What We're Reading: December 10, 2014

 

Making the case for more risotto in your life. [Epicurious]

 

Give the gift of tasty treats this holiday season without having to leave the house! [Today]

 

As you head to happy hour tonight, thank our ancestors for evolving to digest alcohol. [NPR]

 

Spice up your hot cocoa with these eggnog marshmallows. [The Kitchn]

 

A new food start-up brings chef-prepared, restaurant-quality meals to the comfort of your own home. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion by Night

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

This nighttime view of the future USA Pavilion, its steel frame beaming under the Milan sky, just might be our favorite capture of the site so far. With opening day now less than six months away, construction of the ambitious structure continues around the clock.

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Be sure to check out the official USA Pavilion blog for news about next year's programming and exhibits, upcoming USA Pavilion and Expo–related events, and much more.

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in November

 

Adam Cooke in the Beard House kitchen

 

Last month our favorite Beard House dishes came from a Blackberry Farm alum, a Boston-based Rising Star nominee, and the team from Napa's legendary La Toque. Below, our editors' picks for the best of November.

 

 

Braised Local Pheasant Cavatelli with Sumac, Stone Fruits, and Mustard Green Gremolata

 

Braised Local Pheasant Cavatelli with Sumac, Stone Fruits, and Mustard Green Gremolata / Tuscany Meets Carolina

 

I was curious to check out this menu from Adam Cooke, who spent several years at the somewhat monastic kitchen of Blackberry Farm. Now executive chef at... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 9, 2014

 

Frying tips just in time for Hanukkah. [Epicurious

 

Senior policy adviser on nutrition, Sam Kass, to leave White House at the end of the month. [The Hagstrom Report]  

 

Dairy cows on the lam hold up highway traffic. [The Daily Meal

 

You’ll never guess how much the world's largest truffle costs. [Grub Street

 

Avoid these olive oil pitfalls. [FR

 

Bon Appétit weighs in on the hottest new restaura... Read more >

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Brooks Headley Gets Fancy

2013 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Pastry Chef award winner Brooks Headley

 

When Brooks Headley took over the pastry department at New York City’s four-star Del Posto, it wasn’t long before his playful spirit began to seep into the acclaimed menu. Now the whip-smart, humble 2013 Outstanding Pastry Chef award winner can also add “author” to his résumé: his much-anticipated cookbook, Fancy Desserts, hit shelves this fall. Below, Brooks gets candid with senior editor Elena North-Kelly about chefs’ partying habits, his unexpected views on chocolate, and the essential ingredients for nailing any dessert.

 

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Elena North-Kelly: You’ve described your culinary style as that of a “buzzed Italian grandma,” which may come as a surprise to some people, given your alter-ego as a drummer in punk bands.... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 8, 2014

 

From spam to poke, here are the top local offerings of our 50th state. [Serious Eats]

 

What's on your Starbucks plate may soon be as important as what's in your Starbucks cup. [WSJ]

 

The largest food labor protest in years expands nationwide. [CBS]

 

Can Doritos and salads occupy the same vending machine? A look at healthy convenience food. [NYT]

 

A guide to all the layers of the humble onion. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of December 8

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, December 8, 7:00 P.M.
Hot Nashville Roundup

When it comes to dining, Nashville has it all: serious ’cue, bona fide Southern specialities, and an endless flow of fine spirits. We’ve rounded up a crew that will show the Beard House why Music City is becoming one of the hottest food destinations in America.

 

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 P.M.
Mediterranean Winter Feast
Fourth-generation chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bannos Jr. opened Chicago’s acclaimed wine-and-swine bar, the Purple Pig, to rave reviews at the tender age of 25. This winter, the 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year award winner will satiate eager Beard House diners... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part I)

red wine

 

For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts. To start, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for a chocolate–peppermint ganache tart. His pick? Justin Obtuse Dessert Wine 2011 ($15). "Chocolate and mint are prized Cabernet flavors, and this late-harvest blend from California’s Central Coast... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 5, 2014

 

Scientists agree that reducing—not eliminating—meat consumption is important to fighting climate change, but political action to do so remains unpopular. [Treehugger]

 

Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, plans on opening a store that sells past-date packaged goods and misshapen fruit and vegetables. While this may seem like the next big thing in sustainable shopping, it’s hardly a new concept. [Modern Farmer]

 

Ever wonder about the history of human-based carbon emissions? This interactive visualization from the World Resources Institute depicts the top 20 emitters over the past 150 years. [Grist]

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Throwback Thursday: The Beard House Latke Cookoff

 

The star is on the tree at Rockefeller Center, Salvation Army bells jingle on every corner, and the scent of pine needles permeates the streets of New York. But while everyone else is trimming their trees and decking their halls, the shorter days and yuletide decorations make us think of an old Beard House tradition—the Latke Cookoff. This annual event of amateurs and professionals ran from 1996 to 2001, and our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis won the inaugural potato playoffs. For this TBT, we’re featuring an artist’s rendering of Mitchell in his moment of victory, along with his winning recipe, which can also be found in his cookbook, The Mensch Chef. The secret to his spuds? His mother Sonny’s ratio of one onion for every two potatoes. And as everyone knows, you don’t argue with a Jewish mother. Check out the recipe here... Read more >

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