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)

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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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Eat This Word: Pavolva

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WHAT? Named for the world-famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this fruit, whipped cream, and meringue dessert is claimed by rival nations. Aussies have long considered it their national dessert, but New Zealanders argue that they invented the pavlova, and they back up their claim with citations from cookbooks. The dancer toured both countries in the late 1920s. In Perth, Australia, she stayed at the Esplanade Hotel, whose chef, Herbert Sachse, is often credited with creating the dessert some six years later. Supposedly the pavlova acquired its name after someone proclaimed his dessert was "as light as pavlova." Others think the name stems from the fact that the ring-shaped meringue resembled pavlova's frilly, white costume in her most famous role, the Dying Swan. Pavlovas are traditionally filled with passion fruit.

 

WHERE? Finger Lakes Holiday Dinner

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What We're Reading: December 4, 2014

 

A cornucopia of Christmas cookies for all your upcoming holiday swaps. [HuffPo

 

From cigarettes to fresh produce: the nation’s largest food hub is set to open in Kentucky. [Civil Eats

 

Martin Riese is America’s only water sommelier, and he's created a 44-page water menu in Los Angeles. [Quartz

 

Relive your childhood and make Dunkaroos at home. [... Read more >

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A Taste of Tomorrow: the 1939 New York World's Fair

 

In honor of our role in Expo Milano 2015, we’re taking a look back at the history of food at world’s fairs. After her whirl through the 1893 Chicago Exposition, JBF assistant editor Maggie Borden is now taking us back to 1939, when the New York World’s Fair ran for six months in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and where a young Mimi Sheraton delighted in new flavors and futuristic sights.

 

General Motor's Futurama Exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair

 

Taylor Pork Roll. That’s what acclaimed food, design, and travel writer Mimi Sheraton remembers from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. 

 

Initially conceived by local businessmen to raise the city (and the nation) out of the depths of the Great Depression, the fair was the first to... Read more >

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