Introducing Our Inaugural App: JBF Vegetables

The first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables

 

Presenting the first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables, a collection of innovative vegetable recipes conceived by Outstanding Chef award winners (including Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others), and based on the Foundation's Best of the Best cookbook. This stunner includes sharp high-definition videos, some of the most gorgeous and intuitive step-by-step photographs we've ever seen, shopping sections tailored to each dish, and other great features. It's available now in the Apple App store—and absolutely free for JBF members.

 

Learn more at jamesbeard.org/app. Read the full press release... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 25, 2014

Apple Pie

 

The history of America's long love affair with apple desserts. [History Channel

 

New FDA regulations endanger American artisanal cheese production. [Chicago Reader

 

This year's Alaska State Fair will feature Guinness World Record–breaking vegetables. [NPR

 

Eat Mor Chikin (and waffles): Chick-Fil-A tries to keep up with the growing fast-food breakfast market. [Food Beast

 

Here is how to cut... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 29, 2014

Dumplings

 

In China, the production of dumplings might increase global warming. [NYT

 

Top chefs weigh in: is culinary school really worth it? [Eater]

 

One study finds that teaching kids the health benefits of vegetables makes them less appealing. [The Atlantic

 

What's the deal with raw chocolate? [Food Republic

 

Downton Abbey bordeaux and Game of Thrones beer are just the beginning of the pop culture... Read more >

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Recipe: Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

 

This summery Italian-inspired recipe is packed with flavor, yet can come together in under an hour.

 

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What We're Reading: June 25, 2014

 

The story behind Wimbledon’s favorite cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup. [Food Politic]

 

Classic NYC restaurants face closure in the wake of huge rent hikes. [NYT]

 

The Broccoli Cleanse: cruciferous vegetables could be the key to detoxing the body. [NPR]

 

Public health advocates push for labeling energy drinks as a step towards safer consumption. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 16, 2014

 

The CDC released a list of the healthiest fruits and vegetables, and their number one might surprise you. [Food Republic

 

A cure for gout just might hold the key to ending the lime shortage. [The Wire]  

 

A new petition for brewers to disclose their ingredients and methods is causing a stir. [ABC

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Daily Digest: June 2, 2014

Mushrooms

 

North Korean scientists suggest mushroom-based drinks could be the next Gatorade. [NY Daily News

 

As the economy improves, the number of food stamp recipients drops. [NPR

 

Los Angeles's Chinese American Museum unveils an exhibit dedicated to hot sauce. [NPR

 

Domestic versus imported: which Nutella is better? [Washington Post] ... Read more >

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What’s a Vegetable?

rhubarb

 

Even the most hapless of cooks can take comfort in their ability to distinguish vegetables from fruits. Or can they? Maybe they already know about the tomato, the most famous crossover produce item. But we’re not sure if they’d correctly label eggplant (botanically classified as a fruit), rhubarb (a vegetable), or corn (every individual kernel, a fruit!). Even in this kale-cultivar-fluent era, our basic crisper-drawer taxonomy is still pretty out of whack.

 

What makes a vegetable a vegetable? There’s no hard and fast rule, but fruits are easier to define. The giveaway is seeds: botanists say that seeds are ripened ovules (i.e., eggs), which nest in ovaries that ripen into fruit. Cucumbers, bell peppers, avocados—all fruit.

 

Of course, the field guide should never dictate the fate of flavor. (Salty rhubarb? No thanks.) In the kitchen, good taste always rules.

 

 

About the author: Anna Mowry is senior editor at the James... Read more >

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Valuing Vegetables

The James Beard Foundation reports on the rise of vegetable cookery


No longer sidelined, produce is having its moment.

 

“Pretty disheartening” is how Amanda Cohen described the limp, bland roasted vegetables placed in front of her at some of New York City’s top tables in the early aughts. Though at the time farmers’ markets and Whole Foods were busy making kohlrabi and rainbow chard mainstream, most restaurants had yet to embrace plant-centered cooking.

 

“If someone was a vegetarian,” recalls New York–based food critic Ryan Sutton, who was a waiter during this same period, “you either gave them pasta or the chef put together a couple of side dishes, called it a main course, and charged $18.”

 

Fast-forward directly to 2014 and vegetable menus aren’t just for vegetarians anymore. Among adventurous epicures, cauliflower steaks are as much in demand as aged rib-eyes, and you can blow your paycheck on a vegetable tasting menu at any number of the country’s top... Read more >

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Recipe: Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

 

Like many chefs, Kate Ladoulis, who cooks at Django's in Crested Butte, is a victim of a particular seasonal disorder: the persistent struggle to churn out new and inventive dishes during the year's bleaker months for produce.

 

When faced with autumn's first baby root vegetables, Ladoulis made a mental connection with bagna cauda, Italy's garlicky, buttery, and briny version of fondue. She got to work on a spin: chopped white anchovies and garlic were gently simmered in olive oil to make a lighter but still powerful dressing, which she tossed with those vegetables and some hardy greens. After piling it all on a slab of grilled bread, Ladoulis had an inspired salad for her menu—at least until next season.

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