What We're Reading: December 17, 2014

 

Turn your slow cooker into a party punch bowl with these hot cocktails. [Epicurious]

 

From bánh mì to saison, a look at how food words enter American dictionaries. [Boston Globe]

 

If you like to load up on the hot sauce, does it make you more of a man? According to a new study, yes it does. [TIME]

 

The perfect holiday dessert combo: candy cane cookies. [The Kitchn]

 

When food takes the stage, there's no saying who's real and who's acting. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 23

Photo taken by Max Flatow

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, February 24, 7:00 P.M. 

Charm City Common 

It's not called Charm City for nothing. Baltimore is home to a thriving and beguiling restaurant scene that features rising star-chefs like Espuma alum Cyrus Keefer. His menu at Fork & Wrench is rooted in the Chesapeake Bay region but inspired by global techniques and ingredients.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 P.M. 

Bay Area Bounty

San Francisco Bay Area chefs are famous for taking their farmers' markets seriously, and Kim Alter of Daniel Patterson's renowned Plum restaurant is no exception—she's been known to make five trips in a single day to get the freshest ingredients. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of Alter's masterful, market-driven California... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed cultural sociologist and Columbia University professor Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios to discuss just why it's so vital to keep the conversations about food flowing. The pair mulled over food writing, the landscape of our current culinary culture, the impact of social media, and much more. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced,... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Neurogastronomy

Gordon Murray Shepherd on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

How do all five senses contribute to the experience of taste? Where, exactly, does flavor come from? Delve deeper into the world of taste on yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, when JBF's Mitchell Davis was joined by neuroscientist Gordon Murray Shepherd, who performs experimental and theoretical research on how neurons are organized into microcircuits that carry out the functional operations of the nervous system. Listen below as the pair explores the concept of neurogastronomy, the science behind how we perceive taste:

 

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Reel Food: Mitchell Davis Talks Taste at TEDxManhattan

At last month's TEDxManhattan event, "Changing the Way We Eat," our very own Mitchell Davis gave a thought-provoking talk about the importance of taste and the role it should play in improving the American food system. A video of his speech is below; you can watch the other food-related talks that were given at the event here.

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