Eat This Word: Galette

 

WHAT? French flapjacks. Most Americans are familiar with crêpes, but the galette, a signature dish of Brittany, is not nearly as well known. Made with buckwheat flour and encasing savory fillings such as mushrooms, cheese, eggs, and ham, galettes came into vogue after the Crusaders brought back buckwheat from their travels to Asia. They called it sarasin, derived from the same root as Saracen, meaning “of a dark color.” Culinaria: France (Könemann) explains that buckwheat's popularity in Brittany came from the crop's resiliency, its short growing time, and the fact that it was not taxed, hence was more profitable for farmers than planting wheat. This unleavened, stone-baked substitute for bread, Culinaria states, “is probably man's oldest food.” Incidentally, the word galette is also used in French for flat cakes, as in the galette de roi. Every fall the Breton town of Louiseville holds a weeklong Festival de la Galette de Sarrasin, celebrating the flatbread with sporting events, Bingo, and musica... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Food Column Journalism Nominees

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Recurring columns allow a writer to grow with his or her audience, revealing personal quirks and passions across a wide-range of food-related topics. From the observations of a famous chef, to food policy and politics, to the rigorous investigation of the science behind deliciousness, the nominees for this year’s Journalism Award for Food Columns each present a unique voice and perspective that keeps readers returning for more.

 

David Chang
GQ
“David Chang’s Kitchen” 

Momofuku chieftain and JBF Award winner David Chang is not afraid to share his opinions, as revealed through the eccentric and far-reaching articles in his column for GQ. From iconoclastic stances on the value of cheap beer, to mouthwatering recipes for a proper “Changsgiving,” each new piece offers another insight into the particular genius of the mind of this chef.

 

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What We're Reading: April 8, 2015

 

Rising demand for spicy food is driving research into hotter jalapeños. [MUNCHIES

 

From cocktails to cookies, vinegar is great for way more than just salad dressing. [Serious Eats

 

Sam Sifton launches an advice column for aspiring male home cooks. [NYT

 

How a young doctor in Finland took on heart disease and transformed a national diet. [... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Food and Health Journalism Nominees

 

We live in the era of the local, organic, gluten-free, and free-range, but what do those buzzwords actually say about the food we eat? The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Food and Health approach the question from the microscopic level, diving into agricultural, bacterial, and nutritional sciences to interrogate our notions of “healthy food.”

 

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Ben Paynter
Wired
“Bred to Perfection”

GMO giant Monsanto goes organic: Ben Paynter goes behind the scenes to see how the controversial company’s newest line of vegetables is launched. [Image shown above]

 

 

Gretel H. Schueller
EatingWell
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Sponsored Post: Meet the New Taste of Waldorf

 

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the culinary legacy of the Waldorf Astoria, you've surely tasted it. Many iconic dishes were invented at this legendary New York City hotel, with the very first eggs benedict, red velvet cakes, and Waldorf salads emerging from its kitchens.

 

Soon guests at Waldorf properties around the world will enjoy what's sure to become a new classic: Celery Risotto alla Waldorf, created for the Taste of Waldorf competition by 2013 and 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year semifinalist David Posey and Waldorf Astoria Master Chef Heinz Beck. The elegant "risotto"—celery root finely chopped to resemble rice, cooked in a creamy rice stock, and served with Granny Smith apple gelée and shaved truffle—was conceived and fine-tuned at the Rome Cavalieri... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in March

 

Last month's stand-out Beard House dishes brought us decidedly verdant plates that served as a much-needed nod to spring. Below, our editors' picks for the best of March.

 

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Sweet English Peas with Bittersweet Chocolate, Virgin Butter, and Mint / Bay Area Spring

 

After suffering through New York's agonizingly long winter, I found a cure for my seasonal fatigue in Mark Liberman’s Beard House menu, replete with Bay Area asparagus, leeks, and artichokes. I especially loved his play on the homey classic of peas and butter, reimagined as a modern dessert: a bright orb of English pea ice cream, accessorized with pea shoots, butter mousseline, chocolate sablé crumble, and a mint, chicory, and pennyroyal granita. 

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What We're Reading: April 7, 2015

 

You can use miso for a lot more than just soup: get to know the pros and cons of the condiment’s most common varieties. [HuffPo

 

Could vitamin-fortified candy actually be good for you? [FoodNavigator

 

Don’t confuse your Crock-Pot for a slow cooker. [The Kitchn

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Meet the 2015 Food and Culture Journalism Nominees

 

As the dialogue around food expands beyond just what’s on our plates, we’re increasingly forced to examine the choices we make about dining and cooking, and what they mean for our culture at large. This year's nominees in Food and Culture offering revealing looks at some of the pivotal decisions that influence our food before we ever crack open a menu.

 

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Rebecca Flint Marx
San Francisco Magazine
“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”

Yelp may be the ubiquitous tool for discovering new restaurants, but after ten years it still hasn’t found solid footing with chefs. Rebecca Flint Marx examines the fluid relationship between chef and app for San Francisco Magazine. [Image shown above]

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Eye Candy: Hamachi Crudo with Charred Cara Cara Oranges and Tangerine–Yuzu Dressing

 

Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city's finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our recent seventh annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, we brought together a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, served at a nearly 300-foot-long communal table in the market’s main hall. One of the highlights of the evening was this vibrant Hamachi Crudo with Charred Cara Cara Oranges, Water Chestnuts, and Tangerine–Yuzu Dressing created by Cull and Pistol's chef David Seigal. Easy on the eyes and bursting with flavor, this dish earned rave reviews from our guests.

 

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What We're Reading: April 6, 2015

 

Here are some of the best-designed coffee shops in America that will win over your caffeine-pumped hearts. [Food Republic

 

Cook like a pro: the New York Times offers kitchen advice in its new ask-the-food-editor column. [NYT

 

Your desserts are missing one secret ingredient: black sesame. [HuffPo

 

Are we running out of food to feed our growing population? [FWF

 

JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud rocked the... Read more >

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