What We're Reading: November 4

This season’s hottest new dish: the acorn? [NPR]

 

Living proof of the benefits of brown rice. [Zester]

 

Salsa lovers rejoice: these traditional Mexico City salsas can be found in NYC. [FWF]

 

Get your cranberry on all month long with Momofuku Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving croissant. [Eater]

 

The trials and tribulations of naming cuts of meat. [NYT]

 

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets Vertical

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

First came the concrete, now comes the steel frame. Construction of the USA Pavilion is steadily progressing over in Milan, the host of next year's world's fair, Expo Milano 2015. Taking place May 1–October 31, Expo Milano will be the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. More on all of that here.

 

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Eating Ourselves Sick with Mark Bittman and Mitchell Davis at the JBF Food Conference

 

One of this year’s JBF Leadership Award honorees, author and journalist Mark Bittman has made it his mission to help individuals navigate the murky waters of healthy cooking and eating. At the end of our first day at the JBF Food Conference, Bittman and JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis sat down for a frank discussion of processed food, antibiotics, and the first steps the average person can take to improve his or her health through diet.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here

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Ode to Autumn: Pumpkin Recipes

 

If you've never cooked with fresh pumpkin, a revelation awaits. Just don't bake up that jack-o'-lantern; the best pumpkins for cooking are the smaller, sweeter varieties like sugar, cheese, and pie pumpkins.

 

Pumpkin Soup with Creamy Roquefort

Cookbook author Paula Wolfert notes that Roquefort mellows out when cooked, lending this soup a "characteristic Southwestern French flavor."

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

 

Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

Enjoy a slice of this warm, subtly spiced brioche with your morning coffee, or top it with whipped cream and serve for... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 3, 2014

 

Companies are on the hunt for more natural flavoring in food products. [WSJ]

 

Now that the festivities are over, find out how Halloween became a candy holiday. [Smithosonian]

 

A review on the highlights of the JBF Food Conference last week. [Civil Eats]

 

Salt damage is costing farmers money and the earth its farmland. [NPR]

 

Is fast-casual dining replacing fast-fo... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Le Père-Bis Hot Toddy

Jim Meehan's hot toddy

 

It's Halloween, the cool weather has set in, and there's a pumpkin-spiced something everywhere you turn. It's official: winter's coming. And for cocktail enthusiasts, that can only mean one thing: to warm our chilled hands and protect our weary immune systems, it's time to bust out the hot toddy. For this elegant version made with Scotch whisky and chamomile tea, acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan of the JBF Award–winning PDT uses St-Germain to add delicate, floral undertones to this wintertime sipper. Get the recipe here for a decidedly cozy start to your weekend. 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 3

 

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

 

Monday, November 3, 6:30 P.M.
The From Scratch Sessions: Baking with One Girl Cookies
Join the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) and One Girl Cookies for the next workshop in our From Scratch Sessions Series. Join us for this intimate hands-on class taught by chef/owner Dave Crofton at One Girl Cookies’s Cobble Hill location. Greens members will get the chance to make One Girl Cookies’s famous Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and learn expert piping and baking tips, all while sipping wine and beer. Go home with the delectable fruits of your labor, along with recipes from the One Girl Cookies cookbook.

 

Monday, November 3, 7:00 P.M.
Wild About Game
Our annual game dinner features a thrilling fall menu—think duck,... Read more >

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The Sweet Truth – A Dialogue with Marion Nestle and Corby Kummer

 

JBF Leadership Award winner Marion Nestle, Ph.D., is known for her pragmatic advice on how consumers can take action to change the political and regulatory landscape surrounding food. She brought her straightforward outlook to the recent JBF Food Conference, where she and the Atlantic’s Corby Kummer discussed realistic expectations for the average American in a world overwhelmed by sugary, processed foods.


Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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Sustainability Matters: October 31, 2014

 

Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, but due to significant mislabeling, it may be harder than you think to buy sustainably. [Mother Jones]

 

The Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores online database allows consumers to check grocery store items for nutritional content, ingredients, processing, and other information. [NY Times]

 

Wondering where to find a sustainably-raised turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out this guide and order now, before they're all "gobbled" up. [Ecocentric]

 

Cities across the country are making it more difficult for organizations to feed the homeless,... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Beard House Entertaining Issues

 

It seems these days that the minute Halloween is crossed off our calendar, the whole world springs into holiday party mode. With that tsunami of soirées in mind, we've reached into the archives for some lighthearted tips and tricks for surviving the holiday season. And for those adamant that Halloween be given its due, we’ll concede these are some truly terrifying party scenarios.

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