Sustainability Matters: December 12, 2014

 

The last large palm oil business has joined the no-deforestation pledge. The next step is to make sure these pledges are implemented. [Grist]

 

New concerns about BPA arise as a new study discovers that the chemical can seep into beverages stored in cans or plastic bottles, raising blood pressure within hours. [NYT]

 

Not sure what to get your sustainability-minded friends for the holidays? Check out this green gift guide. [Ecocentric]

 

Congress is using the appropriations process to include provisions in nutrition standards for WIC, school meals, and more. [... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: The Salad Days of NYC Greenmarkets

 

 

Locavores and foodies alike love the hub of New York City's Greenmarkets. With winter on the way, we are lucky to say we can still get local produce all over the city, all year round. About two decades ago, however, this was hardly the case.

 

A look back to our 1995 July/August issue of Beard House Magazine proves so, with what was, at the time, an impressive list during the peak season of summer. Brooklynites, prideful of their pioneering as a food center today, may be shocked to discover that their borough used to be home to only three markets! And in Queens? Forget about it! There were zilch during that time. Today, NYC boasts about four times as many greenmarkets. During the summers you’ll find 20 markets in Brooklyn alone, which is more than in Manhattan and Brooklyn combined in the summer of ’95!

 

So, although these upcoming days may be cold and grey, at least we can easily get some greens.

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Awards Watch: Submit Book Entries by Monday, December 15

 

Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: you have less than a week left to submit entries for the 2015 James Beard Book Awards. The deadline is Monday, December 15.

 

We've received about 400 entries so far. Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Entry guidelines are here. Our Book Awards categories are:

 

American Cooking

Baking and Dessert

Beverage

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Focus on Health

General Cooking

International

Reference and Scholarship

Single Subject

Vegetarian Focused and Vegetarian

Writing and Literature
 

 

2015 Book Award nominees will be... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 11, 2014

 

Goat cheese has become so popular in the U.S., top producer the Vermont Creamery is practically begging for new goat farmers. [Food Politic

 

Consider making a holiday donation to one of these worthy charities. [Fork in the Road

 

America loves sandwiches, but can we embrace the smørrebrød? [Serious Eats

 

Blame Nutella: hazelnut prices are on the rise. [WSJ

 

A new tweed lets you both drink and wear your whiskey. [... Read more >

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Staff Picks: Favorite Holiday Desserts

 

One advantage of working in an office teeming with food-obsessed colleagues is that there’s a never-ending supply of culinary inspiration, which is especially handy around the holidays, when entertaining is in full swing. Below, some JBF staffers share the festive desserts that make an annual appearance in their own homes.

 

 

The James Beard Foundation's Victoria Jordan Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panettone Bread Pudding

“Panettone is a tradition in many Italian–American households, but up to five or six years ago, ours went untouched until January, staying in its pretty box while we polished off my mom’s cookies instead. Once we discovered the incredible bread pudding that you can make with this sweet, brioche-like loaf, a new traditi... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Quirky Desserts

 

Can you tell a Grunt from a Slump? Test your pastry prowess by matching the proper description to these unusually named desserts.

 

 

 

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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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