice Waters was all over the news, then the Obamas planted a garden in the White House, with California's first lady following suit shortly thereafter. And a few days ago, we told you this dainty mixed-herb garden was one of our must haves for April. With the promise of warm weather for the next half year, this booming craze is only bound to get bigger. Have you caught the gardening bug yet? Tell us what you grow below.
- Homemade baby food is easy and cheap.
- Homemade baby food is easy and cheap. — Chow
- Lighter than nachos, chilaquiles rojos are a deliciously authentic Mexican dinner. — Serious Eats
- Feeling sick? Make your own bourbon cough syrup. — The Kitchn
- Learn what it's like to attend an olive oil tasting. — Cooking With Amy
- Choose your own food adventure! — The Epi-Log
- Ten white wines under $20.— Bon Appétit
- In case you missed it, here's a recap of Alice Waters on 60 Minutes. — Eat Me Daily
Alice Waters has been making waves in the food industry lately, so many that she's appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday. Along with other prominent foodies, she's strongly urging President Obama to promote local, sustainable eating by petitioning for a White House garden.
To solve the country's obesity crisis, Waters believes, we should plant more gardens, and not just any garden, but schoolyard gardens. If you can teach a child to grow fresh, in-season fruit and vegetables, you'll awaken their senses and teach new skills. Essentially, it will change the way they think about themselves, food, and the world.
This is the concept that Waters eloquently presents in Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea ($24.95). The book describes the history of the garden Waters created at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, in Berkeley CA. To find out what I thought of it, read more