What We're Reading: July 31, 2014

Ribs

 

Obama eats ribs in Kansas City to prove he is still in touch with the everyday folk. [US News and World Report]

 

Simple pleasures: one woman, a campsite, and a feast of softshell crab. [National Geographic

 

In light of the expired meat scandal, McDonald's Japan releases tofu McNuggets. [Food Beast

 

Fun food factories to visit on your next road trip or vacation. [Food Republic

 

A day in the life of the iconic Planters Nutmobile. [... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Tokyo

The James Beard Foundation names its top dining picks in Tokyo

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

 

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If food travel were an Olympic event, our own Mitchell Davis would easily be a top contender. Not only has he been everywhere, but when he's on a trip he leaves no stone unturned, no baguette un-tasted, no crazy, tomato-only... Read more >

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Culinary Challenge: Don't Let Those Green Peppers Go to Waste!

green pepper recipes curated by the James Beard Foundation

 

For several weeks each summer, we find ourselves with a crisper drawer packed with green peppers. Bell peppers, Cubanelles, long greens: we get an assortment each week from our CSA, which we promptly toss into the fridge to languish while we wait for inspiration to strike.

 

Though they have their fervent fans, green peppers are more often dismissed (as bitter and under-ripe) or even maligned (food writer Michael Ruhlman once referred to them on his blog as "the earth's most lamentable vegetable"). For those of us whose feelings on the matter are slightly less impassioned, green peppers can still be a culinary challenge—there are only so many stuffed peppers one family can eat. Determined to conquer this aversion, we went on a hunt for recipes that could make us believers. Here are a few that just might do the trick:... Read more >

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On the Menu: The Elements of Tofu

greens logo At tomorrow night's dinner for JBF Greens—our programming series for foodies under 40—guests will get a taste of the Japanese tradition of tofu. Chef Hiroki Abe of EN Japanese Brasserie will create a five-course seated tasting menu that showcases the many forms of fresh tofu and its rich history and artistry. Sake expert Kazuhide Yamazaki of Japan Prestige Sake International will pair a delectable sake with each course, and guests will also enjoy Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden beers. Tickets are a steal at $55, so call 212-627-2308 or 1-800-36-BEARD to reserve your seat. View the full menu after the jump. Hors d'Oeuvre Warm Soy Milk Freshly Made Scooped Warm Tofu, Served with Wari Joyu Freshly Made Scooped Chilled Tofu, Served with Sea Salt Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden Sake: Sawanoi Ginjo Dinner Zensai

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