What We're Reading This Week

 

Italy aims to spread knowledge of its culinary heritage with a draft bill proposing wine education for elementary school students. [MUNCHIES]

 

It’s nearly asparagus season! Bake them in a frittata, blend them into a pesto, or shave them onto a salad. [NYT Cooking

 

Food Network is partnering with Yelp for a new show featuring chefs who confront negative reviewers. [Grub Street

 

The debate over GMO labeling has been a tough one to follow. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening. [Modern Farmer]

 

This delicious chicken dish requires no recipe, only a bit of... Read more >

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Into the Fire: Giada De Laurentiis on Her Las Vegas Gamble and How She Came Out Smokin'

 

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners will be treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brings her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of this month. In anticipation, senior editor Elena North-Kelly caught up with De Laurentiis about her favorite recipes, biggest on-screen disasters, how she overcame her greatest personal and professional hurdles, and more.

 

JBF: What inspired the menu for your upcoming Beard House dinner? Are there any particular dishes that you’re most... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 19, 2014

 

Get stuffed with this eclectic recipe roundup of a Thanksgiving favorite. [Serious Eats]

 

Takeaways from the NY Times Food For Tomorrow conference. [Slate]

 

Visualize calorie-counting with a new app that exposes harsh food truths. [The Atlantic]

 

Does your soil pass the test? The potentially toxic troubles of urban farming in New York City. [Grist]

 

Thomas Keller’s turkey tell-all: his ultimate Thanksgiving recipe. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Allen Salkin

Allen Salkin on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited author and former New York Times reporter Allen Salkin to join him in Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. He recently penned the book From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, a behind-the-scenes look at the big personalities, high drama, and cultural juggernaut of the famed television network. Allen filled Mitchell in on his writing process and provided a glimpse into the company's fascinating roller-coaster ride from chaos to conquest. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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Having a Smoke: JBF Vice President Mitchell Davis to Judge Barbecue Contest on the Food Network

Best in Smoked JudgesThe Food Network's Best in Smoke judges (clockwise from top): chef and host Bryan Caswell, JBF vice president Mitchell Davis, author Amy Mills Tunnicliff, and chef Tim Love

Craving some ‘cue? Pining for some pulled pork? While the Big Apple may not be on par with Kansas City or Memphis…yet…over the last few years New York City developed quite a barbecue culture of its own. (Don’t miss the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party this year on June 11 and 12.) As luck would have it, the Beard Foundation has a barbecue aficionado in its midst. Who knew? Actually, everyone will know on May 8 at 10:00 P.M. EDT, when the Food Network’s new cooking competition series,

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On the Menu: October 17 through October 23

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 17, 5:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner The incredibly talented chefs collaborating on this innovative dinner are at the forefront of the new, high-voltage Vegas cuisine, serving modern, inspired, sophisticated, and luxurious food to discerning Sin City diners. Join them for a spectacular dinner benefitting the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant and honoring the late, great Jean-Louis Palladin. Monday, October 18, 7:00 P.M. Le Bec-Fin Alum For the past three years, we’ve recognized Charles Roman, an alum of Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin and Vetri, as a JBF

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